Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"Excellent in and out of court, with a very practical approach and great client care skills."

Legal 500 2017
Year of call: 1998
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Business Crime & Financial Services

A former litigation solicitor with Slaughter and May he has acted in many complex cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering and corruption. His experience encompasses all types of fraud cases including advanced fee, false identity, mortgage, benefit, and Ponzi and pyramid schemes.

His upcoming cases in 2018/2019 include representing the owner of a Northern Soul record supply business accused of fraudulent trading, acting for a man alleged to be involved in a boiler room investment fraud concerning loans to payday loan companies and representing the owner of a company supplying foodstuffs to the catering industry charged with fraudulent trading

In 2017 he represented a Russian banker at trial accused of accepting bribes from a US based consultant representing six oil and gas companies seeking loans from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. The case had lasted five years. He also acted for a vitamin supply company owner charged with a very substantial conspiracy to defraud involving thefts from multiple bank accounts and associated money laundering.

In 2016 he conducted trials for a man accused of involvement in a major car-ringing fraud and a business owner accused of laundering the proceeds of a major international bank fraud. He additionally represented a railway engineering consultant charged with evading tax for 13 years and acted for a retired businessman charged with forgery of a will and associated theft of residential properties.

During 2014 and 2015 he conducted trials for a City banker accused of running a brothel and money laundering, a client accused of participating in a City-based fraud concerning a company selling coloured diamonds to investors, the owner of a lettings company accused of defrauding his landlord and tenant clients, the owner of a precious metals company accused of drug related money laundering and the Managing Director of a buy-to-let mortgage company accused of conspiracy to defraud.

Notable previous cases


R v R (Central Criminal Court)

Acting for a senior banker in an immensely factually complex banking corruption case concerning allegations of bribes being accepted in regard to six separate applications to a bank from oil and gas companies in the old Soviet Republics.

R v V (Southwark CC)

Vitamin supply company owner charged with a very substantial conspiracy to defraud involving thefts from multiple bank accounts and associated money laundering.


R v P (Southwark CC)

Company owner charged with involvement in multi-million pound International banking fraud.

R v R (Blackfriars CC)

Owner of rail engineering consultancy company charged with evading all income tax, national insurance and VAT for 13 years.

R v H (Nottingham CC)

Business director charged together with his wife (a retired District Judge) with the forgery of a will and other probate documents in order to facilitate the theft of two country cottages, and additionally the stealing of money from the bank account of an elderly relative.


R v B (Southwark CC)

Acted for the deputy to the managing director in a high value City based diamond trading fraud perpetrated via two separate companies that grossly misrepresented the value of the diamonds.


R v B (Southwark CC)

Acted for the managing director accused of fraud in regard to a lend-to-let mortgage investment company in which private company investors paid an advanced fee to become members of a draw-down lending scheme to invest in buy-to-let residential properties.


R v A (Reading CC)

Acted for the Head of National Recruitment at NHS Professionals Ltd accused of fraud by abuse of position by recruiting staff via an unauthorised third party company in return for payment.

R v R (Cambridge CC)

Acted for the owner of an extremely successful internet company selling pharmaceutical products charged with defrauding the Post Office by under-declaring postage costs of more than of £500,000.



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