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  • David Corker "is a very highly respected practitioner." 

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • "It's a team effort there. From top to bottom and at every level, they are on top of their game."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "From the outset they are realistic with their clients and tactically they are very astute."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • I think they're a great firm for [POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture]. Very boutique-like and dedicated to their clients.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Jessica Parker has ‘an impressive capacity to rapidly absorb large volumes of material and identify the key issues’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • They have got a fantastically strong team.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "They very much have a good reputation," says an interviewee, adding: "I think that one of the features of this sort of high net worth work in the criminal arena is that the clients are very much looking for someone who is discreet and will shield them from the more unpleasant side of criminal law, and will provide a service which has an eye to the expectations and needs of high net worth clients - I would definitely say that they manage that well."

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • "An incredibly knowledgeable figure who knows exactly how to deal with the police."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • The team ‘brings a strong wealth of experience in dealing with criminal litigation into the complex world of fraud’ and the ‘talented lawyers demonstrate the highest professional standards’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "Real rigour is applied to the strengths and weaknesses of the case and sensible advice is always given. The firm's client focus is second to none."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Jessica Parker is ‘a dynamic and bright individual who works well with clients’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "Incredibly cerebral and a great strategic thinker when needed for complex criminal cases."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • At Corker Binning, Andrew Smith ‘is a first-class lawyer, and very user friendly’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • Corker Binning is "a very strong firm in its field."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Corker Binning has ‘huge expertise and experience in advising senior individuals in high-profile, complex and sensitive criminal investigations’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "He is experienced, goes the extra mile and really engages in a case."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "Corker Binning are top of the list of go-to firms to represent suspects in large, high-profile SFO criminal investigations."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • 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 a seasoned criminal defence partner with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border fraud matters. Sources say he is "very highly regarded and able to think laterally, often coming up with surprising solutions to problems."

    Chambers UK 2016

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

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "David is quite a cerebral lawyer - he's sort of a lawyer's lawyer. He really understands the law and is quite creative; he spots areas of the law to investigate and challenge," remarks one interviewee.

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • Andrew Smith is ‘fiercely intelligent, has great judgement and an established reputation’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Jessica is described as "the complete package: bright, decisive and responsive.”

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017

  • "She is very cool and collected," as well as being "a model of very good client care," known for "rolling up her sleeves and immersing herself in the case."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • They are very good and fearless, which is to their credit.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • [Jessica Parker] is very passionate about her cases, she is realistic, she understands the problems that arise and she is very talented.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "Very proactive in regard to anticipating their clients' needs."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • ‘High-quality boutique’ Corker Binning is ‘a leading firm in this practice area, and is involved in many of the most serious and high-profile cases’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "A top-flight firm with the highest standards."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "A serious firm focused on providing the best advice to clients and which is not afraid to confront the difficult issues."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Andrew Smith is acclaimed in Chambers as "a huge legal brain and a thoroughly nice guy to boot."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "He is a standout because he has the ability to speak to clients in a language they understand."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • Peter Binning is a "highly experienced all-rounder".

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "Very intelligent and works extremely hard."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • David Corker "has led some big shifts in thinking".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Robert Brown is "the master of client management and a pleasure to deal with."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • First-rate’ Corker Binning has ‘established an excellent reputation for its quality of work in white-collar crime’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Peter Binning is ‘a seasoned expert, particularly in the field of international white-collar crime’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "The firm is highly efficient, client-conscious, and you just get a great service and great back-up."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Andrew Smith is "a real pleasure to deal with."  

    Chambers UK 2018

  • The ‘extremely talented’ Robert Brown ‘always sees the bigger picture’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • Peter Binning stands out in the UK market for his exceptional work dealing with financial crime matters and related investigation on behalf of both corporates and individuals.

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

  • Founding partner Peter Binning, our reigning Business Crime Lawyer of the Year, is celebrated among peers and clients alike, who take note of his “immense experience” and “impeccable judgement”.

    Who’s Who Legal 2016

  • "David is brilliant on forensic and disclosure issues."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • "The firm has a meticulous approach and in this field of work they provide the highest standard of service to the client."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "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

  • Corker Binning is "one of the pre-eminent firms in this area at the moment."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • Peter Binning is an ‘outstanding tactician’ with ‘excellent client skills and judgement’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • Peter Binning is well-regarded as "very astute - he really identifies legal issues and gives sound advice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • “He is very highly specialised in business crime work.”

    Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018

  • "They are very informed about this area and understand what it takes to win a case."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • Andrew Smith frequently advises on white-collar crime and regulatory issues, including SFO, FCA and HMRC prosecutions. He has notable experience in representing individuals in complex extradition cases.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Fantastic tactician."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Peter Binning has a thriving criminal defence and regulatory practice, regularly providing counsel on complex corruption, revenue fraud and sanctions matters. Observers note: "He has exceptional judgement, particularly when defending individuals in big cases. He's an expert tactician and is very easy to work with."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "A consummate professional and the complete package."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • 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

  • Peter Binning has a wealth of experience in extradition law. Peers describe him as a ‘heavy hitter’ and ‘a consumate international criminal lawyers’. He is also praised for his client care and judgement.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Robert Brown is ‘calm, authoritative and knowledgeable’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • “A superb and very academic lawyer” who is “a key name” in the market.

    Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018

  • Sources say department head Peter Binning is “very calm and focused in a crisis.” He concentrates on regulatory and fraud litigation, and has substantial experience in defending professionals in domestic and international investigations.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • A luminary of British and Russian law, [Robert] Brown has been instructed across a striking diversity of cases.

    Spear’s 500

  • David Corker is ‘a fantastic technical lawyer with extensive experience in the financial services area’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "They are realistic and have their clients' best interests at heart. They are very committed to the work they do and also rigorous."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Edward Grange is ‘fantastic with clients and meticulous in his preparation’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is 'exceptional in everything he does'.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • "They are among the top few 'big hitter' firms for private crime, and are among the few I would recommend to anyone who needed representation. They give their clients a top-notch service and are prepared to go the extra mile."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Jessica Parker "has complete mastery of her cases and excellent client-handling skills."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Pre-eminent boutique’ Corker Binning acts in matters of possession and supply of drugs, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court, sexual offences, manslaughter, murder and extradition

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Jessica Parker is an acute tactical thinker who always keeps the interests and sensitivities of her clients at the forefront of her mind.

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "They are uniformly easy to work with and a very energetic and smart collection of individuals."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Sources speak of Peter's "stellar reputation," and describe him as "a real doyen of the corporate criminal area and a senior figure with a huge amount of experience."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • The ‘extremely talented’ [criminal] practice head Robert Brown, who ‘always sees the bigger picture’, acted for a number of clients on the Leveson Inquiry

    Legal 500 2015

  • Andrew Smith "has a wisdom beyond his years. He is very thoughtful. He acts on high-profile cases and keeps his cool in any situation."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • The firm is "very attentive to the needs of the client, very thorough and responsive."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • [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

  • "He has seen both sides and understands what is achievable."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • David Corker is "a fantastic criminal defence lawyer used to operating in a corporate space."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Jessica Parker is a well-respected name among peers and clients alike, who praise her expert handling of criminal regulatory matters.

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

  • "Extremely adept and experienced practitioner."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • David's innovative in his approach to his cases. He tends to have different ways or new angles to offer on a particular situation.

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • Founder David Corker is held in high regard. “He is as top-tier as they come”, affirms one respondent.

    Who’s Who Legal 2016

  • Andrew Smith is recognised as a formidable litigator for white-collar and regulatory matters, on an international scale. Sources praise him as “a very clever practitioner who provides sensible advice” and “a go-to name for individuals who need separate advice in a corporate investigation”

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

  • Peter Binning is recommended in Chambers HNW as: "I find him easy to get on with, very personable," reports an observer, adding: "He is very decent and compassionate with individuals in serious trouble. I'm a great fan."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Corker Binning’s ‘top niche practice’ is praised as being ‘on a different level’. David Corker ‘has the skill and tact to deal with difficult negotiations’, and Peter Binning is an ‘outstanding tactician’ with ‘excellent client skills and judgement’. ‘Rising star’ Andrew Smith represented a former company director in relation to Operation Tabernula. Robert Brown is also recommended, for his ‘wealth of experience’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • Edward Grange is "remarkably thorough, inventive and understands clients", he is "everything you'd want in a solicitor."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Peter Binning and Claire Cross are 'brilliant at the interface of insider dealing and market abuse and are able to run rings round the regulator'.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Jessica Parker "is a class act: measured, practical and highly intelligent."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "His knowledge of the law is unparalleled and he has a wealth of hands-on experience."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Peter Binning "has that tactical nous as well as the bedside manner – it's a killer combination."

