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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has heavyweight expertise advising individuals involved in allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions and cartel matters. Despite its small size, the firm handles high-profile international matters, liaising with foreign law firms, forensic accountants, investigators and PR agencies to provide a cohesive response to crises. Michael O’Kane heads the team and is noted for his experience defending individuals in major SFO investigations. Neil Swift is recommended for international financial crime cases. Jasvinder Nakhwal has particular expertise in cross-border investigations, extradition and mutual legal assistance matters. Hannah Laming handles contentious regulatory matters and cases brought by the SFO, NCA and FCA.

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‘The team are very responsive, empathetic, engaging and friendly’.

‘Nick Vamos gives clear, practical advice and his judgment of legal risks and likely outcomes is impeccable across a wide range of situations’.

‘This is a superb firm with a group of exceptionally talented individuals’.

‘Michael O’Kane is a superb lawyer and has wonderful strategic sense’.

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is exceptionally gifted and has wonderful judgement’.

‘Anna Bradshaw is an experienced counsellor in high-stakes matters’.

‘I was very impressed with the personal side of how the legal team managed a very difficult situation and their professional attention to detail was without question’.

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal strives to make sure her clients are protected and is a rising star’.

Key clients

Richard Boath

Walid Choucair

Khadem Al Qubaisi (‘KAQ’)

Zsolt Tamas Hernádi

Simon Marshall

A UK-based company director (Xavier Wiggins)

Girish Patel

Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

'Strong boutique practice' Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is particularly well-known for its expertise in commercial disputes involving civil fraud elements and is 'adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and dealing with asset preservation and tracing issues'. It counts shareholder, financial services and competition law litigation among its other areas of experience; for the latter, Jason Woodland is a name to note. 'Master tactician and expert litigator' Jonathan Tickner and Keith Oliver (who attracts praise for his 'deep knowledge and experience') jointly lead the team in which Sarah Gabriel and of counsels Amy Harvey and Emma Ruane are also key members.

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Peters & Peters regularly punch above their weight. They are a go-to firm for civil fraud, partly because of the very high quality and experience of their fee earners but also due to the appealing mix of high-stakes white collar criminal work alongside the civil fraud offering. Their international connections are excellent.

The specialist team has experience and expertise in handling big ticket commercial disputes, particularly those involving fraud and asset tracing. It is also adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and dealing with asset preservation and tracing issues. It has increasing experience in financial services related group litigation.’

Strong boutique litigation practice – with deep experience of criminal and regulatory issues putting the firm in a unique position for civil fraud cases, whether acting for claimants or defendants.

Keith Oliver is a longstanding leader in the field with deep knowledge and experience. He’s a skilled litigator with a team behind him that punches above its weight and takes on all and any big-ticket litigation against big firms – clients love him.

Jonathan Tickner is bright as a button, very experienced, incisive and a delight with clients. Sound judgement as to what works and what doesn’t.

Sarah Gabriel is an outstanding litigation expert. Her combination of knowledge, skill and tactical guidance is outstanding.

Philip Gardner – an outstanding associate, has a great future ahead – one to watch.

Jonathan Tickner is a master tactician and expert litigator with sound instincts. He is supported by a conscientious and young team of able associates. Jonathan leads the team well and involves himself in the key decisions in a case.

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique (acting through its Attorney General)

Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority

Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev

Newmafruit Farms Limited

Swiss Post International (UK) Limited and Asendia UK Limited

Alexander Tugushev

Crime: general Tier 2

The general crime team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is known for representing high-profile individuals, many of whom have political connections. Advising on areas including murder,  human trafficking, money laundering, sexual offences and extortion, it has a particular reputation for multi-jurisdictional cases. Private prosecutions are a mainstay of the firm, an area in which it has handled fraud allegations. Team lead Michael O’Kane, described by clients as 'outstanding', has represented corporate clients in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Jasvinder Nakhwal , Nick Vamos and Neil Swift are additional names to note.

