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Peter Tarn Chairman

British Virgin Islands
+1 284 852 4381
+1 284 340 4662

Expertise and Professional Background

Peter Tarn is Chairman of the Harneys Executive Committee.

Peter specialises in all aspects of BVI corporate law and is consistently ranked as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the jurisdiction by Chambers and Partners, IFLR and Legal 500. He was particularly influential in the introduction of the BVI Insolvency Act 2003, and also had significant input on the BVI Business Companies Act. Peter sits on a number of BVI Government advisory committees, and is actively involved in the IFC Forum, a member organisation established to provide authoritative and balanced information about the role of international financial centres in the global economy. Peter is also a Member of the Board of Directors BVI Finance Limited, a public-private partnership which works to promote the BVI’s financial services industry.

Peter joined Harneys in 1997, became a partner in 2000, and has held roles including Global Head of Banking & Finance and Head of Harneys Fiduciary. His client base comprises major financial institutions and corporates throughout the world. Prior to joining Harneys, Peter worked at the London office of Allen & Overy from 1990-1997, where he specialised in emerging market debt. 


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


Note: This is an update to our last bulletin on this subject of 13 August 2014. The new measures are relevant to Harneys' core jurisdictions: Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Concurrent with the conclusion of the NAT... read more