BMus., G.R.S.M., L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M., A.R.A.M., M.A.E.

Peter Oxendale studied at the Royal Academy of Music and King’s College, London. He has enjoyed a long and varied career in music and has been active and successful as a session musician, record producer, arranger, conductor and programmer. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading forensic musicologists. His client list extends to the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Europe, South Africa, India, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. He has given evidence at trials in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the USA and receives an average of around 450 new instructions per year. A full CV can be accessed here.

Peter Oxendale has testified in a number of trials in the UK, the Republic Of Ireland and the USA. As well as preparing the usual expert report, he will often provide a number of audio examples in support. He often expands his testimony and illustrates his points by performing live on an electronic musical keyboard.

BA (Hons)

Carolyn Oxendale gained a BA in French and Russian at Lancaster University. She acts as PA to Peter Oxendale and provides assistance with regard to music copyright related matters in general and, in particular, research into lyrics and the provenance and copyright status of certain musical works including “prior art” research. She also administers the company’s finances and manages the day-to-day operations, which she has done for over 25 years.


James Oxendale studied at the University of York and received a Masters in Music with distinction in 2015. He has also studied and is an accomplished pianist, electric guitarist, classical guitarist and music analyst. He has been working as an assistant to Peter Oxendale and as an employee of Peter Oxendale Music Services Ltd. since October 2015 and undertakes research and provides assistance with regard to numerous music copyright and related matters, including preparing musical transcriptions, making musical and lyrical comparisons, undertaking waveform analyses, providing audio A/B comparisons as well as “prior art” research. He is a trainee forensic musicologist and has assisted in over 550 cases spanning a large array of music copyright related matters.