What we do

  • They provide high-quality advice. They are criminal lawyers with a good commercial sense.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • 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

  • What the firm lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the experience and expertise of its practitioners, who cover all the key areas of financial and regulatory enforcement. Corker Binning regularly represents large corporations and high-profile individuals in FCA and SFO investigations and prosecutions and clients are impressed by the “sensational level of support on offer”.

    Who’s Who Legal 100 2016

  • At Corker Binning, Andrew Smith ‘is a first-class lawyer, and very user friendly’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • I think they're a great firm for [POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture]. Very boutique-like and dedicated to their clients.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Robert Brown is celebrated as an "absolutely first-class solicitor" with a "phenomenal criminal practice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • This practice maintains its position at the forefront of criminal cartel defence work, offering established expertise in all aspects of criminal litigation. It has played a significant role in all key recent OFT investigations, and is highlighted by sources for its dedicated approach to client service.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Peter Binning is right at the top of financial crime.

    Chambers HNW 2016

Bribery and corruption

We have substantial experience representing suspects and witnesses of interest to UK and foreign agencies investigating alleged bribery and corruption. Our bribery and corruption lawyers also handle internal company investigations, acting for witnesses as well as for companies, sometimes in conjunction with teams of other lawyers in the UK and internationally.

This is an area of practice which has seen significant change: the Bribery Act 2010 marked a major development in UK law with far reaching consequences for individuals and companies both in the UK and abroad, and has been followed by new prosecution guidance and Ministry of Justice guidance on adequate compliance procedures. Our bribery and corruption lawyers have extensive experience in a wide range of corruption, bribery and fraud investigations, particularly those with complex international aspects.

UK investigations are usually undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) or National Crime Agency (NCA) (the International Corruption Unit) in conjunction with the police. In other cases, the Crown Prosecution Service or the Financial Conduct Authority may also be involved. Our bribery and corruption lawyers have acted in many of these investigations either for witnesses compelled to assist the SFO or for suspects who are actual or potential prosecution targets. Cases include the first SFO prosecution of individuals under the Bribery Act 2010, Smith & Ouzman Limited, Alstom, Balfour Beatty, PWS, MW Kellogg, Mabey & Johnson, Innospec, several Oil for Food cases, the British Aerospace investigation and the Alba case.

In representing those regarded as suspects by the SFO in some of the most complex recent cases, our bribery and corruption lawyers have negotiated successful outcomes whereby a prosecution has been avoided. Our lawyers have built up substantial experience in reaching immunity or plea agreements under UK law in the corruption arena and in other serious cases. Working with lawyers for companies under investigation, we have also sought resolutions for our clients via a civil law remedy. Despite some judicial criticism of civil settlements in criminal cases, there is continuing development in this area including the recent introduction of Deferred Prosecution Agreements, which provide for the indefinite suspension of a prosecution. This is imperative for both sides in many large cases: for the corporate because of the serious reputational and economic damage that a conviction can cause and for the prosecutor because of the sheer scale and cost of mounting a full scale publicly funded investigation. The interests of the individual employee or director in this situation may be closely aligned with a company’s but careful advice is needed to ensure that their personal position is protected.

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Our corruption and bribery lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Acting for an individual defendant acquitted in the SFO’s first successful prosecution of a corporate for bribery.
  • Acting for an individual investigated in relation to allegations that millions of pounds of bribes were paid to secure contracts within the National Heath Service.
  • Representing a company director in the first SFO prosecution of individuals under the Bribery Act 2010.
  • Acting for an international engineering firm to carry out an internal investigation into allegations of attempts made to offer bribes in return for the award of contracts.
  • Acting for a senior figure in the SFO’s investigation into bribery at Glaxo Smith Kline.
  • Acting for clients in the current police investigations into the payment of police officers and others – Operation Weeting and related investigations.
  • Acting for various clients in SFO investigations including the Torex case, Innospec, the Alba case and the Kaupthing investigation.
  • The corruption trial of the Pakistani cricketers, acting for Mohammad Asif.
  • Advising in relation to allegations of corruption and phone hacking relating to Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and the Olympic Park Legacy Corporation.
  • Acting for individuals under investigation for corruption in India, several African states, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Advising a company director in respect of allegations of corruption in Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

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.