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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP
15 FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 1BW
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP acts on complex, high-profile matters at the national and international level, handling the full gambit of violent and sexual offences, in addition to political cases and matters involving wrongful convictions. Department lead Nick Vamos, who was head of special crime for the CPS prior to joining the firm in 2017, acts for Post Office Limited in relation to the highly publicised wrongful convictions. Senior partner and former department head Michael O’Kane is well known for acting in cases with complex and political aspects, with significant experience in the fields of corruption, cartels, and extradition. Jasvinder Nakwal covers sensitive cases with sexual, violent, and drugs elements. Anna Bradshaw is a leading expert in proceeds of crime legislation. Senior associate Rachel Cook is a key name.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakwhwal; Rachel Cook; Anna Bradshaw

Testimonials

‘Efficient, polite and proactive.’

‘Michael O’Kane is a wonderful and inspirational leader. Jasvinder Nakhwal is also superb. They are part of a a wonderfully gifted, all round team.’

‘This is a superb firm with outstanding indiduals. They are innovative and think strategically. A brilliant group.’

‘Peters & Peters has a very experienced team focusing on very specialised areas of law, and such expertise is not present in many other firms.’

‘Anna Bradshaw has an amazing ability to break down the most mind-boggling regulations into manageable concepts and to develop strategies to address such regulatory risks. Anna’s composed manner and strategic outlook help find long term and future-proof solutions.’

‘High level advice on cases of the utmost sensitivity.’

The team provides an exceptionally high standard of service; highly knowledgeable about relevant international and domestic criminal law and the interplay between them, skilled strategic thinking, well resourced and excellent support provided to counsel.’

‘The practice is unique due to its breadth of knowledge and has been a pathfinder in certain areas of criminal law. The previous experience of a number of the partners/associates means that the firm can offer valuable insights.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Post Office Limited in relation to over 800 potential wrongful convictions in Britain’s largest ever miscarriage of justice.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

Offering a senior team and long-standing expertise in white-collar criminal defence work, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP represents a wide international individual client base, including senior directors, high net-worth individuals, and employees of corporates facing regulatory investigations, handling high-level investigations and prosecutions relating to allegations of fraud, tax evasion, sanctions violations, and corruption, including high-profile SFO and DOJ proceedings, as well as actions brought by international law enforcement agencies such as INTERPOL. The practice is led by Nick Vamos, a former Head of Special Crime at the CPS with extensive experience in sensitive criminal corruption and public law cases. Senior partner Michael O’Kane is noted for his international expertise, particularly relating to extradition, while Jasvinder Nakhwal is also a key name for cross-border work, representing clients in major investigations by the SFO, FCA, and international agencies. Neil Swift specialises in SFO work, successfully defending clients in several high-profile investigations by the agency, and counsel Charlotte Tregunna maintains her international practice, with standout involvements in areas such as sanctions, extradition, and cross-border business crime proceedings. Hannah Laming left the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Neil Swift; Charlotte Treguna

Key clients

Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Simon Marshall, a former director of Serco Geografix Ltd. In July 2019, Serco Geografix Ltd entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to offences of fraud by false representation.
  • Lead counsel for KAQ, a chief suspect in the global investigations into a $6bn fraud against the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
  • Act in one of the highest profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia. Client was formerly the largest foreign investor in the Russian Federation.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

The highly regarded team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is a go-to choice for numerous governments, multinational corporations and ultra-high net worth individuals. It often acts in freezing and disclosure orders, and has notable expertise in cross-border cases. Practice head Jonathan Tickner is a key contact for multi-jurisdictional emergency procedures, while Sarah Gabriel is the name to note for internal investigations. Keith Oliver is another individual with longstanding expertise in the field.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tickner

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Gabriel; Keith Oliver; Jason Woodland; Emma Ruane

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority

Select Lifestyles Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Republic of Mozambique in $2bn Commercial Court proceedings arising out of purported sovereign guarantees said to have been fraudulently obtained through bribery and corruption in the so-called “hidden debts” scandal.
  • Successfully acting for the claimants, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority, which allege fraud and serious misconduct by a large multinational pharmaceutical group (Servier) in respect of the sale and supply of a blood pressure lowering “blockbuster drug”, perindopril, to the NHS.
  • Acting for an individual in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business referred to in the proceedings as the Norebo Group.  

