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Profile submitted by Ian Burton

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Ian Burton is the senior partner and founder of BCL Burton Copeland. 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.  

Professional Memberships

International Bar Association; American Bar Association; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers; Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.  


Trained Copeland Glickman; qualified 1971; founded Burton Copeland 1982; established London office of the firm (which subsequently became a separate partnership and was renamed as BCL Burton Copeland) 1991.  


Attended Whittingehame College. Resides London.