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Peter is a litigation partner specialising in Financial Services regulatory issues and is a leading member of the firm’s financial services group. He belongs to the firm’s groups that advise clients on the Senior Managers & Certification Regime and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. He graduated with an honours degree in law from the University of Bristol in 1997 and then trained with London firm Russell Jones & Walker, where he qualified and specialised in commercial litigation.

Having qualified in private practice, Peter was recruited by the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) Enforcement Division’s Legal Group, where he was quickly appointed to the position of senior lawyer advising on various high-profile matters arising out of the financial crisis, including the published action taken against individual directors of Northern Rock.  

Peter has substantial experience in conducting disciplinary cases before the FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and before the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber). He has also acted as an FSA prosecutor and helped the regulator secure one of its earliest convictions and a custodial sentence for an unauthorised stockbroker acting in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act. He also has higher rights of audience (civil) as an advocate which he has exercised in a number of insolvency cases for the regulator.

Department head Peter Wright is widely consulted for his expertise on regulatory issues. He has commented in the Financial Times, New Model Adviser, FT Adviser, Bloomberg Law and a number of other leading media organisations. He has also been consulted as an expert and delivered lectures on regulatory issues to various professional networks including the UK Fraud Lawyers Association. 

Peter is advising clients following the EU referendum vote, ensuring they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities, mitigate risks, and have the processes and people in place to manage a period of uncertainty.

An experienced litigator in the High Court, Peter often obtains emergency orders in relation to various forms of investment fraud, both in a domestic and international context in relation to share frauds, illegal deposit taking schemes and other activities. He also conducts litigation matters in corporate and commercial, civil fraud, insolvency litigation and disciplinary cases, including sports disciplinary work.

Peter has been listed in Financial News' top 40 under 40 rising stars in legal services, 2014, a list comprising some of the brightest and most talented young lawyers who have “helped drive the development of Europe’s financial legal industry”. 

He recently co-authored the UK chapter of Chambers first Global Practice Guide for FinTech. The 2018 guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses and covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Peter has been quoted in IFLR in an article headed “In-House lawyers could be considered senior managers,” in July 2018.

Peter is also recognised as a leading regulatory practitioner in the major legal directories. Recent directory comments include: 

"He is very good at negotiating positions and demonstrating something to the authorities, giving the opposition pause for thought that they have to do things differently."
(Chambers UK, 2019)

"Incredibly knowledgeable and calm"
(Legal 500, 2019)

Peter Wright is said to have "really good instincts in terms of litigation and dealing with the FCA."
(Chambers UK, 2018)

Peter Wright is well-placed to ‘advise clients on how the FCA will react and respond’ and provides ‘clear, accurate and sensible advice’ to clients facing FCA investigations.
(Legal 500, 2017)

Peter Wright is ‘excellent in his field’.

(Legal 500, 2017)

"Excellent interpersonal skills" as well as his "cerebral" approach to solving complex legal problems. 
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Peter Wright ''draws a line well between being commercial, but also being realistic on how commercial you can be given that it is a regulatory environment.'' (Chambers UK, 2016)

Named as a "Rising Star" and "one of the people to watch in finance" 
(Financial News Yearbook,

''Leading financial services law expert'' Peter Wright ''Brings Poacher-turned-gamekeeper knowledge, and has his finger on the pulse''
(Legal 500, 2015)

Peter Wright is "without question , anyone's obvious choice for any FCA enforcement litigation. He's one of the best forensic lawyers in that field. He is extremely good tactically and has a very good reputation within the regulators."
(Chambers UK, 2015)  

Peter Wright is ‘one of the leading experts in financial services law and litigation'
(Legal 500, 2014)

'Department head Peter Wright "understands the FSA inside out and has got good judgement" according to sources. He is widely admired for his expertise on both contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters.'
(Chambers UK, 2014)

'Peter Wright is "a leading expert on financial services litigation and insolvency work, given his background as one the FSA Enforcement Division’s leading lawyers in these areas".'
(Legal 500 UK, 2013)



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