Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021
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Crime - London (Bar)
Regularly advising high-profile individuals, he has a fantastic reputation as an all-round specialist in serious criminal matters. He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. Burke has been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate who is just the most calming influence in fraught cases. He offers a first-rate service and is happy to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a defendant charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. The case arose from a fatal speedboat crash on the Solent.
Financial Crime - London (Bar)
Popular both domestically and in jurisdictions outside the UK such as the Cayman Islands. He advises on a broad range of financial crime cases, including those relating to theft, tax evasion and bribery. His long experience makes him a go-to advocate for the defence of senior professionals involved in high-stakes matters.
Strengths: "A tremendously versatile silk with a personable manner."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning serious allegations of defrauding the Cayman Islands health authority.
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Trevor is a highly renowned practitioner with a national and international practice which is wide-ranging and encompasses serious crime, fraud and professional discipline, as well as regulatory law. Recent cases include Arif Ansari (a BBC editor found not guilty over the naming of a sexual abuse victim in a live radio broadcast) Nathan Gray (Tory aide who was cleared of falsifying an election expenses claim), and Darren McKie (police inspector who murdered his wife in their home and dumped her body in a lake). He successfully defended Cheryl Carter (PA to Rebekah Brooks) in the Phone Hacking trial. and was also instructed on various other journalists facing trial for allegations of paying public officials whilst working at The Sun newspaper. He made successful pre-charge submissions on behalf of Jim Davidson on allegations of historic sexual abuse. He is regularly briefed in various criminal/regulatory and civil disputes in the Cayman Islands, and also advises banking institutions in the United States and undertakes appeal work in the Republic of Ireland. He has also defended the following: John Fashanu (football corruption); Sol Campbell (alleged assault); Nigel Ben (serious assault); Terry Marsh (student grant fraud); Gary Glitter.
Called 1981. Silk 2001.