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Practice Areas

Peter Laverack

YEAR OF CALL: 2015

Employment

Landmark Chambers, London       September 2016 to November 2017

Pupil Barrister in a chambers specialising in public law, property and planning.

  • Instructed by the claimant in Jones v AG Trinidad & Tobago, a court challenge to decriminalise homosexuality, e.g. drafting legal opinions, claim form and skeleton argument.
  • Instructed by a couple to bring a same-sex marriage challenge in a British Overseas Territory.
  • Appearing as the court advocate in the County Court, FTT (IAC) and Magistrates’ Court.
  • Drafting legal opinions, pleadings and skeleton arguments for High Court judicial reviews.
  • Shadowing barristers in the English courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Assisting a pupil supervisor advise clients on how to campaign for a public inquiry.
  • Training colleagues on international arbitration and bilateral investment treaty law.

 

Human Dignity Trust, London         November 2014 to April 2016

Legal Consultant at a charity that challenges laws that criminalise homosexuality.

  • Working with activists in the Americas, Africa and Asia to bring constitutional challenges to decriminalise, and to uphold free expression and free assembly rights where threatened.
  • Producing policy documents for use by UK Government departments and EU Institutions.
  • Giving written and oral evidence at a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on human rights violations.
  • Advising and meeting with UK Government departments, the US State Department and EU Institutions regarding strategies to protect the rights of sexual minorities around the globe.
  • Drafting advice for member states of the Organization of American States on the American Convention on Human Rights and its enforcement mechanisms.

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Phnom Penh       May to September 2014

Legal Consultant in the prosecution section of a UN tribunal of international criminal law.

  • Legal research into international criminal law and comparative common law and civil law.
  • Case analysis and strategy to identify potential points of appeal.
  • Drafting written submissions.

Hogan Lovells International LLP, London and Hong Kong       February 2008 to April 2014

Litigation and Arbitration Lawyer at a top-tier international law firm.

  • Selected work for commercial clients:
  • Early case assessment for a multinational company accused of being complicit in human rights abuses committed in the vicinity of its mining operations.
  • Advising a company on its strategies to defend enforcement proceedings regarding contracts deemed unconstitutional by an African state’s Supreme Court.
  • Representing clients in court litigation, international arbitration (LCIA, ICC) and mediation, in particular oil and gas and construction companies.
  • Selected work for pro bono clients:
  • Advising on and forming a strategy to have Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality Act declared null and void by Uganda’s Constitutional Court.
  • Direct supervisor and mentor to Trainee Solicitors.
  • Trainee Solicitor (February 2008 to February 2010).

Education

King’s College London LLM International Law (Distinction) 2014 to 2015
BPP Professional Education Legal Practice Course (Commendation)Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) 2006 to 20072005 to 2006
University of Oxford BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (2:1) 2001 to 2004
The John Fisher School (state comprehensive) A-levels (3 A grades), GCSEs (11 A*/A grades) 1994 to 2001

 

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 & Wales, admitted in February 2010.‘Legal Hero’, Law Society of England & 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.

Languages

Chinese Mandarin (Upper Intermediate: Peking University).

Selected publications   

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.

Selected presentations and seminars

Our Story: The History of LGBT Rights in the UK, February 2017, LGBT List, London, presented to the public to mark 50 years since England’s decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Criminalising Homosexuality: Irreconcilable with Good Governance, April 2016, Embassy of the Netherlands, Brussels, presented to MEPs, EU diplomats and EU civil servants.

Criminalising Homosexuality: Pathways to Freedom, February 2016, Hogan Lovells, London, presented to legal practitioners, UK civil servants and non-governmental organisations.