What we do

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

    Chambers HNW 2016

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

    Legal 500 2012

  • The team is also hailed for its flexibility. Sources say the lawyers complement each other well – the set-up is quite diverse which makes them terrifically good at what they do.

    Chambers UK 2010

  • [Edward Grange] is always creative and imaginative in his approach and always thinking about new angles for cases. He is a really respected solicitor.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Peter Binning and David Corker are a 'very powerful combination'.

    Legal 500 UK 2012

  • Sources find it "enormously valuable" that she is "not afraid to speak her mind and take a dissenting view."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • David Corker is “amongst the elite group of UK criminal defence lawyers” and is “extremely bright and good at providing a strategic overview, and has excellent client care skills”

    Legal 500 2011

  • The highly respected Peter Binning regularly defends clients in complex extradition matters, particularly those involving Russia. Sources highlight the advantages of his prosecutorial background, which allows him “to see things from both sides”.

    Chambers UK 2014

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.

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. We have also acted for accountants who are subject to investigation by the FRC.

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

  • Advising the Financial Reporting Council on four investigations into firms of accountants and actuaries, or individual accountants or actuaries, as well as acting for accountants who are subject to investigation by the FRC.
  • 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.