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

Tony's main area of practice is commercial litigation with his single largest specialist practice area being international fraud. He has also acted in a wide range of Public Law and Human Rights matters. He has also represented Government bodies in commercial and public law cases.

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

Tony is recognised by both the leading independent legal directories, Chambers UK 2019 and Legal 500 2018, for his expertise in commercial litigation, civil fraud and POCA. 



Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Tony acts as Lead Counsel in complex, high value fraud cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions 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 and involving world wide freezing orders, search orders, disclosure orders and committal.  


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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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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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