Peter Rouch QC

1972 (1996)

Peter Rouch was appointed Queens Counsel in 1996 following a fully engaged and successful practice as a junior in South Wales.

On taking silk Peter moved to London where he enjoys the reputation of an extremely busy and sought after leader. His practice is not only centered on London and South Wales but he also appears on behalf of clients in other major court centres of the UK. Peter regularly appears in some of the most serious of criminal cases ranging from Murder (including multiple killings, contract killings and gun crime) and Serious Sexual Offences. In addition, Peter receives instructions on a regular basis in high profile fraud cases (including regulatory offences on behalf of large corporations). 

Peter Rouch sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court. 

The Legal 500 says of Peter ....‘The silk of choice for many professional clients.’


Recent Notable Cases:

Defended in Operation Moonshine - a multi-million pound recycling fraud

Defended on a privately funded basis, a manager of an international metal nosiness in a conspiracy case. The case was dismissed at the close of the prosecution case.

Defended in a murder case with suggestions of Polish "Mafia" connections

Successfully defended a businessman in a privately funded rape case which the trial judge dismissed after cross-examination on the complainant.

Defended a solicitor charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and was able to persuade the prosecution to offer no evidence before going to trial.

Although not involved in the trial proceedings, undertook the privately funded appeal against conviction of a solicitor convicted of a mortgage fraud. The appeal was successful.

Operation Bugs - prosecuting on behalf of a Local Authority (Trading Standards) concerning a call centre where those involved in establishing, controlling and operating the business were convicted.

Jennings & others (Swansea Crown Court) - defending). Representing one of the defendants in the 'The Cardiff 3' alleged police corruption case which ended with the Crown offering no evidence against the defendants. The UK's largest ever alleged police corruption case.

Defending in Environmental Agency prosecutions

Other Notable Cases:

Appeal of Cornelius (Court of Appeal) - defending). Representing on appeal a solicitor who had been convicted of a £650k mortgage fraud and sentenced to four years imprisonment. The appeal was successful and the conviction against the Appellant was quashed with no re-trial ordered.

Vanthopolous & others - At the time, the largest single importation of cigarettes into the UK (loss circa £28 million). 

Thornhill & others - Large scale importation of cocaine (value circa 65 million). 

Chowdhury & others - Microsoft fraud trial – largest ever copyright fraud. 

Syed & others - Money laundering (part of the London Bureau de Change cases) 

Vong - Computer chip fraud. 

Nolan & others - Heathrow robbery (£33 million).

 B&Q - Regulatory offences 


Queen's Counsel - 1996
Recorder of the Crown Court
LLB (Wales)

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