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Peter Laverack

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Pete's work as a lawyer is the kind that restores faith in the profession.

A barrister specialising in human rights, one day he might be applying for an anti-slavery order; the next he could be forfeiting money from drug dealers. He has built a notable practice in the Caribbean, recently bringing the first same-sex marriage court challenge in the Cayman Islands and helping to strike down the Trinidadian laws that criminalised homosexuality.

Peter Laverack
Why do you do what you do? 

I switched to being a barrister after starting out as a commercial solicitor, then working for United Nations in Cambodia and then as an NGO lawyer in London. The best thing about being a barrister is being self-employed. It gives me a lot of flexibility to make a difference where I can.

What's the one thing that your work has taught you that you wish everyone knew?

There's no rush to find your 'forever' career.

What advice has most inspired you recently?

I've been really fortunate to work with some amazing Queen's Counsel (senior barristers) recently. Hearing one QC tell me how he has devoted 30 years to ending the death penalty in the Caribbean really inspired me.

HOW COULD THE HOT BREAKFAST COMMUNITY HELP OR SUPPORT YOU OR YOUR ORGANISATION?

Litigation is expensive - including on human rights issues. My clients always struggle to fund their cases and are totally reliant on the good will of donors and lawyers working for them pro bono. Any help with raising awareness, or introductions to Sarah's wealthy aunty, would be welcome.

What's your breakfast of choice? 

I'm always trying but failing to be healthy.