ProfilePeter is a highly experienced advocate,
particularly in the fields of financial or ‘white collar’ crime, confiscation
and drug trafficking and especially such cases involving an international
dimension. He is also regularly instructed as leading counsel in cases of
Murder and serious violent and sexual offences.
He has extensive experience in the areas of Civil
and Asset Recovery, as well as in proceedings brought under the Companies and
Insolvency Acts relating to Directors’ liabilities and disqualification,
insolvency and fraudulent trading.
Having qualified as a Solicitor in 1984, he spent 6
years with Messrs. Hughmans in central London, where he reached Partner level.
He transferred to the Bar in 1991, continuing to
practice in central London, firstly at 4 Brick Court Chambers, and then from
1996 to 2011 at Carmelite Chambers (formerly 1 Crown Office Row, the Chambers
of Richard Ferguson Q.C.). He left London in 2011, establishing his own set at
Pangbourne Chambers in Berkshire. He joined Pump Court Chambers in January
He is a member of the Middle Temple, the Old Bailey
Bar Mess, the Criminal Bar Association, the South Eastern Circuit, and the
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association. He is an approved Pupil Master, and
regularly lectures on Criminal Practice, Procedure and Advocacy. He was
recommended by Chambers & Partners as a Leading Individual at the Criminal
Bar in London in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Notable cases include:
· Jeffries, Guildford, 2013 & 2014 - Led for the defence in
eight linked sets of proceedings of child abduction, grooming, rape and other
sexual offences. Case described by trial judge as the most distressing she had
encountered in 20 years on the circuit bench. (Click for press)
· Edwards, Reading, 2013 - Appeared for Company Director
charged with substantial VAT evasion and forgery. Suspended sentence.
· Fay, Winchester, 2013 - Acted for ex-U.S. Military
Pilot charged with obtaining pilot’s licences fraudulently, through use of
forged licences, references and other documents. As a result, client obtained
employment flying passenger jets in and out of U.K. High profile case, widely
reported. (Click for press)
· Andrews, Southwark, 2013 - Acted as lead advocate for one
of principal defendants in £10 million banking fraud spanning 8 years and
involving multiple accounts set up in false identities through use of
fraudulently obtained birth certificates and passports. Substantial and complex
confiscation issues involving criminal property located in overseas
jurisdictions and/or held through use of offshore trusts. (Click for press)
· Woolley, Guildford, 2012 - Represented Russian ‘Escort
Girl’ charged with murder of retired accountant. Client convicted of
manslaughter and sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment.(Click for press)
· Gordon, Winchester, 2012 - Represented company
director facing allegations of fraud and false accounting in relation to the
provision of logistics services to major US (Nasdaq quoted) telecommunications
company. Complexity of disclosure issues raised concerning company’s accounting
practices subsequent to its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in US
resulted in prosecution eventually offering no evidence.
· Sweetland, Winchester, 2012 - Acted for defendant in
connection with long running fraud involving the systematic importation of
motor vehicles stolen by organised crime groups in Italy, then provided with
new identities through use of forged documents and sold in UK market.
· Clinton, Reading, 2011 - Client charged with murder in one
of first cases to involve the recent ‘loss of control’ provisions.
· Bashir, Manchester, 2011 - Client, alleged 'hit-man',
acquitted of conspiracy to supply cocaine (Operation Zambesi) after 12 week
trial. Co-defendant sentenced to 21 years.
· Dudhwala, Preston, 2011 - Acted for company director
charged with conspiracy to defraud through the online marketing and sale of
‘set top boxes’ programmed with illicit software designed to bypass Virgin
Media’s encryption technology safeguards.
· Baigent, Southwark, 2010 - Acted for company director
convicted of role in £250 million ‘carousel’ fraud following 10–year
investigation by HMRC (Operation Euripus) which resulted in 42 arrests, over
100 premises being searched, and over half a million documents being seized.
Assets held off-shore; substantial confiscation proceedings. (Further
· Surenthiran, Leeds, 2010 - Acted as lead counsel in
multi-handed conspiracy to fraudulently evade the payment of excise duty in
relation to diesel and gasoline. RCPO prosecution.
· Life, Southwark, 2009 - Acted for company director of
dealerships in mobile phone products and services charged with fraudulent
trading in connection with the selling of mobile phone contracts, following 3
year investigation by the SFO. Substantial losses to numerous creditors. No
evidence eventually offered against client following negotiation of witness
· Appleby-Walker, Birmingham, 2008 - Represented company accountant
charged in connection with conspiracy to defraud IKEA and linked corrupt practices
including the bribery of IKEA employees in order to ensure the by-passing of
internal IKEA supplier controls as well as the falsification of invoice
records. Well in excess of 100,000 pages of evidential material. Case
prosecuted by the SFO. Client acquitted.
· Massar, Kingston, 2006 - £100 million money
laundering conspiracy involving the banking of cash in accounts operated by
off-shore trusts. Trial took 9 months. Client acquitted following application
to stay proceedings due to disclosure failures on the part of HMRC. Acquittals
led to well-known civil recovery case of ARA v. Green & Ors. a leading
authority on the scope and application of Part 5 of POCA.
· Lang, Winchester, 2005 - Leading Counsel for the
defence of Guildford Police officer charged with on-duty rape of crime victim
(Winchester 2005). Client acquitted after re-trial. (click here for press)
· Millman, CCC, 2003 - Acted for principal defendant in the
"Dome Robbery’ case until his death shortly before trial.
· Van Hoogstraten, CCC, 2002 - Appeared as Junior Counsel for the
well-known property magnate at his trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to
murder. (click for press)
· Scholarship Diploma in Fine Art, The New Academy
for Art Studies, London, 1983
· B.A. (Honours) in Law, University of Durham, 1982.
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