Overview

Headed by Phil Smith, who is known for his ‘great tactical nous’ and tenacity (Chambers and Partners 2020), our long established crime and regulatory department includes Anthony Burton, one of the firm’s founding partners, who enjoys a ‘towering’ reputation (Chambers and Partners 2020).

Shortlisted by The Lawyer Awards 2020 for Business Crime Team of the Year, we are recognised as leading authorities in criminal law in the UK and internationally and have dealt with many of the most notable cases in recent times, including ground-breaking decisions in the Supreme Court, Privy Council, and courts across the EU, most recently the French Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.  We have experience with cross-jurisdictional investigations involving the US federal law enforcement agencies.

We have extensive experience in representing clients in public inquiries most notably the Leveson Inquiry, Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and the Inquiry into “Bloody Sunday”.

For emergencies we offer a complete 24 hour service: our solicitors personally attend clients day and night from the moment of any arrest or involvement with the authorities, adopting a proactive approach in dealing with investigators initially to secure release and subsequently to effect a proper, even-handed investigation.