5 Essex Court

Peter Laverack

Call 2015

Police Law

Peter regularly appears before the High Court, Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts on behalf of police forces and public authorities in civil applications, for example relating to sexual offending, modern slavery, and the forfeiture of cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. 
He has defended civil claims in the County Court and High Court for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault/battery, personal injury, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, and the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018.

Peter advises and represents police forces in judicial review proceedings. He also regularly appears in the Family Court and Court of Protection on behalf of police forces seeking or resisting the disclosure of information. He also represents police forces in the Family Court on applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders relating both to capacity and coercion. 
He regularly represents police forces in Inquests, and Appropriate Authorities in police misconduct proceedings.  He regularly drafts Regulation 21 notices, and advises on misconduct investigations and hearings.

Peter has undertaken secondments to the legal departments of four police forces (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, West Midlands and Staffordshire, and Devon and Cornwall and Dorset), where he worked alongside in-house lawyers and responded to the day-to-day legal queries of officers from Chief Constables to PCs.