It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Professor Peter Shears of the University of Plymouth
Peter was the Emeritus Professor of Consumer Law and Policy at the University, the title Emeritus reflecting his highly regarded status in the academic world. He was pre-eminent in his field, well known for his extensive research, and he wrote numerous articles for various legal periodicals. He was at the forefront of, and one of the main driving forces involved in, leading the Law Faculty at the University to its current position of excellence, and its consequent standing in the country as a result.
Peter was a great friend of PLS, firmly believing that strong links between PLS and the University were of considerable mutual benefit, and this has certainly proved to be the case. For many years, Peter sat on the PLS Committee as a co-opted member, providing and attracting quality speakers for the continuing education courses run jointly by PLS and the University, for PLS members.
He was a guest speaker at the PLS Annual Dinner on more than one occasion, and his sense of humour, coupled with a dry style of delivery, was always well received and enjoyed by those attending. Peter was also a judge of the PLS Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and presented the Award on many occasions at the PLS Annual Dinner, in his own inimitable manner, taking care to recognise all the nominees and their achievements, in addition to those of the winner.
Peter will be remembered with great fondness by all his former students and former colleagues, as well as members of the profession locally.