Simons Muirhead & Burton

Financial Crime: Individuals Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Respected team noted for its handling of international investigations into market manipulation, money laundering and fraud. Also active in cases brought by the SFO, HMRC, the NCA and the FCA, including those alleging bribery and insider trading.

Strengths One client says: "They are great - they are responsive and put the client and their needs first."

A commentator adds: "They are exceptional - reassuring for the client and great in dealings with authorities."

Work highlights Secured the acquittal of Peter Smith as one of the defendants in an SFO prosecution alleging payment of bribes as part of an international conspiracy to secure freight contracts.

Notable practitioners


Anthony Burton CBE
frequently handles investigations into fraud and corruption allegations, including those with cross-border aspects. He also assists clients facing investigation by HMRC for tax fraud.
"He is hugely experienced and has enormous gravitas."


Philip Smith
acts on complex investigations by the SFO, HRMC and the DOJ, regularly representing senior executives. He is particularly active on matters relating to tax fraud and money laundering.
"He is calm, in control and very good tactically." "He is a very calm and a deep-thinking lawyer who looks at every angle of the case." "He is responsive, attentive and puts his clients first."