What we do

  • Co-founder David Corker is a previous Metropolitan Police constable who enjoys an enviable reputation for “great legal understanding allied to superb tactical judgement.”

    Chambers UK 2012

  • The “especially talented” Robert Brown leads the criminal defence team.

    Legal 500 2010

  • 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

  • Edward Grange is viewed as a leading extradition practitioner. Sources say: “He cares deeply about his clients, he is passionate about the work he does and he is incredibly knowledgeable."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Regarded as ‘one of the top niche crime firms’, Corker Binning offers a service that is ‘second to none’. The ‘extremely talented’ practice head Robert Brown, who ‘always sees the bigger picture’, acted for a number of clients on the Leveson Inquiry.

    Legal 500 2015

  • [Robert Brown is] a Rolls-Royce solicitor, providing Rolls-Royce services.

    Spear’s 500

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

    Legal 500 UK 2014

  • Andrew Smith is praised for his ‘great mind’ and academic approach. Sources comment that ‘he has a very measured and reassuring way about him, and the quality of his work is fantastic.’ He is also recognised for his strengths in extradition and international crime cases.

    Chambers UK 2015

Money laundering

The UK has some of the toughest money laundering legislation anywhere in the world. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the offence carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment accompanied by the almost inevitable threat of restraint and confiscation proceedings.

Prosecuting authorities are increasingly eager to take advantage of the wide range of offences that constitute money laundering and which allow them to spread their investigative net wider than just those individuals who are charged with fraud offences alone. The Serious Fraud Office has recently acknowledged the usefulness of the proceeds of crime legislation now that the Bribery Act 2010 is in force and intends to investigate money laundering with renewed vigour alongside allegations of corruption.

Our lawyers frequently act for professionals who find themselves unexpectedly caught up in money laundering investigations whether as witnesses or suspects. We offer expert advice on what steps can be taken to minimise the impact of such an investigation.

We also advise solicitors, accountants and other professionals in finance and banking on the stringent anti-money laundering compliance measures required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. The importance of these regulations, breaches of which may involve financial penalties and possible imprisonment, has been underlined by a recent study undertaken by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) into the UK banks’ handling of the threat of money laundering in high risk cases. The FCA found that approximately 75% of banks in the UK had failed to take adequate steps to establish the provenance of funds and confirmed that two banks, not identified, were now facing enforcement action after serious weaknesses in their anti-money laundering controls were identified. At Corker Binning we offer expert advice to individuals and companies on these issues. Partners Peter Binning and Jessica Parker are members of the Law Society’s advice panel for anti-money laundering matters and the firm is retained by one of the leading accountancy firms to advise on money laundering.


Our lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Advising numerous companies and funds (both in the regulated and non-regulated sectors) on compliance with their money laundering obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, when to make suspicious activity reports to the National Crime Agency and how to comply with the provisions on tipping-off and prejudicing an investigation.
  • Advising an overseas political party on a major Met police investigation into money laundering arising from alleged terrorist activities.
  • Advising a number of witnesses at a major bank in connection with an SFO investigation into suspected money laundering and failure to report.
  • Acting for one of the main defendants in a $36 million international money laundering case tried in the UK and involving Nigeria’s mobile telephone provider.
  • Advising two major high street banks on behalf of employees interviewed or investigated either for actual money laundering or for failure to report suspicion of money laundering offences. In both cases we persuaded police to drop their investigations.
  • Advising many individuals in the well publicised operation by the Metropolitan Police called Operation Rize in which three London safe depositories were raided and 6,700 deposit boxes opened and searched.
  • Acting for a foreign national extradited back to the UK to face charges for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.

For more information about Corker Binning’s expertise in this area, please visit business crime and fraud, cartels and company investigations, corruption & bribery, FCA investigations and insider dealing and market abuse or call us on 0207 353 6000.

Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2015:

Chambers 2015 award
Legal 400 Top Tier 2015 award

David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Andrew Smith – Band 3

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers 2015.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Fraud by Legal 500 2015 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 2015.