What we do

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  • Corker Binning’s clients include the FRC. Andrew Smith is the head of the [Professional discipline] department, and is considered ‘a natural litigator’.

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  • Peter Binning‘s well-established crime and media practice is highly respected in the legal community. The excellent quality of his work sees him described as an “absolutely first-class” adviser. He takes on complex international matters and regularly advises corporations on allegations of criminal behaviour.

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  • At Corker Binning, department head Robert Brown ‘has the rare ability to nip potential prosecutions in the bud’. Known for its high-profile work, the firm has a specialism in extradition work, with the ‘very bright’ Andrew Smith recently acting in Shrien Dewani’s extradition proceedings.

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  • 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.”

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Inquests and inquiries

Corker Binning’s inquest solicitors assist and advise 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.

The purpose of an inquest is to establish who has died and, if possible, how, when and where a death occurred. For all parties involved, the examination by the coroner or judge into the circumstances surrounding the death is understandably traumatic and difficult.

For the family of the bereaved, an inquest may be their only chance to find out what happened to the deceased and they will rightly feel that they must make the most of the opportunity. Corker Binning’s specialist inquest solicitors are well equipped to assist in this respect and draw on their considerable experience of criminal litigation in order to analyse the evidence before the coroner and ask the questions on behalf of the family that need to be answered.

For a witness, an inquest may be equally significant. Whilst a coroner is not permitted to attribute any blame or liability for the death, individuals can be compelled to give evidence at the public hearing (failure to do so may result in a fine) and the matters raised and eventual verdict of the coroner could lead to a subsequent civil claim or criminal investigation. Corker Binning’s inquest solicitors can advise a witness so that he/she is properly prepared for the hearing and any potential action that may follow.

Corker Binning also advises individuals at public inquiries which, by their very nature, are likely to attract a lot of media attention and can be lengthy and complex. We advise witnesses throughout an inquiry to ensure that their interests are protected. Examples of our work in this area include advising participants in the Leveson Inquiry and witnesses in the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Corker Binning is a member of INQUEST Lawyers Group.

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Our inquests and inquiries lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Representation of a university student, originally accused of gross negligence manslaughter of another student, called to give evidence at the subsequent inquest into the student’s death.
  • Acting for a client in relation to a recent air show disaster.
  • Acting for a high-profile figure in relation to the Hillsborough Inquest.
  • Acted for the family of a young man who was found to have been failed by his mental health team.
  • Representation of the family of a young RAF officer who was found to have taken his own life by the coroner.

To find out more about how Corker Binning’s inquest solicitors can help you in this area, please call us on 0207 353 6000. See also our pages on crime and corporate manslaughter/health and safety.