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Judicial Career

Peter has a significant degree of experience as a part time Immigration Judge , having been appointed in 1996 hearing a variety of cases form asylum claims under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights. Peter’s cases range from student appeals through to family visit visa, settlement applications and asylum and ECHR cases. Peter sits approximately fifty days per year mainly in London.

Peter was appointed to sit as a Recorder in the Crown Court in 2002 where he normally sits on the South Eastern Circuit hearing a mixture of criminal cases ranging from Possession with intent to supply Class A drugs through to racially aggravated offences and allegations of public order, fraud with the whole range of sentencing disposals. Peter normally sits for his full Judicial quota of six weeks per year and intends to take the training course as a family and child care Judge in 2011.

Peter also finds time to sit as a part time Employment Tribunal Chair, based in Watford where he hears a range of employment matters including unfair dismissal and redundancy claims, breach of contract and remedy hearings. In the next year he expects to tackle cases involving the new Equality Act 2010.  Whilst not on the Bench he finds time to do some acting having appeared in the Judges and Lawyers Charitable production of “Are you now or have you ever been...? ” Peter played the lead role of Paul Robeson, in a play reviewed by the Guardian newspaper in 2004 and a smaller role in “to Kill a Mockingbird in 2008”. Peter is currently writing his own play about a civil rights case in Liverpool and beginning his book on legal and social justice in the United Kingdom as a black lawyer and activist.