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Richard Burger
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Richard Burger has almost 20 years' experience advising corporate clients and senior individuals in domestic and international regulatory enforcement, criminal and internal corporate investigations.

Financial Services

Richard is a former enforcement lawyer with the FSA - the predecessor to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). He advises regulated firms and senior managers under investigation by the FCA, Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Lloyd's of London and overseas financial regulators.

Using his experience of regulatory enforcement and from his time on secondment as senior in-house counsel for a London market insurer, Richard regularly advises boards and senior managers on: their engagements with the regulator; corporate governance; internal investigations; anti-financial crime and systemic failures.

Corporate crime

He also represents corporate clients and directors in criminal or regulatory investigations by law enforcement agencies and regulators to include:

  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
  • US Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Financial Reporting Council (FRC)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Richard has extensive experience representing clients at interviews under caution. His proactive defence approach has resulted in numerous "no further action" outcomes for clients. He can be contacted on his mobile: 07545 100510 for representation at interviews and/or during dawn raids.

As well as defending in criminal prosecutions, Richard has experience of investigating and commencing private prosecutions, he has prosecuted cases in the criminal courts on behalf of the Trading Standards department of a city council, FACT, the Law Society and FSA.

Professional discipline

In his professional disciplinary practice, Richard advises accountants and insolvency practitioners on risk management and in disciplinary investigations by the ICAEW, CIPFA and IPA.

Directory quotes

Richard Burger of RPC represents financial and professional services clients facing investigations into fraud, corruption and money laundering. Commentators note that he is "extremely able," with clients highlighting a range of strengths: "He is very capable, pragmatic and solutions-driven. He is also very accessible and client-focused." - Chambers UK 2018

Richard Burger of RPC regularly advises individuals and organisations in disciplinary matters relating to the accountancy and legal sectors. Sources observe: "He is a first-rate regulatory law specialist. He is proactive to his clients' needs and astute at finding the best practical resolution to his client's predicament." - Chambers UK 2018

The "responsive and dedicated" Richard Burger is "very strong on regulatory matters", particularly as they relate to sanctions and financial crime where he is able to "bring a unique insight to his advice" as a result of his previous experience at the FSA. - Legal 500 UK 2017

"pro-active" and "astute" - Legal 500 UK 2017

Practice head Richard Burger "takes a calm and measured approach to proactive defence", and "is highly valued by clients facing criminal investigations". - Legal 500 UK 2017

Reflective of his practice areas, Richard is ranked in three categories

Financial Services

Led by the "tenacious" and "hardworking" Richard burger is best known for its expertise within the insurance sector, where he "really has a sense of what works before the regulator" - Legal 500 UK 2016

Corporate crime

RPC’s team is ‘particularly adept in matters involving regulators and breaches of financial sanctions’. ‘Standout lawyer’ Richard Burger has vast experience in advising the insurance sector on financial crime matters. - Legal 500 UK 2016

Professional discipline

RPC primarily represents corporate and individual clients in accountancy, law, education and healthcare disciplinary proceedings. The ‘meticulous’ Richard Burger heads the practice and has a focus on the financial services sector -  Legal 500 UK 2016 

Richard is "a hard-working, commercially minded lawyer" who is "thoughtful, thorough and proactive" Chambers and Partners, 2016

"Very experienced, tenacious and client-friendly" - Legal 500 UK 2015 - Corporate Crime

"Calm and highly commercial" - Legal 500 UK 2015 – Financial Services

"extremely hardworking" – Legal 500 UK 2015 – Professional Discipline

"responsive advice" – Legal 500 UK 2015 – Corporate and Regulatory

"[He is] tenacious and hardworking. Richard Burger defends clients in the financial services and accounting sectors" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"[His] "technical knowledge is second to none"" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"[He] is praised for his ability to ‘take technical and regulatory issues and blend them with measured and appropriate commercial advice'" - Legal 500 UK 2014

Memberships

Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) 

Member of the CISI Disciplinary Panel

Committee member of the Fraud Lawyers Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Army Major in the Adjutant General’s Corps, Army Legal Services (Reserve) – Commissioned 2001

Relevant work

R. (on the application of Crookenden) v Institute of Chartered Accountants [2013] EWHC1909 (Admin), successfully defended costs application following withdrawal of judicial review proceedings alleging bias and procedural impropriety; and

R. (on the application of Warren) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2003] EWHC 1177 (Admin) – judicial review of US extradition proceedings in respect to right for private and family life of solicitor accused of US securities fraud.

Represented a regulated firm in a significant FCA enforcement investigation into PPI complaints mishandling – settled with FCA final notice

Represented senior director of a FCA regulated firm in an FCA enforcement investigation for alleged personal failures in management – no further action post interview

Representing overseas bank and its Money Laundering Reporting Officer in an FCA enforcement investigation for Anti-Money Laundering systemic failures – on going

Representing FTSE corporate client in criminal investigation (Operation Spruce) by the Information Commissioner's Officer – ongoing

Represented two senior tax advisers in a private prosecution, accused of dishonesty and fraud – prosecution discontinued by the CPS

In the news

Richard was quoted by ft.com in relation to the FCA crackdown on individuals last year. Read more.  

The New Law Journal quoted Richard in relation to the SFO increasing its use of "compelled interviews". Read more.

The Solicitors Journal quoted Richard in relation to the SFO use of "compelled interviews". Read more.

Richard was quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the SFO increase in compulsory interviews. Read more.