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  • 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. He is one of the firm’s co-founders, and brings considerable experience as an SFO prosecutor to his criminal fraud defence work.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Corker Binning is often instructed in high-profile cases that attract lots of media attention.

    Chambers UK 2014

  • Jessica Parker "has complete mastery of her cases and excellent client-handling skills."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • David Corker represents clients caught up in both serious fraud and criminal offences. He is extremely well regarded and maintains a high-quality practice. The last year has seen him work on mobile phone hacking cases relating to Operation Weeting.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Andrew Smith is the head of the [Professional discipline] department, and is considered ‘a natural litigator’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • They have got a fantastically strong team.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • [David Corker is] praised for his robust and intelligent advice.

    Chambers UK 2011

  • Andrew Smith is highlighted as "extremely clever and tactical."

    Chambers UK 2017

Corporate internal investigations

The discovery that criminal activity may have been taking place within your organisation is one which can have huge ramifications in commercial and reputational terms. The right response requires a considered approach to the problem so that a solution can be found which is proportionate to the particular circumstances involved and avoids making the situation worse than it needs to be.

At Corker Binning we have long experience of conducting focussed internal investigations for companies using a tightly structured team drawing, when required, on the best skills available from the Bar, forensic accounting and IT together with other experts such as public relations consultants. Based in London we work with law firms all over the world, often in small international teams. This range of experience and flexibility to work with other firms here and abroad allows us to structure investigation teams carefully to meet the demands of individual cases.

In larger cases, we also work with major international law firms on global investigations providing independent criminal law expertise in complex situations.

Where criminal activity has taken place within your organisation, it may have been drawn to your attention by a member of your own staff rather than via an outside investigation; alternatively the information may come from an outside source and there may already have been some publicity. If there is a whistleblower, immediate questions include: what kind of action should be taken? Are there regulatory bodies which need to be informed? Should the employees allegedly involved be dealt with in any way, such as by suspension or summary dismissal? Is there any chance the situation will ‘leak’ into the public domain or to those you deal with commercially? Is a Suspicious Activity Report to the National Crime Agency required? If so, what are the consequences?

The way in which you deal with these questions will have immediate and far reaching effects, and the answer to them all boils down to the same basic response – take proportionate action to establish exactly what has happened. Investigating on your own behalf is fraught with problems, not least that it will take you away from the vital day to day running of your organisation. Getting to the key facts is likely to require a combination of an unbiased external viewpoint and investigative experience, and Corker Binning can provide both of these.

Whether, as is often the case, an investigation arises as a result of internal concerns, or whether it is in response to inquiries instigated by an external organisation such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or perhaps an overseas law enforcement agency, establishing the facts will involve dealing with evidence in the form of accounts from witnesses and documents, as well as working with in-house auditing or legal team. Having established the facts we will then advise what steps need to be taken, whether any regulatory bodies for your sector need to be informed and what legal consequences there may be.

If regulators or prosecutors are already involved or will need to be informed, we will liaise with them and conduct any investigation in the appropriate way. In some cases this may mean that key witnesses cannot be interviewed because of the approach now favoured by a number of UK law enforcement bodies by which they seek to obtain the first account of the main witnesses before they have been interviewed by a company’s own lawyers or investigators.

Corker Binning offers considered and carefully targeted advice and assistance in corporate investigations without over-reacting.

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For more information about specific aspects of our corporate internal investigations practice, please visit corruption & bribery, FCA investigations, money laundering and tax investigations or call us on 0207 353 6000. You can also read comment and analysis by our business crime lawyers and fraud lawyers on the Corker Binning Blog.

Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2017:

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David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Jessica Parker – Up and Coming

Andrew Smith – Band 3

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers 2017.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Fraud by Legal 500 2016 and David Corker and Peter Binning are named as leading individuals for Fraud.
  • Peter Binning and David Corker are the most highly regarded individuals in International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2016.