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Firm Profile

BCL Solicitors LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3LZ

Firm profile submitted by BCL Solicitors LLP

Senior Partner: Ian Burton
Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 19
Languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Based in London, BCL is recognised as a market leader in the UK in the areas of domestic and trans-national business crime, regulatory enforcement and serious and general crime, providing discreet, effective and expert advice to high-profile/high-net-worth individuals, company directors, senior personnel and commercial organisations. The firm’s long-standing reputation is based on its unremitting drive to help its clients by supporting them through the legal minefield, while focussing at all times on achieving a pragmatic solution rather than troubling them with dense legal problems and process.

Business Crime & Regulatory Enforcement:
11 partners, 20 fee earners based in London, England
BCL has an established reputation as one of the leading firms in the areas of business crime and regulatory enforcement dealing with issues including bribery, fraud, sanctions offences, tax offences and money laundering. Its work is invariably international, reflecting the globalisation of the investigation of these matters, and BCL is frequently instructed to project manage multi-jurisdictional criminal and ancillary civil litigation in liaison with specialist local lawyers in the jurisdictions concerned. The international nature of BCL’s work means that it also has substantial experience in the areas of extradition (often for prominent individuals where there is a political aspect to the proceedings), mutual legal assistance and challenges to Interpol Red Notices.

Due to the inherent nature of this practice area, the majority of the firm’s work is made up of one-off instructions for clients for whom confidentiality and discretion is paramount. Therefore the following are examples of the type of work undertaken for high-net-worth/high-profile individuals:
■ Defending SFO investigations including Rolls Royce; Airbus; Standard Bank; Barclays Bank / Qatar; Kaupthing Bank; LIBOR; Tesco; Unaoil
■ Advising on and defending extradition proceedings including requests from the Russian Federation, Georgia, Italy, Germany, Romania, Greece, Turkey and the US; advising on outgoing requests from the UK
■ Advising in connection with sanctions regimes affecting Iran, Ukraine and Egypt, including challenges at the European Court of Justice
■ Project managing multi-jurisdictional criminal and ancillary civil litigation, often involving allegations of money laundering (with asset freezing), in jurisdictions including Switzerland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, BVI, the Bahamas, Panama, Channel Islands, Egypt, Georgia, South Africa and France
Contact: Ian Burton
Tel: +44 20 7430 2277
Email: [email protected]

Serious & General Crime:
6 partners, 6 fee earners based in London, England (there is some overlap with the business crime team)
BCL has a long-established reputation as a market leader in the largest and most high-profile serious criminal cases. It offers specialist and discreet advice across the whole spectrum, from homicide to road traffic offences, whether in the police station, the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court. Many of its clients are high-net-worth/high-profile individuals in the fields of business, industry, entertainment, sport and the media, where discretion and reputation management are crucial and BCL is experienced in working alongside clients’ media advisers.
Contact: Paul Morris
Tel: +44 20 7430 2277
Email: [email protected]


  • 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3LZ
  • Tel (020) 7430 2277
  • Fax (020) 7430 1101
  • DX 37981 Kingsway
  • Email : [email protected]
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