BCL Solicitors LLP and partners; Richard Sallybanks, Harry Travers, Paul Morris and Mark Haslam, have been featured as 'Top Recommended' Solicitors, and Ian Burton is featured as 'Eminence Grise', in the 2021 issue of The Spears 500 Guide.
The Spears 500 is a guide book of the top private client professionals, focusing on wealth management, law and advisory services for high net worth and ultra high net worth clients.
Describing the 2021 issue, Spears 500 said:
"Each year The Spear's 500 private client directory gets bigger and surpasses records. This year's guide runs to more than 650 pages. That may tell you something about London's seemingly irrepressible private client field."
Here are extracts from the listings of BCL partners:
"Ian Burton, the founder and senior partner at BCL, has often been described by industry insiders as the doyen of criminal law. Over his extensive legal career spanning nearly 50 years, there are not many prominent criminal cases that Burton has not advised on. His client list reads like a who's who of the business, sports, entertainment and political world – not only here in the UK but also across the world."
"A BCL partner for over 20 years, Richard Sallybanks specialises in business and financial crime investigations, helping clients navigate a complex field. 'We aim to take the stress and pressure off of our clients, and to help them navigate their way through the problem,' he says. 'The problems we deal with arise in the criminal and regulatory sphere, so for HNWs they will often be challenges surrounding sources of their wealth, establishing the legitimacy of their wealth and dealing with enquiries and investigations by law enforcement authorities.' Few have a track record to match Sallybanks' pedigree."
"Harry Travers has been a partner of BCL Solicitors for over 25 years, specialising in business crime and regulation. Described as 'at the very top of the tree' and 'probably the best solicitor in the country' for business crime, he was inducted into Legal 500's 'Hall of Fame' in 2018."
"Paul Morris heads up BCL's Serious and General Crime department, where he brings extensive experience in serious and often complex cases.
Morris has advised and defended in a broad range of criminal matters, including homicide, sexual offences, blackmail, drugs offences and assault. 'As a team, we work hard in order to assess what the crucial issues are early in an investigation, to protect our client's personal and professional reputation and bring the matter to a close as soon as is viable,' he explains."
''I've never really done anything other than criminal defence work,' BCL partner Mark Haslam tells Spear's. Having qualified in 1981, he joined the firm as a partner in 1998 and has been one of the firm's key assets in the establishment of its renowned general crime department.
His remit is broad. 'I represent people on everything from murder to parking tickets and back again,' he says, when asked to describe his job. He advises and represents clients in a whole range of criminal cases including fraud and business crime litigation, HMRC investigations, drugs cases (from importation to simple possession), murder and manslaughter, along with various degrees of assault and public order offences. He also provides advice and representation in the police station to those involved in police investigations, as well as those involved in investigations from professional bodies and regulatory authorities."
The Spears 500 guide was released on 28/01/2021. To access the full guide and BCL's listing please visit The Spears website here.