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Peter Yates

Called 2014

Peter manages to maintain a broad civil practice, spanning several of areas of civil litigation. He has a particular interest in personal injury, fraud, and clinical negligence.

Peter prides himself on his meticulous preparation, having a keen eye for detail, and an advocacy style that is concise and pragmatic. 

Peter’s personal injury practice involves him acting on a wide range of fast and multi-track cases in the county court across the region and nationally.  He is able to accept instructions in road traffic, occupiers, and employers’ liability cases.

Peter’s fraud work includes dealing with cases involving allegations of exaggeration, staged accidents, and phantom passengers. 

Peter is also expanding his practice into clinical negligence work and can accept instructions on any cases for/against general practitioners, nurses, surgeons, and other kinds of healthcare practitioners. He has a particular interest in cases relating to radiology and orthopaedics. 

In addition, Peter is regularly instructed in cases involving credit hire, consumer and contractual disputes, property and chancery, landlord and tenant (including disrepair) and bankruptcy and insolvency. 

Before coming to the bar Peter worked in the Law Commission, where he was involved in projects relating to contempt of court, hate crimes, and kidnapping. He has also worked as a researcher for several publications including Parklane Plowden’s Elizabeth Darlington’s Cohabitation and Trusts of Land textbook. 

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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Personal Injury
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Peter has extensive experience of dealing with the full range of personal injury matters, including RTA, EL and PL work. He is regularly instructed – for both Claimants and Defendants – for trials and interlocutory hearings. He is well-versed in all issues relating to liability, causation and quantum and associated procedural rules. He has a busy paper-based practice, and regularly advises (on liability, quantum and procedural matters) and drafts statements of case.

Civil Fraud
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Before joining Parklane Plowden Peter undertook a wide-ranging common law pupillage. He has extensive experience of prosecuting in the criminal courts and has prosecuted large numbers of offences of dishonesty, up to and including the Court of Appeal. His previous experience prosecuting these cases has been invaluable in developing his growing fraud practice. Peter prides himself on meticulous, forensic attention to detail. He acts in cases involving allegations of LVI, exaggeration, staged accidents and phantom passengers.

Clinical Negligence
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Peter has a growing clinical negligence practice. He is able to accept intstructions for and against general practitioners, nurses, surgeons and other healthcare practitioners. He prides himself on being able to grasp difficult medical concepts quickly, but has a particular interest in cases involving radiology and orthopaedics. He has a busy paper-based practice and aims to provide advice that is prompt, to-the-point and commercially-minded. 

Family: Property & Finance
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Peter acts in cohabitation cases involving applications under ToLATA. Having assisted Elizabeth Darlington in her preparation of the third edition of Cohabitation and Trusts of Land, Peter has a strong theoretical grounding in the area. In addition, Peter previously practised in the field of criminal law, where he gained valuable experience of the Proceeds of Crime Act and its application to ToLATA matters. Peter has drafted pleadings and conducted hearings in cases involving a range of ToLATA matters, including constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel.

Business and Commercial
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Peter has acted in a number of commercial matters and is developing a busy practice in this area. His recent instructions have included: breach of contract; New Roads and Street Works Act claims; consumer rights; insurance and indemnity issues.

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Peter has extensive experience of acting in credit hire cases, both for Claimants and Defendants. He is regularly instructed in small claim and fast track matters. He is familiar with the full range of credit hire matters, including enforceability, impecuniosity, basic hire rates and collision damage waivers. Peter also advises in writing on credit hire issues, and has provided training and updates to solicitors on credit hire matters.

Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
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Peter assisted Elizabeth Darlington in her preparation of the third edition of Cohabitation and Trusts of Land. This has given him a strong grounding in the area, and he is developing a practice which includes drafting and court work in cases involving ToLATA matters, estoppel, equitable accounting and applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has experience in the niche area where trusts and the Proceeds of Crime Act intersect.

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Peter acts for both tenants and landlords in the full range of property matters, including: possession claims; applications to suspend warrants; disrepair; anti-social behaviour injunctions (including urgent applications for injunctions, and urgent hearings in the event of breaches); and statutory nuisance.

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Prince of Wales Scholar, Grays Inn

North Eastern Circuit Prize (for marks on BPTC)

Personal Details

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Leeds (outstanding)

LLM, UCL (distinction)

B.A. Law, University of Cambridge (first)

Professional Associations

Personal Injuries Bar Association

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