Peter Cunliffe

Where/when you studied: Canon Slade Secondary School, The University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University

Professional expertise before joining the firm: none

When you joined the firm: September 1997

Department responsibilities: Partner in the Criminal and Civil Litigation Departments

Areas of special legal expertise: Criminal Defence and Health and Safety Executive and Department for Work and Pensions prosecutions, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence for claimants and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority applications

Committees or organisations:

  • Duty Solicitor
  • Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal)

Cases:

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence:

  • Froggatt v LEP International Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ 600 (17 April 2002)
  • AG (2017) - Incorrect administration intravenously of pain relief causing unnecessary suffering and prolonged hospital stay. Breach of duty of care admitted and compensation paid.
  • GT (2017) - Failure to implement and update a falls risk register led to admitted breach of duty of care following two avoidable falls which resulted in a fractured hip, surgery, prolonged hospital stay and requirement of home modifications.
  • JE (2016) - Fatal Accidents claim arising from hospital's failure to identify norovirus which resulted, whilst an in-patient, in her untimely death. Breach of duty of care admitted.
  • AA (2015) - Opiate dependency arising from GP's failure to refer and treat. Breach of duty of care admitted.
  • DP (2015) - Hospital trust's failure to interpret x-ray resulted in failure to diagnose cancer which led to a 4 month delay in treatment. Compensation paid to the estate.
  • MR (2015) - Hospital failed to remove a foreign body following operation causing infection and extensive pain and suffering and delay in the healing process.
  • KW (2016) - Hospital consultant misdiagnosed and then wrongly prescribed disease modifying drugs. Liability admitted and compensation paid.
  • CD (2016) - Prescription of penicillin to allergic patient at hospital. Consumption of two tablets caused violent vomiting and sickness for a number of days after stomach operation. Breach of duty of care admitted and compensation paid.   

Criminal:

  • R v L (2009) – As advocate successfully defended care assistant charged with theft from the lady for whom she was caring, who was in her 80's. 6 day trial at Bolton Crown Court.
  • R v W (December 2010) – As advocate achieved acquittal after 2 day trial at Manchester Crown Court. Self defence to an affray on Bradshawgate, Bolton.
  • R v M (November 2010) - As advocate achieved acquittal after 2 day trial at Manchester Crown Court. Self defence to allegation involving headbutt and punch.
  • R v M (September 2010) – Acted as advocate in 7 defendant unlawful immigration case at Manchester Crown Court resulting in 2 years 6 months following guilty plea.
  • R v A (November 2010 – February 2011) – Instructing solicitor in 4 defendant case at Manchester Crown Court. Client charged with assisting an offender in murder trial.
  • R v A (January 2012) - Advocate in 9 defendant violent disorder. Prosecution offer bind over after 5 days of the trial.
  • R v S (February 2012) - Trial Advocate in successful alibi defence to actual bodily harm group attack, at Bolton Crown Court.
  • R v H (October 2012) - 8 month sentence at Bolton Crown Court for Vietnamese cannabis gardener following admissions and guilty plea in the Magistrates Court. 400 plants, street value worth £132,000.
  • R v W (October 2012) - Advocate in 4 day trial at Manchester Crown Court with father alleged to have strangled 8 year old son. Cross examination of the child over video-link. Unanimous not guilty verdict.
  • R v M (May 2013) - Advocate in 3 day trial for sexual activity in the presence of a child - visible from street outside through lounge window. Unanimous acquittal.
  • R v M and others (January 2014) - Advocate in 10 plus defendant conspiracy to defraud VAT at Manchester Crown Court. >£3m fraud. Following a guilty plea on a basis, 12 month suspended sentence with 12 week curfew.

Where educated: Canon Slade Secondary School, The University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University

First job: Waiter

Hobbies: Football, cricket, music

Favourite food: Anything cooked by my wife

Favourite film: Strangers on a train/ ET

Favourite group/artist: Mahler, Bruckner, Mozart

Ultimate holiday destination: Everest Base Camp/ Trans-Siberian Railway

Favourite sport/team: Bolton Wanderers

Favourite book: Crime and Punishment/ A Confederacy of Dunces

Likes: A job well done, having a rest, holidays, dinner parties

Dislikes: A job done poorly, litter, unnecessary legislation

Personal ambition: To try to be successful in all I do and to enjoy life in the process, oh and to dive with a Great White Shark and to play Second Horn in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (well First Horn would be stretching it too far!)