What we do

  • David Corker ‘has the skill and tact to deal with difficult negotiations’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • A luminary of British and Russian law, [Robert] Brown has been instructed across a striking diversity of cases.

    Spear’s 500

  • Founder David Corker is held in high regard. “He is as top-tier as they come”, affirms one respondent.

    Who’s Who Legal 2016

  • The team is also hailed for its flexibility. Sources say the lawyers complement each other well – the set-up is quite diverse which makes them terrifically good at what they do.

    Chambers UK 2010

  • Name partner Peter Binning offers considerable experience as a former prosecutor for the SFO. He is widely lauded by sources for being “always accessible,” and taking a “very shrewd approach to get the best results for clients.”

    Chambers UK 2012

  • Andrew Smith is well-regarded in Chambers, and notes that he "strategises very well and makes one feel very comfortable with his advice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • At Corker Binning, department head Robert Brown ‘has the rare ability to nip potential prosecutions in the bud’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Peter Binning and David Corker are a 'very powerful combination'.

    Legal 500 UK 2012

Corporate manslaughter/health and safety

The regulatory burden on companies and individuals has increased markedly in recent years. New guidance from the Sentencing Guidelines Council on sentencing in corporate manslaughter and health and safety cases recommends substantial fines and publicity orders for those convicted of offences in this area. Corker Binning’s health & safety and corporate manslaughter lawyers have significant expertise both in representing clients in gross negligence manslaughter cases and in advising companies and individuals in relation to investigations and prosecutions brought by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA). As a law firm specialising in complex business crime and fraud, regulatory and general criminal litigation, we conduct litigation in the criminal courts every day. We apply our extensive experience in criminal litigation to achieve significant results for clients, be they companies or individuals, as well as acting in major investigations for individual witnesses.

Corker Binning also assists and advises individuals who find themselves involved in a coroner’s inquest or public inquiry. We have experience of representing families of the bereaved as well as individuals who are summonsed to give evidence at an inquest into the death of another. We advise witnesses throughout public inquiries which, by their very nature, are likely to attract a lot of media attention and can be lengthy and complex, to ensure that their interests are protected.

 

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Our health & safety and corporate manslaughter lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Acting for a client in relation to a recent air show disaster.
  • Acting for a high-profile figure in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.
  • The successful defence of two UK companies charged with offences under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations relating to the export of contaminated waste paper. The EA was forced to drop the case before trial and a costs order was made in favour of our clients.
  • Acted for the senior manager of the Buncefield oil storage facility throughout the internal company investigation and the criminal investigations by the EA and HSE after the explosion in December 2005. Our client is a witness in the criminal case against the companies involved which continues.
  • Acted for a scrapyard company and one of its directors were cleared of manslaughter following the death of a worker and the injury of others in an explosion caused by employees cutting up gas cylinders. The case involved charges of manslaughter and perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations that evidence of bad working practices were covered up.

You can read comment and analysis by our corporate manslaughter lawyers on the Corker Binning Blog.