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Peter Glenser QC
Peter’s practice spans both the prosecution and defence of very serious offences. A large part of his practice involves courts martial, and he is a recognised expert in firearms law.
He is regularly involved in criminal cases that involve the use of firearms and, prior to taking silk, was regularly instructed as a leading junior by the SPA and the Complex Crime Unit.
Background and Expertise
Peter specialises in military law, food crime, licensing, inquests, and regulatory law, especially rural and agricultural matters.
A large part of his practice involves defending military personnel at courts martial in the UK and abroad.
He has been involved in 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.
He has also been a Royal Naval pupil supervisor for several years.
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.
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.
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
"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
‘Particularly good for anything to do with firearms.’
Legal 500, 2018
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
Regulatory / Disciplinary
020 7489 2727
Inns of Court School of Law
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Military Court Advocates
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Agricultural Lawyers Association