- Essex Institute of Higher Education, Law Degree LLB(Hons) 1988
- The College of Law Guilford – Law Society Finals 1989
- Articles 1990
- Admitted to the Roll in 1992
- Duty Solicitor 1994
- Solicitor Advocate (Higher Court Criminal) 2005
Peter has worked in criminal defence for over 30 years. As a Solicitor Advocate he regularly appears before the Crown Court, representing clients facing a trial by jury. Peter has also successfully appeared before the Court of Appeal.
R v D – WITNESS INTIMIDATION
Our client was convicted after trial at the Crown Court. Evidence emerged that a prosecution witness had lied on oath. The evidence was presented to the Court of Appeal who quashed the conviction.
R v A – PROCEEDS OF CRIME
Our client pleaded guilty to benefit fraud in excess of £100K and received a suspended sentence. However the CPS pursued a POCA against her to recover the defrauded sum. The defendant had the benefit of money held under a constructive trust involving a property worth in excess of £1.5 million. The matter after 18 months was eventually settled with the provision of an undertaking.
R v F – FRAUD
Representation in a three handed fraud case and a trial that lasted for 5 weeks. It involved advertising for building work and the promise of a grant to aid completion of the work. This was a complex matter with thousands of pages of evidence to consider and prepare. The case was prosecuted by Trading Standards and involved 40 witnesses to give live evidence.
R v M – DRUGS SUPPLY
Representation of a retired mechanic who lived alone and was befriended by a drug supplier who used the defendant’s property to prepare drugs. Police raided the property, and a large quantity of Class A drugs were found in the kitchen at the rear of the property. In a cutthroat defence cross examination of the co-accused led to his remand into custody. Our client was acquitted of drug supply.
R v S – BLADED ARTICLE
Jury trial – acquittal in under an hour.
I would like to thank Peter Barnett for his excellent knowledge and superb handling of this whole case
Miss C, Cheshire