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Peter Watkin Jones, Consultant

Peter Watkin Jones

Consultant

Languages

Fluent French and Welsh

Practice areas

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

Practice notes

Peter Watkin Jones is a Consultant in our Inquiries and Investigations team having been a partner in Eversheds Sutherland for over 30 years, with a background as a commercial litigator in the public sector. He was formerly head of the Inquiries and Investigations team and has led multiple teams of lawyers acting for governmental inquiries.

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. 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 focussed 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 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 also formerly led the team of solicitors in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. Peter also has extensive experience in representing core participants, to include clients in the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry, two core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a core participant in the Magnox Inquiry, two core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and a core participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Peter is a regular speaker at public conferences on issue relating to investigative work. Peter has sat as Chair of Fitness to Practise Committees for the 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. Peter holds higher level security clearance (Develop vetted clearance) and has also co-authored the book "The Practical Guide to Public Inquiries" published by Hart in December 2020.

 

 

 

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