Carrick Asia

Mr. Murray Burton, LLB


Mr. Burton is a multi-disciplined business executive who has been based in Hong Kong for more than 36 years, with highly placed local and regional contacts, and a sound business knowledge and extensive experience within Asian markets.  In more recent years, Burton has focussed in a low key way upon corporate investigative initiatives and assignments for clients, especially litigation support for law firms, as well as the (online) betting and gaming industry in Asia and elsewhere.  His background includes the law, banking, and corporate investigations and security related assignments. 

His early background academically involved achieving fluency in French and German, and a healthy proficiency in Spanish. He then chose to study law. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1970, Burton practised in Scotland as a conveyancing and commercial lawyer for a number of years, before moving to Hong Kong in late 1976, to join the pre-eminent law firm, Johnson Stokes & Master, now Mayer Brown JSM.

He cut his investigative teeth in the celebrated MacLennan case, which stole the limelight in Hong Kong’s legal circles for some 15 months in the early Eighties. John MacLennan, a young expatriate Police Inspector, was found dead in his Police quarters, with five gunshot rounds in his chest and lower abdomen. The death was the source of endless speculation: was it murder, or suicide? Mr. Burton was appointed the solicitor to the Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Sir T. L. Yang (subsequently Chief Justice of Hong Kong).

His business is now as a consultant for clients with assignments throughout the Region, which typically involve potential or actual corporate fraud, background profile and due diligence checks, asset tracing and recovery, litigation support, crisis management and risk assessment, promoting proactive and inventive corporate problem solving. 

He has represented over the period as an independent business consultant a variety of clients in investigative assignments covering pre-transaction intelligence, sensitive due diligence and background profile investigations, and competitor intelligence and analysis on business partners etc.  He was also employed as CEO Asia to Victor Chandler International in the online betting and gaming industry prior to the amendments to the legislation, and the resultant outcome thereof, to the Gambling Ordinance in 2002. He has likewise represented a number of clients in Hong Kong as an advisor on many different types of project and legal issues. 

Mr Burton has strong demonstrated communication skills in a number of differing cultural environments, and he is an accomplished public speaker.