Peter Adkins

Peter is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer and is also highly regarded for his expertise in Regulatory, Licensing and Gambling Law. He joined the practice in May 2016 and has spent all his career in and around Birmingham.

Peter is recommended in the Legal 500 for both Licensing/Gambling and Commercial Litigation/Dispute Resolution.

Licensing / Gambling / Regulatory

The guide to the legal profession, The Legal 500, recognises Peter’s knowledge of Licensing and Gambling Law and he is regularly engaged by clients all over the country involved in all aspects of the Licensed trade. Peter deals with pubs, restaurants and hotels, casinos, gambling establishments, shops and late night take-aways. Combining with colleagues in the firm Peter is able to look after all the legal needs of the industry including commercial property, corporate and employment issues.

He is developing a substantial international clientele in the area of remote/online Gambling and is regularly instructed to advise clients wishing to set up prize competitions and online gambling and casino games.

Peter was invited to attend before the House of Lords Select Committee on the review of the Licensing Act. He was asked to give evidence on the law generally and in particular how it has affected Members Clubs. He was one of only a handful of lawyers called to do so.

There is more information on the areas we cover on our Licensing pages.

Litigation / Dispute Resolution

In Commercial Litigation matters Peter acts primarily on Business to Business disputes. When dealing with clients he always recognises that businesses want solutions to their problems and to be free to progress their business, rather than be tied up by endless litigation. He adopts a pro-active approach seeking to reduce the burden of litigation on commercial clients wherever possible. Peter is happy to deal with any size of business, his clients have included international corporations, through UK based PLCs to smaller owner managed businesses. In his career Peter has acted on a wide variety of matters including Trade Mark and other Intellectual Property disputes, contract problems and product recalls through shareholder problems, professional negligence and finance litigation to debt recovery, repossession and injunctive relief.

Internationally Peter has acted for clients based in many areas of the world including the United States of America and Canada. Clients also come from Europe (France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and others), and the Middle East to as far afield as Australia.

Peter is also experienced in Private Client disputes. He is a member of ACTAPS and as such is acknowledged as being highly capable in handling Trust and Estate matters including contested wills, probate and Inheritance Act claims.

With other members of the practice, Peter also deals with a wide range of regulatory disputes and matters involving those involved in the Plumbing and Heating sector. He has for many years run the legal helpline for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)  and has appeared in several training videos for the members and regulalry writes for relevant journals (click here and see below)

Peter is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Plumbers – something which is almost unique within the legal profession! He is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Social and Members Clubs

During his career Peter has also developed a specialism in advising on the law as it affects members clubs all around England and Wales. He is the recommended legal adviser for a number of national Club groupings. He regularly presents to club groups and advises on rule changes, club closures, licensing related matters, member disputes and clubs looking to dis-affiliate.

Business Development

Peter supervises the firm’s marketing and is a well known figure in the Birmingham Business Community. He runs his own networking group ‘Cherrypick’ for suppliers to the Licensed Trade, and each year helps organise the successful ‘Brum Santa Crawl’ raising funds for St Basils charity. He  was named Male Networker of the Year at the City of Birmingham Business Awards 2018 and a Judge at the same awards in 2019 – for more details see our news pages here

For recent articles by Peter and videos please click on the links below

The dangers of counterfeit spare parts – CIPHE video in conjunction with BAXI


Other CIPHE videos can be found on these pages in our Articles section:

Do you have the right insurances? CIPHE SmartTalk video with United Insurance Brokers

CE Marking and Compliant Products

Emms Gilmore Liberson teams up with the CIPHE to provide training video

For some recent articles involving Peter please see below

Pubs set for extra time as World Cup kicks off spending spree

Public Television, Copyright Law and the MPLC – Is Your Business at Risk?

Doom & gloom for Birmingham’s licensed trade?

Dealing with counterfeit spare parts

Casino company’s £12 million bet on Dudley success

Installer 2017 – Counterfeit products and more

House of Lords publish recommendations on changes to the Licensing Act

How long do Publicans really think they can carry on getting away with this?

Do you buy Alcohol from Wholesalers?  Then read this and don’t risk a £10,000 fine

Talking Licensing at the House of Lords

When is a Small Casino not a small casino


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