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  • "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

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

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • "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

  • 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 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

  • 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

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

    Chambers UK 2018

Corporate internal investigations

The discovery that criminal activity may have been taking place within your organisation is one which can have huge ramifications in commercial and reputational terms. The right response requires a considered approach to the problem so that a solution can be found, which is proportionate to the particular circumstances involved and avoids making the situation worse than it needs to be.

At Corker Binning we have extensive experience of conducting focussed internal investigations for companies using a tightly structured team drawing, when required, on the best skills available from the Bar, forensic accounting and IT together with other experts such as public relations consultants. Based in London, we work with law firms all over the world often in small international teams. This range of experience and flexibility to work with other firms here and abroad allows us to structure investigation teams carefully to meet the demands of individual cases.

In larger cases, we also work with major international law firms on global investigations providing independent criminal law expertise in complex situations.

Where criminal activity has taken place within your organisation, it may have been drawn to your attention by a member of your own staff rather than via an outside investigation; alternatively, the information may come from an outside source and there may already have been some publicity. If there is a whistleblower, immediate questions include: what kind of action should be taken? Are there regulatory bodies which need to be informed? Should the employees allegedly involved be dealt with in any way, such as by suspension or summary dismissal? Is there any chance the situation will ‘leak’ into the public domain or to those you deal with commercially? Is a Suspicious Activity Report to the National Crime Agency required? If so, what are the consequences?

The way in which you deal with these questions will have immediate and far reaching effects, and the answer to them all boils down to the same basic response – take proportionate action to establish exactly what has happened. Investigating on your own behalf is fraught with problems, not least that it will take you away from the vital day to day running of your organisation. Getting to the key facts is likely to require a combination of an unbiased external viewpoint and investigative experience, and Corker Binning can provide both of these.

Whether, as is often the case, an investigation arises as a result of internal concerns, or whether it is in response to inquiries instigated by an external organisation such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or perhaps an overseas law enforcement agency, establishing the facts will involve dealing with evidence in the form of accounts from witnesses and documents, as well as working with in-house auditing or legal team. Having established the facts, we will then advise what steps need to be taken. This includes whether any regulatory bodies for your sector need to be informed and what legal consequences there may be.

If regulators or prosecutors are already involved or will need to be informed, we will liaise with them and conduct any investigation in the appropriate way. In some cases, this may mean that key witnesses cannot be interviewed because of the approach now favoured by a number of UK law enforcement bodies by which they seek to obtain the first account of the main witnesses before they have been interviewed by a company’s own lawyers or investigators.

Corker Binning offers considered and carefully targeted advice and assistance in corporate investigations without over-reacting.

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For more information about specific aspects of our corporate internal investigations practice, please visit corruption & bribery, FCA investigations, money laundering and tax investigations or call us on 0207 353 6000. You can also read comment and analysis by our business crime lawyers and fraud lawyers on the Corker Binning Blog.

Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2018:

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David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Jessica Parker – Band 4

Andrew Smith – Band 3

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers 2018.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Fraud by The Legal 500 2017 and David Corker and Peter Binning are named as leading individuals for Fraud.
  • Peter Binning, David Corker, Jessica Parker and Robert Brown are recognised as leading lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018.