David Corker Partner

 

David Corker is a “fantastic criminal defence lawyer” whose work had led to “big changes in thinking” (Chambers UK 2018). He has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. He is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the fields of Financial Crime: Individuals and Cartel Investigations by Chambers UK 2018, and as a leading individual (Band 1) in the field of Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals by Chambers HNW 2018. He is also ranked as a leading individual in Fraud: White-Collar Crime by The Legal 500 2017 and as one of the most highly regarded individuals by Who’s Who Legal for Business Crime Defence and Investigations.

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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.

 

Sources say he is “very personally interested in the law,” as well as being “sensible, assured and thoughtful” when providing advice.

Chambers UK 2017
 

Recent work

  • Advising multiple clients being investigated or prosecuted by the SFO for fraud and bribery offences, including acting in the Tesco, JJB Sports, LIBOR and Olympus cases.
  • Conducting a corporate internal investigation into suspected bribery at a pharmaceuticals company.
  • Acting for a number of individuals who are the subject of hostile FCA criminal and regulatory investigations, including a senior banking figure implicated in the FX scandal.
  • Acting in most of the recent and current investigations by the OFT/CMA into alleged cartel activity.
  • Acting for celebrities and politicians in relation to historic sex abuse allegations.
  • Acting for journalists concerning phone-hacking allegations.
  • Advising defendants in relation to the CPS’s largest direct and indirect tax fraud prosecutions.
  • Advising companies in relation to various criminal and regulatory matters, including bribery, food safety and money laundering compliance.
  • Advising private individuals in relation to general criminal matters, including sexual offences, crimes of violence and harassment.
 

Career

David Corker 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 regularly writes for the national and legal press and academically about criminal and regulatory law. He is the author of ‘Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings‘ (OUP 2009) and ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings‘ (4th Ed) (Bloomsbury, 2014).

David founded his own firm, now Corker Binning, in 2000, having been a partner at Peters & Peters.

News and Posts


Mark Johnson fraud conviction

David Corker discusses Sir Edward Heath and Operation Conifer in The Times Law Brief

Sir Edward Heath and Operation Conifer – investigation conclusions meaningless?

David Corker comments on Operation Conifer in The Times Law Brief

Misgivings and Leave to Appeal

David Corker discusses DPAs at 3rd Annual GIR Live London

David Corker considers why reform of corporate criminal liability is necessary in Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Why reform of corporate criminal liability is necessary and the best means of achieving it

Tesco’s Philip Clarke to face no charges from SFO

David Corker’s article on the flexibility of English Common Law in Law360

How the flexibility of English common law can encourage good judgment

David Corker discusses DoJ Forex intent in Fraud Intelligence, FX-MM and FTSE Global Markets

Lawyers in s2 interviews; are we all pastors now?

David Corker comments on the conviction of Sweett Group under the Bribery Act in The FT, Bloomberg and The Brief

SOCPA: Immunity, leniency and white collar criminals

‘Dr Fox’ in the magistrates court; winning the legal battle, losing the publicity war

David Corker’s article on DJ Neil Fox judgment published in The Times

Corker Binning partners recognised in Who’s Who Legal’s ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ list for Business Crime Defence 2015

David Corker – a defence perspective

The section 2 interview: when can the SFO exclude a solicitor?

The section 2 interview: when can the SFO exclude a solicitor?

Partner David Corker on recent developments regarding care provider offences

David Corker’s comments re BlackRock and the FCA published in Bloomberg

David Corker’s article re Tesco and the SFO published in Corporate Dispute Resolution

David Corker’s article re Max Clifford published in Law Society Gazette

David Corker’s article re Max Clifford published in Law Society Gazette

David Corker has co-authored the fourth edition of ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, published by Bloomsbury.

David Corker’s article re the first anniversary of the appointment of the Lord Chief Justice published in the New Law Journal

David Corker published in The Lawyer re juries in fraud cases

David Corker published in Competition Law Journal discussing the criminal cartel offence revision

David Corker published in Finance Monthly magazine commenting on market abuses

David Corker published in The Lawyer commenting on allegations of FIFA corruption

Litigation privilege & investigations

David Corker published in Criminal Law and Justice weekly commenting on Litigation Privilege

David Corker published in the New Law Journal discussing the criminal cartel offence revision

David Corker published in Legal Futures “Are judges and opposing parties targeting lawyers? Recent cases suggest they are”

David Corker published in The Lawyer “Litigation Lawyers Under Fire”

David Corker published in Halsbury’s Law Exchange – “Can a solicitor be personally liable to pay costs?”

Can a solicitor be personally liable to pay costs?

Unwarranted behaviour

Partner David Corker published in New Law Journal – “Are warrants worth the paper they’re written on?”

Court of Appeal judgment on delayed sex case

David Corker comments in Bloomberg re Barclays, Citigroup, RBS FX Messages to Be Examined

David Corker published in The Lawyer

David Corker comments re criminal sanctions for bankers

SFO charges UBS trader in connection with LIBOR investigation

Making applications for restraint orders

A Judicial review of decisions to prosecute

David Corker article about making applications for restraint orders

Corker Binning partner writes about Judicial Review in The Barrister

Confiscation proceedings – lessons from R v Mahmood Court of Appeal judgment

Corker Binning partner writes about confiscation proceedings for Halsbury’s Law Exchange

That CPS email – why sometimes prosecutors don’t act in the public interest

R v Druce – why the truth alone is not always enough

News Group must pay Coulson legal costs: implications of Court of Appeal judgment

Bail securities vs sureties – lessons from the Julian Assange case

Corker Binning partner speaks on financial misconduct at YFLA debate

Should the SFO rush in to prosecute the banks over LIBOR?

Corker Binning partner urges SFO not to prosecute banks over LIBOR

Corker Binning partner highlights drawbacks of proposed DPAs

Removing the dishonesty element from the criminal cartel offence – not such a bad idea after all?

Corker Binning partner writes on use of civil recovery in overseas corruption investigations

Corker Binning article on criminal cartel offence reform proposals

The jury system on trial

Proposed changes to criminal cartel offence – a good thing?

Welcome

David Corker acts for defendant in FSA’s largest insider dealing case

David Corker urges the SFO to rethink its corruption policy

Abuse of Process

Implications of SFO’s deal with British Aerospace on overseas corruption

SFO’s new prosecution policy

New ruling on criminal trials without juries

Abuse of process in criminal proceedings

Disclosure in criminal proceedings

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