Peter Clark

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (University of Northumbria, Newcastle)
  • Bar Vocational Course (College of Law, London)

Professional  actor and presenter before coming to the Bar

Areas of Practice

Wide-ranging criminal practice, defence and prosecution, specialising in serious violence and sexual offences. Crown Court, Court of Appeal and Courts Martial

Notable Cases

R v M (rape, defence) - leading junior, retrial (new team): alleged violent rapes throughout nine year arranged marriage. Included expert cultural and medical evidence (gynaecology and hepatology). Retrial convictions quashed on second appeal (unfair summing-up)

R v R (rape, defence) -  historic sexual allegations going back nearly 50 years, the complainants being the defendant's sister and daughter

R v S (rape, defence) - led by Richard Christie QC: multi-complainant allegations of child rape. 66 year old defendant acquitted at retrial following appeal, having served part of a 13 year sentence. Expert evidence of false memory syndrome 

R v C & another (fraud, defence)-  leading junior: telecommunications fraud involving premium rate porn lines

R v G & others (indecent conduct, defence)-  Court Martial, allegations of indecent conduct by soldiers at Camp Bastian, Afghanistan 

R v S & others (defence) -  two trials for same defendant, one armed robbery at a railway station, the other a 'category A' explosive substances case.

R v Townsend & Moore (s18 GBH, prosecution) - prosecuting the first Crown Court trial in Essex to feature a vulnerable witness intermediary 

R v Tambengwa (murder, prosecution) -  led by Richard Christie QC: a nurse was strangled by her partner who then hid her body under a bed. An abandoned child spent a week alone on the premises before discovering the remains

R v Hewitt, Renke & L (assaults/sexual offences, prosecution) -  defendants forced a 16 year old with severe psychological difficulties to perform sexual acts with a dangerous dog; video-recordings of the offences were then distributed

Reported Cases

R v Rooney <2001> EWCA Crim 2844 - led by Michael Mansfield QC, complex appeal (rape: destruction of evidence, complainant's sexual history)

R (ex parte B) v Southend Magistrates Court <2004> EWHC 2691 (Admin) - 
Judicial Review - summary trial of mentally disordered defendant

R v N <2004> EWCA Crim 3199 - Inconsistent verdicts between defendants - conviction quashed

R v M <2005> EWCA Crim 204 - Arson - misdirection on mental element - retrial ordered

R v Green <2006> EWCA Crim 776 - Robbery - wrongful admission of evidence of ID from police photos - retrial ordered

R v Moore <2010> EWCA Crim 224 - S18 GBH - fresh evidence, cross-examination in Court of Appeal

R v M <2011> EWCA Crim 937 - Led by Richard Christie QC - rape convictions quashed following second successful appeal. Crown's request for a further retrial refused

Associated Work

  • Member Advocacy Training Committee, Inner Temple
  • Advocacy Trainer (Pupils & New Practitioners)       
  • Pupil Supervisor

Professional Membership

  • Essex Bar Mess (Bar Mess Junior 2010-2012)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit




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