Peter Lockley

Peter Lockley

Professional Summary

Called 2013

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Peter Lockley has a broad practice spanning Public, Information and Employment Law. He has acted for local authorities and regulators in a range of judicial review and advisory matters. He has a keen interest in environmental law, in particular in helping public interest groups to strengthen environmental protection. He has acted on numerous occasions for the Information Commissioner and draws on this experience when representing individuals and public authorities in information and data protection matters. He regularly appears for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal.



Peter often acts for local authorities and regulators on both contentious and advisory matters. In particular, he has significant experience of acting for the Local Government Ombudsman and for Ofgem, where he recently completed a secondment working on the Feed-In Tariff scheme. Prior to the bar he worked for a major environmental NGO, and he maintains a keen interest in environmental law and policy He is particularly interested in helping individuals and public interest groups who are seeking to use the law to strengthen environmental protection.

Recent cases include:

  • R (Regas) LB Enfield [2016] EWHC 2513 (QB) – acted for local authority resisting JR of planned cycle path. Led by James Goudie QC
  • R (ES) v London Borough of Hillingdon: relief from sanctions; costs


Peter has acted for the Information Commissioner in dozens of FOIA/EIR appeals, and gained

a deep working knowledge of the information access regimes. This allows him to offer highly practical advice and representation to requesters and public authorities on information matters. He also advises public and private sector clients on data protection and privacy issues.

Recent cases include:

  • London Borough of Enfield v Information Commissioner [2017] UKFTT 2016_0170 (GRC) (27 January 2017): whether housing options appraisal environmental information
  • Brown v Information Commissioner and Ministry of Justice [2016] UKUT 255 (AAC): FOIA exemption for court records.
  • Montague v Information Commissioner [2016] UKFTT 2015_0289 (GRC) (26 July 2016): commercial interests exemption applied to BP sponsorship of the Tate
  • McClatchey v Information Commissioner and South Gloucestershire District Council: request for material related Serious Case Review into Winterbourne View care home.


Peter appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal, acting for both Claimants and Respondents across the full range of employment law claims.

Recent Cases include:

  • Seebass v John Lewis Partnership: successfully defended unfair dismissal claim and secured an award of costs.
  • Leigh v London and Southeastern Railway: multiple discrimination claims struck out.
  • Alam v Secretary of State for Justice: acting for the claimant in a two-week race discrimination and victimisation claim. Currently under appeal to the EAT.
  • Dragoneas v Hilton Hotels UK Ltd: appearing for the employer in a multi-day whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim.


University of Cambridge, MA (Cantab)

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)

Graduate Diploma in Law in (Distinction)


Peter is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Peter was the Head of Transport Policy at WWF-UK, where he was involved in high-profile environmental cases: (R (Hillingdon) v Secretary of State for Transport [2010] EWHC 626 (Admin) (Heathrow third runway); (Case C-366/10, Air Transport Association of America, [2012] 2 CMLR 4) (Emissions trading for foreign airlines).


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