How we work

With companies

We help companies to offload legal risk, enhance budget certainty and accelerate return on legal assets.

With law firms

We help law firms to better serve clients, compete for new business and invest in growth.


Burford’s capabilities and expertise meet a range of clients’ commercial legal finance needs.

We assess the value of commercial legal assets, determine the economics of potential investments and structure deal terms to optimize results for our clients.

Burford’s process

At its core, our business is built on Burford’s expertise in valuing legal assets and our capacity to provide capital to our clients who have those assets. Most often, we provide upfront capital in exchange for a portion of a successful outcome. We make investments, not loans, and they are almost always non-recourse.

Law firm and in-house lawyers who are new to legal finance often have questions about how Burford’s investment process works.

  • Step 1: Initial review

    After signing a confidentiality agreement, Burford quickly confirms that matters meet our financing criteria.

  • Step 2: Diligence

    Burford’s lawyers and financial analysts conduct the entirety of our merits diligence review and economic analysis in-house.

  • Step 3: Investment

    We structure deal terms based on client needs, and after approval by Burford’s investment committee we make the investment.

  • Step 4: Monitoring

    As passive capital providers we monitor investments to help maximize value for our clients.