Peter Doyle KC
He has a reputation for taking on some of the most complex cases, both serious fraud and related cases as well as mainstream serious crime particularly murder and manslaughter cases.
"An immensely experienced criminal defence practitioner instructed across a range of offences and disciplines."
Crime "Thorough, knowledgeable and strategically clever".
Fraud "He never shies away from complex and contentious legal arguments".
"His excellent & perfectly paced closing speeches underline his experience & ability" Legal 500
Solicitors welcome his ability to deliver high quality client care and to master the detail of a case often bringing to trial preparation novel and successful tactical approaches to challenging and adducing evidence. Year on year the Directories have commended his trial and case preparation skills.
He has considerable experience in cross-examining expert witnesses. In addition to forensic evidence of all types he is experienced in the examination of the causation of fatal injuries in the context of both criminal and regulatory litigation, forensic accountancy, health and safety regimes as well as protocols and procedures impacting on the delivery of statutory duties both in the private and public service sectors.
He is noted for his ability to tackle complex and often commercially sensitive issues at short notice and to provide, where required, urgent legal and tactical advice particularly at the early stages of investigations into potentially serious criminal allegations.
He is known for his grasp of the full details of a case and for preparing detailed written rebuttal documents often at short notice. As was noted in last year's Legal 500 “His immaculate preparation mines a bottomless pit of detail" and "he exudes confidence".
These recognised skills make him an obvious choice for complex fraud and regulatory work derived as they are from his enormous experience in these fields. For examples of his casework simply click on the "Fraud" and "Regulatory" links to the right.
He has wide experience of cases involving sudden or accidental death both in the workplace as well as in police custody and in the course of wider policing operations including fatal shootings.
He has appeared in three major Public Inquiries- Stephen Lawrence, Marchioness Disaster and Victoria Climbie and has vast experience in regulatory/disciplinary work.
He has defended in a large number of murder/manslaughter cases; from a single defendant to multi-handed cases involving gang and youth violence. His skills at cross-examination of expert witnesses has proved invaluable; particularly when examining causation of injuries, DNA or challenging the prosecution’s interpretation of CCCT material.
He regularly presents to solicitors and the Bar on topical developments in the criminal law.
He is approved by the BSB to undertake Direct Access work.
Peter is a Founding Member of the Senior Council to the Kalisher Trust and is a voluntary speaker for “Inspiring the Future” (Education and Employers Task force).
- Proceeds of Crime Regulatory Association (POCLA)
- The Association of Regulatory and disciplinary Lawyers (ARAL)
- The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
Articles & Publications
- Barton and Booth v The Queen - When Judicial Opinion Converts to Binding Precedent, 30 April 2020 (click here).
- The Stalking Protection Act 2019 - an analysis of the Act taking effect on 20 January 2020 (click here)
- The Age of Criminal Responsibility - a comparison of England & Wales to other EU countries (click here).
- Don't slow me down. Examines the potential unfairness in playing CCTV of fatal incident in slow motion given its tendency to give a false impression that a defendant has more time to form the required intent than was in truth the case.
- A wrong turn. An analysis of the ruling in R v Jogee and Ruddock on the application of the principles of joint enterprise and the role of secondary parties.
- R v Jogee. Defeating joint enterprise. A case study." (See R v A and Other ibid)
- Controlling and Coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship.
- Public spaces protection orders - A need for caution?
- The SFO's operational guidance and procedures for S.2 interview. The lawyer and the interviewer.
- The reckless senior banker - S.36 financial services (Banking reform) Act 2013.
- Fining large corporate environmental offenders - Why size matters.
- The absconding defendant in confiscation proceedings.
- Tracing the proceeds of money laundering - Keeping and eye on the big picture - feeling the substance and not the width (Federal Republic of Brazil v Durant International Corporation).
- The treatment in confiscation proceedings of VAT accounted for and or paid to HMRC - R v Harvey (2015) UKSC 73
- New measures in the field of director disqualification - The small business enterprise and Employment Act 2015.
- Corporate bribery investigations and the potential for mandatory or discretionary exclusion from EU public sector contracts.