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Keith Oliver

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Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

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Litigation: civil fraud; asset freezing and asset tracing; commercial, insolvency and trust litigation; crisis management; financial services litigation; international arbitration; sports law (contentious) and dispute resolution.


Partner at Peters & Peters, Head of the Commercial Litigation/Civil Fraud Team and Head of International. In 2013 Keith was ranked as one of the top ten lawyers in the United Kingdom by 'Super Lawyers' UK publication, and is recognised as a leading expert with extensive international multi-jurisdictional experience, including the use of emergency procedures (freezing orders, search and seizure orders, passport orders). Specialises in international and domestic civil and commercial fraud litigation, anti-corruption, international asset tracing/recovery, regulatory, insolvency, trust and sports litigation. His multi-disciplinary and parallel sanction expertise is applied to the most difficult of crisis management situations and disputes worldwide. Became widely known for his central role in the litigation following the collapse of the Maxwell group of companies. Since then he has specialised in commercial fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, financial services and international trust litigation and investigations work. Successful cases have included the $300m proceedings by a Swiss finance house relating to the financing of Formula One; the £100m Secretary of State for Health's cartel litigation against a number of leading pharmaceutical companies; and the $242m claims by shareholders of Banco Noroeste, Brazil, to recover funds stolen from the bank and laundered through the UK, Switzerland, Nigeria and Hong Kong. Other high profile cases include representing Tom Hicks and George Gillett in the Liverpool Football Club dispute, the representation of many of the former Partners at Halliwells LLP in proceedings brought by the Arbitrators/Liquidators; the recently concluded UK proceedings in relation to the sale of Formula 1 rights acquired by CVC from Bayerische Landesbank and ongoing multi-million dollar proceedings in the DIFC Court in Dubai relating to the investigation of the Al Mojil Group of Companies in Saudi Arabia.


Trained Peters & Peters; qualified 1980; Partner 1983; Senior Partner and Departmental Head 2005 and Head of International 2016. A frequent speaker at litigation conferences held by the International Bar Association, the Association Internationale Des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), LexisNexis and C5 Fraud Asset Tracing and Recovery (joint chair).




International Bar Association; British Italian Lawyers Association; Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association; honorary vice-president of Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA); founding past-president of AIJA Commercial Fraud Commission.


London Guildhall University (1977 BA (Hons)).


Winter sports, football (playing and spectating), cinema and theatre, rock music, classic cars.

London: Corporate and commercial

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

Fraud: civil

Within: Leading individuals

Keith Oliver - Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Within: Fraud: civil

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP combines business crime expertise with commercial litigation and civil fraud expertise. It is adept at handling freezing and disclosure orders for claimants. Jonathan Tickner and Jason Woodland led on acting for the Secretary of State for Health with regards to a £250m claim against Servier, a French pharmaceutical company. Head of team Keith Oliver led on defending 12 parties against an application for a $42m freezing order brought by entities owned by the government of Ras Al Khaimah. Sarah Gabriel is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

In addition to the 'punchy and practical' Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP's fraud focus 'an increasingly important part of the practice is commercial litigation and it provides lots of partner attention'. The practice features claims involving shareholders, contracts, insolvency proceedings, contentious financial services and regulatory matters, IP, and professional negligence. It acted for 122 Claimants in large-scale, high profile, group litigation concerning collective investment schemes, which focused on film and media investments. Keith Oliver is 'a paradigm commercial litigation dealmaker', Jonathan Tickner 'really cares for his clients', Sarah Gabriel is 'one of the smartest lawyers in London', and Jason Woodland is also highly regarded.

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