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

In addition to its widely respected fraud expertise, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP's commercial disputes team routinely acts in high-value and internationally flavoured cases that are complex and politically sensitive. Department head Jonathan Tickner also leads the firm's fraud and commercial disputes group; international head Keith Oliver and Sarah Gabriel both have longstanding commercial litigation experience; and Jason Woodland represents both individuals and corporates in complex disputes that frequently involve fraud allegation. Growth within the team includes commercial litigation expert Emma Ruane being elevated to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tickner

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority

18 claimants, including former footballers Andrew Cole, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy

Asendia UK

Swiss Post International (UK)

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP works on a range of high-stakes civil and criminal disputes, including cases involving tax issues relating to property, import and export, largely focusing on allegations of tax evasion. The team is led by Neil Swift, who specialises in business crime and investigations. He is supported by Maria Cronin, who has led on some major work related to money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Neil Swift

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Representing a high-profile entrepreneur, based on the Isle of Man, who maintains a wide range of business interests throughout the UK and the Isle of Man, including online gambling, payroll services, and various property investments.
  • Acting for two Chinese citizens and their UK incorporated company, whose business is the export of luxury goods to Hong Kong and Macau, as a result of their having become unwittingly embroiled in a large-scale money laundering investigation, involving a complex web of UK bank accounts held by Chinese individuals.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP stands out for its  contentious and litigation capabilities, regularly representing corporate clients in high-stakes criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to corporate crime and regulatory breaches, defending clients in court in cases relating to fraud, corruption, cartel activity, and sanctions violations brought by domestic and international regulatory bodies. The firm also co-ordinates multijurisdictional investigations, both internal and external, and has a notable capability in bringing and defending private prosecutions. Nick Vamos leads the team, and utilises his law enforcement expertise to guide corporate clients through sensitive cross-border investigations relating to issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, while senior partner Michael O’Kane  is also active in high-profile international cases, including cartel, bribery, and sanctions proceedings, as well as cases with significant extradition elements. Jasvinder Nakhwal  has represented clients before UK and international prosecution authorities, and has a notable specialism in working with businesses facing politically motivated actions by foreign governments. Anna Bradshaw  is a go-to for SFO investigations and prosecutions, into fraud and money laundering allegations. Hannah Laming left the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos

Other key lawyers:

Michael O’Kane; Jasvinder Nakhwal; Anna Bradshaw; Neil Swift; Anna Cronin

Key clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

Post Office Limited (POL)

Royal IHC Limited

Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder

Work highlights

  • Representing MOL, the Hungarian oil and gas company, in a cross-border case.
  • Representing Post Office Limited in relation to over 800 potential wrongful convictions.
  • Representing Hermitage Capital Management in a high profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia, including a USD 230 million fraud against the company and the harassment of its employees.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP‘s PIL practice covers sanctions, extradition, and INTERPOL, ECHR and arbitration court representations. The principal figures are former CPS extradition head Nick Vamos; criminal law practitioner Michael O’Kane; international sanctions expert Anna Bradshaw; financial crime specialist Neil Swift; and former Extradition Lawyers’ Association chair, Jasvinder Nakwal.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Hermitage Capital Management

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hermitage Capital Management in one of the highest profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia.
  • Won a longstanding legal challenge on behalf of Abdelkader Sabra against his designation under the EU’s sanctions against Syria.
  • Acting for two ultra-high-net-worth businessmen in relation to INTERPOL matters and related issues.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP‘s tax team specialises in civil and criminal disputes with extensive experience in handling investigations and liaising with HMRC. Many of the firm’s cases have an international element such as overseas tax law or offshore tax structures. Practice head Neil Swift has expertise in criminal tax fraud and civil cases. Maria Cronin provides clients with advice in FCA and money laundering matters.

