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  • “Up-and-coming” partner Andrew Smith is singled out as a “star of the future,” who “will ring bells.”

    Chambers UK 2014

  • David Corker is very highly regarded and able to think laterally, often coming up with surprising solutions to problems.

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Peter Binning is “very enthusiastic and clear-headed”, and an excellent negotiator. He has an incredible success rate representing Russian nationals facing extradition.

    Chambers UK 2010

  • 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 offers clients “excellent analysis and good, strategic judgement,” and is able to draw on his renowned experience in multi-jurisdictional criminal cases.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • The “pragmatic” Peter Binning advises on a broad range of extradition cases.

    Legal 500 2012

  • "I really rate them. They are clever, efficient and they work collaboratively."

    Chambers UK 2017

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

    Legal 500 2014

Cyber Crime

The scope of cyber crime is ever increasing as technology becomes more and more entrenched in our daily lives. As technology becomes more advanced, so does cyber crime; both in the way computers are used to carry out crime and in the way the authorities detect and investigate criminal activity. Individuals may find themselves being investigated or accused of committing a computer crime, without having any awareness of their potential criminal liability. This is particularly so given the prevalence of social media in modern life.

Computer crime is an umbrella under which a vast range of criminal offences can sit. These can be classified within two distinct groups however:

1. Offences in which the computer or network is the target of the activity. This may involve hacking or the use of virus or malware software. Computer security is increasingly hitting the headlines, with high-profile cyber attacks taking place more regularly and on a greater scale than ever before. Penalties for offences of hacking can now be severe, in some cases attracting up to 10 years imprisonment. One such example is the offence of committing an unauthorised act with intent to impair, under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (as amended by section 36 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 and Schedule 15 of the Serious Crime Act 2007).

2. Offences in which the computer is the tool of the criminal activity. This can range from financial crime, to indecent images, to harassment. Many “traditional” crimes now have a technological element, as business and social activities are so frequently carried out online. For example, high frequency trading has recently been in the headlines, and the LIBOR and FX investigations required analysis of millions of pages of electronic communication records.

At Corker Binning, the majority of our lawyers’ work has a cyber element to it. We therefore possess the necessary experience to understand both the limitations of computer evidence and the ever advancing boundaries of it, ensuring that you are properly advised as to the implications of the cyber issues in your case.

Should you find yourself under suspicion in relation to a cyber crime investigation, our lawyers will support and assist you with our expertise and experience of the latest developments in this area of the law.

Should you find yourself the victim of cyber crime, our lawyers can assist you in presenting the facts to the police with the utmost efficiency, sensitivity and discretion.

For more information, please contact us on 0207 353 6000.

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