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Peter Caldwell specialises in cases of financial misconduct and extradition. He advises and represents individuals and businesses in international investigations of bribery, money laundering and sanctions compliance.  Peter is head of Doughty Street International’s Sanctions Team.

Clients value his international criminal law and public law experience for advice on sanctions and regulatory compliance.



Peter is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading barrister, (Band 1), in international crime and extradition and criminal fraud.

Peter is a giant in this field. He has a deep knowledge of international crime and extradition”; “an intelligent, tactically astute and decisive advocate, who impresses with his ability to master complex arguments” – Legal 500

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Caldwell – Doughty Street ChambersPeter is an excellent advocate, hard worker, sound judgement, easy to work with, very good with clients, excellent drafting skills, talented all-round counsel.’

With ‘real strength in depth’, Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a go-to set for financial crime’, defending and prosecuting high-profile cases and major investigations brought by the SFO, FCA and other regulatory bodies. In R v James Stunt & 12 others Richard Fisher KC represents James Stunt, former son-in-law of ex-Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in a high-profile money-laundering prosecution concerning events which allegedly saw £266m deposited in the account of a gold dealer in Bradford. Peter Caldwell defended a Lebanese businessman, who was the subject of a private prosecution related to fraud, the proceeds of which were alleged to fund his divorce from his wife, who left him for footballer Cesc Fabregas. In another case Benjamin Newton defends a woman accused of exaggerating her care needs to receive £700,000 in direct payment from Hertfordshire County Council for over a decade.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Peter CaldwellDoughty Street Chambers ‘Peter is a very knowledgeable advocate who inspires confidence in the bench and those whom he represents. He is a very determined advocate and will pursue a point until there is no life left in it.’

Considered a ‘first class set for extraditionDoughty Street Chambers’ background in this area includes not only appearing at the various international courts but also helping to set them up. Often defending, set members have been involved in high profile cases relating to allegations of war crimes, cybercrime, and multinational frauds for many years. On the extradition side, ‘legally innovativeEdward Fitzgerald KC recemtly represented Julian Assange in United States of America v Assange in 2021, an appeal brought by the United States Government against a district judge’s decision to block Assange’s extradition to the US on grounds of his mental health. Peter Caldwell is one of several members of chambers involved in representing Gabriel Popoviciu, an ultra-high net worth Romanian businessman who was convicted of bribery offences in Romania, in an appeal against extradition in the High Court.