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Peter Laverack


Peter joined 5 Essex Court as a third-six pupil in November 2017 after a varied career in law. Peter qualified as a solicitor in 2010, after which he worked as a litigator at Hogan Lovells and then in the NGO sector.  Peter transferred to the Bar in 2015. He practises across 5 Essex Court’s core areas, representing police forces, and public and local authorities.  Peter has recently returned from an in-house secondment to a police constabulary.  In addition to his domestic work, Peter has a growing practice in international law and Commonwealth human rights litigation.

Police law and public authorities

Peter regularly appears before the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts on behalf of police forces and public authorities in civil applications. For example, relating to domestic violence, sexual offending, dangerous dogs, and forfeiture of cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  He has defended civil claims brought in the County Court and has experience representing police forces in applications for disclosure in the High Court.

Peter was seconded to Lancashire Constabulary, where he assisted across the board with day-to-day in-house legal work.  There, he advised the Chief Constable and his officers with legal queries concerning operations, drafted pleadings, and handled disciplinary matters.


Peter frequently acts for Transport for London resisting appeals against licensing decisions relating to taxi and private hire licenses. He has also been instructed by police forces in firearms licensing appeals to the Crown Court.


During his pupillage, Peter represented individuals in their asylum appeals to the First-tier Tribunal and sought bail for those awaiting appeal.

International human rights law

Peter joined 5 Essex Court with several years’ experience of international human rights law.  He has a growing Caribbean human rights practice.  While at 5 Essex Court, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged Trinidad and Tobago’s laws that criminalise homosexuality, in Jones v AG Trinidad and Tobago (  He is currently instructed to represent a couple in a same-sex marriage challenge in a British Overseas Territory.

Peter previously worked for a London-based NGO that brought strategic human rights litigation.  There, he assisted claimants in domestic litigation in Commonwealth countries, produced policy documents for use by UK Government departments and EU Institutions, gave written and oral evidence at a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on human rights violations, and advised on mechanisms to enforce international human rights obligations.

Public and private international law

Peter previously worked as a Legal Consultant in the prosecution section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the UN tribunal of international criminal law tasked with prosecuting the Khmer Rouge for genocide and crimes against humanity.  There, he produced legal research into international criminal law and comparative common law and civil law.

Prior to transferring to the Bar, Peter was for four years a litigation and arbitration solicitor at Hogan Lovells.  In particular, he worked on matters of public and private international law.  For corporate clients, he assisted with an early-case-assessment concerning accusations of complicity in human rights abuses in the vicinity of mining operations, and advised on strategies to defend enforcement proceedings regarding contracts deemed unconstitutional. At Hogan Lovells, he represented clients in court litigation, international arbitration (LCIA, ICC) and mediation.


King’s College London  LLM International Law (Distinction)  2014 – 2015

BPP Professional Education  Legal Practice Course, Graduate Diploma in Law  2005 – 2007

University of Oxford  BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics  2001 – 2004

 Qualifications, memberships and awards

Called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Inner Temple, called in October 2015.Solicitor-Advocate, admitted in August 2012.

Solicitor of England and Wales, admitted in February 2010.

‘Legal Hero’, Law Society of England and Wales, 2015 (for anti-discrimination work).

International runner-up, International Moot Court Competition, Law & Religion, February 2015.

Winner, Landmark Chambers’ Human Rights Moot Competition, March 2015.

LanguagesChinese Mandarin (Upper Intermediate: Peking University).

Selected publications and seminars

Belize decriminalises homosexuality: Caleb Orozco v Attorney General of Belize [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 556.

International Human Rights Law, Domestic Constitutions and the Common Law: the Criminalisation of Homosexuality Testing the Efficacy of Different Sources of Law [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 411.

International Human Rights Law in Judicial Review: Moohan and R(SG) as Guides to Present and Post-Human Rights Act Legal Landscapes [2016] E.H.R.L.R., 73.

The Rise of Asia and the Status of the French Language in International Law [2015] Chinese J.I.L., 567.

What if the Khmer Rouge had Twitter? Lessons for today’s online Jihadists on liability under Joint Criminal Enterprise [2015] Alt.L.J., 190.

Our Story: The History of LGBT Rights in the UK, February 2017, LGBT List, London.

Criminalising Homosexuality: Irreconcilable with Good Governance, April 2016, Embassy of the Netherlands, Brussels.