Peter Quinn, Consultant

Regulatory Law

Peter Quinn is a former pupil of St. Edward’s College, Liverpool and between 2002 and 2007 was Chairman of Governors at the School.  He was also a member of the Governing Body at St. Benedict’s College, Liverpool for 17 years.  Peter was Captain of Childwall Golf Club during the Club’s Centenary Year in 2012.


Since his admission as a solicitor in 1981 Peter has spent almost all of his professional career dealing with Criminal Law.  In August, 1995 together with Paul Barrow and Nick Melville, Peter set up Quinn Melville.  Since then the firm has been operating from offices based in Liverpool City Centre.


In 2005 all the non criminal work was transferred into a new firm Quinn Melville Barrow LLP(Quinn Barrow).  Quinn Melville is exclusively a specialist criminal defence practice.  Peter as of April 2014 stepped down as Senior Partner of Quinn Melville, he continues to work as a Consultant to Quinn Melville.

As of April 2017, Peter also stepped down as a Partner of Quinn Barrow. He continues to work as a Consultant to Quinn Barrow.


Since 1985 Peter has specialised in large scale white collar fraud work.  Peter has acted for clients who have been involved in cases across the country involving Prosecuting Authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office, the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue.


His work has included successfully defending the former Liverpool Council City Architect who was charged in a very large corruption case.  In 1990 Peter acted in the largest financial investigation which Merseyside Police had ever conducted.  They arrested and charged 7 defendants in respect of land deals throughout the North West of England.  The case lasted for 3½ years and all 4 of Peter’s clients were acquitted.


Since then Peter has acted in many cases nationally where his clients have been successfully defended.  Together with his Partner, Paul Barrow, he also represented the interests in this country of Louise Woodward, a case which generated worldwide publicity.


Peter has advised clients who are in dispute with the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise.  He successfully defended a solicitor who was charged by the Serious Fraud Office in an extremely complex prosecution which proceeded to a well publicised lengthy trial in London in 2001-2002.


He has also advised clients who have been prosecuted by Customs & Excise, the Inland Revenue and various fraud squads across the country including the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police as well as the Serious Fraud Office.  Many of the cases involved money laundering allegations which the authorities pursued with considerable vigour.


Peter successfully defended a high profile Liverpool businessman charged with blackmailing Paul Stretford, Wayne Rooney’s agent.  The firm has also acted for 2 very well known international footballers involved in issues with the Police.


Peter represented the 2 English defendants in the Morecambe Bay Cockle Pickers trial at Preston Crown Court.  Both defendants were acquitted by unanimous verdict of the jury.  Peter also represented a businessman in a large corruption trial involving Network Rail, who was acquitted.


Peter is available to advise clients on Regulatory issues.