Firm Profile > BCL Solicitors LLP > London, England

BCL Solicitors LLP

Crime: general Tier 1

BCL Solicitors LLP provides advice to professionals and high-profile clients, drawn from a range of industries, on a range of matters, including murder, manslaughter, motoring offences, historic sexual offences, and grievous bodily harm. Paul Morris heads the team, supported by Rachel Hubbard, Ellen Peart and Mark Haslam.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

BCL Solicitors LLP advises on fraud, white-collar crime and corporate crime. Clients include individuals such as directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals as well as corporations. Head of team Ian Burton focuses on advising individuals, businesses and government bodies on a range of issues nationally and internationally. Harry Travers deals with business crime and regulation. Richard Sallybanks deals with investigations involving allegations of fraud, corruption, sanctions offences, price-fixing, and false accounting. John Binns specialises in financial crime and Julian Hayes handles fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, bribery and corruption, and sanctions. Shula de Jersey is recommended for her experience in dealing with allegations of serious fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:

Harry Travers; Richard Sallybanks; John Binns; Julian Hayes; Shaul Brazil; Michael Drury; Shula de Jersey; Jane Glass; Guy Bastable

Key clients

John Scouler

Ahsani family

Sudhir & Bhanu Choudhrie

John Dougall

Health and safety Tier 3

BCL Solicitors LLP handles cases relating to corporate manslaughter, fatal accidents and fire safety. Guy Bastable leads the team and advises companies and individuals in inquests and investigations. Other key members of the team include Richard Reichman, who advises on fatal and major accidents, and Tom McNeill, who has acted on cases involving corporate manslaughter, fire safety and coroner's inquests.

Practice head(s):

Guy Bastable 

Other key lawyers:

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

BCL Solicitors LLP advises corporate and individual clients on financial crime, corporate crime and white-collar crime. The firm advises on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, compliance procedures, fraud, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and overseas authorities. Head of team Ian Burton advises clients on business crime investigations and prosecutions. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Reichman; Richard Sallybanks; Michael Drury; John Binns; Shula de Jersey; Harry Travers; Guy Bastable; Shaul Brazil; Julian Hayes

Key clients

Options Energy Resource LLP

THE FIRM The firm BCL Solicitors is a market leading firm specialising in domestic and international corporate and financial crime, tax investigations and litigation, financial regulatory enforcement, corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences, disciplinary proceedings, serious and general crime, as well as the associated areas of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance and risk management. BCL provides discreet, effective and expert advice to senior executives, corporations, public bodies, public figures and high profile/high net worth individuals affected by criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Its lawyers are drawn from specialist criminal law firms and barristers’ chambers, commercial law firms, the main prosecuting authorities and the Government Legal Service.

Corporate & Financial Crime: Advising corporate clients, senior executives, entrepreneurs and HNW individuals in relation to the full range of corporate and financial crime investigations including fraud, false accounting, corruption and sanctions offences, both domestic (SFO, HMRC, FCA and NCA) and multi-jurisdictional (including defending extradition, often in high profile cases with a political backdrop, and challenging Interpol red notices). Experienced in navigating clients through complex multi-faceted business and reputation-threatening investigations and proceedings, drawing on the experience and know-how of some of the leading recognised lawyers in this area, and working closely with and project managing teams including other lawyers in the UK and overseas, forensic accountants and reputation management advisors. With an established reputation for achieving results, BCL is an expert in its field, focussed on solving problems and determined to achieve the best possible outcomes for its clients.

Tax Investigations & Litigation: BCL acts in investigations, prosecutions and civil litigation involving HMRC, regularly working alongside eminent tax and accountancy practices. BCL has substantial expertise in litigating allegations of ineffective tax avoidance and tax evasion, negotiating settlements, and monitoring/challenging the use by HMRC of its wide-ranging powers.

Financial Regulatory Enforcement: BCL acts in regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the FCA in the areas of insider dealing, market abuse, market manipulation and generally in relation to individuals’ regulatory approval.

