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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


  • CPS Advocates Panel - Cat 4 (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

  • 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

'He maintains a calm demeanour in stressful situations.’

Legal 500, 2018

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