Overview

Peter Cruickshank has a wide ranging criminal defence practice.

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

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 s18 grievous bodily harm, drugs conspiracy, and sexual assault, and defended in several POCA proceedings.

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

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.

Before training to be a barrister, Peter spent three years working for the United Nations Environment Programme as a Project Coordinator. 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 has a wide ranging criminal defence practice.

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

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 s18 grievous bodily harm, drugs conspiracy, and sexual assault, and defended in several POCA proceedings.

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

Memberships

Languages

Fluent French, German and Spanish

Notable cases

R v S &H (2021) Racially aggravated s4a public order act offence. 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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