Practice head(s):

Neil Swift

Other key lawyers:

Maria Cronin

Testimonials

‘The practice seem to show true understanding and compassion for my situation and I felt went above and beyond, day or night to put my mind at ease.’

Key clients

High Profile entrepreneur

Two Chinese citizens and their company

Work highlights

  • Acted for two Chinese citizens and their UK incorporated company in a large-scale money laundering investigation.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

A disputes boutique, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP represents individuals, companies and institutions in market abuse and insider dealing matters, among many other contentious affairs. Nick Vamos fronts the business crime and investigations practice while Neil Swift takes lead on the regulatory front. The team is particularly active on the cross-border front, having litigated across Europe, the US, the Middle East and India.

Practice head(s):

Nick Vamos; Neil Swift

Other key lawyers:

Anna Bradshaw

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This specialist practice is best known as a market-leading firm in business crime, civil fraud, commercial litigation and regulatory work, for which it attracts an impressive client base.

The firm: Peters & Peters was one of the first City law firms to develop a key multidisciplinary approach, allowing the firm to act for corporate and individual clients in fraud-related cases that require both civil and criminal expertise. Much of its work is high-profile and international in scope, with the firm providing advice to foreign regulators, worldwide organisations and governments, and forging close relationships with overseas law firms.

Types of work undertaken
Civil fraud/asset tracing: the acclaimed team, led by market-leading partners Keith Oliver, Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Jason Woodland, enjoys a formidable reputation both in the UK and internationally for the breadth and depth of its expertise, acting for both claimants and defendants. It has extensive experience in applications for emergency remedies within and outside the UK. Its parallel sanctions expertise enables it to undertake civil fraud and criminal/regulatory litigation in tandem. The team conducts internal investigations for corporations.

Commercial litigation/arbitration: complex international commercial litigation and arbitration and contentious sports law disputes are widely recognised as one of the firm’s core strengths. Recent cases include contentious trust litigation, contractual disputes and corporate bankruptcy and related insolvency. Each of the team’s partners has acted in high-profile, complex and significant commercial disputes in recent years. The team has acted in claims surrounding Formula 1, and for the Department of Health and the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service in various private competition law damages claims against major pharmaceutical companies, as well as in arbitrations both domestic and international.

Business crime: acting for both corporate and individual clients, the firm’s long-standing experience and pre-eminence in commercial fraud and regulatory issues is universally acknowledged.

Anti-bribery/corruption: the firm has been involved in many significant cases of the last 50 years. Monty Raphael KC, special counsel, is internationally acknowledged and author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act (2010) and the acclaimed text book ‘Bribery Law and Practice’, published in March 2016. Partner Neil Swift is also a contributing author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act (2010).

Economic sanctions: the firm advises national and multinational companies on transactional matters and corporate compliance. It also acts for governments, corporates and individuals facing sanctions imposed by the UN, EU and individual states. Winner of ‘Sanctions Law Firm of the Year, Europe’ 2015, the firm recently acted for a high-profile Russian national facing both US and EU sanctions. The firm also brought the most complex sanctions challenge ever brought before the EU General Court on behalf of 123 Zimbabwean individuals and entities, and is very active with multiple clients facing sanctions relating to Egypt and Iran. Michael O’Kane is the co-author of the leading EU sanctions blog at www.europeansanctions.com.

Criminal antitrust (cartels): the firm has acted for more individuals in national and international criminal cartel investigations than any other UK law firm. Cases include auto parts, BA/Virgin, air cargo, marine hose, DRAM and construction. Michael O’Kane is the author and Jasvinder Nakhwal a contributing author of The Law of Criminal Cartels and Procedure (OUP), the seminal work on this subject.

Extradition/international mutual legal assistance: the team, led by Jasvinder Nakhwal, has acted in many of the leading extradition cases of recent years, often from Russia or CIS jurisdictions. Such cases include acting for former Yukos executives, Evgeny Chichvarkin and the Hermitage Group.

