David Corker Partner


David Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. He is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the fields of ‘Financial Crime: Individuals’ and ‘Financial Crime: Individuals: Cartel Investigations’ by Chambers 2017, and as a leading individual (Band 1) in the field of Financial Crime (UK-wide) by Chambers HNW 2016. He is also ranked as a leading individual in ‘Fraud: White-Collar Crime’ by Legal 500 2016 and as one of the most highly regarded individuals by Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2015.


Areas of expertise

David specialises in acting for clients implicated in criminal or regulatory investigations, many of them international.  He has many years’ experience of fraud, corruption cases and cartel investigations and also maintains a thriving general criminal practice.

David has acted for clients in almost every large criminal fraud case undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office. He has considerable experience in international criminal cases involving, for example, allegations of corruption, money laundering or cartels. In relation to Financial Conduct Authority investigations, his work has focused on alleged insider dealing, boiler room frauds and misleading the market. He has also represented clients in connection with allegations of homicide (including gross negligence manslaughter) and sexual offences.


Sources say he is “very personally interested in the law,” as well as being “sensible, assured and thoughtful” when providing advice.

Chambers UK 2017

Recent work

  • Advising multiple clients being investigated or prosecuted by the SFO for fraud and bribery offences, including acting in the Tesco, JJB Sports, LIBOR and Olympus cases.
  • Conducting a corporate internal investigation into suspected bribery at a pharmaceuticals company.
  • Acting for a number of individuals who are the subject of hostile FCA criminal and regulatory investigations, including a senior banking figure implicated in the FX scandal.
  • Acting in most of the recent and current investigations by the OFT/CMA into alleged cartel activity.
  • Acting for celebrities and politicians in relation to historic sex abuse allegations.
  • Acting for journalists concerning phone-hacking allegations.
  • Advising defendants in relation to the CPS’s largest direct and indirect tax fraud prosecutions.
  • Advising companies in relation to various criminal and regulatory matters, including bribery, food safety and money laundering compliance.
  • Advising private individuals in relation to general criminal matters, including sexual offences, crimes of violence and harassment.


David Corker received a BA in jurisprudence from Oriel College, Oxford in 1983 and an MA from the University of Sheffield in 1984 in socio-legal studies. From 1984-1987 he served as a constable in the Metropolitan Police before qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. 

David regularly writes for the national and legal press and academically about criminal and regulatory law. He is the author of ‘Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings‘ (OUP 2009) and ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings‘ (4th Ed) (Bloomsbury, 2014).

David founded his own firm, now Corker Binning, in 2000, having been a partner at Peters & Peters.

News and Posts

David Corker discusses Sir Edward Heath and Operation Conifer in The Times Law Brief

Sir Edward Heath and Operation Conifer – investigation conclusions meaningless?

David Corker comments on Operation Conifer in The Times Law Brief

Misgivings and Leave to Appeal

David Corker discusses DPAs at 3rd Annual GIR Live London

David Corker considers why reform of corporate criminal liability is necessary in Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Why reform of corporate criminal liability is necessary and the best means of achieving it

Tesco’s Philip Clarke to face no charges from SFO

David Corker’s article on the flexibility of English Common Law in Law360

How the flexibility of English common law can encourage good judgment

David Corker discusses DoJ Forex intent in Fraud Intelligence, FX-MM and FTSE Global Markets

Lawyers in s2 interviews; are we all pastors now?

David Corker comments on the conviction of Sweett Group under the Bribery Act in The FT, Bloomberg and The Brief

SOCPA: Immunity, leniency and white collar criminals

‘Dr Fox’ in the magistrates court; winning the legal battle, losing the publicity war

David Corker’s article on DJ Neil Fox judgment published in The Times

Corker Binning partners recognised in Who’s Who Legal’s ‘Most Highly Regarded Individuals’ list for Business Crime Defence 2015

David Corker – a defence perspective