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Peter Yates

Called 2014

Peter is developing a broad practice, spanning many areas of civil and commercial litigation. He is regularly instructed in cases involving: personal injury (including RTA, EL and PL work); credit hire; consumer and contractual disputes; property and chancery; bankruptcy and insolvency. In addition to his court-based work, Peter has a busy paper-based practice. He aims to provide advice that is prompt, to the point, and commercially-minded.

Prior to starting the BPTC Peter worked as a research assistant in the Law Commission’s criminal law team, where he contributed to projects on the law of contempt of court, hate crime and kidnapping. After graduating from the BPTC Peter worked as a County Court advocate, appearing in a wide range of enforcement and interlocutory hearings. Peter has also acted as legal researcher for several publications, including Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law (for Professor David Ormerod QC) and Cohabitation and Trusts of Land (for Elizabeth Darlington).


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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.

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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