Peter Watkin Jones is a partner at Eversheds. He leads the firm's Inquiries and Investigations practice.
Peter specialises in Fitness to Practice proceedings, having represented the General Medical Council for 7 years. He also acts in resolving commercial disputes, particularly in the public sector, where he is lead partner for our contentious work undertaken for the Welsh Assembly Government. He acted last year for the Dover Harbour Board in a public inquiry arising out of the setting of dues for ferry operators using Dover port.
Peter is currently leading a team of lawyers acting for the high profile and crucially important public inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC into possible regulatory and commissioning shortcomings at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. This is an inquiry established by the government under the 2005 Inquiries Act, and was the quickest such inquiry on record, completing its evidence gathering and assessment within 12 months from start to finish. He is also currently acting for the Metropolitan Police Authority, and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in the current Leveson "hacking" inquiry.
Peter and his team specialise in acting for public inquiries, and in managing, collating and assessing all evidence for such inquiries. Past major public inquiries include the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, where Peter led a team of over 30 lawyers for 7 years, and the Shipman Inquiry, where the team was 20 lawyers. Peter and his 20 strong team also acted for 4 years for Sir Michael Morland's public inquiry into the killing of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson. Peter has also acted for interested parties in Child Abuse inquiries, and in relation to e.coli outbreaks in schools. He has acted for the Children's Commissioner for Wales, and has conducted an investigation and reported on the need for reform in the area of school exclusions.
Peter has also advised the Government of Sudan on issues of international law arising out of the Darfur crisis, and the intervention of the International Criminal Court. He has acted for a past police commissioner in inquisitorial proceedings in Paris instigated at the behest of Mr Al Fayed, and arising out of the deaths of Princess Diana, and Dodi al Fayed. He has been trained by the International Criminal Law Bureau on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.