Peter Finnigan QC > Chambers of Mark Ellison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Peter Finnigan defends and prosecutes in a wide range of criminal cases from international fraud to high profile general crime. He has considerable experience of serious organised crime and has been instructed in numerous murder cases such as that of Kenny Noye for both murder and for laundering the proceeds of the Brinks Mat gold bullion robbery. A former standing counsel to HMRC (he was instructed in the lraqi Supergun case), Peter has appeared in many revenue frauds and in high value drugs trafficking cases. He has extensive experience in the field of commercial and professional/city fraud, corporate crime, money laundering, asset restraint, criminal and civil recovery. Also, cross-border crime, mutual legal assistance and plea agreements. Peter has been involved in a number of high profile SFO cases ranging from Blue Arrow to insider dealing and sanctions busting cases (including Saddam Hussein’s ‘Oil for food’ scheme: Mabey and Johnson Ltd and lnnospec). He has also recently been instructed in a number of corruption cases including the investigation by the SFO into allegations concerning a multi-national (Alstom Group) and the defence of a procurement consultant concerned in World Bank financed projects. ln 2016 he successfully defended one of the brokers in the second LIBOR trial and is currently instructed to defend the former CEO of a major charity against allegations of fraud.


Called 1979; QC 2009.


French, German.


British Association for Sports Law; registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory; Public Access Bar Association (PABA).


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Finnigan QCQEB Hollis WhitemanFirst and foremost good communication skills, both with professional and lay client. An approachable style both in and out of court that puts clients at their ease, and manifestly appeals to judge and jury alike. Astute at identifying the significant issues in a case. The ability to win the trust of a lay client makes difficult forensic decisions so much easier.