Peter Cruickshank | 39 Park Square


Peter Cruickshank


Peter joined 39 Park Square after successfully completing a mixed civil and criminal pupillage supervised by joint Heads of Chambers, Richard Canning and Robert Skyner.


Peter grew up in Manchester before attending University in London. He studied History with languages at UCL, graduating with a 1st class degree. After University, he spent 3 years working abroad with the United Nations Environment Programme, before moving back to Manchester. There, he worked for a year and a half as the organiser for a poverty action charity (‘Greater Manchester Poverty Action’) and as a legal representative for Salford Unemployed Centre, where he represented clients on social security and employment law matters.


Peter started his GDL part-time while working in Manchester. In the second year of his part-time GDL Peter secured a position working on the law desk of The Times newspaper, where he supported the newspaper’s legal editors as a project manager.


Peter was not awarded a scholarship by his Inn, but was determined to pursue his BPTC non the less. He studied at the University of Law in Leeds, graduating with a Very Competent and scoring Outstanding marks in all of his advocacy exams. Peter won the University of Law’s Civil moot competition sponsored by Broadway House Chambers, and he was selected to represent the University in the inter-varsity moot with BPP, which he went on to win.

Peter regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and in the Magistrates’ Court. He is CPS Grade 1. During his pupillage he worked on a number of interesting cases, including defending for Extinction Rebellion, defending on a sexual assault trial in the youth court, and Proceeds of Crime hearings.

Peter receives instructions on a range of civil matters.


In employment law, Peter has been involved with a number of clients bringing claims to the Employment Tribunal. He has detailed knowledge of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, and discrimination law, and has represented both employer and employee at the Employment Tribunal.


Peter welcomes instructions for consumer claims and personal injury work. He has represented clients at costs hearings, infant settlement hearings, strike out applications, and several applications regarding expert evidence. Peter has also conducted fast track trials, and has a busy practice with written advice for civil matters. Peter has represented both Claimants and Defendants.


Peter has also maintained an interest in environmental law. Peter is a Co-Convenor of one of the working parties of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), where he has organised a number of events and contributes to a regular ‘litigation’ bulletin.

Outside of Chambers, Peter is a Co-Director of Leeds Free Legal Representation, which provides free social security and employment law advice and representation in Yorkshire.