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Peter Oldham QC is a well-known practitioner in the fields of public, local government, education, procurement, and employment law. He has a particular speciality in education law in which, for many years, he has regularly appeared in leading cases. Recent cases of interest include Rota Rooson v Salford CC [2015] EWCA Civ 6, the first Court of Appeal decision to consider consultation in the light of Moseley; Davies v Haringey LBC [2015] ELR 18, where the High Court considered local authorities’ powers of discipline over school staff; Rota BAPIO v RCGP [2014] EqLR 409, an equalities challenge to GPs’ qualification exams; and Rota Nestwood Ltd v Lines CC [2014} BLGR 354, a challenge to an authority’s refusal to follow an Ombudsman’s recommendation. In July this year the Court of Appeal will hear Winstanley v Leeds University in which Peter, acting for the claimant, argues that the so called ‘academic immunity’ doctrine should be ended.


Called 1990; Gray’s Inn; Silk 2010.


French, German.


Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA 1st; Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Peter Oldham QC11KBWAn extremely knowledgeable and persuasive advocate.

A ‘highly-regarded set with brilliant barristers‘, members of 11KBW advise local government on the gamut of governance and public law issues. Peter Oldham QC advised Buckinghamshire County Council in litigation concerning the county’s transition to a unitary authority, while Jen Coyne assisted two of the districts on the same matter. Andrew Sharland QC represented Leicester City Council in litigation concerning the compliance of non-binding resolution to boycott goods from Israeli settlements with its public sector equality duty. Unled, Tom Cross advised Gedling Borough Council concerning whether a Conservative councillor, who stole a European Union flag from anti-Brexit demonstrators, did so in his official capacity.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Oldham QC11KBWVery accessible and provides prompt, efficient advice.

11KBW is ‘top drawer when  it comes to public law – they are up with the  best‘. Jason Coppel QC represents both claimants and contracting parties; he is acting for the claimant train operating companies in a challenge to disqualification from procurement for the right to operate West Coast mainline and HS2.  James Goudie QC is in demand for his breadth of expertise across local government vires, and state aid matters in addition to public procurement. Peter Oldham QC has vast experience of procurement disputes in areas as varied as medical devices, transport and IT, and Nigel Giffin QC is equally seasoned. The junior ranks include the ‘procedurally and tactically savvy‘  Rupert Paines and ‘first class technical and tactical lawyerPatrick Halliday.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Peter Oldham QC11KBWPeter’s experience and knowledge allow him to get to grips with matters very quickly and to provide pinpointed strategic advice.

11KBW retains its position as the ‘leading set in education law and provides the best service’ with members described as ‘simply exceptional.‘ Recent instructions for the set include Peter Oldham QC acting in R (D) v Leicestershire County Council for the defendant on a discrimination claim regarding the council’s transport policy on grounds of disability and age, as well as acting for a further education college challenging an Ofsted report. Tom Cross is acting for the claimant (as instructed by the Safe School Alliance) in a judicial review in R (Edwards) v Oxfordshire County Council and others challenging the council’s response surrounding the balance between trans rights in schools and female-only safe spaces.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Oldham QC11KBWPeter has an excellent manner with clients, he is thorough and patient in both his dealing with clients and the conduct of his work generally. He commands respect and authority in a calm and reassuring manner.