Peter Glenser QC
Peter’s practice spans both the prosecution and defence of very serious offences of all types. He appears at Crown Courts throughout England and Wales.
A large part of his practice involves courts martial, and he is a recognised expert in firearms law.
He is very regularly involved in criminal cases that involve the use of firearms and are of the utmost gravity.
Peter is ranked in the legal directories in both crime and licensing.
Background and Expertise
In addition to a busy and heavy general criminal workload Peter specialises in military law.
He has been involved in many if not most of the more serious and high-profile courts martial of recent years – including cases of murder, manslaughter, rape, serious sexual assault, other violence and dishonesty, as well as cases arising from alleged ill-treatment of enemy combatants, non-combatants and subordinates on operations.
Peter has a specialist knowledge of, and expertise in, firearms and firearms legislation – and is frequently instructed for the appellant in firearms licensing matters throughout England and Wales.
He has experience of inquests with a jury and is licensed to receive instructions directly from members of the public.
Peter also practises from Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham and 18 St. John Street Manchester.
Leading in the defence of a retired Police and Army Officer accused of stealing firearms worth in the region of £200k from a secure MoD facility. Ongoing.
Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of the gunman in an alleged gangland hit in Bolton.
Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a serviceman accused of Attempted Murder in Cyprus.
Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a British Army Warrant Officer accused of a variety of offences, including rape, in Germany, Canada and Britain.
Successfully defended two members of the Quantock Stag Hounds accused of unlawful hunting.
Exceptionally difficult client charged with multiple counts of vaginal and anal rape on his wife, assaults on his children and a variety of other serious offending. Norwich Crown Court
Very difficult defence of soldier accused of multiple familial rape of very young child. Already serving a sentence for sexual assault of same victim. Acquitted at half-time of all but one count.
Prosecuting in an attempted murder case arising out a parking dispute – involving complex medical and psychiatric issues, and exceptionally serious injuries. Kingston Crown Court.
Successfully defended three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt on their appeal against a conviction for unlawful hunting.
Successfully defended a Master of Foxhounds on appeal against his conviction for threatening a hunt saboteur who had taken one of his foxhounds.
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Other Activities and Interests
- Peter is Chairman of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, the UK’s largest shooting organisation. He writes for The Shooting Gazette and other publications on matters concerning firearms law
- He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
- Away from work, Peter is usually found enjoying the British countryside or in the kitchen
Professional commentary and attribution
"Very impressive with his examination of witnesses" (Legal 500, 2020)
"Easy to work with, accessible and very knowledgeable about firearms." (Chambers UK, 2020)
"Extremely good with lay clients and on his feet. His manner with clients gives him an edge - he is superb in how he commands respect." "Very persuasive and someone with a good court manner, he gets on well with judges at court." (Chambers UK, 2019)
"Excellent with lay clients, and a skilled and formidable advocate." (Legal 500, 2017)
"Has cornered the market in firearms licensing, and regularly defends private clients who have breached firearm licence requirements. He is praised for the depth of his knowledge of this area."
"A lawyer with a good network of connections in the firearms community" who is "approachable, amenable and always well liked by clients."
Chambers UK, 2018
"An extremely good advocate before tribunals."
Legal 500, 2016
PROFILE: Peter Glenser QC
"He's adept at winning over professional tribunals and is great both in terms of his paperwork and his performances on his feet.”
Chambers UK, 2020
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
Regulatory / Disciplinary
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