Peter Allwright

Peter is a specialist forensic investigator with almost 30 years of professional experience. He has wide experience of dealing with crisis management situations and together with specialised professionals takes care of coordinating the key aspects of resolving the crisis and protecting the client’s position at all times. He has successfully guided multi-disciplinary teams to investigate and overcome white-collar crime in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Business crime

Peter specialises in investigating common forms of white-collar crime, including fraud, bribery, corruption, theft and tax evasion, as well as dismantling sophisticated schemes and cover-ups. He is often instructed to investigate conflicts of interest, collusive tendering, fraudulent disbursements, unlawful gratuities and maladministration in the public sector. He has also developed specific expertise investigating the manipulation of accounts, breach of contract and loss of profits, post transaction disputes and professional negligence in construction projects.

His solutions-focused approach means that he not only solves white-collar offences but also identifies the shortcomings within organisations that allowed the offences to take place. He supports and assists clients to overcome their vulnerabilities by improving their management systems, policies, procedures and controls.

Cybercrime

Peter leads a cybercrime practice focused on offensive security. He specialises in investigating high-value customer data breaches and hunting down hackers in hostile jurisdictions to retain the stolen data. He works closely with local and international law enforcement agencies to detain hackers and to support their successful extradition and prosecution.

The cybercrime practice has investigated hacking of data centres, data breaches, domain name hijacking, man-in-the-middle attacks, phishing and spear phishing attacks, counterfeit trademarks, copyright violations, prohibited/illegal content, identity theft, malvertising, ransomware, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online scams, fraudulent invoices/change of bank account scams, sextortion, defamatory blogs, hacking and reprogramming of master slave devices, software piracy, and the distribution of child pornography.

Industry expertise

Peter has served as a forensic expert during internal disciplinary hearings, mediation and arbitration proceedings at the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, criminal trials and labour court proceedings both locally and internationally. He is a regular contributor to local and international publications, serves as a regular guest on radio programmes and has presented at several seminars and conferences on topics relating white-collar crime. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town and the external moderator for the forensic certificate course at the University of the Western Cape.

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