Peter Ratliff > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


Peter is a highly regarded and sought after practitioner with a busy advisory and court practice. Peter specialises in investigations into business and corporate crime, and complex casework. He regularly advises multinational companies and company directors on matters arising from civil and criminal litigation.

Peter has considerable experience in representing the Defence and Prosecution in high profile and serious cases.  He was instructed by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Cayman Islands to prosecute the country’s first Premier for offences of misconduct in a public office, and recently conducted the successful prosecution of defendants charged in respect of the largest importation of firearms into the United Kingdom.

Peter has a breadth of experience of advising on corporate criminal matters. He represented News UK in respect of investigations into phone hacking and corruption. He is currently instructed by a leading American law firm to represent a corporate suspect in a high-profile SFO investigation, and by the SFO to advise in respect of a major investigation.

Peter has extensive experience defending allegations of fraud brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, the Department of Trade and Industry. Peter recently secured the only acquittal of a defendant charged in respect of the DWP’s largest investigation into fraud on the benefits system. He is currently instructed by HMRC to advise in respect of Civil Recovery, and to defend the first defendant in a major immigration fraud.


Called 2003. Serious Fraud Office of Panel Counsel (List B); Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 3).


University of Sheffield, LLB (Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Peter Ratliff6KBW College HillSimply outstanding. A real joy to work with. His case preparation is outstanding and he quickly gets to the key issues in any case. He is a fearless advocate who fights for his clients. He is a go-to junior.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Ratliff6KBW College HillA young, up-and-coming star who has rightly just been appointed junior treasury counsel. Has a flair for advocacy that will see him into the senior ranks in a few years.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Ratliff6KBW College HillA very impressive junior.