Tony Peto QC has been joint Head of Chambers since 2012.

He has practised commercial and corporate litigation in the Queen's Bench, Chancery Divisions and Commercial Court since 1986. His single largest specialist practice area is in international corporate fraud, but he has also acted in a wide range of Commercial and Public Law matters. He has also represented Government bodies in commercial and public law cases as an ‘A’ panelist and as a Silk.

Prior to his appointment to Silk, Tony was counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General's 'A' Panel.

Tony is recognised by the leading independent legal directories.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Tony acts as Lead Counsel in complex, high value fraud trials in the Commercial Court, Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions. Over the last 15 years he has been instructed in hundreds of High Court actions involving civil fraud, abuse of intellectual property, theft of confidential information or similar forms of commercial dishonesty, often leading multi-disciplinary teams of barristers, solicitors, investigators, foreign lawyers, computer experts and forensic accountants. 

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Commercial

Tony practises extensively in commercial litigation and examples of his current and recent work in this area can be found below.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tony’s commercial and fraud work often overlaps with public law and human rights.

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Achievements

Publications

  • Neither Just Nor Secure: The Justice and Security Bill by Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Tyrie MP.  Published by the Centre for Policy Studies (January 2013).  
  • In June 2013 Anthony won the Prospect Think Tank Publication of the Year award for ‘Neither Just nor Secure’.

Research / Lecturing

Tony has had considerable experience in providing continuing education courses approved by The Law Society, especially courses on pre-emptive remedies, fraud law and practice, human rights in civil fraud cases and in advanced advocacy. He was also a part-time tutor at Churchill College, Cambridge 1984-7.

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • ALBA

Selected earlier reported cases

Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

  • Serious Organised Crimes Agency v Gale [2009] EWHC 1015 (QB), [2010] EWCA Civ 759, [2011] UKSC 49
  • Rybak & ors v Langbar International Ltd. [2011] EWHC 452 (Ch)
  • JSC Bank v Ablyazov and others (2011) 
  • 3i Group plc v Holyoake (2010)
  • AB v XY & Others (Ch D) (2009 – 10)
  • Treasury Solicitors v Doveton Ch.(2006-2008) 
  • Secretary of State v R (2007) 
  • ESur v Rahman (2006-7) 
  • WestLB v Yacub QB (2007)
  • Cinar Corporation v Panju (2006) 
  • Electrolux v Rumble (2006) 
  • Daraydan v Solland [2004] 3 WLR 1106
  • Medina Dairy v Nijjav (2004) 
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria v Abacha (2001– 2003) 
  • Defended ex-company Directors in relation to a £30 million VAT fraud.
  • Defended a US$100 million claim arising out of alleged complicity in a “prime bank guarantee” fraud.
  • Defended Jersey Trustees from allegations of complicity in a £20 million fraud.

Commercial

  • Meinl Bank (2011)
  • Rusal & Anor v Corbiere & Anor (2011)
  • Izodia Plc v (1) Edward Vandyk (2) Corporate Synergy Holdings Ltd (Chancery Division, 2010 -2011)
  • Counsel to Microsoft (2000-2008) in over a dozen anti-counterfeiting and IP abuse actions in which the claims amounted to over US$100 million.
  • Counsel to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (2007-2008) in three multi-million pound actions; one involving corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and the other against a group dealing in counterfeit drugs. 
  • K v X QB (2007) Lead counsel for USA party to US$400 million litigation. 

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Shell International v Greenpeace [2012]  
  • SOCA v Gale [2011] UKSC 49
  • Campaign against the Arms Trade (CAAT) v BAE Systems and Mercer QB (2007)



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