Peter Rouch QC

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Practice Areas
General crime; white collar fraud; regulatory law (including trading standards etc.)

Overview
Since taking silk in 1996 Peter has been constantly involved in handling serious criminal cases ranging from Murder (including multiple killings, contract killing and gun crime), to Serious Sexual Offences, to Drug Conspiracies, to Fraud and Regulatory Crime. Peter appears in court centres in London and throughout England and Wales.

Although predominantly handling defence work, Peter also prosecutes on behalf of the CPS and Trading Standards. (He was on the SFO panel of advocates but decided not to re-apply on the last review).


Noteable Cases
Peter’s notable recent cases (over the last 3 years or so)include; Prosecution of Operation Bugs – a Local Authority case concerning a call centre where those involved in establishing, controlling and operating the business were all successfully convicted.
Defending in a Murder case with over-tones of Polish “Mafia” connections.
Although not involved in the trial, successfully undertook the privately-funded Appeal against Conviction of a Solicitor convicted of Mortgage Fraud.
Successfully defended (privately funded) a solicitor charged with assault (the case being dismissed at the close of the prosecution case).
Successfully defended (privately funded) a solicitor charged with Attempt to Pervert the Course of Justice resulting in the prosecution offering no evidence.
Successfully defended (privately funded) a businessman charged with Rape – the case being dismissed after cross-examination of the complainant.
Successfully defended (privately funded) a manager of an international metal business charged with Conspiracy – case dismissed at the close of the prosecution case.
Successfully acted for a police officer charged with Attempt to Pervert the Course of Justice (the Cardiff 3 case) – the case being dismissed at the close of the prosecution case.
Defended in Operation Moonshine – a multi-million pound recycling fraud.
Defended in 7 month multi-million pound commercial mortgage fraud.
Defended in Enviroment Agency prosecutions.
Presently instructed in 2 fraud cases, and 9 privately-funded cases, including acting for 3 solicitors charged, respectively, with Fraud, Attempt Pervert the Course of Justice and Rape.

Memberships
Grays Inn
Criminal Bar Association
Recorder of the Crown Court since the mid 80’s.