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  • "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

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

    Chambers UK 2018

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

    Chambers UK 2018

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

    Chambers UK 2017

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

    Chambers UK 2017

  • 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

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

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Peter Binning is "hugely knowledgeable". 

    Chambers UK 2018

Bribery and corruption

Bribery and corruption is an area of practice that has seen significant change over the past decade. The Bribery Act 2010 marked a major development in UK law, multiplying the ways in which individuals can commit criminal offences in the private and public sector, and introducing a “failure to prevent” offence of corporate criminal liability. These offences operate extraterritorially, which means that certain individuals and companies can be prosecuted for conduct that occurred overseas. Prosecutions have taken place in relation to bribery in all industry sectors and even where the bribes, or the value of the business at stake, is relatively small. Read a blog on the case of R v Skansen Interiors Limited, the UK’s first contested prosecution under s7 of the Bribery Act here.

Partly in response to the Bribery Act 2010, and partly in response to the subsequent introduction of deferred prosecution agreements into UK law, companies are now routinely investigating themselves and self-reporting any wrongdoing to the UK’s law enforcement authorities. This would have been inconceivable even two decades ago, but it is now a regular occurrence. The development of corporate self-reporting, and the perceived need for the corporate to cooperate with law enforcement, means that directors and employees of major multinational companies are more exposed than ever before to allegations of bribery and corruption. That exposure may first arise in a corporate internal investigation (where the director or employee is asked to attend an interview conducted by the company’s lawyers). Alternatively, it may arise with an arrest and/or interview conducted by law enforcement (such as an interview under caution).

We have substantial experience of advising suspects and witnesses in bribery and corruption investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies, as well as corporate internal investigations. The law enforcement agencies that take the lead in such investigations are typically the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) or National Crime Agency (NCA) (through its International Corruption Unit (ICU)), often working in conjunction with the police. Nearly all of these investigations have international dimensions. For example, we are currently working on a number of joint investigations in which the SFO has partnered with agencies in the US, Brazil, Australia and France. We often work with foreign lawyers to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected in all jurisdictions in which they face criminal exposure. Cases in which we have been instructed include the first SFO prosecution of individuals under the Bribery Act 2010, as well as the SFO investigations/prosecutions concerning Rolls-Royce, British American Tobacco, Petrofac, Unaoil, Airbus, FH Bertling, Glaxo Smith Kline, Alstom, Smith & Ouzman, Balfour Beatty, PWS, MW Kellogg, Mabey & Johnson, Innospec, Oil for Food and British Aerospace.In representing individuals regarded as suspects by the SFO, our bribery and corruption lawyers regularly attend interviews under caution, and have subsequently negotiated successful outcomes whereby no criminal charges were brought or where our clients entered into immunity or plea agreements. In representing individuals regarded as witnesses by the SFO, we have long experience of attending compelled interviews and ensuring that their interests are protected.

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Our corruption and bribery lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:

  • Acting for senior individuals in the SFO’s current investigations into alleged bribery at Rolls-Royce, British American Tobacco, Petrofac, Unaoil, Airbus, Glaxo Smith Kline and Alstom.
  • Acting for an individual defendant acquitted in the SFO’s first successful prosecution of a corporate for bribery.
  • Representing a company director in the first SFO prosecution of individuals under the Bribery Act 2010.
  • Acting for an individual investigated in relation to allegations that millions of pounds of bribes were paid to secure contracts within the National Health Service.
  • Acting for the CEO of the London branch of a foreign bank investigated by the NCA for alleged corruption and money laundering.
  • Acting for the officer manager of a London company investigated by the NCA for channelling alleged bribes paid for the award of lucrative oil contracts in a West African state.
  • Acting for an international engineering firm to carry out an internal investigation into allegations of attempts made to offer bribes in return for the award of contracts.
  • Acting for clients in the recent police investigations into the payment of alleged bribes to police officers and others, including Operation Weeting.
  • The corruption trial of the Pakistani cricketers, acting for Mohammad Asif.
  • Acting for individuals under investigation for corruption in India, several African states, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and the Turks and Caicos Islands (including the extradition and mutual legal assistance ramifications of these investigations).

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 the most highly regarded individuals in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018.