Regulatory Investigations, Coroner’s Inquests & Public Inquiries: Advising corporate clients, and their boards and directors, in relation to business-critical issues concerning corporate manslaughter, health and safety, fire safety, food safety and hygiene, environmental protection, consumer protection and trading standards. Advising on crisis management, corporate and director liability, conducting corporate internal investigations, managing corporate engagement with regulators, and responding to investigations and prosecutions by the Police, the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, the Food Standards Agency, local authorities, fire brigades, and others (such as Ofwat and the Office of Rail and Road), as well as in relation to attendance at Coroner’s inquests and public inquiries.

Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime: Advising in relation to money laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) issues, including restraint, freezing, receivership, confiscation, cash seizure, unexplained wealth and civil recovery.

Compliance & Risk Management: Advising corporations, financial institutions, professional service providers and individuals in relation to anti-money laundering compliance, anti-bribery and corruption compliance and the recovery of the proceeds of crime (restraint, freezing, receivership, confiscation, cash seizure, unexplained wealth and civil recovery), as well as advising on corporate liability and risk management in the context of the ever-widening range of criminal offences that apply to corporate bodies. Conducting, on behalf of corporate clients, internal reviews and internal investigations concerning such matters.

Disciplinary proceedings: BCL acts for individuals facing professional disciplinary action by bodies such as the Bar Council, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the General Medical Council, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and the British Horseracing Authority.

Serious and general crime/motoring: BCL has a long-established reputation as a market leader in the largest and most high-profile serious criminal cases. It offers specialist and discreet advice across the whole spectrum, from homicide to road traffic offences, whether in the police station, the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Many of its clients are high-profile individuals in the fields of business, industry, entertainment, sport and the media, where discretion and reputation management are crucial.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Ian Burton
Corporate and financial crime Ian Burton
Corporate and financial crime Harry Travers
Corporate and financial crime Richard Sallybanks
Tax investigations and litigation Harry Travers
Financial regulatory enforcement Richard Sallybanks
Regulatory Investigations, Coroner’s Inquests & Public Inquiries Guy Bastable
Disciplinary proceedings Ian Burton
Money laundering and proceeds of crime Guy Bastable
Money laundering and proceeds of crime John Binns
Compliance and risk management Guy Bastable
Compliance and risk management John Binns
Serious and general crime/motoring Paul Morris
Serious and general crime/motoring Mark Haslam
Serious and general crime/motoring Ellen Peart
Photo Name Position Profile
 Guy Bastable  photo Guy Bastable Partner and head of the Corporate Crime & Regulation Team. Specialising in…
 John Binns  photo John Binns John advises corporate and individual clients on business crime and corporate regulatory…
 Shaul Brazil  photo Shaul Brazil Shaul Brazil is a partner at BCL specialising in business crime and…
 Ian Burton  photo Ian Burton Ian Burton is a senior partner and founder of BCL Solicitors. Having…
 Michael Drury CMG  photo Michael Drury CMG Michael Drury joined BCL as a partner in September 2010, formerly Director…
 Jane Glass  photo Jane Glass Jane Glass specialises in business crime, regulatory enforcement, serious crime and anti-money…
 David Hardstaff  photo David Hardstaff David Hardstaff is an associate in BCL’s serious and general crime department,…
 Mark Haslam  photo Mark Haslam Partner specialising in all forms of criminal defence work from the Police…
 Julian Hayes  photo Julian Hayes Partner specialising in all aspects of business crime and regulation. Advises individuals…
 Greg Mailer  photo Greg Mailer Solicitor specialising in corporate crime, financial crime and regulatory investigations. Has expertise…
 Paul Morris  photo Paul Morris Paul Morris is a partner at BCL and head of the serious…
 Ellen Peart  photo Ellen Peart Practice Areas Ellen Peart is a partner at BCL and is recognised…
 Richard Reichman  photo Richard Reichman Richard is a partner specialising in corporate crime, financial crime and regulatory…
 Richard Sallybanks  photo Richard Sallybanks Richard Sallybanks, a partner in BCL for over 20 years, specialises in…
 Harry Travers  photo Harry Travers Harry Travers, a partner at BCL, specialises in business crime and regulation.…
 Shula de Jersey  photo Shula de Jersey Shula is an expert in all areas of white-collar crime including high…
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 22