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Neil Swift

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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

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Domestic and international business crime and regulation.


Partner in the Business Crime department. He has extensive experience in business crime, advising individual and corporate clients in relation to investigations and prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Revenue & Customs. Neil frequently advises professionals and professional firms in relation to their regulatory obligations, both from a risk management perspective and in response to requests from law enforcement. He also advises clients who are the subject of law enforcement enquiries overseas, and who are or may be the subject of Interpol notices or extradition proceedings. Neil has considerable experience in high-profile corruption and financial crime cases, representing both company directors and companies in relation to multi-jurisdictional enquiries. His advice is often sought at an early stage and he has extensive experience advising individuals on internal investigations being carried out by their employer. Neil was a contributing author to Blackstone's guide to the Bribery Act 2010. He is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on fraud, corporate crime, corruption and money laundering.


Trained at Peters & Peters; qualified 1999. Became partner in the business crime team on 1 February 2010.


European Criminal Bar Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.


University of Sheffield (1995 LLB (Hons)).

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has a particularly strong reputation defending individuals, particularly charges. The 'unassuming, calm and sympathetic' Neil Swift 'understands the issues at stake and provides commercial and strategic advice'; alongside 'long-established legend' Monty Raphael, Swift is representing a former trader who is being prosecuted by the FCA for alleged insider dealing. Herself a former FSA prosecutor, the 'talented, dedicated and creative' Hannah Laming is the 'standout performer in a strong team' and has expertise at handling a range of FCA regulatory matters including insider dealing, market abuse and unauthorised trading matters.

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VAT and indirect tax

Within: VAT and indirect tax

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP stands out for its exemplary ability to handle indirect tax investigations and claims, including VAT and customs duties issues. The group is often instructed on complex cases with international elements, such as making representations to HMRC in connection with offshore tax structures and advising on overseas tax law in the context of an extradition. Monty Raphael QC draws on his white collar criminal defence background, and specialises in the forensic aspects of indirect tax. Neil Swift handles a number of high-value cases involving VAT fraud and is currently representing a high-profile business person who was arrested as part of an HMRC and NCA investigation into allegations that he evaded £21m in VAT through a complex of offshore structures. The team welcomed Nick Vamos from the Crown Prosecution Service in September 2017, while Dr Anna Bradshaw was promoted to partner in November 2017. Keith Oliver and practice head Michael O’Kane are also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP¬†is ‚Äėan excellent firm with highly talented individuals‚Äô. It¬†specialises in extradition cases, INTERPOL matters and mutual legal assistance as well as handling serious crime matters such as murder, manslaughter, human trafficking, sexual offences and extortion. Michael O‚ÄôKane¬†who is ‚Äėof outstanding quality‚Äô heads the business crime department. Nick Vamos¬†joined as partner from his position as head of special crime at the crown prosecution service (CPS), he is ‚Äėa lawyer of formidable intellect and excellent judgement‚Äô. Anna Bradshaw¬†was promoted to partner, Neil Swift¬†is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP¬†is ‚Äėan excellent firm with highly talented individuals and a formidable record in business crime‚Äô. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional cases in extradition, INTERPOL matters and mutual legal assistance. The firm continues to act for Khadem Al Qubaisi in relation to the $6bn¬†1MDB fraud case. Michael O‚ÄôKane¬†heads the team, supported by Hannah Laming¬†and Neil Swift¬†, who provides ‚Äėsound, logical and well-considered advice‚Äô. Former head of special crime at the crown prosecution service Nick Vamos¬†joined the firm as partner, he is ‚Äėa lawyer of formidable intellect and excellent judgement‚Äô. Dr Anna Bradshaw¬†was promoted to partner. Monty Raphael QC¬†retired.

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