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Anthony Burton CBE

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

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General Crime/Financial Crime, Civil Fraud & Regulatory


Anthony Burton CBE is a partner and co-head of the Crime and Regulatory department.


Anthony has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of the criminal law. His notable cases  include Operation Julie, R v Maxwell (Robert Maxwell case),  Ordtec, the application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission of the Conviction of the late Stephen Ward (The Profumo Affair), the IRA Brighton bombing case, and Operation Midland and Operation Weeting (News of the World phone hacking), and Tesco. He has represented many high profile persons and celebrities.




Fraud Lawyers Association, Law Society; Council of Justice, Chair of the Death Penalty Project.


Trained College of Law; qualified 1972; partner 1976. Recorder of Crown Court 1999-2017; Higher Court Advocacy Rights (Crime).


Chairman of the Board of the Royal Court Theatre, Groucho Club, Chelsea Arts Club, theatre/cinema/reading.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Anthony Burton - Simons Muirhead & Burton

Within: Crime: general

Simons Muirhead & Burton advises on a broad range of general crime matters such as drug offences, theft, complex sexual offences and media-related criminal law. It is adept at handling sensitive cases for celebrities and high-net-worth individuals. Anthony Burton CBE heads the department with ‘a wealth and breadth of experience’. Philip Smith joined as partner from Tuckers Solicitors , he has ‘an excellent client manner and gives clear and effective advice in dealing with highly complex and serious issues’. Pamela Reddy left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright. Recent highlights included advising a former parliamentary candidate with mental health issues who has been accused arson with intent to danger life and possession of class A drugs and a stun gun.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Simons Muirhead & Burton  is adept at handling a variety of fraud matters including cybercrime, market abuse, mis-selling, insider dealing and tax evasion. The firm continues to act for a defendant in the EURIBOR SFO investigation in a multibillion-pound case. The ‘extremely experienced, smart and charmingAnthony Burton co-heads the team alongside new arrival Philip Smith, who is ‘a high-quality addition to the team and a fierce litigator with a fantastic desire to succeed for his clients’. Smith and associate Henrietta Ronson joined from Tuckers Solicitors. Pamela Reddy left the firm for Norton Rose Fulbright .

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