Peter is commended by Legal 500 as a leading barrister in fraud cases valued for both his advocacy and his client skills. He is an accomplished trial and appellate advocate who excels at presenting complex evidence in a clear and compelling manner. Legal 500 place him in band 1 in the field of international criminal law.
Peter advises across the field of business risk, in investigations of bribery and market abuse, as well as sanctions listing, export controls and Modern Slavery. He also advises professionals in respect of their regulatory obligations and in disciplinary proceedings.
Peter is also “top-ranked” by Chambers UK (Band 1) as one of the country’s leading extradition barristers. The landmark cases in which he has acted (Lauri Love, Celinski, Fenyvesi, Symeou, among many others), have shaped the law of extradition under the 2003 Act. He is presently advising high profile individuals facing extradition to the United States, The United Arab Emirates, Romania and Italy. In recent years he had acted in cases concerning states as diverse as Iraq, Hong Kong, Paraguay and the UAE.
What the directories say:
"He is exceptional in terms of his preparation, thoroughness and tactical awareness". Chambers UK 2018
"He's experienced, very technical and highly knowledgeable." "A really good and calm advocate whose opinions carry weight with the judges." Chambers UK 2017
"Instructed for the defence in major SFO cases. He regularly tackles matters involving allegations of bribery and market manipulation, and is an expert on sanctions work … highlighted for his calm advocacy style and his ability to handle cases that hinge on human rights.” Chambers UK 2016
In previous years contributors have said he is “unflappable”, “masters the evidence and papers”, "someone you can trust with matters of fiendish complexity"
Legal 500 ranks Peter as a leading barrister for fraud and international criminal cases:
‘An intelligent, tactically astute and decisive advocate, who impresses with his ability to master complex arguments’
He is one of only a few juniors ever to have acted as leading counsel for the defence in a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO v Williams & Kallakis). He acted for a senior director of BAe Systems Plc in the SFO Tanzania bribery investigation. He has defended in BIS and FSA/FCA prosecutions and enforcement proceedings, and advised in corporate internal investigations at the highest level. Recent trial successes include the acquittal of a professional charged with laundering the proceeds of a multi-million pound copycat website fraud, the acquittal of a solicitor charge with tax evasion and the acquittal of a company director accused of a land banking fraud. He is presently advising the financial director of a media company in relation to an HMRC investigation.
Peter advises businesses and individuals across the field of business risk, including –
- investigations of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion
- market abuse and insider dealing
- sanctions listing and export controls
- Business and Human Rights compliance and remedial advice in respect of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
- Regulatory compliance and obligations under the Senior Managers Regime
- Advising on the impact of restraint, confiscation and receivership proceedings
- Civil recovery proceedings and tax assessment cases under Parts 5 and 6 of PoCA.
Peter also advises businesses on health and safety, food safety and consumer law.
- Acting on behalf of Italian authorities in relation to health and safety breaches and industrial pollution by Europe’s largest steel producer.
- Defending in food safety prosecutions relating to fatal food-poisoning and food preparation.
- Defending planning enforcement actions in relation to dwellings subdivided into dangerous flats.
He has also acted in environmental prosecutions of companies accused of illegal dumping and breach of waste management controls. Peter has been engaged with Business and Human Rights compliance and remedial advice for many years and is a regular participant at the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct.
- 2018 – Acquittal on allegations of laundering the proceeds of a Collective Investment Scheme
- 2017 – Acquittal on allegations of laundering the proceeds of a copy-cat website fraud (National Trading Standards Prosecution)
- 2017 – Representing company director on allegations of en primeur wine fraud.
- R. (on the application of Galldorf TKZMR) v Folkestone Magistrates' Court  EWHC 2019 (Admin) – judicial review to secure recovery of proceeds of fraud
- 2016 – Representing a former solicitor in BIS investigation.
- 2016 – Representing defendant in Pt 6 PoCA civil recovery proceedings and linked Tax Tribunal hearing
- 2015 –Acquittal of a solicitor charged with fraud on HMRC.
- 2015 – Acquittal of woman of good character on allegations laundering the proceeds of a payroll fraud.
- 2015 – Operation Ninjask - Leading counsel in confiscation proceedings concerning sham marriages and immigration fraud.
- 2015 – Acquittal of company director prosecuted for land banking fraud associated with Operation Cotton.
