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Peter Tarn Chairman

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Expertise and Professional Background

Peter Tarn is London Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee.

He joined Harneys in 1997, became a partner in 2000 and was Global Head of Banking & Finance for many years before taking over as head of Harneys Services in 2009. His client base comprises major financial institutions and corporates throughout the world. He is consistently ranked as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the jurisdiction by Chambers, IFLR and The Legal 500.

Peter sits on a number of government advisory committees and was particularly influential in the introduction of the Insolvency Act of 2003 as well as having significant input into the BVI Business Companies Act. He is also a member of TEAM BVI Europe, an initiative launched by BVI Finance which works to promote the BVI financial services industry.

Prior to Harneys Peter worked at the London office of Allen & Overy from 1990 to 1997, where he specialised in emerging market debt. He splits his time between London and the BVI.


Legal 500: Peter is noted for his expertise in banking and finance matters, particularly in BVI.

Chambers: Peter is recommended by Chambers as a foreign lawyer in the UK (Banking & Finance).

IFLR 1000: Peter is ranked as a "leading lawyer" by IFLR 1000.

Education & Admissions

College of Law Guildford 1990
​Bristol University (LLB) 1989
Bar Admissions
England and Wales 1992 (not practising)
British Virgin Islands 1997
Anguilla 1999


Banking and Finance
Brexit Practice Group


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