What we do

  • [Robert Brown] is a highly experienced criminal litigator and greatly respected for his authoritative wisdom and guidance in all areas of criminal law.

    Chambers UK 2010

  • Peter Binning is highlighted in Chambers HNW 2016, who is recommended as: "He has exceptional judgement, particularly when defending individuals in big cases. He's an expert tactician and is very easy to work with."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • David Corker represents clients caught up in both serious fraud and criminal offences. He is extremely well regarded and maintains a high-quality practice. The last year has seen him work on mobile phone hacking cases relating to Operation Weeting.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • A heavy-hitting firm for extradition. They are a private client firm that carry over standards to legal aid work.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • They have carved out a practice that gives an absolutely first-class service.

    Chambers UK 2014

  • [Andrew Smith is] a ‘bright young star’, according to interviewees.

    Chambers UK 2011

  • "They're very well respected for their defence work. They provide an approachable boutique service, while also having the flexibility to respond quickly to changing circumstances and the capability to deal with large and complex investigations and prosecutions."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is noted for his tenacity – “he never lets go on a case” – and for his industriousness and pragmatism.

    Chambers UK 2009

Professional disciplinary

Over the past 15 years, Corker Binning has become a market-leading firm in complex criminal and regulatory investigations. In tandem with this expertise, we have acted for regulators and individuals in a number of professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings, particularly where the allegations are derived from, or overlap with, those being investigated by a criminal or regulatory body.

We are aware that professional disciplinary proceedings, particularly those which impugn a person’s professional integrity, can cause irreparable damage to their reputations. The negative publicity associated with an investigation can itself destroy careers. The sanctions available to the UK’s professional regulators are wide-ranging and include financial penalties as well as temporary or permanent suspension from practice.

Achieving the most favourable outcome to a professional disciplinary investigation, and seeking to avoid the most damaging consequences, depends on taking expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Depending on the case, we can advise on drafting written representations, how to answer questions in any interview, the impact of the investigation on a person’s employment status and an effective media strategy designed to reduce negative publicity. Where breaches of technical standards are alleged, we can advise on the types of expert evidence that might be needed to rebut the case. .

We have developed particular expertise in advising lawyers in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and regulatory hearings before the Bar Standards Board (BSB), both on allegations of breaches of professional competence and breaches of confidentiality and integrity. On occasion we have been able to negotiate successful settlements to these cases so that our clients have been able to continue with their chosen career.

We have acted for a number of individuals and firms in regulatory proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Taxation Disciplinary Board (TDB). Notably, we have also acted for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s independent disciplinary body for accountants and actuaries, on several high-profile cases.

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Some of our recent work in professional disciplinary and regulatory investigations includes advising:

  • Acting for an individual in the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) of the FCA in proceedings alleging breaches of investment restrictions and market manipulation arising from the management of a £35m hedge fund.
  • Acting for a tax advisory practice in disciplinary proceedings before the TDB concerning alleged breaches of professional competence.
  • Acting for a number of solicitors in proceedings before the SRA who also face parallel criminal investigations or prosecutions for mortgage fraud.

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 leading firm for professional discipline by Legal 500 2016.