Anthony is a Partner in our Crime and Regulatory Team. One of our Founding Partners, he is a leading authority on domestic and international criminal law and has a wealth of high-profile court experience.

Anthony has been a prominent figure in criminal defence work for nearly 40 years and was featured in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He was also ranked in Chambers UK and noted for his deep experience in handling a wide array of serious crime cases.  He is described as “a really dedicated and hard-working lawyer who is really committed to the client.” 

Anthony is Chairman of the Board of the Royal Court Theatre and is a regular writer and broadcaster on legal affairs. He is a Council member of the all party organisation Justice.

“Anthony Burton CBE demonstrated extraordinary passion and expertise in fighting my case at the Old Bailey; and in lifting my occasional despair at an absurd, unfounded prosecution. Even if he and his team had not secured a unanimous not guilty verdict I would not fault them.”

The Legal 500, 2021

“Led by the ever-wise Anthony Burton and the exceptional Phil Smith, the crime team at SM&B provide a complete and unrivalled service to corporate and individual clients under investigation. The team is always knowledgeable, committed, organised and efficient.

The Legal 500, 2021

“Anthony Burton is a doyen of the criminal defence fraternity, having been a founding partner of the firm.”

The Legal 500, 2021

“Enjoys a ‘towering’ reputation”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Adept at handling matters relating to bribery, corruption and money laundering allegations”

Chambers & Partners, 2020


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