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  • They are up to date on the law, they are agreeable and they are responsive. When there is an issue to be addressed, they do it in a timely way and in expert fashion.

    Chambers UK 2016

  • The general crime team is praised for its ability to handle the most complicated cases and manage the expectations of demanding clients.

    Chambers UK 2011

  • David Corker has an excellent reputation for advising on cartel defence as part of his white-collar practice.

    Chambers UK 2015

  • Edward Grange is ‘a heavyweight in the field of extradition’, and ‘without doubt someone who really practices extradition day in and day out.

    Chambers UK 2014

  • Edward Grange is ‘fantastic with clients and meticulous in his preparation’.

    The Legal 500 UK 2017

  • I think they're a great firm for [POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture]. Very boutique-like and dedicated to their clients.

    Chambers UK 2016

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

    Chambers UK 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

Professional disciplinary

Over the past 15 years, Corker Binning has become a market-leading firm in complex criminal and regulatory investigations. In tandem with this expertise, we have acted for regulators and individuals in a number of professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings, particularly where the allegations are derived from, or overlap with, those being investigated by a criminal or regulatory body.

We are aware that professional disciplinary proceedings, particularly those which impugn a person’s professional integrity, can cause irreparable damage to their reputations. The negative publicity associated with an investigation can itself destroy careers. The sanctions available to the UK’s professional regulators are wide-ranging and include financial penalties as well as temporary or permanent suspension from practice.

Achieving the most favourable outcome to a professional disciplinary investigation, and seeking to avoid the most damaging consequences, depends on taking expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Depending on the case, we can advise on drafting written representations, how to answer questions in any interview, the impact of the investigation on a person’s employment status and an effective media strategy designed to reduce negative publicity. Where breaches of technical standards are alleged, we can advise on the types of expert evidence that might be needed to rebut the case. .

We have developed particular expertise in advising lawyers in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and regulatory hearings before the Bar Standards Board (BSB), both on allegations of breaches of professional competence and breaches of confidentiality and integrity. On occasion we have been able to negotiate successful settlements to these cases so that our clients have been able to continue with their chosen career.

We have acted for a number of individuals and firms in regulatory proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Taxation Disciplinary Board (TDB). Notably, we have also acted for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s independent disciplinary body for accountants and actuaries, on several high-profile cases.

Notably, we have also acted for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s independent disciplinary body for accountants and actuaries, on several high-profile cases. We have also acted for accountants who are subject to investigation by the FRC.

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Some of our recent work in professional disciplinary and regulatory investigations includes advising:

  • Advising the Financial Reporting Council on four investigations into firms of accountants and actuaries, or individual accountants or actuaries, as well as acting for accountants who are subject to investigation by the FRC.
  • Acting for an individual in the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) of the FCA in proceedings alleging breaches of investment restrictions and market manipulation arising from the management of a £35m hedge fund.
  • Acting for a tax advisory practice in disciplinary proceedings before the TDB concerning alleged breaches of professional competence.
  • Acting for a number of solicitors in proceedings before the SRA who also face parallel criminal investigations or prosecutions for mortgage fraud.

Named as key individuals in the field of Financial Crime: Individuals by Chambers UK 2017:

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David Corker – Band 1

Peter Binning – Band 1

Jessica Parker – Up and Coming

Andrew Smith – Band 3

  • Corker Binning is ranked in Band 1 of recommended firms for Financial Crime: Individuals by  Chambers 2017.
  • Corker Binning is ranked as a leading firm for professional discipline by Legal 500 2016.