Peter is a Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate specialising in all aspects of Crime, Corporate Crime, Fraud and Regulatory work.
He appears regularly in the Magistrates Court and police stations to represent clients in respect of a full range of criminal and motoring offences.
He is frequently instructed to represent clients as a Higher Court Advocate at proceedings before the Crown Court, often being instructed to represent defendants charged with sexual offences, fraud and violent offences.
Peter has expertise in dealing with substantial and high profile cases, working closing with QC’s and other Counsel. He has represented clients charged with serious fraud offences, including prosecutions by HMRC. He is often instructed to represent clients charged in relation to conspiracy to supply drugs cases. These cases involve careful consideration of thousands of pages of evidence, including detailed examination of phone and financial records.
Peter has successfully represented clients charged with serious and violent offences including murder and manslaughter as well as serious sexual offences, including historic sexual offences, where he has achieved successful results for clients by his detailed analysis of each case, including scrutinising prosecution material that is not relied upon, to successfully find evidence that supports his client’s case.
Peter handled one of the leading Computer Misuse Act cases, which set the precedent for “ethical hacking” in this country.
Peter deals with a portfolio of Regulatory work including representing clients in disciplinary proceedings brought by professional bodies, such as solicitors, accountants, pharmacists, doctors, sporting bodies and individuals.
Peter deals with a variety of matters involving firearms and shotgun certificate law, often assisting those who have had their firearms or shotgun certificates revoked or suspended.
What People Say...
"I would just like to give a warm thank you to all the team at McCormicks. They couldn't have done a better job. Helen Taylor and Peter Minnikin - excellent." Client Feedback Questionnaire
“I want to thank you again (and again) for your hard work, your support and, of course, the successful outcome of our case. Certainly the not guilty verdict was the high point of the whole experience, but I must also mention how your high level of competency, your confidence and frankness were appreciated by all. Whilst you were very careful not to raise our hopes to an unrealistic level, you did so in a manner that inspired confidence and allowed us to hope for the best throughout the proceedings.” – Client Feedback Questionnaire
“Geoffrey Rogers leads the corporate crime and risk unit at McCormicks. This Harrogate-based operation acts on allegations of fraud as well as regulatory matters such as trading standards investigations, prosecutions for the HSE and investigations and prosecutions by HM Revenue & Customs and the DTI.” Chambers UK
“With more than its fair share of ranked individuals, this firm is best known for the quality of its white collar work. Geoffrey Rogers heads the Corporate Crime and Risk Unit.” Chambers UK
"McCormicks' Crime Department is led by Geoff Rogers, who is praised for his "in-depth technical knowledge". In 2009 the practice was involved in a number of high profile matters involving Corporate Crime, Fraud and Money Laundering." The Legal 500
"This firm has been involved in some of the region's most significant criminal cases. It recently acted in a highly publicised kidnapping case involving a well-known Yorkshire Barrister. It also has expertise in white-collar crime and fraud matters, and its lawyers "guide clients and follow cases through from A to Z."" Chambers UK
"Peter Minnikin gave me all the support and help I needed and I appreciated the way he took the time to explain everything to me - it really did help a lot. You were very helpful before, during and after my interviews, explaining everything in so much detail, making everything clear to me, and the way you didn't rush me was also very much apppreciated. The support you gave at the police station, I again, feel was top class, answering every question and taking the time to see me, giving me reassurance." - Client Feedback Questionnaire
“Geoffrey Rogers is the name to note at McCormicks; he, Helen Taylor and Peter Minnikin have ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ in relation to fraud, regulatory and POCA confiscation matters. Name partner Peter McCormick is ‘particularly experienced in dealing with white-collar fraud and corporate wrongdoing’.” - Legal 500
“From the moment we first had contact with Peter Minnikin, he filled both my wife and I with confidence. He was realistic in his advice, robust and utterly professional and for the first time we felt we had someone who understood the situation and was firmly on our side. All in all, he has provided us with exceptional service and helped us through the most difficult of times, giving us the confidence not to give up but fight on...We cannot recommend his services highly enough” – Regulatory and Disciplinary client
“Geoffrey Rogers heads the corporate crime and risk unit of the criminal practice at McCormicks in Harrogate. Rodgers is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel and Very High Cost Cases Panel and handles a range of commercial, white-collar fraud and other matters. Recent instructions include defending a store manager in relation to a substantial money-laundering fraud allegation involving international jurisdictional issues, a number of cases relating to contested variations of confiscation orders before the Crown Court, and various instructions by solicitor defendants in fraud and theft of client money cases. Peter Minnikin was promoted to the partnership in August 2016 and specialises in all aspects of corporate crime, fraud and regulatory work.” - Legal 500
“Geoff Rogers heads the regulatory and criminal investigations group at Harrogate-based firm McCormicks. The firm is a member of the Very High Cost Cases Panel and is instructed on general crime and fraud cases. Senior associate Sara Morgan is also of note and is instructed on professional regulatory work. Recent highlights for the team include defending individuals in cases involving sexual assault and historical sexual abuse, gangland shootings, drug conspiracy, and gross negligence manslaughter. Peter Minnikin was promoted to the partnership in August 2016 and is instructed on a range of general crime matters, including drug, violence and sexual offence cases, as well as a range of regulatory work.” - Legal 500
“Peter McCormick leads the practice at McCormicks, which is well known for its work in the football world. The team also represents legal, accountancy, and pharmacy professionals in proceedings brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Senior associate Sara Morgan is a member of the National Pharmacy Association’s legal panel and acted for pharmacy professionals facing allegations, including dispensing out of date drugs, breach of confidentiality, and delay in the delivery of drugs for a patient who subsequently died. McCormick holds a number of appointments, including as chairman of the legal advisory group to the Premier League and as a Director of the Football Association. Last year he continued to advise the Premier League in relation to proposals to revise the disciplinary aspects of FIFA’s Agents Regulations. Peter Minnikin was promoted to partner in 2016.” - Legal 500