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BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Business crime and regulation; serious and general crime.


Ian Burton is a senior partner and founder of BCL Solicitors. Having worked on most of the significant business crime investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK authorities over the last 25 years, he has unrivalled strategic judgement and experience. He is internationally recognised as the pre-eminent adviser in high-profile criminal representation.

Ian has a reputation as a masterful problem solver providing discreet, prompt and clear advice to high-profile and high net-worth individuals, CEOs, corporations, heads of government and government bodies on complex and sensitive issues. His cases involve commercial fraud, international financial regulation, money-laundering, corruption, sanctions, price-fixing, extradition, tax and company investigations including acting in two of the largest back duty tax investigations ever conducted by the HMRC.

Outside of the traditional areas of practice, Ian often works alongside high profile heads of corporations as a personal adviser; looking after their personal interests away from their obligations as a majority shareholder. His unique skillset and experience provides clients with the strategic oversight they often require, managing complex ligation including commercial and personal disputes, settlement negotiation and international, multi-jurisdictional arbitration.

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Ian has amassed a considerable network of skilled professionals to call upon including overseas lawyers, accountants, tax and media advisers allowing him to bring together the best team required, no matter the crisis or location for the client.

“Ian Burton is probably the best white-collar criminal solicitor in London,” enthuses a leading barrister adding: “He is the doyen of financial crime.”

“He’s simply fantastic – he has an extraordinary wealth of experience to draw upon and the wisdom of Solomon,” says a client.

Another client comments: “Ian Burton has a huge and well-deserved reputation as the leading figure for high-profile criminal representation. He is a deep strategic thinker and has an unbelievable depth of experience.”

A market insider reports that “Over the years Ian has appeared in numerous cases working with high-profile politicians, businessmen and celebrities. He has vast experience and good judgement, he is an extremely safe pair of hands when it comes to managing complex or difficult cases.”


Trained Copeland Glickman qualified 1971; founded Burton Copeland 1982. Established Burton Copeland London in 1991, later becoming fully independent and named BCL Solicitors LLP.


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

The business crime and regulation team at BCL Solicitors LLP acts for a range of clients including high-ranking executives and senior figures. The firm has expertise in tax fraud cases across the financial and legal sectors. Co-head Harry Travers combines experience in tax litigation and tax fraud. Other co-heads Ian Burton and Greg Mailer are involved in tax investigations while John Binns represents individual and corporate clients.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

(Hall of Fame)

Ian BurtonBCL Solicitors LLP

Remaining highly active at the top of the individual white collar criminal defence market, BCL Solicitors LLP deploys an extensive senior team on behalf of senior executives, directors, and high net-worth individuals in the UK and globally, handling SFO, FCA, police, and global enforcement agency investigations into bribery and corruption, revenue frauds, insider dealing, and money laundering, with standout involvements in ongoing issues relating to Russian sanctions and Cum-Ex proceedings. The practice is overseen by Harry Travers, who has particular expertise in tax fraud, multijurisdictional financial crime expert Richard Sallybanks, and Shula de Jersey , who has been active in a number of major SFO investigations into bribery and corruption. Senior partner Ian Burton continues to work on behalf of high-profile clients in complex proceedings, while Shaul Brazil is also highlighted for his work in financial crime. John Binns has been active in the sanctions space, representing a number of individual clients facing UK, US, and EU economic and trade sanctions, and Julian Hayes has continued to burnish his reputation in high-profile crime cases. At senior associate level, Hannah Raphael has standout involvements in cross-border financial crime cases, including relating to LIBOR rate-fixing, and Anoushka Warlow is a key name for SFO investigations and prosecutions.

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

The ‘excellent team‘ at BCL Solicitors LLP is increasingly active on behalf of corporate clients facing financial crime investigations and charges, with areas of focus including money laundering, account freezing orders, and Unexplained Wealth Orders. The firm acts for a diverse client base, including high-profile names in professional services as well as trustees and charities, and also has a strong record in complex compliance advice alongside its criminal representations. Senior partner Ian Burton oversees the team alongside John Binns , a key name for Proceeds of Crime Act work and cross-border investigations, as well as compliance advice on complex issues such as cannabis. Richard Reichman  has notable expertise in health and safety issues and internal investigations, while senior associate Anoushka Warlow is noted for her work on challenging search warrants and unlawful retention of evidence during complex corruption proceedings.