Harry Travers, a partner at BCL, specialises in business crime and regulation. He is one of only two business crime lawyers listed in the Chambers 100, the top 100 business lawyers in the UK. He was also inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” in 2018, which recognises partners who are “at the pinnacle of the profession”.
Harry receives numerous accolades for his work in representing high net worth individuals caught up in financial crime and international corruption and tax investigations.
He has substantial experience representing individuals who have been the subject of high profile fraud and corruption investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CMA and their foreign counterparts, such as those concerning ENRC, British American Tobacco, Serco, Standard Bank, GPT/Airbus, Balli Steel, Libor, and Innospec.
"Harry is at the very top of the tree for business crime and he's exceptionally able academically, which is a rare skill-set,” a client said, "He never leaves his case, he's always thinking about the best way to present his client's case strategically."
He is “phenomenally enthusiastic and is very highly respected with very good connections. He's very good at using the law and thrives on complexity."
Chambers HNW have previously described him as “probably the best solicitor in the country who does this work”
Clients say: “He is capable of explaining the complex in a clear and articulate way – he is very commercial and able to see through the maze."
He is a graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford (open scholar, BA 1985, BCL 1987).
He was called to the Bar 1986; qualified as a solicitor 1990 at Berwin Leighton tax department. He joined BCL 1991 and became a partner in 1995.
As a founding member of The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a collaboration between public- and private-sector litigation professionals and the renowned Basel Institute on Governance, Harry’s adds his extensive experience of financial crime litigation to help promote international cooperation, access to justice and due process.
He is also the sole solicitor committee member of the Tax Investigators Practitioners Group, a cross-disciplinary organisation comprising several hundred tax investigation specialists;
Member of the International Bar Association.
He sits on the Fraud Forum of HMRC, established to consult on policy and operational issues on tax fraud.
He was consulting editor of the SFO’s publication ‘Serious Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance’
Civil recovery and tax evasion – Harry Travers and John Binns write for Money Laundering Bulletin.
Harry Travers and John Binns write for Fraud Intelligence and Euronews on SFO Barclays Execs Acquittal.
Harry Travers quoted in Legal Business article discussing DPAs.
Harry Travers talks to GIR on SFO’s Undertakings Policy.
Has Legal Advice Privilege been eroded in corporate investigations?.