Lord Peter Goldsmith KC > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Litigation, international dispute resolution, public international law, white-collar crime.


Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, is London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation.

Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients, alongside his role as chair of the firm’s European and Asian litigation practices, in arbitration and litigation in the UK and other countries. He is a QC and appears regularly in court as well as in arbitration.


Lord Goldsmith served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001-2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.

Significant work includes leading cases on auditors’ liability; insurance and takeover law; banking law; company law; insolvency litigation; revenue cases; public law and public international law; and arbitration.


Lord Goldsmith’s past and present appointments include a Fellow for the American Bar Foundation; a Council Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA); Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales, Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel (1997–2000); co-Chairman of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute (1998–2001); elected to membership of the American Law Institute (1997); and made a member of the Paris Bar (1997). He was a Council Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Union Internationale des Avocats; a member of the Singapore International Commercial Court Committee; Council Member of the International Section of the American Bar Association; Board Member of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Co-Chairman of the ICC Task Force on States and State Entities; member of the International Advisory Board of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel; member of the Independent Governance Committee of FIFA, football’s governing body; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Access to Justice Foundation; a nominated member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Panel of Experts; and Chairman of the International Agreements Committee (a Select Committee of the House of Lords).


Cambridge University (double first class honours); University College London (masters).

Lawyer Rankings

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP remains a go-to firm for complex international regulatory investigations and corporate crime matters, with experience in attaining successful outcomes for a wide range of clients in highly regulated industries, including energy, minerals, defence, and financial services. The firm leverages its US and global footprint in cross-border proceedings, and has seen success in negotiating DPAs alongside securing acquittals for clients facing regulatory and criminal enforcement action by the likes of the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, including ongoing work for key clients Rolls Royce and Royal Dutch Shell. The ‘pre-eminent‘ team is headed up by Peter Goldsmith KC, who remains active in international white collar proceedings and arbitrations, alongside Karolos Seeger, who continues to offer broad expertise across bribery, corruption, and AML proceedings on a global basis, regularly appearing successfully against enforcement bodies. Jane Shvets offers ‘outstanding, well rounded‘ advice to corporate clients on regulatory compliance audits and internal investigations, as well as regulatory actions, while Konstantin Bureiko is an international counsel with particular expertise in sanctions and international trade work. At associate level, ‘superstarThomas Jenkins advises clients on anti-corruption and fraud investigations, as well as on regulatory compliance, including compliance with DPAs, while Andrew Lee specialises in FCA proceedings, including litigation.