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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 > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Peter Finnigan QCQEB Hollis WhitemanA shrewd lawyer; his composed manner conceals steely determination.

QEB Hollis Whiteman‘s members garner praise from solicitors for their ‘impressive range of experience defending and prosecuting in cases brought by both the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority‘. Multiple members of the set continue to act in long-running trials concerning the SFO’s investigation into Alstom; Peter Finnigan QC is representing the SFO in the prosecution of the Alstom group of companies. Also of note, Mark Ellison QC has been representing a former senior employee of Rolls-Royce (pre-charge and up to the discontinuation of the SFO’s investigation in February 2019) following the company’s deferred prosecution agreement in 2017.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Finnigan QCQEB Hollis WhitemanHe prosecutes and defends in serious violence cases.