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A superb firm with a brilliant team of outstanding individuals. They have a vast range of experience representing individuals and entities in the most serious cases of crime. They have a track record of success which it is hard for any other firm to match. They are dynamic, imaginative and dedicated. They are also delightful to work with‘.

They are total market leaders in crime and regulation’

The previous prosecution experience of some of the partners at Peters & Peters enables them not only to offer an exemplary service to clients wishing to bring private prosecutions, but also provides real depth to the strategic advice they are able to give when representing clients in respect of potential or impending prosecutions‘.

Michael O’Kane is an outstanding lawyer with wonderful good sense and the knack of doing just the right thing’

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is a superb lawyer and meticulous in her preparation. She’s an understated star’

Nick Vamos is highly intelligent, has great charisma is a superb strategist and has ceaseless stamina A top lawyer for private prosecution work


Fraud: civil Tier 2

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP's 'inventive and supportive' civil fraud team acts for clients involved in high value cross-border disputes. 'Highly effective litigator' Keith Oliver has a strong track record in complex fraud disputes, asset tracing and recovery matters. Jonathan Tickner has over 25 years of experience as a civil fraud litigator, encompassing areas such as bribery, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty.  Sarah Gabriel, who is 'super smart and creative', specialises in asset recovery and commercial litigation and arbitration. Jason Woodland focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation and antitrust disputes, many of which contain allegations of fraud.

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‘Peters & Peters are a go-to firm for civil fraud, partly because of the very high-quality work and experience of their fee earners, but also due to the appealing mix of high-stakes white collar criminal work alongside the civil fraud offering.’

‘Keith Oliver is the rainmaker’s rainmaker. Never far from his next instruction, this ebullient lawyer is very well known in the civil fraud market, both in the UK and internationally.’

‘Jonathan Tickner is very experienced, incisive and a delight with clients.’

‘Sarah Gabriel is a natural warrior, who finds solutions to complex problems by sound analysis and persistence.’

‘A strong boutique litigation practice, with deep experience of criminal and regulatory issues putting the firm in a unique position for civil fraud cases, whether acting for claimants or defendants.’

‘Keith Oliver is a longstanding leader in the field, with deep knowledge and experience – a skilled litigator.’

‘In my view, Peters & Peters is the best specialised civil fraud firm in London: every civil fraud partner is excellent in their own right.’

‘Keith Oliver: the doyen of the London civil fraud litigation market.’

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique (acting through its Attorney General)

Alexander Tugushev

Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority

Mr Burak Baslilar

Mr Umit Hazinedaroglu

Pavel Erochkine

Artem Avetisyan

Ian Billington

Anthony Barness & 124 others – The “Ingenious Litigation”

Newmafruit Farms Limited

Nirav Modi

Fine Art Partners GMBH & Co KG

Baglan Zhunus

Charles Saatchi

Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev

Philippe Bertherat (Pictet)

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'a superb firm with a dynamic group of individuals who work exceptionally well as a team’. It has a strong criminal practice covering matters relating to fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax fraud, sanctions and cartel defence matters, as well as cross-border investigations. Long noted for its experience representing high-profile individuals, the practice also counts large multinational businesses and governments amongst its clients. 'Outstanding lawyer and superb strategistMichael O’Kane heads the team and is recommended for high-profile business crime matters, including international corruption sanctions, mutual legal assistance and investigations. Jasvinder Nakhwal’s broad expertise includes acting for corporate entities that are subject to politically-motivated action by foreign governments. Of particular note is her work for Hermitage Management Capital Ltd and Bill Browder. 'True specialist' Hannah Laming advises corporates in relation to SFO and FCA investigations, and regulatory and compliance issues.

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‘They are imaginative and commercially sophisticated in their approach and have vast experience to draw on’.

‘They have an outstanding track record of success and are a pleasure to work with’.

‘Michael O’Kane is one of the best lawyers in this field and highly regarded by his peers’.

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is outstandingly able and wonderfully imaginative’.

‘Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is may be the most experienced law firm in the area of business crime, especially for multi-jurisdictional and complex cases’.

