Harry Travers

‘Harry Travers is a combination of steely drive and ambition on the legal side, and empathy to the human impact of the position his clients are in’.

Harry Travers is enormously respected by the market and has almost unparalleled experience…

Harry Travers is an excellent solicitor who is at the top of his game!’

Harry Travers is extremely proactive and technically savvy.’ –

Legal 500, 2021

Harry Travers specialises in all aspects of business crime and regulation.

He is one of only two lawyers specialising in business crime listed in the Chambers 100, which is a legal directory of the top 100 business lawyers in the UK across all areas of law. The directory particularly focuses on the “top 100 lawyers who excel in both technical legal ability and in client service”. He was also inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” in 2018, which recognises partners who are “at the pinnacle of the profession”.

As a founding member of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration between public- and private-sector litigation professionals and the renowned Basel Institute on Governance, Harry’s adds his extensive experience of financial crime litigation to help promote international cooperation, access to justice and due process.

He has been top ranked in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 for many years (see ‘What the directories have said’ below).

He has had an involvement in numerous high profile commercial fraud and corruption investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office including, in the last few years, including ENRC, BAT, Serco, Balli Steel, Standard Bank, GPT/Airbus, Innospec, Libor, BAE and GP Noble.

He was consulting editor of the SFO’s publication ‘Serious Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance’.

Harry is a committee member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

He is also the sole solicitor committee member of the Tax Investigators Practitioners Group, a cross-disciplinary organisation comprising several hundred tax investigation specialists; and sits on the Fraud Forum of HMRC, established to consult on policy and operational issues on tax fraud.

He is ranked by Chambers UK in: Financial Crime: Individuals – London (Band 1); Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – UK (Band 1); and Tax Contentious: Fraud – UK Wide (Band 1)

Harry has been ranked by the Legal 500 in: Crime, fraud and licensing – Fraud: white collar crime in Hall of Fame category for the past two years

He joined BCL in 1991 and has been a partner since 1995. Previously, he was employed as a barrister in the Tax & Trusts Department of Berwin Leighton from 1987 to 1991 specialising in anti-avoidance litigation trusts.

He is a graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford (open scholar, BA 1985, BCL 1987).

Harry Travers is…at the very top of the tree for business crime and he’s exceptionally able academically…he’s also phenomenally enthusiastic…very highly respected and he has very good connections… thrives on complexity…capable of explaining the complex in a clear and articulate way
Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2018

He is probably the best solicitor in the country who does this work
Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2017

Sources comment that “he never leaves his case,” adding: “He’s always thinking about the best way to present his client’s case strategically.
Chambers UK, 2018

The “razor sharp” Harry Travers is regarded as “tactically right on the ball” by sources who value his deep experience on cases.
Chambers UK, 2018

He wins acclaim from commentators as ‘a relentless litigator’ with a ‘tremendous analytical mind’ and ‘great client skills.’
Chambers UK 2018

He’s at the very top of the tree for business crime and he’s exceptionally able academically,
Chambers UK 2018

Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’”.
Legal 500 2018

One peer observed, ‘He is very active in SFO investigations and that is because he is undoubtedly brilliant at handling them’.
Who’s Who Legal 100 2016

Sources report that Harry Travers ‘brings a wealth of experience to defence work and can truly be described as having global reach.’ He is frequently sought after to advise prominent individuals on allegations of fraud with cross-jurisdictional implications.
Chambers UK, 2014

Sources label him ‘an extremely deep thinker’ who is ‘extremely tenacious and will not shirk from any kind of battle’.
Chambers UK, 2014

Undeniably a star
Who’s Who Legal 2013

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