Private prosecutions: Peters & Peters has a proven track record in bringing and defending private prosecutions. Recently, it represented an interested party in Haigh v Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWHC 559 (Admin), successfully resisting an attempt by the claimant to overturn a six-figure costs award made against him following his abandoning an application for summonses. In 2014, Peters & Peters brought what is believed to be the largest private prosecution of an individual ever seen in this country: the case of R v Somaia, at the Central Criminal Court, which resulted in nine convictions for obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to s15A Theft Act 1968 (as amended), with a total value of US$19.7m.

Other areas of expertise: HMRC inquiries and investigations; financial regulation/ data protection/freedom of information; regulatory and corporate governance matters; policy-making and crisis management.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Helen McDowell
Senior partner Michael O'Kane
Anti-bribery and corruption Monty Raphael KC
Anti-bribery and corruption Neil Swift
Anti-bribery and corruption Hannah Laming
Business crime Michael O'Kane
Business crime Hannah Laming
Business crime Helen McDowell
Business crime Jasvinder Nakhwal
Business crime Monty Raphael KC
Business crime Neil Swift
Civil fraud and asset tracing Keith Oliver
Civil fraud and asset tracing Jonathan Tickner
Civil fraud and asset tracing Sarah Gabriel
Civil fraud and asset tracing Jason Woodland
Commercial litigation Keith Oliver
Commercial litigation Jonathan Tickner
Commercial litigation Sarah Gabriel
Commercial litigation Jason Woodland
Competition litigation Jonathan Tickner
Competition litigation Jason Woodland
Criminal cartels Michael O'Kane
Criminal cartels Jasvinder Nakhwal
Extradition and mutual assistance Jasvinder Nakhwal
Extradition and mutual assistance Michael O'Kane
Extradition and mutual assistance Helen McDowell
Extradition and mutual assistance Neil Swift
Financial regulation Hannah Laming
Financial regulation Helen McDowell
Financial regulation Keith Oliver
Financial regulation Monty Raphael KC
Financial regulation Neil Swift
Investigations Michael O'Kane
Investigations Hannah Laming
Investigations Helen McDowell
Investigations Jasvinder Nakhwal
Investigations Keith Oliver
Investigations Monty Raphael KC
Investigations Neil Swift
Investigations Jonathan Tickner
Private prosecutions Michael O'Kane
Private prosecutions Hannah Laming
Sanctions Michael O'Kane
Sanctions Hannah Laming
Tax, customs and excise Monty Raphael KC
Tax, customs and excise Neil Swift
Tax, customs and excise Sarah Gabriel
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Anna Bradshaw photo Anna BradshawAnna is a Partner in the Business Crime Department. She advises individuals and…
Maria  Cronin  photo Maria Cronin Maria is a Partner in the Business Crime Department.  She specialises in…
Sarah Gabriel photo Sarah GabrielSarah Gabriel is a partner specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Sarah’s…
Hannah Laming photo Hannah LamingHannah is one of the world’s leading investigative lawyers with expertise in…
Helen McDowell photo Helen McDowellManaging partner, and partner in the business crime department. Helen specialises in…
Jasvinder Nakhwal photo Jasvinder NakhwalPartner in the business crime team. Jasvinder is renowned for her specialism…
Michael O Michael O"KaneSenior Partner and Head of the Business Crime Department. He specialises in…
Keith Oliver photo Keith OliverKeith is the Head of International and one of the firm’s key…
Neil Swift photo Neil SwiftNeil is a partner in the Business Crime department with extensive experience…
Jonathan Tickner photo Jonathan TicknerPartner highly recommended in leading legal directories, Jonathan specialises in commerciallitigation, with…
Nick Vamos photo Nick VamosNick has over 20 years of criminal law experience focussed on international,…
Jason Woodland photo Jason Woodland  Jason is a partner in the Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and…
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 49