Simons Muirhead & Burton

Anthony Burton CBE

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Practice Areas

Anthony is a partner specialising in crime including general crime, fraud, bribery and corruption and regulatory.

Professional Memberships

Current directorships: Chair of Death Penalty Project; Chair of Royal Court Theatre. Trustee of the Heart of England Forest, Member of the Council of the all party organisation JUSTICE. LCCSA, Fraud Lawyers Association, International Bar Association.


He qualified in 1972 and was made a partner at Offenbachs in 1973. He joined Simons Muirhead and Burton LLP in 1976. He was a Recorder of the Crown Court for 18 years. He holds Higher Court Advocacy Rights (Crime).

Anthony has acted in numerous leading criminal cases for over 40 years such as The Gay News Trial, R v Skirving (prosecution under Obscene publications Act of drugs books), R v Henry Todd and others (Operation Julie), R v Howard Marks (Mr Nice), R v Magee and others (Brighton Grand Hotel bombing) R v Maxwell and others, R v Rebecca Brookes and others (hacking trial) R v Neil Fox, Bloody Sunday (PSNI Criminal investigation) and application to CCRC for the late Stephen Ward (Profumo Affair).

Anthony was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to the theatre and speaks fluent French.