Peter Binning Partner


Peter Binning is ranked as a key individual in the fields of ‘Financial Crime: Individuals’, ‘Crime: Extradition’ and ‘POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture’ by Chambers and Partners UK 2021.  Peter is also ranked as a leading individual in the field of Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals by Chambers HNW 2020. He is recognised as the leading EMEA Thought Leader by the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2018, and is highlighted as “a phenomenal lawyer” who peers consider “the best” when it comes to highly complex and high-profile regulatory and fraud-related litigation. Peter is also ranked as a leading individual for ‘Fraud: White-Collar Crime’ by The Legal 500 2020. Peter is ranked number one in the Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2019 top Global Elite Thought Leaders for EMEA

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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:

-Securing the acquittal in June 2019 of a former Barclays Chief Executive prosecuted by the SFO in a case relating to the bank’s 2008 capital raisings. The re-trial of other defendants continues.

-Acting for senior executives in several recent SFO and police investigations into major multinational companies including Rolls-Royce, Tesco and GSK. No charges brought against any client.

-Acting for several clients in the current SFO/FCA EURIBOR investigations and trials including one in which extradition to the UK was successfully resisted. Acting for clients in the SFO Forex investigation.

-Representing witnesses in several major US and UK civil fraud actions including acting in mutual assistance deposition hearings and in the Commercial Court.

-Acting in plea negotiations with FCA relating to alleged insider dealing.

-Acting for a 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.

-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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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.

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News and Posts

Peter Binning writes for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence on the SFO in the regulated sector

Peter Binning writes for Money Laundering Bulletin on FCA extension of financial crime reporting obligation

Peter Binning quoted in The Times on proposals for tax advice changes

Peter Binning quoted in The Times on the SFO’s lack of convictions

Don’t let Lord Devlin’s lamp of freedom be extinguished under cover of Covid-19

Peter Binning quoted in BBC News

Virtual juries can help us in this crisis even if they are not a complete solution

Corker Binning assisting JUSTICE in developing world’s first ever virtual jury trial platform

Peter Binning takes part in Fraud & White Collar Crime 2020 Roundtable

Self-incrimination protection and procedure in transatlantic civil cases

Peter Binning to speak at International White Collar Crime Symposium

Peter Binning writes for The Times on Government review into serious and organised crime

Peter Binning and Ben Henriques discuss the judgment in R v Darroux and how how fraud and theft are distinguished in Crimeline

A thief is not necessarily a fraudster. A fraudster is not necessarily a thief.

Peter Binning and Ben Henriques comment on UWOs in The Law Society Gazette

Unexplained Wealth Orders Explained

A Bribery Act prosecution “pour encourager les autres”

Peter Binning and Ben Henriques discuss sophisticated modern money laundering in Financier Worldwide

Money, money everywhere and not a coin to seize

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

Corker Binning partner reviews the 4th edition of the International Guide to Money Laundering Law and Practice, published in New Law Journal

Peter Binning mentioned in The Guardian- ‘Lord chief justice helps politicians grasp courts’ ‘hot potato”

Peter Binning published in The Lawyer Monthly – ‘Corruption probe for Sinopharm’

Cross-Border Money laundering reporting lessons from the latest JP Morgan case in the USA

Corker Binning partner comments on criminal legal aid in China

Recent appeals in UAE extradition cases – the extradition pipeline has opened

SFO clarifies self-reporting rules – the start of a new era?

Busy October for OFT criminal prosecutions

Corker Binning partner chairs tax investigations conference

Corker Binning partner speaks on corruption in business

The Bribery Act: Year of the Sleeping Dragon

New SFO Director David Green’s first public speech

Corker Binning partner acts for ex-Hogan Lovells partner in major fraud case

Corker Binning partner speaks on tax fraud

Negotiated justice – a light at the end of the tunnel for both sides?

Between the devil and the deep blue sea: suicide law revisited

Curing awkward case law by retrospective legislation

Time for an effective long term strategy for the SFO?

What Webster means for prosecutions under the Bribery Act

Criminal offences and the Libyan sanctions

Peter Binning writes about criminal offences and Libyan sanctions

2010 money laundering cases explained by Corker Binning

Corporate manslaughter jurisdiction issue highlighted by Corker Binning

Peter Binning speaks on US/UK cross-border criminal cases

Jury-less trials – erosion of legal bastion?

Environment Agency forced to back down

US/UK extradition

No forum for debate on extradition