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Simons Muirhead Burton

Crime

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What the team is known for

Established criminal defence group that maintains a broad client roster, including media entities and high-profile individuals. Recommended for its experience in complex appellate and advisory work. Strong expertise in sexual offences including those committed against children and cybercrime matters. Further able to advise on serious charges related to drugs and firearms possession. Well versed in acting in cases brought before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Strengths

One client says: "The firm retains a deep level of experience and expertise in order to provide a very high standard of service."

"The team was really supportive and on the ball as well as being good to work with," reports another client.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Burton enjoys a strong reputation for his work on a wide range of general and serious crime cases, including complex investigations into historic murder and sexual assault allegations. He also has specialist expertise in the use of the death penalty in jurisdictions around the world.
"Anthony is fabulous and the doyen of criminal law. He is hugely experienced and has enormous gravitas." "An iconic figure in the market."

Henrietta Ronson is a senior associate with considerable experience assisting on complex criminal matters, including the defence of serious sexual offence and drugs charges.
"Henrietta is superb - she has an eye for detail and can drill down into issues." "She has a very high attention to detail and her communication is consistently responsive and clear."

Philip Smith is joint head of the crime department. He has vast experience in criminal defence, including serious sexual offence and murder charges, and regularly represents high-profile and high net worth individuals.
"During difficult circumstances, Phil was the most delightful and calming influence - he was just fantastic." "An exceptional talent and a go-to person across the whole spectrum of crime." "He is absolutely outstanding - forensic, strategic and reassuring, you know you are in the best possible hands with him."

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Overview

Simons Muirhead Burton is a leading criminal defence firm. The firm acts for clients at all stages of the investigatory and charging process from the earliest pre-charge stage, including pre- and post- arrest/interview, often attending interviews during antisocial hours. They have substantial experience in high stakes criminal matters including domestic investigations conducted by the CPS, SFO, FCA, and HMRC and international investigations by the FBI, SEC, IRS, and US Department of Justice.  Noted for their expertise in making early representations to persuade the authorities not to prosecute, the firm is renowned for its versatility and breadth of practice. SMB act for sports stars, recording artists, members of the professions, journalists and newspaper editors, company directors and media personalities. The firm’s criminal department is regularly retained by high profile and high net worth individuals, or companies on their behalf, whose reputation is at risk, acting swiftly to protect reputations and privacy and working closely with their top tier reputation management team.

Members

Burton CBE, Anthony (Head of Department)

Smith, Philip (Head of Department)

Charalambous, Louis

Phillips, David

Ronson, Henrietta

Ronson, Henrietta

Crime Department

Simons Muirhead Burton

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Department location

87-91 Newman Street

London

Greater London

UK

W1T 3EY

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Anthony Burton CBE
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Henrietta Ronson
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Philip Smith
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