Peter Finnigan QC


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Peter Finnigan QC

Call 1979
Silk 2009
LLB (Hons) (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

Practice: Fraud and Crime

"He is meticulous in his preparation, calm, effective, and someone you can trust with any brief" Chambers UK (2017) Financial Crime

"His work encompasses rate-rigging, bribery and sanctions matters." Legal 500 2016

"Has great experience and gives brilliant written advice on the most complex of legal issues" Chambers UK (2016) Financial Crime

"A very safe pair of hands." Chambers UK (2015) Financial Crime

"Peter Finnigan QC is very smart, pays attention to detail and is thorough in his law. His views are extremely well researched and well thought out." Chambers UK (2014) Fraud: Criminal

"Peter Finnigan QC has a well-regarded practice in complex commercial fraud, often involving professionals from the City of London.  The SFO engaged him to successfully prosecute two former directors of engineering company Mabey & Johnson for paying illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s government."  Chambers UK (2013) Fraud: Criminal

"Peter Finnigan QC is admired as a 'tenacious advocate' who takes an 'inclusive, team based' approach to his work."  Chambers UK (2012)


Peter Finnigan defends and prosecutes in a wide range of criminal cases from international fraud to high profile general crime. He has been instructed in numerous 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 also 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.

Peter has appeared in a number of notable cases ranging from involvement in the prosecution of the ‘Iraqi Supergun’ case to the defence of one of the banks in ‘Blue Arrow’. He has both prosecuted and defended in insider dealing and sanctions busting cases (including Saddam Hussein’s ‘Oil for food’ scheme: Mabey and Johnson Ltd and Innospec).

Recent cases include the successful defence of one of the brokers in the second LIBOR trial. He is currently instructed by the SFO in a “blockbuster’ investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption concerning a multi-national (Alstom Group).


"Peter Finnigan QC, a recognised specialist in complex confiscation matters, instructed by the SFO in the Oil for Food investigation."
Chambers UK (2010) Fraud

Peter Finnigan "who is acting in the Iraqi 'Oil for food' programme investigation.."  Legal 500 (2010) Fraud

Recommended as a Leading Silk in Fraud - Chambers UK (2010)

"Peter Finnigan is 'a particularly fine lawyer' whose practice covers commercial and professional crime, city fraud, revenue offences and VAT frauds.  He is standing counsel to HMRC and has been instructed by the SFO and the Fraud Investigation Group of the CPS."  Chambers UK (2009)

"Peter Finnigan QC is a Leader at the Bar in Crime (Fraud)."  Chambers UK (2009)

"Peter Finnigan QC is very much the man who knows how to nail the mendacious witness."  Chambers UK (2008)

Career Details

Having advised and acted in such high profile cases as the Iraqi Supergun case, Peter was appointed Standing Counsel to HMRC in 1996. His experience of substantial complex commercial fraud goes back to the ‘Blue Arrow’ case in which he appeared for one of the defendant companies. Since then he has both prosecuted and represented many professional defendants in cases concerning allegations of VAT and excise fraud, insider dealing and money laundering.  

He has prosecuted cases for the SFO for a number of years, most recently, ‘sanctions-busting’ cases involving corporate defendants and individual directors.

 He has additionally prosecuted and defended in a number of serious criminal cases including murder, manslaughter, kidnap, shootings, sexual crime and large scale smuggling and distribution.


2010 SFO Approved Counsel List
1996 - 2006 Standing Counsel to HMRC

Additional Information

Member of the British Association for Sports Law