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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Peter Byrne 2012

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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.

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.


Hesketh [2006] 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.

Straughan (2007)

£50m fraudulent trading

Bham and others (2008)

Twelve-defendant insurance fraud.

Marley (2009)

Allegations of murder and attempted murder of a previous girlfriend tried together.

Mitchell and others (2010)

£11.3m VAT fraud.

Foster (2010)

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.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11112398.1_9_million_cigarette_smuggling_gang_trial/ ‘

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.