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Peter Horgan

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Peter Horgan - Deans Court Chambers


  • St Anselms College, Birkenhead
  • BA Hons Econ (Manchester)
  • Diploma in Law


  • Appointed as a Family Recorder 2019
  • CPS Advocates Panel - Cat 3 (R)
  • Approved Counsel for the Falkland Islands

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit


Peter has developed a busy and broadly based criminal practise with extensive experience in both defending and prosecuting including cases of murder, causing death by dangerous driving, firearms, arson, serious sexual offences and drug conspiracies. He is a level 4 Prosecutor on the CPS Advocates Panel.

Peter regularly acts for the GMC in cases before the Fitness to Practise panel involving all aspects of professional misconduct. Such cases often involve sensitive subject matter and have to be handled with particular care.

He has acted in cases involving fatalities arising out of accidents at work, and also for numerous clients on behalf of Insurance Companies in fatality cases arising out of road traffic collisions.

He also appears on behalf of commercial clients in cases prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive in both the Magistrates and Crown Court.

Notable Cases

  • Health & Safety

    HSE v Pendle Borough Council Burnley Magistrates Court - acted for the Borough Council. G pleas entered to offences contrary to s2 and s3 HSWA etc 1974 arising out of an accident in which a temporary employee sustained serious life changing injuries whilst working on the Council’s recycling / refuse collection service. The HSE submitted that this was a case of high culpability with a starting point of £450,000 on the guidelines but that the Court should also consider moving significantly up within that range due to the facts of the case. DJ agreed with defence submissions that this was a case of medium culpability and accepted all the mitigation advanced on its behalf imposing a fine of £40,000.

  • HSE v UK Events Liverpool Crown Court - acted for two companies and a Director who ran an events company specialising in the provision of pyrotechnics at music and sporting events. Unfortunately an accident at an event resulted in one person losing the sight in an eye. Negotiated pleas on behalf of one company were accepted. After a Newton hearing a fine of £16k was imposed.

  • HSE v GRUK Barnsley Magistrates Court - acted for a glass recycling company where an employee from another company who was on site suffered life changing injuries as a result of an accident involving a fork lift truck. G plea entered and mitigation advanced. Submissions made concerning the level of harm which were contrary to the HSE’s position. DJ agreed with HSE at the hearing but then of his own volition subsequently re-opened the case under the slip rule and sentenced in accordance with the defence submissions. Substantial reduction in fine from £230,000 down to £100,000.

  • HSE v JFB Corse Ltd Manchester Magistrates Court - acted for company who manufactured paper tubes during which an employee suffered serious injuries after an accident with a machine. G plea entered to one offence contrary to S2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The DJ accepted defence submissions as regards the appropriate categorisation for sentencing guidelines imposing a fine.

  • HSE v ICS Newcastle under Lyme (2017) - acted for company whose employee suffered life changing injuries as a result of an accident at work when an inappropriately stored electrical panel fell. G plea entered to one offence contrary to S2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The DJ accepted defence submissions both as regards the necessity for a Newton hearing and as regards categorisation relating to the sentencing guidelines. A fine of £60,000 was imposed.

  • HSE V SPL International Ltd Liverpool Crown Court - acted for company who was a manufacturer and supplier of fermentation ingredients and flavourings for the home-brew and commercial alcoholic drinks industry. Employee suffered serious life changing injuries whilst at work as a result of an accident with a blending machine. G plea entered to section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. After successful negotiation with the HSE an agreed position as regards the sentencing guidelines was arrived at with a fine of £80,000 being imposed after mitigation was advanced.

  • HSE v Chromalloy UK Derby Crown Court - on two separate occasions acted for this multinational company in cases brought by the HSE. The more recent case concerned the issue of the risk of an outbreak of legionella. Guilty pleas were tendered and after mitigation fines were imposed.

  • Murder

    R v McGuire (Preston)

    Junior Counsel for the Crown - defendant’s plea to manslaughter accepted.

  • Murder

    R v Butt (Preston)

    Junior Prosecution Counsel - defendant found guilty after trial of lying in wait before attacking victim with a large butcher’s knife.

  • Attempted Murder

    R v Halstead (Preston)

    Prosecution Counsel. Defendant convicted after trial of domestic related knife attack.

  • Murder

    R v Khan

  • Historical Sexual Assault

    R v Kelly (Bolton)

    Defence Counsel - defendant acquitted after trial of allegations dating back over 20 years.

  • Crime

    R v Khan and others (Preston)

    Successful prosecutions of a number of defendants for luring and then attacking two complainants to an address.

  • Drugs Conspiracy

    R v Turner and others (Burnley)

    Successful prosecutions of a number of defendants for conspiracy to supply drugs.

  • Fraud

    R v Sheldon Williams (Preston)

    Prosecution Counsel. Defendant found guilty after trial of defrauding over £0.6 million from elderly investors.

  • Rape

    R v OReilly (Preston)

    Defence Counsel - defendant acquitted after trial of “stranger rape”.

  • Death by Dangerous Driving

    R v Steele (Chester)

    Defence Counsel. Lorry driver acquitted after trial running a defence of automatism.

  • Crime

    R v Cawley (Preston)

    Successful prosecution of a man passing on HIV to his girlfriend. Involved technical scientific issues.

What the directories say

"A good court performer who is affable and well liked."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘ Peter is a safe pair of hands - someone we can trust with the most complex of cases. Well prepared, engaged and an advocate who will consistently achieve best evidence from our witnesses. ’

Legal 500, 2022

"He really is a class act. He's approachable, bright, very good with clients and he knows his way around - you can tell he's an accomplished jury advocate." "An efficient and effective advocate."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘Peter is able, organised, decisive and fair; all qualities which make him an appealing advocate to tribunals. As an opponent, he is professionally amiable and effective.’

Legal 500, 2021

'He commands the court room with authority, expounding with a smooth, assured delivery.'

Legal 500, 2021

‘ He delivers arguments and submissions before the courts with clarity and panache. ’

Legal 500, 2020

'He maintains a calm demeanour in stressful situations.’

Legal 500, 2018


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