Our specialist practitioners are among the highest-rated on the North Eastern Circuit, while they have represented in major and high-profile cases at all levels, including Tribunals, County Courts, Crown Courts, and all divisions of the High Court. Many of our members are highly recommended by client guides such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners – just a brief glance at each of our barristers gives some insight into the authority, experience and depth of expertise they can deliver in their field. Select a practice area below to find out more.
"Among the leading sets on circuit for crime". Our team has "expertise in homicide, fraud and serious sexual offence cases, among other areas".
Our skilled barristers are noted for their skill and authority in providing the efficient and value-added service, having gained an impressive amount of case, court and mediation experience. At the same time, they are only too aware of the complexities and sensitive issues surrounding certain aspects of Private Client law, so they are well versed in applying discretion and know-how in order to offer first-rate advocacy. Select a practice area below to find out more.
Our Civil team is noted to maintain “a solid personal injury and clinical negligence practice”
For Commercial, Banking and Insolvency, “A number of New Park Court Chambers’ practitioners have commercial, insolvency and Chancery expertise in cases involving contractual disputes, sale of goods, corporate and personal insolvency, and contested probate”. We are also “recommended for ADR”.
Family expertise in public law children cases, international relocation work, financial remedy disputes and the Hague Convention”. “A number of practitioners also specialise in cases involving trusts of land and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.”
Our members can deservedly lay claim to having conducted major case work dealing in hearings and inquiries involving Health & Safety legislation, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, as well as Workplace Injuries, Unfair & Wrongful Dismissals, Redundancy and Contract Law. Whatever your business needs or objectives, New Park Court Chambers are ready to listen to you and utilise our capabilities to help you achieve the best possible legal outcome. Select a practice area below to find out more.
Our Health and Safety practitioners have prosecution and defence experience, and are “recommended for inquests linked to HSE investigations”.
“Recommended for environmental law”.
In Employment, we are “respected for its broad employment expertise in areas such as redundancy and discrimination. Practitioners also mediate, where appropriate”.
Peter Byrne started his legal career in 1993 in the Police Prosecutions Department of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Sheffield. He qualified as a Solicitor at Bridge Sanderson Munro in Doncaster before coming to Leeds to work for McCormicks (which became Clarion LLP) and most recently Lester Morrill.
Peter has been involved in almost every type of criminal case from motoring to murder (once during the same day!) as both Solicitor and advocate. He has considerable experience in the Magistrates’ Court, and after obtaining his Higher Rights of Audience in 2006, has appeared regularly in Crown Courts in and around Yorkshire and also in the Court of Appeal. Chambers and Partners 2011-2012 noted that he “…attracts recognition for his profile in advocacy”.
Peter has extensive experience of serious violence and drug cases, complex fraud and Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) as both instructing Solicitor and advocate. He is organised and well prepared but has a relaxed and approachable style as a result of many years of direct client contact.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
General Crime: Murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, rape and serious sexual offences, non fatal serious violence, money laundering, robbery and cases involving the importation, production and supply of drugs. Experience of defending and prosecuting in cases where there are arguments regarding fitness to plead and Mental Health Act disposals.
Missing trader, asset stripping, fraudulent trading, VAT and mortgage fraud.
Defended in prosecutions by the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, DTI, the Post Office, OFCOM, VOSA. Defended and prosecuted in HMRC cases. Appeared for the prosecution in Health and Safety Act proceedings.
Recent experience involving complex medical issues of causation and the examination of a Home Office Pathologist.
Defence of motorists in Magistrates’ Courts and on appeal to the Crown Court and specialist advice designed to limit the effect of motoring convictions and the avoidance of disqualification.
CASES OF NOTE
Hesketh  EWCA Crim 2596
Appeal regarding the making of a Confiscation Order and the admission of fresh evidence.
Khan and others (2007)
Large scale ‘inside man’ Building Society fraud.
£50m fraudulent trading
Bham and others (2008)
Twelve-defendant insurance fraud.
Allegations of murder and attempted murder of a previous girlfriend tried together.
Mitchell and others (2010)
£11.3m VAT fraud.
Allegation of damaging property being reckless as to whether life was endangered following a domestic gas explosion. Significant issues of causation and specialist expert evidence.
Hewison and others (2011)
Nine defendant multi million pound mortgage fraud representing the defendant described by the Prosecutor as ‘the thread that ran through the fraud’.
Richardson and others (2011)
Five-defendant joint enterprise murder.
Broadhead and others (2012)
Allegation of handling HGV trailer and contents stolen from high security depot.
Wicko and others (2014)
Instructed by HMRC to prosecute four Defendants in a 1.9 million cigarette importation and evasion of duty.
Hussain and others; ‘Operation Bellum’ (2015-2016)
Led Junior in a multi-defendant bank fraud including a successful appeal against a terminating ruling to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and subsequent conviction of the defendant concerned. Prosecuted three related trials, as Junior alone, securing convictions of all defendants in each of the trials.
R v B (2016)
Successful defence of a HGV driver accused of causing death by dangerous driving dealing with expert evidence concerning telephone, tachograph and accident investigation issues.
Peter is a CPS level 3 prosecutor.