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BCL Solicitors


London, United Kingdom


United Kingdom


BCL Solicitors


BCL SOLICITORS LLP is a law firm with a single-minded purpose – to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients.

We specialise in domestic and international corporate crime, financial crime, regulatory enforcement and serious and general crime.

Our unique personalised service offers discreet, effective and expert advice to a diverse portfolio of clients, including high net worth individuals, public figures, senior executives, corporations and public bodies.

When a client comes to us in crisis, we provide a reassuring and protective environment at the centre of a team of expert and experienced lawyers. We focus all of our energy and expertise on restoring order to the client’s world, as well as achieving a resolution of their legal issues.

We take personal and professional pride in our meticulous preparation, astute strategic thinking and tireless tenacity. We believe it is what we do that provides the proof of our reputation. It is how we work that brings to life our commitment and care for our clients, and validates the trust they place in us.

We are experts in our field, top ranked by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, and recognised in Who’s Who Legal and in GIR’s list of the world’s leading investigations firms.

BCL opened its doors at 51 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London in 1991, and has consistently grown throughout the years. With over 350 years of collective legal experience among our 14 partners, BCL has become one of the largest and most experienced corporate and financial crime defence teams in the UK, having been instructed in most of the significant investigations conducted by the SFO, HMRC, the FCA and CMA.

BCL also has a long-established reputation as a market leader in serious and general crime – representing individuals across the whole spectrum of criminal matters, from road traffic offences to homicide. Many of our clients are high net worth or high profile individuals where discretion and reputation management are crucial. We advise clients in the police station, and handle cases in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

We are equally experienced in advising on the increasing corporate regulatory risk faced by organisations. With particular expertise in relation to fatal/ major accidents, we have a specialist team which acts in investigations, enforcement action and prosecutions involving corporate manslaughter, health and safety, fire safety, and environmental protection.

BCL’s stellar reputation is testament to the extensive experience of our practitioners and the unparalleled client service we provide. Leading the firm is our founder Ian Burton. With 50 years of legal experience, he has been described as ‘the doyen of criminal law’, while his client list reads like a who’s who of the business, sports, entertainment and political worlds – not only in the UK but also across the world. Ian’s reputation as a masterful problem solver and a ‘safe pair of hands’ is not limited to high net worth and high-profile individuals; he also advises blue-chips and government bodies on ‘complex and sensitive’ issues, both at home and abroad.

Harry Travers, who specialises in all aspects of business crime and regulation, had been described as ‘razor sharp’ and ‘tactically right on the ball’ for both his technical legal ability and for his client service. As a partner with over 25 years of experience in commercial fraud and corruption investigations conducted by the SFO, Harry also regularly acts in matters of ineffective tax avoidance and tax evasion – negotiating settlements and monitoring/challenging the use by HMRC of its wide-ranging investigative and enforcement powers.

Richard Sallybanks is also a highly experienced partner with an extensive background in corporate and financial crime investigations – including fraud, corruption, false accounting and cartels. Clients describe him as ‘very wise, with a cool head, an enormous ability to master the detail of a case and a great tactical brain – an invaluable asset to any defence’. Richard is also experienced in leading and co-ordinating teams of lawyers and other professional advisers in multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Paul Morris leads the Serious and General Crime team at BCL. He has extensive experience, defending a range of criminal matters including homicide, sexual offences, blackmail, drugs offences and assault. Industry insiders say ‘he is brilliant with clients: wise, supportive and yet appropriately tough and tactically savvy’. Paul regularly acts for high net worth and high-profile individuals – providing advice at all stages of the investigative and trial process, including dealing with the associated issues of crisis and reputation management.

Mark Haslam is also a partner at BCL, and maintains a busy practice of criminal defence work that comes from an assured reputation and years of experience – 39 years, to be exact. Mark advises clients across the whole sphere of criminal cases, including drugs cases (ranging from importation to simple possession), murder, manslaughter, various degrees of assault and public order offences. He has a wide variety of clients, including many high-profile sporting professionals, politicians and business executives, and he offers a particular expertise in motoring cases.

Whatever your crisis, BCL Solicitors LLP has the team of experts to defend you every step of the way. To discuss how we can help you or your business navigate the legal complexities, contact us in the strictest confidence.


Financial, corporate crime & regulation; Serious & general crime; Crisis management


United Kingdom

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