Peter is recognised as a leader in the field of criminal law. He is the firm’s Senior Partner. Peter specialises in the highest level of criminal litigation, with particular expertise in complex white collar crime and serious drug conspiracy cases. Peter is highly sought after for his advice in appeal cases and has won a series of high profile cases where the client’s previous defence team advised there was no prospect of success. Peter has extensive experience in defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the FSA), and the National Crime Agency (formerly SOCA).
“The “phenomenally intelligent” Peter Hughman stands out for his long-standing criminal defence practice, which includes particular expertise in appellate litigation. He is highly respected by market observers, as one source notes: “He is the doyen of criminal solicitors and has exceptional judgement and integrity.”” Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2017
In its 2014 guide Chambers & Partners notes that “With an “outstanding reputation“, the “utterly exceptional” Peter Hughman stands out for his “ability to immediately understand the issues in a case.“”
Peter is recommended as a leading lawyer by both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Peter is a published author (“Just How Just?” (Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd) and “Most Unnatural: An Enquiry into the Stafford Case” (Penguin)) and is regularly asked to contribute to a range of criminal law and related matters, including the BBC’s Panorama.
Carranza Reyes: Colombian cocaine and money laundering prosecutions. This was one of the country’s largest and most complex drugs smuggling and money laundering cases involving the seizure of £32M of cocaine and other assets.
Jonathan King and Christopher Denning: Rulings re severance of indictment and stay of proceedings in cases of historical sexual abuse.
London Bureaux de Changes Cases: Cases involving Customs and Excise using agents provocateurs in money laundering conspiracies (Operation Boyne). Hughmans provided subsequent advice for BBC Panorama.
London City Bond Cases: Major fraud involving at least £700m in lost duty and VAT. Convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal. Customs malpractice, non-disclosure and use of participating informants. The case was instrumental in changing the procedures that the Customs & Excise bring prosecutions by introducing the Customs and Excise Prosecutions Office.
Mercieca: House of Lords ruling on Judge’s duty to investigate jury bias.
Nicholas Van Hoogstraten: Bail granted in murder case with defendant tagged using private company.
Montilla: Definitive House of Lords Ruling in money laundering cases determining that it is necessary to prove that the property in question was in fact the proceeds of criminal conduct or drug trafficking.
Sang: House of lords first major ruling on police use of entrapment.
“Devastatingly good. He maintains an excellent reputation amongst peers.” Chambers & Partners UK Guide