Peter Guest qualified in 1975 and specialises in criminal and financial fraud cases. He is also a Recorder of the Crown Court dealing with crime and serious sexual offences. He leads in criminal defence at all levels up to and including murder, serious sexual offences, serious fraud and serious drug offences. In addition, Peter is listed as one of the top barristers for fraud in the U.K in the Legal 500.
“Peter Guest is a leading figure at the London Bar in defending criminal fraud charges”
“A highly-respected criminal defence specialist”
“an accomplished courtroom performer” who “always impresses”
“With more than 30 years’ experience and a proven track record of success”: Chambers and Partners
“‘Solicitors say he’s one of the best advocates they have seen.” Legal 500
“He has real authority and presence in the courtroom, and can be firm with judges and witnesses if required.” Legal 500
Previous clients recommend him:
“The first barrister to really understand me and my case” and “the perfect cross-examiner”
“Before your speech, I felt we were 6-nil down. Now we are 7-6 up”
Judges are also generous with praise:
“The best final speech I have ever heard in a fraud”
“It was a joy to watch you work”
He has wide experience of defending clients charged, with all aspects of crime, including fraud, money laundering, drugs, sexual offences and murder, both in the Crown Court and on appeal. He is also considered an expert in confiscation and cash forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act and he undertakes regulatory work.
His practice has taken him to the Privy Council in a ‘death row’ appeal and to the European Court of Justice in a VAT appeal.
He is approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions direct from the public, without the need for a solicitor.
Peter has been an advocacy trainer at Inner Temple, training barristers in all areas of court practice procedure and presentation.
Peter Guest has defended in serious criminal cases and, in particular, serious fraud and money laundering for many years. He recently, represented a mortgage broker, facing Financial Conduct Authority proceedings in the Upper Tribunal, and a rugby union county manager, facing doping allegations before a RFU disciplinary tribunal. The broker was cleared of dishonesty and the manager was cleared of trafficking.
- Criminal Bar Association
- South-Eastern Circuit
Awards, Qualifications & Other
- Assistant Recorder – 1999
- Recorder – 2000
- Authorised to try serious sexual offences.
Peter Guest is approved to accept instructions direct from international and UK clients on a direct access basis, without the need for a solicitor intermediary in appropriate cases.