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Ian Burton

Tel:
Work 020 7430 2277
Email:
BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Business crime and regulation; serious and general crime.

Position

Ian Burton is the founder and senior partner of BCL. Having been involved in most of the significant business crime investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK authorities over the last 25 years, Ian has unrivalled strategic judgment and experience in providing discreet, prompt and clear advice to high-profile and high net-worth individuals, chairmen and CEOs of major corporations, corporations, heads of government and government bodies on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues, both nationally and internationally. These include commercial fraud, international financial regulation (including money laundering), corruption, sanctions, tax and company investigations, price-fixing, extradition and mutual legal assistance and corporate manslaughter, and often require the effective co-ordination, frequently in a multi-jurisdictional context, of a range of other professionals, including overseas lawyers, accountants, tax advisers and PR / media advisers.

Career

Qualified 1971; founded Burton Copeland 1982; established London office of the firm (which subsequently became a separate partnership, now BCL) 1991.

Member

International Bar Association; American Bar Association; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers; Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.

Education

Whittingehame College.


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Burton - BCL Solicitors LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practiceBCL Solicitors LLP has ‘the depth, breadth, and resources to take on the toughest and most intense litigation at very short notice’. It has one of the largest, specialist white-collar crime teams in the UK, representing directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of fraud, white-collar and business crime. Head of team Ian Burton is ‘the ultimate heavyweight in white collar crime’, he is supported by key practitioner Richard Sallybanks, who is ‘strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience’. Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’. Shaul Brazil is ‘a street fighter with a first-rate brain’ and Michael Drury has ‘bags of experience and an easy charm’. John Binns and Julian Hayes were promoted to partner. Shula de Jersey, who ‘brings real class to the firm’, joined from Slater and Gordon.  Jane Glass and Guy Bastable are also recommended. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

BCL Solicitors LLP advises companies and large organisations on internal investigations and external investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. Ian Burton heads the team, he is ‘respected by all, especially his opponents and is able to position his clients to the maximum advantage at the investigation phase’. Richard Sallybanks has ‘an outstanding brain for corporate investigations’. Michael Drury has ‘decades of experience and a tenacious approach to cases he undertakes’. John Binns was promoted to partner and Shula de Jersey from Slater and Gordon. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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