Peter is Head of the Crime, Corporate Crime and Risk Department at McCormicks.
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 closely with KCs 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 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
"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 appreciated. 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
“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
“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
"Peter Minnikin is the hardest working and most efficient criminal defence solicitor you could hope to meet, which is rare these days. He always does his absolute best for his clients, whilst giving them entirely realistic advice. He is streets ahead of other criminal solicitors. He always turns up to Court to support his clients through the process and ensures that they understand everything that is going on and what to expect. He is the solicitor I would want to instruct if I ever got into trouble with the Police." - Barrister at St Pauls Chambers
"Peter was matter of fact and very reassuring. He put me at east and capably gave context to my situation that made me feel at ease. Walking out of the police station after having Peter act as my duty solicitor made me feel like I had won the lottery." - Client Feedback Questionnaire
"When life throws you into a circus of trauma and stress, not of your own making, it is easy to panic. This happened to me. However, I had Peter Minnikin as my lawyer. Peter's expertise in the field of criminal law is outstanding. Peter was reassuring on a consistent basis which you need, as the lows can be very low at times. He had faith and belief in me which he fought for, and I truly felt defended by him, which matters so much. I cannot say enough good things about Peter. He is a true gentleman and a brilliant lawyer who goes above and beyond the call of duty." - Client Feedback Questionnaire