Career at the Bar
Peter began his career at the Bar as a criminal defence advocate and has developed his practice over the years into s senior practitioner in family and child care, employment discrimination, inquests and Judicial Review proceedings involving public bodies as well as an advocate in civil actions against the Police and Prison service.
Peter’s pupillage at a mixed common law set in Grays Inn, known as 4 Verulam Buildings provided a sound base of training. As with many Black and minority practitioners racism played a significant part in limiting opportunities for a tenancy requiring several moves before obtaining entrance into a “mainstream set” at 14 Grays Inn Square, Chambers of Joanna Dodson Q.C. in 1988. Prior to that I had began my career at 9 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn, one of the first “black” sets of Chambers followed by periods at 11 Kings Bench Walk, Chamber’s of Sigbat Khadri Q.C. before moving to 2 Paper Buildings in the Temple. In these early years Peter obtained a lot of support from his community work and activism.
Over the years Peter’s practice diversified into leading family law, specializing in child care, representing local authorities, parents, grandparents and Guardian ad Litems in County and High Courts around the country. The culmination was my appearance in the Victoria Climbie Inquiry representing one of the social work managers. The nature of Peter’s practice has always included race discrimination cases however in the last fifteen years this has been developed further to include several successful cases against the Crown Prosecution Service, Probation Service. Peter was also junior counsel in the case of Kamlesh Bahl v The Law Society.
The former led to the creation of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith Race Advisory Group in 2002, set up in the aftermath of Tribunal cases to tackle racism in the CPS. Peter’s criminal practice cases have ranged form a major Legal Aid Fraud , R v Robinson and others to a major terrorist trial in Manchester, R v Sattar and others, to a multi handed murder case in Nottingham Crown Court.
Peter has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for social justice willing to tackle the most difficult cases with sensitivity and courage possessing a persuasive form of advocacy.