Anthony Burton CBE

Crime & Regulatory

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Anthony is a Partner in our Crime and Regulatory team. One of our Founding Partners, he is a leading authority on domestic and international criminal law and has a wealth of high-profile court experience.

Anthony has been a prominent figure in criminal defence work for nearly 40 years and was featured in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He was also ranked in Chambers UK and noted for his deep experience in handling a wide array of serious crime cases.  He is described as “a really dedicated and hard-working lawyer who is really committed to the client.” 

Anthony is Chairman of the Board of the Royal Court Theatre and is a regular writer and broadcaster on legal affairs. He is a Council member of the all party organisation Justice.


“Anthony is fabulous and the doyen of criminal law. He is hugely experienced and has enormous gravitas.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Enjoys a ‘towering’ reputation.” Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Anthony Burton CBE demonstrated extraordinary passion and expertise in fighting my case at the Old Bailey…” Chambers & Partners, 2020

“A really dedicated and hard-working lawyer who is really committed to the client.” Chambers & Partners, 2019

“He is very committed to his clients, is very realistic and will strive to achieve the best outcome.” Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Extremely experienced, smart and charming.” Legal 500, 2019

“A wealth and breadth of experience.” Legal 500, 2019

“Diligent.” Legal 500, 2018

“Astute, highly experienced and tactically sound.” Legal 500, 2018

“An immensely experienced and well-respected solicitor.” Legal 500, 2018

“Guru of crime.” Legal 500, 2017

“Anthony Burton is perhaps the  best practitioner in crime.” ‘Rather his own Man’ by Geoffrey Robertson QC

Practice areas
  • Anthony Burton is a doyen of the criminal defence fraternity, having been a founding partner of the firm.

    Legal 500, 2021
  • Adept at handling matters relating to bribery, corruption and money laundering allegations.

    Legal 500, 2021
  • An iconic figure in the market.

    Chambers & Partners, 2021
  • He is hugely experienced and has enormous gravitas.

    Chambers & Partners, 2021