Our Civil Team represent both Claimants and Defendants in County and High Court matters.
We are often instructed in personal injury claims and contractual disputes ranging from those allocated to the small claims track to high-value, complex multi-track cases. We cover all types of hearings from case management and directions hearings to multi-day trials.
Our team is uniquely placed to work collaboratively with Pepperells Solicitors’ Civil Department. We understand the demands on our lay clients and ensure they are provided with timely yet effective solutions.
We also have experience in niche areas of Civil Law. For example, we have experience in Taxi Licensing Law and our Head of Chambers, Mr David Godfrey, has regularly represented clients in presumption of death hearings
Head of Chambers
In a varied career David has both defended and prosecuted a huge number of different crimes. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004 he joined the Royal Air Force Legal Service and gained vast experience representing the legal interests of soldiers all over the world (at Courts Martial). During this period, he became the first service lawyer to enter the Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, during a protracted gross negligence manslaughter investigation.
David left the RAF in 2013 and transferred to the Bar joining 37 Park Square Chambers. He has developed a busy criminal practice encompassing offences such as murder, rape, aggravated burglary, assault of all kinds, death by careless and dangerous driving, drug offences (including supply and vast cultivation), harassment, intimidation, large scale dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and wilful neglect.
Increasingly, he has defended in all kinds of sexual cases (including rape, indecent assault, assault by penetration, sexual activity with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography) including allegations going back many decades.
David has conducted both the defence and the prosecution of internal disciplinary tribunals and takes instructions in all civil matters. In particular, Mr Godfrey has a wealth of experience of representing clients in the niche area of presumption of death hearings.
David is a keen triathlete having taken part in numerous Ironman events. He is a huge Hull City fan and is making ongoing attempts to pass that passion onto his (reluctant) daughters….
Education & Qualifications
BA History University of Leicester 2000
PgDL College of Law York 2002
England & Wales 2006
Admitted to the Bar 2013
Memberships and Affiliations
Criminal Bar Association
Member of North East Circuit
Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor
John Dunning initially practised from chambers in the Inner Temple, London EC4. He has worked virtually all the Crown Courts in London and the South East circuit.
After moving north, he quickly re-established himself as an experienced criminal advocate, initially in Leeds, and more latterly in Hull.
He specialises in serious criminal work; homicide, serious violence, sexual offences, fraud and other dishonesty, drugs offences and trading standards and regulatory matters.
John has also a developed interest in education law and is a member of both the Hull and East Riding Independent Appeal panels.
Memberships and Affiliations
East Riding Education Appeal Panel
Chair of Appeal Panel of the University of York
Kylie Peach initially qualified as a Solicitor- Advocate and then transferred to the Bar.
Miss Peach has over 10 years’ experience in both Civil and Criminal Courts and continues to undertake work in both arenas.
In respect of civil cases Miss Peach has experience of running a case from the outset up to the final costs determination. Miss Peach has a broad range of experience in Family cases including care and private proceedings and is regularly instructed to represent all parties. With regards to criminal matters Miss Peach prosecutes and defends and undertakes all types of hearings including trials and appeals.
In her spare time Miss Peach is an avid cricket fan and loves to travel.
Memberships and Affiliations
Women Lawyers of Yorkshire
Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor"
Philip has been practicing as an Advocate for over 40 years, first appearing in Hull County Court as an Articled Clerk in 1979. Over that period he has appeared on behalf of thousands of clients in Criminal, Civil and Family Courts in Hull, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and beyond.
Philip has been a member of the Law Society Children’s panel for over 25 years, and obtained his Higher Rights in 2007 enabling him to exercise the same rights of audience as a Barrister in all Civil and Family cases.
He has represented parents and children in many high profile cases, dealing with complex issues including sexual abuse, rape, chronic neglect and significant physical and emotional abuse. Many of these cases have hearings which last several weeks.
Philip has considerable experience in a wide range of family matters including care proceedings, domestic abuse, divorce separation, financial disputes, residence and contact issues, international relocation and forced marriage. Philip has appeared in the Family Court and also in the High Court.
Philip also deals with Court of Protection cases and is an Accredited Family Mediator, qualified to undertake child inclusive mediations for both private and legally aided clients. He is also a trained Civil Mediator. Philip is one of a handful of lawyers to have obtained a post graduate diploma in child forensic studies from the University of Leeds. He is currently a member of the national committee of SAHCA (Solicitors Advocates Higher Courts Association).
1981 admitted as a Solicitor
1991 to present, Member of Law Society Children’s panel
1998 Diploma in Child Forensic Studies
2001 to present, Family Mediator
2007 Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil)
2016 trained as a Civil Mediator
Interests and memberships
Philip is a former president of Hull Junior Chamber of Commerce and Shipping and a Senator of British Junior Chamber.
He is also a former president of South Cave and Wolds Rotary club and a current member Hull Paragon Rotary Club.
Philip is a national committee member of the SAHCA
Philip has a longstanding interest in history, particularly military history, and is also a Sheffield United season ticket holder .
Barristers in Hull, Lincoln, Grimsby & Scunthorpe
100 Alfred Gelder Street
Tel: 0330 0 88 33 58