Overview

Criminal law

Peter Cruickshank has a wide ranging criminal defence practice.

As well as a general criminal practice involving trials for assault, bladed article, public order and driving offences, Peter has also represented clients charged with serious offences including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, drugs conspiracy, arson, sexual assault and robbery.

Peter has represented clients on complex matters including involuntary intoxication, the proportionality of police behaviour, malicious and sexual communications, possession of firearms and in POCA proceedings.

Peter also has a particular interest in protest law, and successfully represented on appeal an Extinction Rebellion client arrested at Parliament Square in April 2019.

Peter has completed his Vulnerable Witness Training and is qualified to cross examine vulnerable and child complainants.

Environmental law

Peter has a long-standing interest in environmental law. Before training to be a barrister, Peter spent three years working for the United Nations Environment Programme as a Project Coordinator. Peter is a Co-Convenor of the UKELA Litigation Working Party.

Peter's environmental litigation work includes representing a claimant in an application for judicial review, advising a local community group on a proposed housing development, and advising residents on a challenge to a local business which had caused local environmental damage.

Peter's Background

Outside of his practice, Peter is a Director of Leeds Free Legal Representation (LFLR), an organisation he co-founded which provides free legal advice and representation for litigants in person for social security and employment matters, as well as advocacy opportunities for qualified law students.

Peter grew up and went to school in Manchester. He read History with French at University College London, studying abroad at the Universities of Paris IV La Sorbonne and École Normale Supérieure, and graduating with a 1st class degree.

After leaving the UN, Peter returned to Manchester and worked as the Coordinator for the local charity, Greater Manchester Poverty Action for 18 months. He worked in deprived communities around Greater Manchester supporting a range of initiatives.

He completed his GDL and Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law. During his Bar Course he received ‘Outstanding’ grades for all of his advocacy exams (Examination in Chief, Cross Examination and Civil Advocacy), and was the winner of two mooting competitions.

Peter speaks French fluently, as well as German and Spanish.

Criminal defence & appeals

Peter Cruickshank has a wide ranging criminal defence practice.

As well as a general criminal practice involving trials for assault, bladed article, public order and driving offences, Peter has also represented clients charged with serious offences including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, drugs conspiracy, arson, sexual assault and robbery.

Peter has represented clients on complex matters including involuntary intoxication, the proportionality of police behaviour, malicious and sexual communications, possession of firearms and in POCA proceedings.

Peter also has a particular interest in protest law, and successfully represented on appeal an Extinction Rebellion client arrested at Parliament Square in April 2019.

Peter has completed his Vulnerable Witness Training and is qualified to cross examine vulnerable and child complainants.

Environmental law

Peter has a long-standing interest in environmental law. Before training to be a barrister, Peter spent three years working for the United Nations Environment Programme as a Project Coordinator. Peter is a Co-Convenor of the UKELA Litigation Working Party.

Peter’s environmental litigation work includes representing a claimant in an application for judicial review, advising a local community group on a proposed housing development, and advising residents on a challenge to a local business which had caused local environmental damage.

Memberships

Languages

Fluent French, German and Spanish

Notable cases

R v R (2022) drugs conspiracy. Peter’s client was charged with supply of heroin and cannabis under ‘Operation Casino’, a CPS complex case unit case.

R v A (2021) drugs conspiracy. Peter’s client was charged with the supply of more than 200kg of cannabis.

R v C (2021) Peter made a successful application for a judicial apportionment of costs, even though it was six months out of time, saving the client over £100,000.

R v A (2021) defended a youth charged with section 18 stabbing. Peter’s client was named as the person with the weapon. After cross examining the complainant, the court accepted Peter’s submission of no case to answer and dismissed the charges.

R v S & H (2021) defended two clients charged with s4A Public Order Act offences. There were six prosecution witnesses. After cross examination of the witnesses, Peter secured an acquittal for both defendants.

R v M (2020) representing an Extinction Rebellion protester on a successful 4 day conviction appeal to the Crown Court.

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