    Chambers UK 2018

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

    Spear’s 500

  • Claire Cross ‘knows every document in the case’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Jessica Parker is praised as "clever, efficient and very good at looking after the client's emotional wellbeing."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • “She is sharp, diligent and much loved by her clients.”

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017

  • Jessica Parker is highlighted for her "phenomenally hard-working" approach and she is "outstanding, pragmatic and personable."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • What the firm lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the experience and expertise of its practitioners, who cover all the key areas of financial and regulatory enforcement. Corker Binning regularly represents large corporations and high-profile individuals in FCA and SFO investigations and prosecutions and clients are impressed by the “sensational level of support on offer”.

    Who’s Who Legal 100 2016

  • Claire Cross is 'a bright new star'.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • He has a "great knowledge of international law."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "His ability to analyse cases and work out a route to achieve success is remarkable."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Andrew Smith is "very erudite and savvy".

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is ‘a major player who is supported by a strong team of junior colleagues’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • They are highly efficient and client-conscious - you just get a great service there.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Peter Binning is well versed in large-scale cartel matters. Sources highlight his pragmatic, commercially aware approach.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • 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

  • Jessica Parker demonstrates "a model of very good client care, rolling up her sleeves and immersing herself in the case."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • At Corker Binning, Andrew Smith ‘is a first-class lawyer, and very user friendly’; he leads the [professional discipline] team, which specialises in financial crime.

    Legal 500 2015

  • "They're admirable for being prepared to say 'we don't do everything, but we are completely expert in the things that we do.'"

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • "They have a high density of the leading players - both David Corker and Peter Binning are very much at the top of the tree."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • Gemma Tombs offers expertise in a wide variety of criminal and regulatory matters.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "He has a rare combination of strategic 'big picture' instincts with a very detailed knowledge and understanding of the black-letter law."

    Chambers UK 2019

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

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • "Outstanding, very able and a pleasure to work alongside."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "Niche and extremely powerful in their field and in everything they do. I think they have some of the leading people."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Andrew Smith is well-regarded in Chambers, and notes that he "strategises very well and makes one feel very comfortable with his advice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Really solid knowledge of the law and steely determination."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • [Robert Brown] is someone who understands not only law but how it works with business. You feel like you are in good hands and he has a phenomenal track record.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "An incredibly brilliant lawyer."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Peter Binning is ‘the godfather of business crime’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Peter Binning is "very good at the strategic aspects and knows how to prepare and marshal evidence for the best forensic effect."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • A source noted the team is made up of "highly intelligent, sensible and dedicated people, who are also down-to-earth and approachable."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "She is a class act: measured, practical and highly intelligent."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • A peer says: "I would be very comfortable working alongside him or sending a case to him, I would know that it would be looked after. He's very, very smart and clearly does a great job for his clients." 

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • They are up to date on the law, they are agreeable and they are responsive. When there is an issue to be addressed, they do it in a timely way and in expert fashion.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • The "absolutely phenomenal" Robert Brown is a criminal defence specialist who is "full of ideas, utterly committed to his clients, realistic in his advice and leaves no stone unturned in preparation."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • He has a "good head for detail."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Peter Binning is praised for "In that particular field of representing senior corporate individuals, he is clever, has great judgement and is a really great tactician"

    Chambers UK 2018

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

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Andrew Smith is described as "a very good technical lawyer" with a "fearsome intellect."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "They've got a real variety of skills between them. They are one of very few firms that can deal with difficult extradition cases that raise political issues."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "The firm has so many partners who are experts in extradition, it gives the team a lot of expertise and experience in preparing cases."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Andrew Smith is "extremely clever, realistic and tactical".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "They move quickly and with an unprecedented thoroughness."

     

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Andrew Smith is 'an excellent lawyer, extremely bright and very efficient and practical in dealing with disciplinary and regulatory issues'.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Jessica Parker is "incredibly talented".

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Andrew Smith "is very responsive and very energetic in the way he approaches a problem".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • 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

  • Corker Binning is 'a very strong law firm and a pleasure to deal with'.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Peter Binning is celebrated in Chambers HNW as: "He is excellent. He is very clever and a real thinker about legal conundrums. He is proactive, innovative and very professional."

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • David Corker is highlighted in Chambers as "very personally interested in the law," as well as being "sensible, assured and thoughtful" when providing advice.

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "They give their clients a top-notch service and are prepared to go the extra mile."  