- 2014 – Acquittal of medical practitioner accused of fraud on NHS - found not guilty after challenges to statistician's evidence on "out of hours" working.
- 2014 – Operation Truthful – advising Pensions Regulator in relation to pension liberation fraud.
- 2013 – Acquittal of professional person accused of mortgage fraud surrounding the purchase of an Elizabethan manor house.
- 2010-2013 - SFO v W - Leading counsel for the defence in alleged fraud on Allied Irish Banks Plc using a complex structure upon which AIB advanced £740 million.
- 2012 – Leading counsel for the defence in respect of high value "phishing" fraud on HBOS.
- 2011 – FSA v W - Market abuse and mis-selling investment products.
- 2011 – Leading counsel for the defence on allegations of money laundering of proceeds of $15 million theft from Commerzbank, Frankfurt.
- 2011 – Leading counsel for the defence in respect of City of London Police investigation and prosecution of high profile boiler room fraud based in Spain and Sweden.
- 2010 – Mortgage fraud concerning high value country houses.
- 2010 – Re C  EWHC 136 Admin - application by receiver seeking declaration as to the true owner in equity of a property said to have been the subject of a sham transaction to avoid confiscation.
- 2010 – Leading counsel for defence in respect of allegations of bullion fraud.
- 2009 – Representing Chairman of private bank on allegations of laundering the proceeds of frauds on UK clearing banks.
- 2006-2009 – Re BAe Systems Plc - Advising senior executive in respect of SFO bribery investigation into Tanzanian radar contract.
- 2009 – Operation Isopope - Conspiracy to defraud the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of £229,000,000 -represented the bank's Security Supervisor in what became known as the "keystroke" cyberheist.
- 2008 –Representing company in forfeiture proceedings brought in respect of alleged proceeds of fraud.
- 2008 – Leading counsel for the defence in conspiracy to defraud credit card companies.
- 2008 – SFO v C – Defending the Deputy Managing Director of Independent Insurance Plc on allegations of conspiracy to defraud.
- 2006 – Operation Devout - Defence counsel in extensive MTIC fraud.
- 2004 – Fraud on NHS by senior doctor.
- 2003 – Kanaris  UKHL 2 - House of Lords guidance on preparatory hearings in serious and complex cases.
- 2002 – Re J  EWCA Civ 562 - Leading counsel on the issue of self-incrimination in restraint proceedings.
- 2001 – Conspiracy to defraud the United Synagogue.
- 2000 – Representing accountant in fraud on finance houses and credit agencies.
- 2000 – Country-wide asset-stripping fraud.
- 1999 – Fraud concerning disposal of stolen Old Master paintings.
- 1999 – Cheating the Revenue (large scale duty & VAT evasion)
Peter has represented requested persons and foreign governments in landmark cases which have shaped the law of extradition since the commencement of the Extradition Act 2003.
In recent years he been instructed in highly complex and sensitive cases concerning Iraq, Brazil, Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Antigua, Paraguay, Hong Kong, the Russian Federation and the UAE, as well as the USA and Commonwealth jurisdictions. Peter has also defended many EAW cases from Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Ireland.
Many of Peter’s cases concern requests which are politically motivated or are the result of complaints and investigations made in bad faith – where for example a business rival seeks to take over assets by corporate raiding. Here the process of justice is abused and in some jurisdictions where the rule of law is weak and judges not truly independent, it may be impossible for requested persons to get a fair trial if they are extradited. Peter can advise how to assemble a compelling case to expose the risk of injustice and to protect the rights of the accused.
Case study – Romania v Rusu
Over the past two years Peter has defended in a series of cases where extradition has been sought by Romania. In the case of Rusu, which opened the door to many other individuals challenging extradition based on the risk of ill-treatment in custody, Peter established serious breaches Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He worked with solicitors and NGOs to gather evidence of ill-treatment of persons who had previously been extradited to Romania by the UK. The evidence demonstrated that the assurances given to the Courts by the Romanian authorities had been dishonoured and breached, leading to the discharge of Mr Rusu and the suspension of extradition to Romania pending an examination by the High Court.
Peter has established a secondment programme with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) at the University of York. The CAHR set up a Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders to provide training, networking and respite from their usual working environment. The secondment hosts Human Rights Defenders at Doughty Street Chambers, allowing them to observe significant cases with a human rights dimension.
