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Peter Minnikin

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General Crime, Corporate Crime and Fraud and Regulatory


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.


Qualified as a solicitor - 1 September 2011.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

McCormicks' practice includes advising accountants on disciplinary proceedings brought by both the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Peter McCormick OBE is a sports regulatory specialist, who also regularly represents solicitors and firms of solicitors that are the subject of investigations or prosecutions by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; Peter Minnikin has developed a portfolio of disciplinary work including medical practitioners, physiotherapists and work for the agricultural charity; and senior associate Sara Morgan is particularly focused on registered pharmacists.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

In Harrogate, McCormicks' corporate crime and risk unit, headed up by Geoffrey Rogers, has experience defending clients in the full spectrum of serious criminal allegations and prosecutions. The team is representing individuals facing allegations of kidnap, attempted murder, as well as drug charges. Peter Minnikin and senior associate Sara Morgan are names to note, particularly for firearm and regulatory offences, and professional regulatory work, respectively.

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