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Edward Grange is celebrated as "excellent with clients and extremely hard-working," highlighting his expert advocacy skills and "unique insight into how extradition cases work."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Calm, client-focused and cool-headed."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • The lawyers are noted for their "extensive high net worth experience." 

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • "He is tenacious in representing clients' interests, but does so in an intelligent and extremely effective way."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "They are one of the premier extradition firms and their solicitors are without doubt leaders in their field - they are all intelligent, hard-working and pragmatic."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • 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

  • Andrew Smith is "a very accomplished and knowledgeable extradition practitioner." He is recommended for his abilities in politically sensitive matters involving high-profile figures.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Robert Brown is recognised for his first-rate work in the field.

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

  • Robert Brown is celebrated as an "absolutely first-class solicitor" with a "phenomenal criminal practice."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • David Corker has an excellent reputation for advising on cartel defence as part of his white-collar practice.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • David Corker is “absolutely fantastic” according to sources, who particularly commend his impressive work on financial crime and cartel investigations.

    Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

  • Peter Binning is ‘an outstanding presence in the field of extradition and multi-jurisdictional fraud’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • The ‘exceptionally strong’ and ‘straightforward’ practice at Corker Binning continues to act for corporate and individual clients in the financial sector, with strengths in regulatory litigation, criminal fraud, and corporate crime.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is "hugely knowledgeable". 

    Chambers UK 2018

  • They provide high-quality advice. They are criminal lawyers with a good commercial sense.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Jessica Parker "is very cool and collected".

    Chambers UK 2018

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

    Chambers UK 2017

  • The level of preparation is really fantastic. They will look into every possible outcome and research issues, and explain them to the client in a way in which is incomparable.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Peter Binning has a wealth of experience in extradition law. Peers describe him as a ‘heavy hitter’ and ‘a consumate international criminal lawyers’. He is also praised for his client care and judgement.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Bags of experience and he provides great insight into the criminal elements of international fraud cases."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • "Highly skilled tactician with a wealth of experience."

    Chambers UK 2019

  • Corker Binning is ‘fast becoming the go-to firm for interesting and complicated criminal cases, particularly those with an international dimension’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • "They know what they are talking about, they have good ideas and they take the lead."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "They're good at coming up with solutions and strategies for thinking outside the box. They've got strength in depth."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "One of the firms at the forefront of the market representing individuals and companies. They are a compact, energetic, entrepreneurial firm who know what they're doing and have good partners."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "The cases that Corker Binning do are exceptionally complex and high value."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • "David's very much detail-focused, so he's going to reassure a client that he's thought of absolutely everything," says a source.

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • Jessica Parker is "very hard working and committed to her clients."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Andrew Smith has a broad international practice, encompassing extradition and crime. Peers note that he is ‘very bright, quick-thinking and ideal with clients: he is a star of the future.’

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "First-class operator," Edward Grange, comes highly recommended as a "an encyclopaedia of extradition knowledge."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • The crime team is led by ‘down to earth and pragmatic’ Robert Brown, he is supported by the ‘astoundingly good, dedicated, hugely experienced, and extremely bright’ Andrew Smith and Edward Grange.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • 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

  • Sources say David Corker is ‘the first port of call for individual representation in a corporate crime context.’ He has significant experience in cases involving allegations of fraud and corruption, as well as cartel investigations.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Corker Binning has ‘a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the fraud and white-collar crime space’, and ‘combines hard work, commitment and excellent judgement to provide a through and efficient service’

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is "extraordinarily smooth and unflappable".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Extradition specialist Edward Grange is praised by sources as "utterly dedicated and incredibly hard-working."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Peter Binning is right at the top of financial crime.

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • Peter Binning is recommended by peers for his significant experience in complex extradition matters. Sources say: "He is thorough, intelligent and very skilled."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • David Corker is ‘an innovative thinker, takes nothing for granted, exceptionally perspicacious tactician, modest and very highly-regarded by other lawyers’.

    The Legal 500 2019

  • Andrew Smith is highlighted as "extremely clever and tactical."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Peter has been involved in many of the largest and highest-profile commercial investigations."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • David Corker ‘has the skill and tact to deal with difficult negotiations’.

    Legal 500 2015

  • "Peter is very personable, he's got a warm personality and he's very good with clients," reports an interviewee, adding that "he's very able and an extremely experienced lawyer. He has a wealth of experience."

