Peter Glenser QC

Barrister (Door Tenant)

Called 1993 | Silk 2018

Member of Criminal Bar Association

Member of Association of Military Court Advocates

Member of Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Member of Agricultural Lawyers Association

 

Background

Peter is a specialist in criminal and military law. He has a specialist knowledge of, and expertise in, firearms and firearms legislation as well as being Vice President of the British Association of Shooting and Conversation, the UK’s largest shooting organisation. He writes for The Shooting Gazette and other publications on matters concerning firearms law. In addition to this, Peter is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers and away from work, Peter is usually found enjoying the British countryside or in the kitchen.

“Pre-eminent practitioner in cases concerning firearms licensing and wildlife crime who is applauded for the depth of his knowledge. He regularly provides regulatory advice and defends private clients who have breached firearm licence requirements.”

“Easy to work with, accessible and very knowledgeable about firearms.”

“He’s adept at winning over professional tribunals and is great both in terms of his paperwork and his performances on his feet.”

Crime


      • Serious Crime
      • Firearms Specialist
      • Court Martial
      • Regulatory

Peter’s practice spans both the prosecution and defence of very serious offences of all types. He appears at Crown Courts throughout England and Wales.

A large part of his practice involves Court Martial, and he is a recognised expert in firearms law.

He is very regularly involved in criminal cases that involve the use of firearms and that are of the utmost gravity.

In addition to a busy and heavy general criminal workload, Peter specialises in Military Law.

He has been involved in many, if not most, of the more serious and high-profile Courts Martial cases of recent years – including cases of murder, manslaughter, rape, serious sexual assault, other violence and dishonesty, as well as cases arising from alleged ill-treatment of enemy combatants, non-combatants and subordinates on operations.

Peter has a specialist knowledge of, and expertise in, firearms and firearms legislation – and is frequently instructed for the appellant in firearms licensing matters throughout England and Wales.

He has experience of inquests with a jury and is licensed to receive instructions directly from members of the public.

Notable Cases

R v L, 2018 – Leading in the defence of a retired Police and Army Officer accused of stealing firearms worth in the region of £200k from a secure MoD facility.

R v B, 2018 – Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a gunman in an alleged gangland hit in Bolton.

R v CH, 2018 – Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a serviceman accused of Attempted Murder in Cyprus.

R v Ca, 2018 – Successfully leading for the Defence on behalf of a British Army Warrant Officer accused of a variety of offences, including rape, in Germany, Canada and Britain.

R v D, W, 2018 – Successfully defended two members of the Quantock Stag Hounds accused of unlawful hunting.

R v A, 2018 – Exceptionally difficult client charged with multiple counts of vaginal and anal rape on his wife, assaults on his children and a variety of other serious offending. Norwich Crown Court.

R v K, 2018 – Very difficult defence of soldier accused of multiple familiar rape of a very young child. Already serving a sentence for sexual assault of same victim. Acquitted at half-time of all but one count.

R v T, 2017 – Leading in the successful defence of a senior British officer accused of the rape of a US officer in Africa. The case was the first court martial to be heard on both sides of the Atlantic. This complex investigation involved the FBI, Royal Military Police and other law enforcement agencies; evidence was taken from almost every continent.

R v F, 2017 – Prosecuting in an attempted murder case arising out of a parking dispute – involving complex medical and psychiatric issues, and exceptionally serious injuries. Kingston Crown Court.

R v L, W, W – Successfully defended three members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt on their appeal against conviction for unlawful hunting.

R v R – Successfully defended a Master of Foxhounds on appeal against his conviction for threatening a hunt saboteur who had taken one of his foxhounds.

LACS v L and Others, 2015 – The “Lamerton Hunt” case: a very high-profile private prosecution under the Hunting Act at Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court. Following cross-examination of the prosecution expert over his undisclosed links with witnesses in the case, the prosecution offered no further evidence.

R v J Ltd, 2016 – A prosecution arising out of the operation of an abattoir. Successful submission at the start of the case challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try the case. Very substantial costs award against the Crown.

R v D, 2015 – Taunton Crown Court. Prosecution following victim’s right to review. The defendant had a collision, mounted, with a hunt saboteur who was badly hurt. He said that he had neither seen her nor deliberately ridden into her. The prosecution expert agreed. The CPS refused to prosecute but after a high profile media campaign changed their mind and abandoned their expert, who the defence then called. Defendant was acquitted.

Re: B – Prosecution at Bulford Court Martial of a very senior RAF Officer alleged to have assaulted two very junior officers the night that he took command. A conviction would have been catastrophic – career ending – for this officer. Serious evidential difficulties to overcome. Acquitted.

R v L, 2016  – Southwark Crown Court. Allegation of serious sexual assault on young boy by his step-grandfather. Extremely sensitive because of victim’s father’s employment and the location of the alleged assault. The defendant was a foreign national.

Re: C, 2016 – British Forces Germany Court Martial Centre. Allegation of rape of a German national in barracks by a British soldier. Acquitted.

Testimonials


“Very impressive with his examination of witnesses” – Legal 500, 2019

“Excellent with lay clients, and a skilled and formidable advocate” – Legal 500, 2017

“Has cornered the market in firearms licensing, and regularly defends private clients who have breached firearm licence requirement. He is praised for the depth of his knowledge of this area.”

“A lawyer with a good network of connections in the firearms community” who is “approachable, amenable and always well liked by clients.”