“If I was an oligarch in bad trouble, I’d go to Ian Burton’ … ‘He’s the one with the greatest amount of experience’ … Burton specialises in resolving a wide range of complex matters for wealthy individuals around the world…. ‘the figurehead of financial crime, he is able to cut through the rubbish without blinking. There aren’t many who can do that.”
Chambers High Net Worth
Ian Burton is the senior partner and founder of BCL.
Having been involved in most of the significant business crime investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK authorities over the last two decades, Ian has particular expertise and experience in providing discreet, prompt and clear advice to high profile individuals, corporations and Government bodies on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues nationally and internationally. These include commercial fraud, international financial regulation (including money laundering), tax investigations, company investigations, price-fixing, corruption, mutual legal assistance and extradition, and corporate manslaughter, and often require the co-ordination of a range of other professionals including accountants, tax advisers and media advisers, in a multi-jurisdictional context.
He lives in London and his professional memberships include the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 2009 Ian was appointed to The Times Law Panel, an advisory body of 100 of the country’s most prominent lawyers.
“Ian Burton is widely thought of as ‘the finest criminal fraud lawyer by a long stretch’; ‘if there is a chance of nipping an investigation in the bud, he will do it’. “
The Legal 500
“A ‘star performer,’ … ‘a pioneer in this area of law’ … and ‘head and shoulders above almost everyone in the area of white-collar crime’.”
“Ian Burton is ‘a doyen’. “
“Ian Burton is a highly esteemed white-collar solicitor, with extensive experience of business crime defence. Sources characterise him as a ‘mastermind’ who ‘fronts a case with unparalleled judgement’ and has the ‘ability to carry the confidence of the room’ … ‘Pre-eminent’ practitioner Ian Burton is one of the market’s most influential figures. Sources single him out as somebody who ‘knows the criminal justice system inside out and has a good nose for positions that might cause difficulties for a prosecutor’.”
“Ian Burton ‘gets things done’.”
“Founding partner Ian Burton is a long-time star of criminal fraud who shows no signs of slowing down and ‘is still at the top of his game,’ according to sources. Peers and clients praise his ‘impeccable judgement’ and his “incredible” breadth of knowledge and experience: ‘He does everything – white-collar crime, extradition, search warrants – and acts for high-profile star clients’.”
“Senior partner, firm founder and star practitioner Ian Burton is credited with developing the practice to its market-leading position. Enthusiastic market sources describe him as ‘absolutely top class, just like his firm’ and recognise him as a true specialist in white-collar criminal work.”
‘Ian Burton is singled out as one of the foremost criminal fraud practitioners in the country … ‘an eminent lawyer who knows everyone and gets things done’.”
“Ian Burton is singled out for his ‘superlative judgment’ … ‘ability to handle an amazing range of clients and keep everyone relaxed’.”
“Head of the department and ‘undoubtedly a star’, Ian Burton ‘knows everyone and has seen it all before, which is very comforting to clients’.”
“The iconic and polished all rounder … being in every smart case around; clients just love everything about him.”
“A force to be reckoned with who is a tough and canny criminal lawyer.”
The Legal 500
“Founding partner Ian Burton is an esteemed white-collar crime practitioner known for his tremendous expertise in business crime, fraud and tax investigations.”
Who’s Who Legal: Investigations
“Firm founder Ian Burton is an ‘incredibly astute lawyer’.”
Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence