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  • [Robert Brown is] a great ambassador for the profession and an innovative legal mind.

    Chambers UK 2009

  • Experienced criminal lawyer David Corker earns praise for his strong credentials in this area of the law. Impressed clients commend his “good nose for how the client’s interests can be served early on.”

    Chambers UK 2012

  • Edward Grange is celebrated as "excellent with clients and extremely hard-working," highlighting his expert advocacy skills and "unique insight into how extradition cases work."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Jessica Parker is praised as "clever, efficient and very good at looking after the client's emotional wellbeing."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Peter has been involved in many of the largest and highest-profile commercial investigations."

    Chambers HNW 2017

  • Andrew Smith "has a wisdom beyond his years. He is very thoughtful. He acts on high-profile cases and keeps his cool in any situation."

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Jessica Parker "is very cool and collected".

    Chambers UK 2018

  • Robert Brown has acted on a number of high-profile cases, including that of Charlie Gilmour. He is universally regarded as a brilliant lawyer, with one source calling him “a star – one of the most popular lawyers in London.” As vice chairman of the British Russian Law Association, Brown is also well placed to handle extradition cases.

    Chambers UK 2013

Mutual legal assistance and international investigations

In today’s global economy, almost every serious business crime case will involve the gathering of evidence from several jurisdictions and often there will be joint investigations, particularly between UK, US and EU regulators. Mutual legal assistance (MLA) is the means by which countries request and provide help in obtaining evidence located in one country in order to assist with a criminal investigation or proceedings in another country. This may be done through international treaty or convention arrangements, sometimes involving the UK courts, or by memoranda of understanding or less formal agreements.

Our MLA lawyers have extensive experience in representing businesses and individuals who are either witnesses or suspects in transnational criminal cases and all types of international investigations. Sometimes those clients will be overseas individuals or companies needing advice on UK law. We advise clients about the risks of extradition as well as their rights and obligations under MLA arrangements, and how best to pre-empt those risks and engage tactically with the investigating authorities. We advise if there is an investigation outside the UK where investigation or enforcement is sought in the UK, or where UK prosecutors request information or action from agencies overseas. We have particular expertise in advising on external restraint orders sought by overseas prosecutors, which have the effect of freezing assets located in the UK, as well as requests for individuals in the UK to give evidence as witnesses in foreign criminal proceedings. In many cases, advice will be required about law and procedure in the overseas jurisdiction. Our MLA lawyers have excellent contacts with foreign lawyers with whom we work frequently on cross-border cases.

This is a complex area of the law, involving difficult multi-jurisdictional issues. It is important to get advice from experienced MLA lawyers who can react quickly to requests, are familiar with the different MLA arrangements that exist between the UK and other countries and can give co-ordinated advice.

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Our international investigations and MLA lawyers have recently advised on the following:

  • The US/UK/German LIBOR, EURIBOR AND FOREX investigations.
  • A multinational natural resources company on an MLA request from within the EU relating to allegations of genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • A UK company whose funds were frozen under an external restraint order applied for by the Italian authorities in a high-profile bribery/corruption investigation.
  • A household name company on a criminal tax investigation into its Italian subsidiary and how best to pre-empt an external restraint order or requests for information.
  • The CFO of a major bank concerning the deposition of evidence at Westminster Magistrates Court arising from an Irish MLA request in a high-profile banking investigation.
  • A major firm of accountants on an MLA request for information emanating from Latvia.
  • Mutual legal assistance in the context of a complaint to the International Criminal Court relating to the killing of civilians in South Ossetia by Georgian military forces in 2008.
  • The US/UK AIG credit default swaps investigation.
  • A transnational investigation by the Metropolitan Police and US Department of Justice (and others) relating to a senior individual in the former Libyan regime.
  • A cross-border investigation by the UK and Swiss police into sexual offences committed by a Swiss national, including advice on prisoner transfer arrangements.
  • An investigation by French police relating to an Englishman alleged to have committed a serious sexual assault against an American while in France.
  • The US/UK Halliburton/M W Kellogg investigation.

For more information about Corker Binning’s expertise in this area, visit our extradition page or ring our MLA lawyers on 0207 353 6000 to find out how we can help you.

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

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Peter Binning – Band 2

Edward Grange – Band 1

Andrew Smith – Band 2

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Crime: Extradition by Chambers UK 2018.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a first tier firm for Crime by The Legal 500 2017 and Robert Brown is named as a leading individual for Crime.