Peter Binning - Partner
Peter Binning is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the fields of Criminal Fraud, Crime and Cartel Defence by Chambers 2013. He is the most highly regarded individual in the International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2013, with a "world-class reputation" for his fraud and regulatory litigation work and "definitely the lawyer you would want in a crisis." He is also highly ranked as a leading individual for Fraud by Legal 500 2012 and as a leading practitioner for white collar crime by the Guide to the World's White Collar Crime Lawyers 2012. Peter is ranked in the London Top 100 in the 2013 inaugural UK edition of Super Lawyers.
Areas of expertise
Peter Binning is a highly respected criminal defence lawyer who specialises in fraud and regulatory litigation, much of it international. He has many years’ experience of investigations and prosecutions relating to fraud, regulatory breaches, corruption, cartels, export control, sanctions and tax evasion.
Past cases include investigations and prosecutions by all major prosecuting bodies in cases relating to international fraud, corruption, money laundering and all forms of tax and duty evasion, including civil fraud investigations conducted by HM Revenue & Customs. He has extensive experience of extradition and mutual legal assistance.
Peter Binning is an "absolutely outstanding solicitor" who is "hugely knowledgeable and unflappable in a crisis," and is commended for his hands-on approach to conducting litigation.
Chambers UK 2013
- acting in plea negotiation with FCA relating to alleged insider dealing
- acting for senior executive in SFO overseas corruption prosecution relating to Bahrain
- acting for companies and individuals in challenges to search warrants and the seizure of documents
- acting for two clients in a current US/UK LIBOR investigation, conducted by the FCA and Department of Justice with other US regulators
- successful defence of senior executive in 2011 OFT commercial vehicle investigation – no charges brought
- first CPS plea negotiation and settlement under Attorney General’s Guidelines in 2011 VAT investigation
- advising a number of individuals, including high profile political figures, in investigations arising from regime changes
- acting for various clients in SFO investigations including the Torex case, the Innospec case and the Kaupthing investigation
- recent extradition cases involving Australia, Cyprus, Russian Federation, Sweden, France, South Africa, Hong Kong, Dubai and the UAE
- successful defence of two waste management companies prosecuted by the Environment Agency for offences relating to the export of contaminated waste paper
- export control investigations and prosecutions including Iran sanctions cases and import regulation breaches including successful compound penalty negotiation
- other cases involving the Official Secrets Act, journalists as witnesses in terrorism investigations, major public inquiries such as Bloody Sunday and major disasters such as Buncefield.
Peter graduated in law from Exeter University and was called to the Bar in 1985. He was a prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office before becoming a partner at Peters & Peters. He was a co-founder of Corker Binning in 2001.
He is a past co-chair of the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association, a past treasurer of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and a member of the Council of Justice, the British Section of the International Commission of Jurists.
Peter Binning is a regular speaker at conferences and an editor of “Fraud: Law, Practice & Procedure”, published by Butterworths.Recognised as "the most highly regarded business crime defence lawyer in the world" in the 2013 Who's Who Legal Awards Article in The London Advocate about criminal legal aid in China, March 2013 "Recent appeals in UAE extradition cases - the extradition pipeline has opened", 15 January 2013 Speaker on UK criminal legal aid at China University of Political Science and Law international seminar in Beijing, 14-18 December 2012 "SFO clarifies self-reporting rules - the start of a new era?", 9 October 2012 "Busy October for OFT criminal prosecutions", 20 September 2012 Chair of annual Tolley Tax Investigations conference, London, 20 September 2012 Commenting on BBC Newsnight on the extradition implications of Ecuador’s decision to give asylum to Julian Assange, 16 August 2012 Speaker on corruption in business at Halsbury’s Law Exchange event, July 2012 “The Bribery Act: Year of the Sleeping Dragon”, 29 June 2012 “New SFO Director David Green’s first public speech”, 14 June 2012 Speaker on restraint orders at Butterworths Corporate Crime webinar, 8 March 2012 Speaker on tax fraud at LexisNexis conference on Proceeds of Crime Act: asset recovery and confiscation, February 2012 Commenting in Financial Times on Harry Redknapp tax evasion case, February 2012 “FSA gets tough on market abuse – implications of the Einhorn case”, 30 January 2012 Article in Competition Law Insight on OFT’s proposals to reform UK leniency regime in cartel investigations, January 2012