Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"He is an exceptionally talented barrister. Incredibly thorough in relation to paper heavy cases. Outstanding written work. Very prompt in responding to correspondence. An advocate of the highest calibre able to easily adapt to the demands of differing cases. Excellent with clients. First choice counsel in London and the surrounding areas."

Legal 500 UK 2021
Year of call: 1998
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Peter is a former litigation solicitor with leading City firm Slaughter and May and has substantial experience accrued over many years in defending serious and complex cases involving allegations of fraud, money laundering, corruption and high value confiscation.

He is listed as a leading junior in Financial Crime by Chambers UK, and as a leading junior in Criminal Fraud by The Legal 500. Recent praise for him includes:

“Peter has a fantastic eye for detail, especially when dealing with large paper caseloads.” and “An excellent trial advocate who does detailed case preparation and is excellent with clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2020

“He exudes quiet authority.” – Legal 500 2020

“Very good at detailed financial crime cases and brilliant with clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2019

“He is very, very astute and tactically savvy.” – Chambers and Partners 2019

“Even with impossible cases and nightmare lay clients, he is effective with limited tools.” – Legal 500, 2019

His fraud experience encompasses all types of cases including advanced fee, false identity, mortgage, benefit, and Ponzi and pyramid schemes.

In his most recent case he acted for a business owner accused of involvement in a boiler room fraud. The case concerned the selling to private investors of a US-based investment product that involved lending money to pay-day loan companies. The trial included a major conflict with the other leading defendant.

Peter’s other recent cases include representing a Russian banker charged with accepting bribes from a US based consultant representing six oil and gas companies seeking loans from a European bank. The case lasted over seven years and included substantial issues of disclosure. He has also recently represented the owner of a Northern Soul record supply business accused of widespread fraudulent trading over a five year period and breach of copyright and trades mark offences. The case included a challenge to the admissibility of the record examination conducted by the prosecution’s expert.

His imminent trials include representing a company director accused of being involved in an alleged six-year long “cash for crash” insurance fraud, and defending a young women accused of participation in a substantial solar-product trading standards fraud.

Notable previous cases:


R v I (Southwark CC)

Acting for a business owner accused of involvement in a boiler room fraud concerning the selling to private investors of a US based investment product involving the lending of money to pay-day loan companies.

R v D (Southwark CC)

Representing a director charged with fraudulent trading concerning the activities of a food distribution company.


R v P (Cardiff CC)

Acting for a wholesale Northern Soul music manufacturer and seller accused of fraudulent trading and breach of copyright and trades mark offences.

R v B (Teesside CC)

Acting for retired magistrate accused of money laundering his son’s drugs receipts.


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 applications to a European bank from oil and gas companies in the old Soviet Republics.

R v V (Southwark CC)

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


R v U (Southwark CC)

Representing a man accused of involvement in a major long-running car-ringing fraud.

R v P (Southwark CC)

Acting for a company owner charged with involvement in multi-million pound international banking fraud involving the theft of monies from the bank accounts of extremely wealthy individuals.

R v R (Blackfriars CC)

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

R v H (Nottingham CC)

Acting for a business director charged, together with his wife (a retired District Judge), with the forgery of a will and other documents to facilitate the theft of two country cottages.


R v B (Southwark CC)

Acting for the assistant to the managing director in a high value City-based diamond trading fraud that involved the selling of overpriced coloured diamonds to investors.

R v R (Sheffield Crown Court)

Representing the owner of a precious metals company accused of drug-related money laundering.


R v B (Croydon CC)

Representing an immigration advice business-owner in factually complex confiscation proceedings concerning the disputed ownership of approximately 50 residential properties.

R v M (Central Criminal Court)

Acting for a City banker accused of running a brothel and associated money laundering.

R v B (Southwark CC)

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


R v A (Reading CC)

Acting 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)

Acting 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.

R v A (Isleworth CC)

Representing a businessman accused of blackmailing a communication company owner with sexually compromising photographs following a business dispute.

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