Simon Burke


Simon is an experienced business crime and regulatory litigator, advising on complex fraud, financial crime and professional regulatory.

Simon has spent more than two decades working in private practice acting for directors, professionals  and high-net-worth individuals involved in complex financial investigations and prosecutions. He specialises in the preparation and resolution of financial and business cases and regulatory matters, involving those arising from investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Competition and Markets Authority, HM Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Most recently, Simon advised on a complex fraudulent trading case involving European regulatory offences and a major cartel investigation brought by the Competition and Markets Authority. This matter involved both civil and criminal proceedings and involved more than 400,000 items of evidence on both sides, followed by a complex civil settlement.

His civil law expertise includes assisting in domestic and cross jurisdictional asset tracing, freezing injunctions, attendance at search orders and proceeds of crime.

Simon provides anti-money laundering compliance advice in relation to corruption enquiries, cartel and anti-competition enquiries and in regulatory implementation.

Recent Cases

  • Advised on a complex fraudulent trading case involving allegations of European regulatory manufacturing offences. The investigation focused on the extension and use of licensed and heavily controlled and regulated automotive products. Further to representations, the judge dismissed the case before trial
  • Successfully advised on a major criminal cartel investigation and civil settlement. Investigated at criminal and civil level by the CMA involving a very large-scale covert operation and employing extremely wide-ranging evidential resources. The case moved to civil and regulatory settlement after the cessation of the criminal allegations
  • Advised on an inter-jurisdictional banking fraud. The allegation involved bank employees conspiring within their professional field to defraud their respective employers. The case involved extensive international evidence across several financial markets
  • Acted on behalf of several Metropolitan Police officers in relation to the death of an individual during police contact. A sensitive area involving community and professional policing issues

Simon Burke

Senior Legal Executive

[email protected]

07835 090091

Specialist Areas of Practice: Serious Fraud and HMRC Investigations

He is very hard-working, conscientious and thorough. He has a very quick legal mind, and he will assess all the possible methods by which a prosecution can be toppled, and a defence case won

Chambers UK Guide 2021

An intelligent street fighter. He’s the type you need on your side against HMRC and the SFO

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

He’s a safe pair of hands I can trust a high net worth client will be taken care of with him

Chambers UK Guide 2020

He is a very good, experienced and savvy financial crime lawyer

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2020

A great guy, very good to work with. He has a national reputation and is extraordinarily good at seeing the weakness in the other side’s case

Chambers UK Guide 2019

He knows the law inside out in this field. A leading fraud lawyer with a fantastically loyal following

Chambers UK Guide 2017

He is like a dog with a bone in court. A fantastic practitioner who doesn’t rest on his laurels – he wants to win the next case

Chamber UK Guide 2014

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