• "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

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

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "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

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

    Chambers UK 2016

  • 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

  • Our most highly regarded individual of the year: Peter Binning, co-founder of English firm Corker Binning. He has a “world-class reputation” for his fraud and regulatory litigation work and is “definitely the lawyer you would want in a crisis”.

    International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers 2013

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

    Chambers UK 2015

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

    Chambers HNW 2017

Cyber Crime

The scope of cyber crime is ever increasing as technology becomes more and more entrenched in our daily lives. 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. These can be classified within two distinct groups however:

1. Offences in which the computer or network is 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. Penalties for offences of hacking can now be severe, in some cases attracting up to 10 years imprisonment. One such example is the offence of committing an unauthorised act with intent to impair, under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (as amended by section 36 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 and Schedule 15 of the Serious Crime Act 2007).

2. Offences in which the computer is the tool of the criminal activity. This can range from financial crime, to indecent images, to harassment. Many “traditional” crimes now have a technological element, as business and social activities are so frequently carried out online. For example, high frequency trading has recently been in the headlines, and the LIBOR and FX investigations required analysis of millions of pages of electronic communication records.

At Corker Binning, the majority of our lawyers’ work has a cyber element to it. We therefore possess the necessary 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, our lawyers will support and assist you with our expertise and experience of the latest developments in this area of the law.

Should you find yourself the victim of cyber crime, our lawyers can assist you in presenting the facts to the police with the utmost efficiency, sensitivity and discretion.

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


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