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 landlord and tenant (including disrepair).

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.

Areas of Expertise

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peter has a growing practice in inquests work, primarily alongside his clinical negligence work. He is able to accept instructions in relation to deaths arising out of road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and prison incidents.

Peter is developing a strong practice in serious injury work, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has particular experience of orthopaedic and chronic pain cases.

Peter enjoys working closely as part of a team with clients, solicitors and experts. He aims to provide advice and advocacy which is both concise and effective, and is happy to discuss cases informally as necessary.

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Appointed as part-time Judge for the Health, Education and Social Care chamber for the First Tier Tribunal – January 2023


Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Leeds (outstanding) LLM, UCL (distinction) B.A. Law, University of Cambridge (first)