- Lauri Love v United States Divisional Court, 05 February 2018  EWHC 172 (Admin);  A.C.D. 33; The leading case on the application of the forum bar in extradition proceedings.
- UAE v K – successful defence of oil and gas executive - challenge to conditions of detention and right to fair trial – no appeal by UAE.
- Dzgoev v Russian Federation  EWHC 735 (Admin) – Examination of sufficiency of assurances given by the requesting state in relation to conditions of detention
- Celinski and other cases v Polish Judicial Authorities  EWHC 1274 (Admin) – Leading guidance on approach to Article 8 cases on appeal.
- Elashmawy (& Riva) v Italian Judicial Authorities  EWHC 28 (Admin) - Instructed as leading counsel on test case concerning the approach to be applied in EAW cases to Article 3 prison conditions. Status of pilot decisions of the ECtHR reviewed. Pending application to certify points of law to the Supreme Court.
- Ukraine v P – Successful defence of requested person accused of murder. Discharged as abuse of process, No appeal by Ukraine.
- USA v Pham  EWHC 4167 (Admin) - Leading counsel in extradition request concerning membership and participation in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
- Ukraine v ID - defending former Deputy Chairman of a State Bank on allegations of fraud and misconduct in public office. The requested person was discharged on grounds of Article 3 (prison conditions) as well as Article 6 (real risk of unfair trial).
- USA v Turner -  EWHC (Admin) significant development in the law relating to suicide risk.
- Fenyvesi 2009 EWHC 231  4 All E.R. 324 - Leading authority on the admissibility of fresh evidence on appeal.
- USA v Bow Street MCt (The Tollman Case)  1 W.L.R. 1157 - Leading authority on the court's jurisdiction of abuse of process and disclosure in extradition proceedings.
- Fofana v Tribunal de Grande Instance de Meaux  EWHC 744 (Admin) - Leading authority on application of the double jeopardy principle in extradition proceedings.
A complete list of Peter’s appeal cases is available on request.
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in defending people accused of serious criminal offences. In recent years he has successfully defended in cases ranging as widely as conspiracy to burgle the Fitzwilliam Museum, the manslaughter of 50 Chinese immigrants, the handling of stolen diamonds and cocaine supply "on an industrial scale".
In very many of the cases in which he has acted the prosecution has been stopped or discontinued following legal submissions on disclosure, abuse of process or the sufficiency of the evidence.
- 2017 Acquittal on allegations of supply of automatic weapons
- 2017 Acquittal on allegations of matrimonial rape
- 2016 Acquittal on alleged “stranger” rape
- 2016 Acquittal on very serious OCG drug supply allegations
- 2015 Acquittal of landlord in planning enforcement proceedings.
- 2013 Acquittal of company director on allegations of handling stolen goods
- 2012 Leading counsel for the defence in confiscation proceedings with linked application for Serious Crime Prevention Order; submissions on Article 8 ECHR concerning undue restrictions on right to family life.
- 2012 Acquittal of student charged with rape on the basis of social media disclosure
- 2011 Conspiracy to burgle the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- 2010 Conspiracy to defraud UK Passport Agency.
- 2010 Acquittal of Senior Phlebotomist on allegations of defrauding the NHS.
- 2010 Acquittal of consultant paediatrician accused of child cruelty.
- 2009 Gang attack" murder of 14 year old boy.
- 2008 Acquittal on allegations of trafficking children for sexual exploitation
- 2007 Acquittal of celebrity chef cleared of perverting course of justice.
- 2007 Acquittal on historical rape allegations following abuse of process submission concerning lost evidence.
- 2007 Operation Houdini – acquittal leading to senior police officers being suspended for suppression of evidence
- 2006 Operation Perigee - Leading counsel for the defence in "club class crime" people
- trafficking case.
- 2004 HMRC prosecution stopped following court’s rejection of lip reading evidence
- 2004 Smith and others  EWCA Crim 2212: conviction quashed even where guilty plea and Newton Hearing.
- 2004 Murder of young boy by gang in racially motivated attack.
- 2000 Manslaughter and illegal trafficking of 58 Chinese immigrants.
- 1999 “Snakehead" people trafficking trial at Central Criminal Court