Peter Burrell is Chair of Willkie’s Litigation, Investigations & Enforcement, and White Collar Defence Practice Groups in London. He is the Managing Partner of the London office.

Peter is recognised as one of the UK’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 UK’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 UK (2024) cites Peter as a leading practitioner in his areas of practice in the UK and The Legal 500 UK (2024) recognises him in the "Hall of Fame," where clients have described him as "a remarkable litigator" and whose "technical ability is second to none."


Peter has acted for individuals, financial institutions, and companies in some of the most high-profile cases in the UK. His recent representations include:

  • 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 UK 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 UK 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.


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York College of Law, 1991 Queens’ College Cambridge, B.A. (honors), 1990