Firm Profile > Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP > London, England
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP Offices
15 FETTER LANE
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises on fraud, bribery & corruption, money laundering, tax fraud, sanctions and cartel defence matters. Other areas of expertise include private prosecutions, multi-jurisdictional cases, extradition, INTERPOL matters and Mutual Legal Assistance. The department works closely with the corporate crime and civil fraud teams and handles asset recovery alongside criminal matters. Michael O’Kane heads the team and focuses on corruption, cartels, sanctions and extradition. Jasvinder Nakhwal represents individuals in major investigations conducted by a number of investigative agencies, including the SFO, FCA, CMA and overseas prosecutors. Hannah Laming is experienced in advising on corruption, complex fraud, money laundering, and contentious regulatory. Maria Cronin was promoted to partner and Peter FitzGerald was promoted to of counsel. Monty Raphael QC retired.
Other key lawyers:
‘A superb team; dedicated and professional with great ability and judgment’.
‘Michael O’Kane is outstanding’.
‘Jasvinder Nakhwal is a fine lawyer with great vision and is well liked for her client skills’.
‘An extraordinary concentration of white-collar crime knowledge in a boutique firm’.
‘Peters & Peters’ depth of knowledge and experience is what makes them stand out from other firms’.
‘Nick Vamos gives clear, practical advice and his judgement of legal risks and likely outcomes is impeccable’
‘Knowledgeable, experienced; great client service’.
‘Nick Vamos has a fabulous manner with clients; he is extremely knowledgeable on cases with an international element, particularly the law and process on extradition’.
Khadem Al Qubaisi (‘KAQ’)
Hermitage Capital Management / Bill Browder
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises both businesses and individuals on corporate and white collar crime and investigations work, taking the lead on allegations of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and data protection matters. It also helps companies bring private prosecutions and has been seeing increasing instructions relating to financial crime compliance issues. Head of team Michael O’Kane specialises in cases of corruption, cartels, sanctions and extradition. Jasvinder Nakhwal handles investigations brought by the SFO, the police,the Competition and Markets Authority and also foreign prosecuting authorities. Maria Cronin was promoted to partner and Peter Fitzgerald was promoted to of counsel. Leading fraud lawyer Monty Raphael QC retired and is now a special counsel to the firm.
Other key lawyers:
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
Bunnvale Limited and TICOM Management LLC
Khadem Al Qubaisi and related companies
US card processing company
Cunico Resources N.V.
Fraud: civil Tier 2
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP - described as 'one of the best litigation boutiques in London' - handles multijurisdictional civil fraud cases and business crime litigation. Areas of expertise include freezing and disclosure orders, breach of contract claims, multi-party litigation, asset recovery, fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud investigations. Keith Oliver is head of international at the firm and is an expert on asset tracing. 'Excellent strategist' Jonathan Tickner is head of commercial litigation and civil fraud and is experienced in high-profile litigation.
Keith Oliver; Jonathan Tickner
Other key lawyers:
Jason Woodland; Sarah Gabriel; Emma Ruane; Amy Harvey
‘Very experienced and well organised team’.
‘The firm is small but extremely responsive to client needs and inventive in finding solutions to complex problems’.
‘They have excellent international connections and operate well in cross-border disputes’.
‘Keith Oliver has excellent judgement and finds practical solutions to the most complex recovery issues’.
‘Jonathan Tickner is a really excellent strategist and hard fighter’.
‘Jason Woodland has learnt from the best and really knows what he is doing’.
‘One of the best litigation boutiques in London’.
‘For civil fraud they have some of the best and most experienced individuals’.
‘Jonathan Tickner is very impressive technically, hugely knowledgeable and also very creative in coming up with an appropriate strategy’.
Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority
Anthony Barness & 121 others
17 Claimants, including 16 former professional footballers
Newmafruit Farms Limited
Baglan Zhunus, (First Defendant in proceedings brought by Kazakhstan Kagazy)
Ramu and Palaniyapan Ramasamy
Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev
Crime: general Tier 3
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP provides 'a wealth of experience and an innovative approach' to cases. The firm is traditionally strong in INTERPOL matters, mutual legal assistance and extradition cases, yet is equally strong in handling a range of criminal matters, with recent work including cases of murder, sexual offences, serious violence and theft. Michael O’Kane - 'a great tactician with a wonderful ability to put clients at ease' - leads the practice. Nick Vamos and Neil Swift are key individuals.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has experience advising corporates and individuals on internal and regulator led investigations into alleged regulatory and criminal misconduct in the financial services sector. The firm also acts in insider dealing and market abuse cases, in combination with its white-collar criminal defence practice, often working on matters involving multiple regulators and cross-border issues. White collar specialist Neil Swift is known for advising individuals in the Financial Conduct Authority and DOJ’s investigations into misconduct in the bond market. He leads the team with the 'thorough, considered and practical' Hannah Laming, who acts for a range of clients including bankers, traders and senior executives within international financial institutions.
Neil Swift; Hannah Laming
‘Peters and Peters’ very collegiate team provide prompt, effective and practical support for the client’
‘Great strategic depth and vast experience in guiding individuals through the most difficult situations and complex allegations’
‘They give clients great confidence and reassurance and always identify the right tone of engagement’
‘Hannah Laming is one of the legends of the industry with her criminal and civil experience and her insights from time working for the regulator. She is an extremely tough and shrewd operator’
‘Strong technical skills combined with client care skills, they are genuine experts’
VAT and indirect tax Tier 3
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has a niche in handling parallel civil and criminal HMRC investigations in relation to VAT disputes, representing a variety of high-net-worth individuals and corporates. The group, which is led by Michael O’Kane, has a strong track record in reaching a favourable settlement with the Revenue and is regularly instructed in cases involving offshore tax structures where there are allegations of overseas tax fraud. Neil Swift is also noted for criminal tax defence matters.
Other key lawyers:
Neil Swift; Christopher Gribbin
‘Neil Swift is exceptional, very professional and gives clients a sense of security.‘
‘The team really impresses with its client service and attention to detail.‘
‘Neil Swift and Christopher Gribbin are impressive and approachable.‘
Public international law Tier 4
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has developed 'very good' expertise across the full range of economic sanctions issues, including challenging sanctions in court, defending clients accused of breaching sanctions and advising corporations on sanctions compliance. The practice also represents governments and investors in ICSID and other investor-state arbitral forums. Michael O’Kane leads the public international practice and has 'a superb reputation' acting for investors in challenging the decisions of states through arbitration, advising on EU sanctions and representing clients facing human rights violations. Nick Vamos is highly experienced in international criminal law, especially from the side of the prosecutor; Jasvinder Nakwal is a name to note for cases involving human rights violations.
MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
Khadem Al Qubaisi
Former founders / board members of a leading Saudi Arabian construction company
Commercial litigation Tier 6
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'an excellent boutique for commercial work, with an emphasis on quality and customer service'. It is traditionally known for fraud matters but now acts in major commercial and corporate litigation with or without fraud elements. The team assists with high-profile, international cases, including matters where freezing and disclosure orders are obtained. Keith Oliver, Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Jason Woodland are all highly rated practitioners.
Jonathan Tickner; Keith Oliver
‘A small but effective team, with good access to senior individuals – clients won’t find themselves passed on to junior members‘.
‘Keith Oliver has many years of experience and is well known in the industry‘.
‘Sarah Gabriel is totally committed to her clients and prepared to work above and beyond the call of duty; she handles more difficult clients with ease, and while tough she never loses sight of negotiated resolutions‘.
‘Jonathan Tickner leads a team of talented lawyers with wide experience in commercial dispute resolution and a focus on fraud-related claims‘.
‘Jason Woodland is an extremely safe pair of hands‘.
Mohammad Al Mojil and Adel Al Mojil
Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority
Group claim against Ingenious Media
18 clients bringing claims against Scion Media
Swiss Post International (UK) and Asendia UK
Pure Energy Development and Elnur Aliyev
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP > Firm Profile
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 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  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.
|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||Monty Raphael QC|
|Private prosecutions||Michael O'Kane|
|Private prosecutions||Hannah Laming|
|Tax, customs and excise||Monty Raphael QC|
|Tax, customs and excise||Neil Swift|
|Tax, customs and excise||Sarah Gabriel|
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|Helen McDowell||Managing partner, and partner in the business crime department. Helen specialises in…||View Profile|
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