What we do

  • Outstanding practitioner Robert Brown is characterised as reassuring and knowledgeable. Commentators report that “he has a great reputation for snuffing out prosecutions before they even begin. He possesses mature judgement and vast experience in all types of criminal cases.”

    Chambers UK 2015

  • The “shrewd” Robert Brown defended Charlie Gilmour, who was charged with the offence of violent disorder; and the team also represented Muhammad Asif, who was accused of entering into a conspiracy with others to bowl “no balls” to order during the Oval and Lords’s test matches between England and Pakistan in 2010.

    Legal 500 2012

  • David Corker is a seasoned criminal defence partner with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border fraud matters. Sources say he is "very highly regarded and able to think laterally, often coming up with surprising solutions to problems."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • David Corker is particularly known for his in-depth knowledge of criminal procedure.

    Chambers UK 2009

  • [David Corker] combines toughness and common sense – he’s also academically very strong and able to convert complicated ideas into simple terms.

    Chambers UK 2009

  • Peter Binning is lauded for his “great experience, ability to work under huge pressure, extensive knowledge of the law and the ability to inspire confidence in clients.”

    Chambers UK 2010

  • "In financial crime their partners are very, very highly regarded."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Sources say David Corker is ‘the first port of call for individual representation in a corporate crime context.’ He has significant experience in cases involving allegations of fraud and corruption, as well as cartel investigations.

    Chambers UK 2015

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.