• David Corker has a reputation for being “one of the cleverest solicitors practising."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • 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

  • 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

  • Associate to watch Andrew Smith can be relied upon to provide quality work. His broad practice includes substantial extradition expertise as well as the more regular SFO and fraud work.

    Chambers UK 2012

  • Gemma Tombs is gifted with ‘very clear thinking’ and is seen as ‘a rising star’. She recently advised a client charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs in the context of a large prosecution of several gangs.

    Chambers UK 2014

  • Corker Binning continues to 'punch well above its weight'… Corker Binning represents many high-profile clients in sensitive matters attracting considerable media attention.

    Legal 500 UK 2011

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

    Chambers HNW 2016

  • They have got a fantastically strong team.

    Chambers UK 2016

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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