Peter Cooper

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Peter Cooper is a Barrister specialising in Criminal law.

Advocate Panels:

Peter Cooper has been appointed at the highest level (Level 4) on the following Panels:

  • Midland Circuit Advocate Panel
  • Midland Circuit Specialist Rape List
  • National Serious Crime Group Panel
  • National Fraud Panel
  • National Proceeds of Crime Panel

Peter deals with heavyweight Criminal work, both defending and prosecuting. He regularly receives instructions in the most serious cases, including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, rape, historic sexual offences, child abuse, arson with intent to endanger life, firearms offences, drugs offences and fraud.

He has acted either alone or as leading advocate in several murder cases, and in many others led by Queen’s Counsel. Whilst the majority of his work is in the Crown Court, he also has a long record of effectively representing private clients in the magistrates’ court, including motorists and pub landlords.

He has also acted in regulatory and trading standards cases. He has frequently appeared in the Court of Appeal, and has also dealt with appeals to the Administrative Court in criminal cases by way of case stated and judicial review.


MA (Jurisprudence) Oxford University


Criminal Bar Association

Advocate Panels

Peter Cooper has been appointed at the highest level (Level 4) on the following Panels:

Midland Circuit Advocate Panel

Midland Circuit Specialist Rape List


Chambers and Partners 2021: “Peter is hugely experienced and unflappable in court. He has a real command of the details and he has the confidence of both the solicitors and the lay client.” “He is extremely thorough.”

Legal 500 2021: “A very experienced senior junior with a keen eye for detail, who is unrelenting in his efforts in both case preparation and in court.”

Chambers and Partners 2020: “He is calm, measured, and realistic.” “A highly respected barrister and a leader in the criminal field.”

Legal 500 2019: “An effective advocate with great attention to detail. ”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “A class act and the go-to guy for many clients. Incredibly knowledgeable.”

Legal 500 2018: “‘He has exceptional legal knowledge.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “A very hard-working individual who has a substantial Crown Court practice.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “He has an excellent presence in court and his attention to detail is superb. He has real gravitas and inspires confidence in the client that he is somebody who will put forward their case very well.”

Legal 500 2017: “A great senior junior, who always displays a real command of case details.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “I’m never afraid of sending a difficult or demanding brief, whether in terms of complexity or sensitivity.” “Right at the top of the profession and an outspoken advocate in favour of the criminal legal aid Bar.”

Legal 500 2015: “Possesses all the skill, expertise and gravitas of a QC in all but title.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “He is organised and efficient.”

Legal 500 2014: “A humane practitioner, with a safe pair of hands.”

Legal 500 2013: The “meticulous, proactive and incredibly hardworking” Peter Cooper “displays real sensitivity in criminal cases.”

Legal 500 2012: “St Ives Chambers’ Peter Cooper acts in serious murder and serious sexual offence cases.”

Legal 500 2011: “Peter Cooper continues to appear in top-end criminal cases.”

Legal 500 2010: “Peter Cooper has exceptional attention to detail, and is astute at identifying key issues early.”

Chambers & Partners 2008: “St Ives Chambers’ Peter Cooper is a quality performer.”

Chambers & Partners 2006: “Brings a stamp of quality to every case he takes on.”

Further Information

Peter Cooper is a Pupil Supervisor.

He delivers seminars and has lectured solicitors and barristers on numerous topics, including the law and practice of historic sexual offences, making best use of expert evidence, and on the right of an accused to remain silent.

A former defence solicitor and Principal Crown Prosecutor, he has over 30 years’ experience as a criminal advocate.

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