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Peter Cruickshank practises in planning and environmental law, and criminal law.

In planning and environmental work, Peter accepts instructions to advise on the merits of planning challenges and in claims challenging planning decisions. He has experience of advising about planning policy and officer's reports, and matters including permitted development, amenity, and consultation processes. He recently successfully represented a Defendant local planning authority in an application for judicial review, where he drafted the Summary Grounds of Resistance, and the High Court went on to certify the Claimant's claim as 'totally without merit'. Peter has also drafted Letters Before Action for Claimants in judicial review claims, as well as recently a Statement of Facts and Grounds at permission stage. Peter has advised on a range of environmental matters including pollution, nuisance, tree felling, biodiversity and sewerage. Peter recently gave a presentation alongside Noemi Byrd about the role and status of Rule 6 parties at planning inquiries. See link here. Peter also prosecutes and defends in planning enforcement cases. Peter is a contributing author to Garner's Environmental Law. Peter is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, and the co-convenor of the UK Environmental Law Association's Litigation Working Party.

Peter has also developed a successful criminal practice. In 2024 he secured the acquittal of a prison officer charged with s.18 GBH in a jury trial lasting several weeks, when he was prosecuted by a leading silk and junior. In 2023 secured the acquittal of a Defendant charged with affray after a six day jury trial where the jury convicted the other Defendants, and secured the acquittal of a man charged with s.18 GBH after a four day jury trial. He has been instructed on cases including drugs conspiracy, sexual communications, possession of firearms with intent, dangerous driving, robbery, arson, and inciting racial hatred.

Peter has a common law background. He has represented Claimants and Defendants in small claims and fast track trials in the county court, and has good experience of drafting Particulars of Claim, Defences and Counterclaims. Peter has experience of personal injury claims, employment cases, housing law where he has represented tenants in possession proceedings, as well as debt claims.

Before coming to the Bar, Peter spent three years with the United Nations Environment Programme, spent a year supporting the legal editors of The Times newspaper, and also worked as an organiser for a local charity where he grew up.


Peter read History with a European Language (BA Hons) at University College London and graduated with a First Class degree. Peter spent a Year Abroad at the Universities of Paris IV La Sorbonne and École Normale Supérieure.

Peter completed his Graduate Diploma in Law in 2018. He completed his Bar Professional Training Course in 2019, where he received a “Very Competent” with “Outstanding” grades awarded for all advocacy examinations.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • UK Environmental Law Association
  • Environmental Law Foundation


  • CPS Grade 1 Advocate

Latest news

10th July 2024

Anne Williams and Peter Cruickshank start two-week planning inquiry

Anne Williams and Peter Cruickshank are starting a two-week planning inquiry instructed by Bromley London Borough Council next week on 16 July 2024. Bromley...

14th March 2024

Peter Cruickshank secures acquittal of prison officer charged with s.18 GBH on a prisoner

This case concerned an incident that took place in May 2020 at HMP Thameside, during the service of food at dinner, a prisoner threw...

25th October 2023

Anne Williams and Peter Cruickshank successfully represented the London Borough of Hackney in significant planning appeal

Lamb Lane Partnership Limited sought permission to demolish an unkempt building in central Hackney in a conservation area. They sought to replace it with a mixed-use scheme, with workspaces in the basement and ground floor levels, and residential units above.

25th July 2023

New tenant Peter Cruickshank has secured acquittals after two jury trials in July 2023

In the first case, the Defendant was charged with s.18 grievous bodily harm with intent. It was alleged that he had approached the complainant's...


3rd July 2024

Environmental Law News Update

Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd v United Utilities Ltd (No.2) [2024] UKSC 22 This claim arose out of the highly topical problem of what...

28th May 2024

Environmental Law News Update

Case law reviews In R (on application of River Action UK) v Environment Agency and others [2024] EWHC 1279 (Admin), the Court heard a case...

11th April 2024

Environmental Law News Update

Human Rights and Climate Change under the ECHR. On 9th April, the European Court of Human Rights handed down three decisions in cases brought...

26th March 2024

Environmental Law News Update

Plastic recycling: taking stock The presence of plastics is very obvious to us all when we go shopping, and we spend much time recycling...

30th November 2023

Envrionmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Chris Badger and Peter Cruickshank discuss the proposed loss and damage fund which is on the table at COP 28, recent High Court cases concerning sewerage discharges into rivers, and interesting environmental features of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023.

31st October 2023

Environmental Law News Update

In the latest Environmental Law News Update, Peter Cruickshank and Jemima Lovatt discuss nutrient neutrality causing a so called 'Ban On Building' and also the courts view Scope 3 emissions.

31st July 2023

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Peter Cruickshank consider a High Court refusal of permission for a claim against Shell PLC's Directors, the development consent order for the Stonehenge bypass and the introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas.