Peter Minnikin > McCormicks > Harrogate, England > Lawyer Profile

First Floor, Scottsdale House
Springfield Avenue
North Yorkshire

Work Department

General Crime, Corporate Crime and Fraud and Regulatory


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 King’s Counsel and other Counsel. He has represented clients charged with serious fraud offences including prosecutions by HMRC and SFO including cases classified as VHCC . 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.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

The Harrogate-based McCormicks team handles the full spectrum of criminal defence work, with particular specialisms in historic sexual abuse, drug conspiracy, and corporate manslaughter cases. Additionally, the group has significant experience working with pharmacists and sports bodies. Peter Minnikin leads the team.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Particularly well known for football-related disciplinary and regulatory matters, McCormicks also handles SRA investigations, SDT defence matters and NPA work. Peter McCormick OBE is a widely-respected sports expert; Peter Minnikin‘s workload incorporates disciplinary work involving medical practitioners; and litigation head David Birks is a 2022 hire from Newtons Solicitors Limited.