David Corker - Partner
David Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. He is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the fields of Criminal Fraud, Crime and Cartel Defence by Chambers 2013. He is also featured in the International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2012, 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. David is featured as a leading lawyer for fraud in the 2013 inaugural UK edition of Super Lawyers.
Areas of expertise
David specialises in acting for clients implicated in criminal or regulatory investigations, many of them international. He has many years’ experience of fraud, corruption cases and cartel investigations and also maintains a thriving general criminal practice.
David has acted for clients in almost every large criminal fraud case undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office. He has considerable experience in international criminal cases involving, for example, allegations of corruption, money laundering or cartels. In relation to Financial Conduct Authority investigations, his work has focused on alleged insider dealing, boiler room frauds and misleading the market. He has also represented clients in connection with allegations of homicide (including gross negligence manslaughter) and sexual offences.
- advising defendants in relation to the CPS's largest direct and indirect tax fraud prosecutions
- acting for multiple clients overseas in relation to an alleged major Japanese corporate fraud
- advising bankers concerning alleged manipulation of LIBOR
- acting for individuals suspected of committing bribery offences in the UK and Middle East
- acting for journalists concerning phone-hacking allegations
- advising multiple clients being prosecuted by the SFO for various fraud-related offences
- acting for individuals who are the subject of hostile FCA investigations.
David Corker founded his own firm, now Corker Binning, in 2000, having been a partner at Peters & Peters.
He received a BA in jurisprudence from Oriel College, Oxford in 1983 and an MA from the University of Sheffield in 1984 in socio-legal studies. From 1984-1987 he served as a constable in the Metropolitan Police before qualifying as a solicitor in 1990.
David writes regularly for the national and legal press and academically about criminal and regulatory law. He is the author of “Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings” (OUP 2009), “Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings” (Tottel 2009) and co-editor of Archbold Magistrates Court Practice. He also speaks at legal conferences around the world.“Making applications for restraints orders”, 03 June 2013 Article in The Barrister about making applications for restraint orders in criminal cases, 28th May 2013 Article in The Barrister about a Judicial review of decisions to prosecute, 24th May 2013 “Confiscation proceedings – lessons from R v Mahmood Court of Appeal Judgement”, 25 April 2013 Article in The Lawyer warning about the dangers of the CPS dealing with DPAs, "Heed the warning of CPS email fiasco", 11 March 2013 "The leaked CPS email in The Times - why sometimes prosecutors don't act in the public interest", 27 February 2013 "R v Druce - why the truth alone was not enough in this confiscation case", 7 February 2013 Article in Legal Week "News Group ordered to pay Coulson legal costs", 29 November 2012 "News Group must pay Coulson legal costs - implications of Court of Appeal judgment", 29 November 2012 Article in New Law Journal on SFO's new guidance on bribery cases, "More stick, less carrot", 26 October 2012 Speaker on financial misconduct at YFLA debate, London, 23 October 2012 "Bail securities vs sureties - lessons from the Julian Assange case", 10 October 2012 Commenting on ITV News on John Terry FA disciplinary hearing, 24 September 2012 "Should the SFO rush in to prosecute over LIBOR?" 30 July 2012 Article in New Law Journal, “Manipulating LIBOR”, 27 July 2012 Article on potential drawbacks in DPAs, New Law Journal, “What’s the story?”, 4 July 2012 Article on criminal cartel offence, New Law Journal, “Not such a bad idea”, 3 May 2012 Commenting on changes at the helm of the SFO, Bloomberg Business Week, April 2012 "Removing the dishonesty element from the criminal cartel offence", 22 April 2012 Speaker on civil settlement of criminal cases at White Collar Crime Update, 29 March 2012