About the Author

John is a QC at 25 Bedford Row. He writes and broadcasts widely on legal and current affairs as well as having plays performed on TV and theatre. His legal experience ranges from a time at Clifford Chance to a role as Vice Chair of Public Affairs on the Bar Council.

He was recently listed in The Times as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the UK and is a Master of the Bench at Middle Temple as well as a Visiting Professor of Law at Cardiff University.

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  1. Feb 22nd. -2013.

    Peters & Peters Partners —-(1999 —2013.) – guilty.
    Pictet & Cie Bank – Partners -(1996—2013) – guilty.

    The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial documents requested under a High Court order. The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld evidence from the Police, and one of it’s account managers Susan Broadhead gave a false witness statement to the Police.
    Another one of it’s managers Nicholas Campiche ( Now Head of Pictet – Alternative Investments.) concocted a letter pretending to be a client and closed his account. The senior partner (Ivan Pictet.) sought to have numerous documents destroyed,along with those copies held in their London office’s of Pictet Asset Management. Initially stating that they were forgeries then their lawyers Peters & Peters – Monty Raphael Q.C.–and the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C. later had to admit in Court that the documents were genuine.

    British Parliament. Hansard .29th March 2007.
    Barry Sheerman .M.P.—quote.

    ———“ Constituents of mine have lost £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie – – a French Bank – – and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being perpetrated.””

    (1) It is a criminal offence for a bank to knowingly act for an undischarged criminal bankrupt in so far as it seeks to assist that criminal bankrupt in the fraudulent movement of monies. ( Money Laundering.) assisted by Monty Raphael.Q.C.

    (2) It is a criminal offence for a bank to lie to the police and the bankrupts trustee in bankruptcy in so far as any knowledge of, or dealings with the bank was refuted . + Monty Raphael.Q.C.

    (3) A bank can be guilty of Contempt of Court if it fails to comply fully with the Courts order for discovery .+ Monty Raphael Q.C.

    (4) The banks contempt is further compounded if it fails to address its error after it is specifically drawn to the to its solicitors attention. ( Monty Raphael Q.C.).

    (5) It is a criminal offence under the Financial Services Act to seek to destroy evidence that might be relevant to an investigation .+ Monty Raphael.Q.C.

    (6) It is a criminal offence not to relinquish control of funds to the Trustee immediately the fact of the bankruptcy is drawn to the banks attention.+ Monty Raphael Q.C.

    (7) It is a criminal offence to lie or otherwise obfuscate the lawful and proper enquiries of the F.S.A. + Monty Raphael Q.C.

    In the F.S.A. cover up , they concluded that there had been “ Rogue” elements in Pictet & Cie’s , London operations . They had been moved from their London Office so who was there left to prosecute. “ Unbelievable.”

    *** We thank –David Cameron. M.P. ( Canary Wharf Speech.)
    PRIME MINISTER.

    (1) Bankers who behave irresponsibly should face professional consequences.
    (2) If anyone is found to have behaved criminally they must be prosecuted.
    (3) The F.S.A and the Serious Fraud Office should be following up every lead,
    investigating every suspect transaction .
    (4) We need to make it 100% clear –those who break the law should face
    prosecution.
    (5) That we make sure we root out any wrongdoing that may have happened, whoever
    is involved, however high or well connected they may be.

    Both Ivan Pictet and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Serious Fraud Squad.

    Written Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    Quote. ( America’s Top Lawyer .)
    You can be the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and is telling the truth.

    *** We note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From 1999 onwards.

    The consensus of opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started campaign — June 6th.2008.
    4 .5years —- approx 8 .5 million e-mails – – – but still no writs, injunctions or threats of litigation – – – WHY – – – because it is all true.

    *** . The bigger they are — the harder they fall.!!!
    In America —- they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Monty Raphael Q.C. — Master of the Bench — one of the main advisers to the F.S.A. — the Banks.— and the Police.

    Seeing that the Banks and the Police are now top of the criminality table and the F.S.A. top of the incompetency list for government bodies — we cannot understand why Monty Raphael Q.C. and his firm of Peters & Peters are still allowed to operate.( Friends in high places.)

    Monty And Friends In Association. (MAFIA.)

  2. Update — April 27th .2013.

    Pictet & Cie Bank —- List of Crimes.

    1996 —– F.S.A— Breach in London.

    2003 —- F.S.A. — States rogues operating in Pictet’s London office. Ivan Pictet states that their documents were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in the British Courts.( Ivan Pictet a proven liar) He had documents destroyed in their London office hoping to hide the crimes.

    2007 .- – – The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a recommendation that the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of the FSA to take disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management – Japan Ltd.

    2008 .– Dec. – Pictet Bank state – ” We have never chosen any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 – – – Madoff Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 ,000,000.( They lied again.)

    2011- – – Pictet & Cie abetted a Bribery Scheme – Oil company sues Pictet for $350,000,000.

    2012 – – – April – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 — – June. — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)
    Even after the SEC in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90,000,000 lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July. — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox company in Panama and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain German millionaires as clients.

    2012 – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of “organised crime.”

    2013 — Jan.— Swiss MP’ table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud’s assets of ” criminal origins”
    held in Swiss banks – $18,000,000. million held in 5 accounts at Pictet & Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

    2013 — The bank is now seeking to re-structure — to cut the partners liability – hoping to off load their decades of criminal responsibilty – and protect their personal ill gotten wealth.. The Germans are right — the bankers should go to prison if found guilty of financial crimes..
    ( Madoff got 150 years in prison — why are the Pictet partners still at large.)

    Ironically the Pictet & Cie.Bank partners are bigger criminals than the criminals who have accounts in the their bank.

    Pictet & Cie Bank.— Partners —- (1996 — 2013) — Guilty.
    Peters & Peters — Partners —- (1996 —- 2013) — Guilty.

    The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial documents requested under a High Court Order. They also withheld evidence from the Police.

    One of Pictet’s accounts managers Susan Broadhead gave a false witness statement to the police. The banks Head of Alternative Investments — Nicholas Campiche – concocted a letter pretending to be a client and closed his account.

    The senior partner Ivan Pictet sought to have numerous crucial documents destroyed along with copies held in their London offices of Pictet Asset Management. Initially stating that these documents were forgeries.

    Their lawyers – Peters & Peters . London — lead by Monty Raphael Q.C. — and the barrister Charles Flint Q.C. had to embarrassingly in Court admit that the documents were indeed genuine.

    British Parliament. — Hansard.

    Barry Sheerman. M.P. — quote:

    ” Constituents of mine have lost £2,000.000 through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie a French bank — and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being perpetrated.”

    Both Ivan Pictet and Monty Raphael Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents requested by the High Court — the F.S.A.– and the Police Fraud Squad.

    Written Parliamentary Questions received by the table office.

    To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based subsidiary.

    To ask the secretary of state what steps he his taking to protect the rights of U.K. Citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    *** The consensus of opinion is that Pictet & Cie Bank should be prosecuted and that their U.K. Banking licence should be taken away.

    *** Their solicitors at Peters & Peters .London – ” Struck off and prosecuted.”

    In America they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Quote.( Top American Lawyer.):

    ” You can be the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and is telling the truth.”

    Full Story. — Search — Google or Yahoo.

    Ivan Pictet. Banker.
    Charles Pictet. Banker.
    Nicolas Pictet. Banker.
    Renaud de Planta.Banker.
    Francois Demole. Banker.
    Jacques de Saussure.Banker.
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

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