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

    Chambers UK 2016

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Chambers UK 2017

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

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

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

    Chambers UK 2018

  • 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

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

    Chambers UK 2018

Cyber Crime

The scope of cyber-crime is ever increasing as technology becomes more and more entrenched in our daily lives and businesses depend on it to serve their customers. As technology becomes more advanced, so does cyber-crime; both in the way computers are used to carry out crime and in the way the authorities detect and investigate criminal activity. Individuals may find themselves being investigated or accused of committing a computer crime, without having any awareness of their potential criminal liability. This is particularly so given the prevalence of social media in modern life.

Computer crime is an umbrella under which a vast range of criminal offences can sit. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 creates various offences directly related to the use of computers, but an array of other statutes create cyber crime offences. The UK law enforcement authorities have chosen to categorise this type by dividing it into two categories: cyber dependent crime, where a computer is required to engage in the activity (such as hacking) and cyber enabled crime where a criminal offence is committed by using a computer

  1. Some offences involve the computer or network as the target of the activity. This may involve hacking or the use of virus or malware software. Computer security is increasingly hitting the headlines, with high-profile cyber-attacks taking place more regularly and on a greater scale than ever before. Companies, state organisations and even the very fabric of the political system itself are at risk, as well as millions of individuals. An example of the new offences introduced in recent years is the offence of intentionally or recklessly causing or creating the risk of serious damage, under section 3ZA of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (as amended by the Serious Crime Act 2015). Penalties for offences of computer hacking can now be very severe, in some cases attracting 14 years or, in cases involving the risk of serious harm to human welfare, life imprisonment.
  2. Offences in which the computer is the tool of the criminal activity range from financial crime, to terrorism, to creating indecent images, to harassment. Many “traditional” crimes now have a cyber-element, as business and social activities are so frequently carried out electronically. For example, high frequency trading has been the subject of regulatory action and prosecutions and the LIBOR, Euribor and FX investigations required analysis of millions of pages of electronic communication records. Terrorism incidents require extremely sophisticated analysis of huge volumes of data.

At Corker Binning, the majority of our work has a cyber-element to it. We have the experience to understand both the limitations of computer evidence and the ever advancing boundaries of it, ensuring that you are properly advised as to the implications of the cyber issues in your case.

Should you find yourself under suspicion in relation to a cyber-crime investigation, we will support and assist you with our expertise and experience of the latest developments in this area of the law. Members of our firm have been dealing with computer crime in its various guises for decades, as defence lawyers, in law enforcement and as prosecutors.

Should you find yourself the victim of cyber-crime, we can assist you in presenting the facts to the police with the utmost efficiency, sensitivity and discretion. We can also assist with strategic advice on responding to cyber-crime, including conducting internal investigations and reporting to the police and other authorities.

Extradition requests and cross border investigations in cyber-crime cases are growing with several high profile computer hacking and computer fraud cases having come before the courts in recent years. Law enforcement authorities are also extending the limits of their powers to seek wide ranging disclosure of documents held on overseas servers. Sometimes the authorities exceed their lawful powers when demanding access to electronic data held overseas. In extradition cases, there may be significant jurisdictional arguments about whether a case should be tried in the UK.

We have many years’ experience in both extradition and mutual legal assistance enabling us to provide expert advice in all cross border cyber-crime cases.

For more information, please contact us on 0207 353 6000.

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