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Peter Watkin Jones, Partner

Peter Watkin Jones

Partner

Languages

Fluent French and Welsh

Practice areas

  • Central government
  • Commercial litigation
  • Inquiries and investigations
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Peter Watkin Jones has been a Partner with Eversheds Sutherland since 1986. He leads the UK Inquiries and Investigations Team.

Peter has led teams in some of the most high profile public inquiries in the UK. Peter's involvement began when he represented ITV and the BBC in the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry. In 1997, Peter was then appointed by Lord Saville of Newdigate to lead a team of 50 lawyers undertaking the evidence gathering work in relation to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. This was the largest ever UK public inquiry. Peter personally interviewed a former Prime Minister, Government Ministers and Paramilitary Leaders. Peter then led a team acting as Solicitors to the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry chaired by former High Court judge, Sir Michael Moreland. This four years long inquiry focused on allegations of alleged state collusion in the murder of a Northern Ireland human rights lawyer.

Peter's team also acted for the Metropolitan Police Authority (now "MOPAC") in the Leveson Inquiry. This work analysed the regulation of the Metropolitan Police's activities by MOPAC.

Peter and his team were appointed to act as Solicitor agents for the Shipman Inquiry. A team of 24 lawyers and support staff conducted the role of evidence gathering and analysis from a mobile office established in a warehouse in Hyde.

In 2010, Peter was appointed as Solicitor to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, leading a 30 strong Eversheds team gathering and analysing all the evidence for the most important public inquiry on healthcare in a generation. Peter was personally responsible for interviewing senior members of the Department of Health, those responsible for regulating standards, and senior politicians responsible for Government policy, including the former Secretary of State for Health. He was one of the senior editorial team assisting the Chairman in the completion of the report.

Peter is currently leading a team of lawyers acting as Solicitors to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. He also currently acts in the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry for two contractors. He and his team currently act for two Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Peter also represents The Serious Fraud Office in its landmark case on legal privilege against ENRC.

Peter is a regular speaker at public conferences on issues relating to investigative work; for example, he was a guest speaker on "Conducting Internal Investigations" in San Francisco at the International Bar Association's conference, and at an international conference in San Diego. He has spoken at a European Summit meeting in Dublin on accountability and transparency in healthcare regulation. Peter has sat as a Chair of Fitness to Practise Committees for NMC, CIPFA and The General Pharmaceutical Council and has been appointed to The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and sits as Chair of the Police Professional Standards Department.

Directories’ comments:

Peter Jones is noted in particular for his expertise leading large public inquiries. He is “very good at strategy” according to market sources. They add: “He is excellent at the bigger-picture” thinking and troubleshooting difficulties. He’s good at looking at things from all angles”. Chambers, 2017.

"Peter Watkin Jones is an outstanding strategist whose vast experience inspires confidence." Chambers 2016

"Peter Jones is "a great strategic mind who thinks of innovative solutions," according to sources. He is recommended for his work in inquests and public inquiries." Legal 500

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