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • "He takes a client-focused approach" and is "exceptionally personable"

    Chambers UK 2018

Business crime & fraud

Our business crime and fraud lawyers have extensive experience advising individuals and companies on the whole spectrum of business crime and fraud cases. These cases have included large international frauds spanning several jurisdictions, prosecutions of serious and complex fraud by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and National Crime Agency (NCA), as well as smaller domestic frauds prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). We have advised on investigations and prosecutions for conspiracy to defraud, offences under the Fraud Act 2006 (including fraud by false representation, fraud by failing to disclose information and fraud by abuse of position), false accounting, theft, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, advance fee fraud, credit card fraud, identity fraud, land banking fraud and boiler room fraud. This experience complements the firm’s wider business crime expertise in areas such as bribery and corruption, insider dealing, money laundering and cartels.

In recent years, investigations and prosecutions of business crime and fraud have increasingly been generated by corporate internal investigations, whereby the corporate has investigated itself and self-reported wrongdoing to a law enforcement authority. Individuals can quickly find themselves exposed as the corporate struggles to portray itself as cooperative and seeks to apportion blame. This trend is only likely to continue if the corporate offence of failing to prevent fraud is enacted.

For most individuals, a criminal investigation will start suddenly, with dawn raids, seizures of property, arrests and interviews under caution. Sometimes a company or individual’s assets may be frozen under a restraint order or asset freezing order. It is imperative that, in these early stages of an investigation, the right strategy is adopted, so that a suspect does everything possible to avoid prosecution. Our lawyers are experienced in knowing how to engage constructively with criminal investigators – whether that is the SFO, FCA, NCA or police forces including the City of London police and Metropolitan police – whilst protecting our clients’ best interests.

Fraud cases are usually document heavy and contain a morass of complex financial data. The defence lawyer needs to be able to work patiently and skilfully through this evidence in order to highlight the important documents and draw meaningful connections between them. The lawyer needs to be able to think laterally, to challenge his own preconceptions and to return to documents which at first glance appeared to be irrelevant. Above all, the lawyer needs to be able, despite the density of the evidence, to retain the ability to see the wood from the trees, so that resources are devoted (both by the lawyer and the client) to the issues that really matter.

We know how to prepare clients for the task of providing instructions on document heavy fraud cases. We prepare these cases meticulously: we draw up schedules analysing the evidence; we prepare detailed plans which enable us to take our clients’ instructions in a structured and logical fashion; we think critically so that we challenge our clients where appropriate about these instructions and we work with our clients to draft comprehensive and accurate records of their instructions which are used to focus on the strengths and weaknesses in a case, as well as to brief Counsel. These are the building blocks upon which the important tactical decisions can then be made about how to advance our clients’ best interests – should we write to the investigator to argue that our client should not be charged with an offence? Can the admissibility of any of the evidence be challenged? Is expert evidence required? Should we apply for the case to be dismissed?

We are proud of our market-leading expertise in business crime and fraud cases. We aim to prepare each case – regardless of the size or public profile of the alleged fraud – to the highest possible standards. If you are a suspect or defendant in a criminal fraud case, or you have been asked to attend a compulsory interview with the SFO (a section 2 interview) or the FCA (a section 165 or 171 interview), please call us on 020 7353 6000 and ask to speak to one of the partners to see if we might be able to help you.

Recent and current cases in which our business crime lawyers and fraud lawyers have acted:

  • Acting for a number of individuals in the SFO and FCA investigations into alleged LIBOR, EURIBOR and FOREX manipulation, as well as the related US investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
  • Acting for suspects or witnesses in the SFO fraud investigations/prosecutions involving Tesco (where we acted for the former CEO), Barclays Bank/Qatar (where we act for the former CEO), ENRC, G4S/Serco, JJB Sports, Quindell, Bank of England liquidity auctions, Kaupthing and Olympus.
  • Acting in a number of large-scale insider trading, market abuse and land banking investigations/prosecutions brought by the FCA and/or the City of London police.
  • Acting in a range of smaller frauds prosecuted by the CPS usually based on alleged false representations or abuse of position in employer/employee relationships.
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Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2019:

Chambers & Partners
Top tier firms Legal 500

David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Jessica Parker – Band 3

Andrew Smith – Band 2

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers and Partners UK 2019.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Fraud: White-collar crime by The Legal 500 2019. David Corker, Peter Binning and Andrew Smith are Leading Individuals.
  • Peter Binning, David Corker, Jessica Parker and Robert Brown are recognised as leading individuals in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018.