Peter Binning Partner


Peter Binning is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the fields of ‘Crime: Extradition,’ ‘Financial Crime: Individuals,’ and ‘Financial Crime: Individuals: Cartel Investigations,’ and as a ‘Recognised Practitioner’ in ‘Financial Crime: Corporates’ and ‘POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture’ by Chambers UK 2017. Peter is also ranked as a leading individual (Band 1) in the field of Financial Crime (UK-wide) by Chambers HNW 2016. He is the most highly regarded individual in the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2015, and is “globally renowned” for his “truly exceptional skills” in fraud and regulatory work, and clients “cannot find enough superlatives to do him justice”. He is recognised as a leading investigatory lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2016 and is also ranked as a leading individual for ‘Fraud: White-Collar Crime’ by The Legal 500 2017.

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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.

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Recent work:

  • Current SFO investigations into a major high-street bank, Tesco and GSK.
  • Acting for two clients in the current SFO/FCA EURIBOR investigations.
  • 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.

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News and Posts

Peter Binning and Ben Henriques discuss corporate and white-collar crime in Financier Worldwide

White-collar crime – surfing the rising tide of UK and international enforcement

Peter Binning examines the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive in Lexis PSL

Peter Binning’s success at Who’s Who Legal Awards 2017

Peter Binning featured in The Law Society Gazette’s My Legal Life

Peter Binning discusses anonymity for suspects and victims in criminal proceedings in The Brief

SFO v XYZ – the second DPA approved

Corker Binning ranked as leading firm in Who’s Who Legal 100 2016

Back to the Future: criminal law in 2015 and beyond

Abolition of the dock in English criminal trials

Peter Binning and Andrew Smith’s article published in Euromoney

Peter Binning featured in Corporate LiveWire’s Fraud & White Collar Crime Roundtable 2015