Peter Burrell is a partner and heads Willkie’s Litigation, Compliance & Enforcement and White Collar Defence Practices in the London* office. He is recognised as one of the U.K.’s leading specialists in corporate crime and compliance matters. His practice includes advising on compliance issues relating to money laundering, bribery and corruption, sanctions and fraud; conducting complex internal corporate investigations; and defending companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue and Customs, and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He also handles complex High Court litigation and arbitration proceedings in London, with a particular focus on financial fraud, securities disputes and financial reporting issues.
Chambers and Legal 500 cite Peter as a leading practitioner in his areas of practice in the U.K.
Peter has acted for individuals, financial institutions, and companies in some of the most high-profile cases in the U.K. His recent representations include:
- Acting for Barclays in relation to the SFO's investigation concerning Qatar
- Acting for Afren Plc in connection with an investigation concerning alleged breaches of Listing Rules and Improper Payments
- Acting in relation to the SFO's failed prosecution of 6 brokers concerning LIBOR manipulation
- Representing Tony Allen in connection with a US prosecution for alleged incorrect LIBOR submissions
- Acting for Mabey and Johnson, the first U.K. company to be convicted for overseas bribery and corruption and violations of sanctions laws. The case was resolved through the first formal corporate plea bargain under the U.K. Attorney General’s plea bargaining guidelines.
- Acting for Virgin and its executives in connection with its claim for immunity arising out of the OFT price-fixing investigation into fuel surcharges.
- Acting for Weir Group Plc in its prosecution for sanctions breaches relating to payments to Iraq.
Prior to joining Willkie, Peter was the head of Herbert Smith’s Investigations and Corporate Crimes Practice.
*Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of the State of Delaware, USA and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with registration number 565650.