Peter Hunter


Peter is a criminal defence specialist, focusing on serious crime such as terrorism, murder, manslaughter and serious sexual assault.

Background and expertise

Often instructed as a leading junior, Peter has defended allegations of terrorism offences, murder, manslaughter, fraud, and serious sexual crimes.

Peter’s assets include the ability to see a case from a defendant’s point of view, aiming to understand their situation and goals – often taking into account the “big picture” including the needs of family or friends.

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He is able to break issues down to basics for clients, and to articulate points of law effectively in court.

Prior to being called to the bar, Peter worked in commerce, selling a business specialising in importing and exporting air freight.

Notable cases

R v A and three others, 2016

Lead junior in terrorism-related case at Kingston Crown Court – defending a man who failed to report others who were actively preparing to go to Syria and join Da’esh.

R v JPR, 2017

Chelmsford Crown Court. Successful defence of a man charged with an attempted murder involving a slashing across the throat – after identification evidence was called into question.

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R v GH and three others, 2017

Woolwich Crown Court. Historic rape trial, leading to successful acquittal of male defendant in relation to four alleged offences dating back 27 years.

R v AM and 16 others, 2017

Central Criminal Court. Case involving the largest police seizure of cannabis being produced in UK factories, worth some £2–3 million.

R v BA, 2016

Inner London Crown Court. Four-month trial relating to a £2 million housing fraud against a local authority.

R v PF, 2016

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Acquittal of a fifteen-year old boy charged with the rape of another 15-year-old.

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PROFILE: Peter Hunter

Year called



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Confiscation / POCA

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Sexual offences

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences


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