‘They are very professional and totally dedicated to their clients and the cases for which they are acting’.

‘Michael O’Kane is very bright and, if not the best, one of the best strategic-thinkers’.

‘Hannah Laming is able to monitor cases with an iron hand in a velvet glove’.

Key clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

A UK-based cigar importation business

A UK-incorporated money services business with international operations and its director

Bunnvale Limited and TICOM Management LLC

Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is a firm with a specialism in business crime matters. Its team has substantial experience of parallel civil and criminal tax investigations, particularly in relation to VAT and offshore tax structures. White-collar lawyer Michael O’Kane heads up the group, which includes seasoned criminal tax expert Neil Swift and investigations specialist Maria  Cronin .

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Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has experience advising corporates and individuals on internal and regulator led investigations. The firm acts for traders, brokers and submitters at international financial institutions, in matters relating to insider dealing and market abuse. Practice head Michael O’Kane leads a team that includes regulatory head Hannah Laming, who is a former FSA prosecutor and has expertise in FCA matters, particularly cross-border issues; and Neil Swift, who is known for financial crime and regulatory work.

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‘They are market leaders in this area, and we work with them very regularly on financial services sector regulatory and discipline issues’

‘They are incredibly knowledgeable, down-to-earth and accessible’

‘They are very pragmatic in their approach’

‘They have a very deep bench strength in this area, with consistently excellent lawyers in the team’

‘It’s their strength in depth, their collective intellect, and their expertise in cross-border issues that makes them particularly stand out’

‘In particular Neil Swift, Hannah Laming, Nick Vamos and Jonathan Tickner are standout members of the team’

Key clients

Walid Choucair

Public international law Tier 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'a superb firm'. Michael O’Kane regularly advises on corrupt states' decisions, EU sanctions, and human rights violations; and Nick Vamos is experienced in prosecution-side international criminal law. Also highly regarded are human rights expert Jasvinder Nakwal; economic sanctions and export controls specialist Anna Bradshaw; and Neil Swift, who is experienced in extradition requests and INTERPOL red notices.

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‘This is a superb firm and Keith Oliver is an outstanding lawyer in this field. He has vast experience in dealing with issues and clients in a number of overseas jurisdictions: the Middle East, Asia and the United States. He has a wonderful team and provides a dedicated service which is designed to produce the best possible outcome no matter what the commitment. He is also extremely sensitive to commercial matters and has a deep understanding of the practicalities of business.’

‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is an exceptional lawyer- she listens to client’s, understands their needs and is extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Hermitage Capital Management

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

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 QC, 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

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Helen McDowell
Senior partner Michael O'Kane
Anti-bribery and corruption Monty Raphael QC
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 QC
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 QC
Financial regulation Neil Swift
Investigations Michael O'Kane
Investigations Hannah Laming
Investigations Helen McDowell
Investigations Jasvinder Nakhwal
Investigations Keith Oliver
Investigations Monty Raphael QC
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 QC
Tax, customs and excise Neil Swift
Tax, customs and excise Sarah Gabriel
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anna Bradshaw  photo Anna Bradshaw Anna 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 Gabriel Sarah Gabriel is a partner specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Sarah’s…
 Hannah Laming  photo Hannah Laming  Hannah is one of the world’s leading investigative lawyers with expertise in…
 Helen McDowell  photo Helen McDowell Managing partner, and partner in the business crime department. Helen specialises in…
 Jasvinder Nakhwal  photo Jasvinder Nakhwal Partner in the business crime team. Jasvinder is renowned for her specialism…
 Michael O’Kane photo Michael O’Kane Senior Partner and Head of the Business Crime Department. He specialises in…
 Keith Oliver  photo Keith Oliver Keith is the Head of International and one of the firm’s key…
 Neil Swift  photo Neil Swift Neil is a partner in the Business Crime department with extensive experience…
 Jonathan Tickner  photo Jonathan Tickner Partner highly recommended in leading legal directories, Jonathan specialises in commerciallitigation, with…
 Nick Vamos  photo Nick Vamos Nick 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