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.

Notable cases

R v L, 2018

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.

R v B, 2018

Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of the gunman in an alleged gangland hit in Bolton.

R v Ch, 2018

Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a serviceman accused of Attempted Murder in Cyprus.

R v Ca, 2018

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.

R v D, W, 2018

Successfully defended two members of the Quantock Stag Hounds accused of unlawful hunting.

R v A, 2018

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

R v K, 2018

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.

R v T, 2017
Leading in the successful defence of a senior British officer accused of the rape of a US officer in Africa. The case was the first court martial to be heard on both sides of the Atlantic. This complex investigation involved the FBI, Royal Military Police and other law enforcement agencies; evidence was taken from almost every continent.
R v F, 2017

Prosecuting in an attempted murder case arising out a parking dispute – involving complex medical and psychiatric issues, and exceptionally serious injuries. Kingston Crown Court.

R v L,W,W

Successfully defended three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt on their appeal against a conviction for unlawful hunting.

R v R

Successfully defended a Master of Foxhounds on appeal against his conviction for threatening a hunt saboteur who had taken one of his foxhounds.

Read more Notable cases

Licensing cases

Appeal of G, 2016
Teesside Crown Court. Grouse moor keeper: certificate revoked after RSPB found cyanide and other poisons hidden on the estate where he worked. Suspicion of other wildlife crime offences. Successfully persuaded court that his job and house would be forfeit if he had no licence. Appeal successful.
Appeal of M, 2016
Lancaster Crown Court. Revocation of shotgun certificate of successful businessman based on police intelligence. Appeal successful.

Read more Licensing cases

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

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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

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Confiscation / POCA

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Corporate Offences

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences


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Inquests / public inquiries

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Regulatory / Disciplinary


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Inns of Court School of Law

Southampton University


Criminal Bar Association

Association of Military Court Advocates

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Agricultural Lawyers Association


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