General Crime

Peters & Peters is “distinguished for its reputation as a go-to firm for high-profile individuals faced with serious criminal offences”.

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Our team offers a superlative service in relation to the full spectrum of criminal conduct from road traffic offences to murder. We represent clients at police station interviews through to trial. Some of our defence lawyers are former prosecutors who are able to provide insight into how the investigators and prosecutors operate which is invaluable when advising strategically in relation to criminal proceedings. We enjoy a good working relationship with prosecution and investigation bodies such as the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue and Customs and the Home Office.

Many of our cases involve acting for individuals, often publicly known figures who face potential professional and reputational ruin as a result of a criminal investigation. It is our role to expertly guide such individuals through the complex processes involved and we have an impressive track record at persuading investigative and prosecuting agencies to drop their cases as well as securing not guilty verdicts at trial.

Our expertise includes:

  • Representing clients at the police station
  • Making representations that charges should not be brought
  • Defending criminal proceedings
  • Advising clients in relation to complaints against the police
  • Advising on the interaction of criminal proceedings with Inquiries & Inquests
  • Dawn Raids
  • Theft, Burglary & Robbery
  • Offences Against The Person
  • Official Secrets Act
  • Cybercrime & Data Theft
  • Criminal Restraint & Confiscation
  • Money Laundering
  • Drug Offences
  • Sexual Offences
  • Harassment
  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Road Traffic Offences

We are experts in transnational cases involving investigations by multiple agencies in different countries, Extradition, INTERPOL Red Notices and Mutual Legal Assistance.

Key Contacts

Helen McDowell

Helen McDowell, Managing Partner

Email Helen

+44 (0)20 7822 7735

Michael O'Kane

Michael O'Kane, Partner

Email Michael

+44 (0)20 7822 7755

Neil Swift

Neil Swift, Partner

Email Neil

+44 (0)20 7822 7763

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