Peter Melleney

Year of Call: 2010
Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Peter Melleney


A versatile advocate with strong interpersonal skills, he specialises in professional regulation (with a focus on serious misconduct and criminal allegations) and financial crime, including political corruption.

He has an established practice in professional regulation. He has extensive experience representing professionals in substantive proceedings covering misconduct, lack of competence and health committees. He has also been instructed by regulatory bodies and previously undertook a six month secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He has experience of a wide range of criminal cases, both defending and prosecuting, including being led in a human trafficking trial and presently in a large scale government corruption trial. Peter has previously been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office, assisting in evidential and disclosure reviews in relation to both an alleged ‘boiler room’ fraud and the Libor investigation.

Significant Cases

  • R v. Misick and Others (2015-ongoing) – Currently instructed as led junior in a political corruption trial in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Sheffield
  • MA Human Rights, University of London
  • Bar Council International Professional and Legal Development Grant (2017)
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship (2009)
  • Inner Temple Frank and Burriss Gahan Benefactor’s Award (2009)
  • Inner Temple BVC Exhibition (2009)
  • University of Sheffield Mooting Competition (2006 Winner)
  • University of Sheffield DLA Piper Law Prize (2005)
  • Member of Avocats San Frontieres International Legal Network
  • International Society for Reform of the Criminal Law (Young Member)
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Areas of Specialism


Regulatory Law

He has an established practice in professional regulation. He has extensive experience representing professionals in substantive proceedings covering misconduct, lack of competence and health committees. He has also been instructed by regulatory bodies and previously undertook a six month secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Outside of professional regulation he has also had success representing clients (both individuals and corporations) in licensing appeals before a variety of tribunals, including District Councils and Transport for London. Previous research work at the Law Commission looked at criminal liability in regulatory contexts.

Criminal Litigation

In addition to general crime he has an interest in corporate criminal liability. Prior to the bar he was employed as a research assistant at the Law Commission, whilst there he worked primarily on the Bribery project which led to the 2010 Act.

Other Details


Additional and previous employment includes:

  • Legal Consultant, Horizon Institute (December 2015 – December 2016) – He designed and delivered training as part of the Somaliland Justice Sector Project funded by DFID and implemented by the Horizon Institute. During five visits to Hargeisa he trained prosecutors and Deputy Attorney Generals on topics covering; case analysis, law of evidence, advocacy, disclosure, fair trial requirements, appeals and human rights.
  • NMC, Fitness to Practice Lawyer (June – December 2012) – He was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for six months in the role of Fitness to Practice Lawyer, presenting cases of alleged misconduct or lack of competence on behalf of the regulatory body.
  • Law Commission, Research Assistant (September 2008 – May 2010) – As a Research Assistant for the Criminal Law Team at the Law Commission of England and Wales he worked primarily on the Law Commission’s review of the law on bribery and then a wider review of corporate criminal liability under English law. He was awarded a rating of ‘Outstanding’ in my annual performance review.

He participated in the Bar Council visit to Brazil in June 2017 as part of the Bar Council Brazilian Exchange Programme including seminars and round table discussions between the Bar Council, Law Society and the Brazilian OAB and CESA. He also spent a week with Machado Meyer in their Sao Paulo office and a week with Demarest in Rio, including giving a presentation on the English legal system and the legal profession.

Recent publications include:

He is involved in a number of charitable causes include:

  • Asylum Support Appeals Project – He regularly provides pro bono representation before the asylum support appeals tribunal. He has also organised and delivered CPD accredited training on advocacy and professional ethics issues for over 30 legal professionals working on the scheme.
  • African Prisons Project – Over the past few years he has provided seminars to African prison officers attending the African Prisons Project’s secondment programme held biannually in the UK, covering the British criminal justice system and human rights.