David Corker Partner


David Corker “delivers an excellent quality of service and is a true expert in his field” (Chambers UK 2021). He has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. He is ranked as a key individual in the fields of Financial Crime: Individuals and POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture by Chambers and Partners UK 2021, and as a leading individual in the field of Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals by Chambers HNW 2020. He is also ranked as a leading individual in Fraud: White-Collar Crime by The Legal 500 2020. David is highlighted as “absolutely fantastic” in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018 and one of the most highly regarded individuals by Who’s Who Legal for Business Crime Defence and Investigations.


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.


“He is terrific – thoughtful and innovative.”

“He is supremely good and fights his client’s corner excellently.”

Chambers UK 2021

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 writes to the FT on the SFO’s trial record

Debate hosted by Corker Binning with Ex-SFO Chief David Green

David Corker is quoted in Rozenburg’s blog on DPAs

Extradition may become the tail which wags the dog: Cum ex and Brexit

David Corker quoted in GCR on CMA-SFO memorandum of understanding

David Corker quoted in GIR on the SFO and CMA signing a memorandum of understanding

David Corker discusses the evolution of criminal law in fivehundred

David Corker writes for Law360 on judge-only trials in fraud cases

David Corker writes for The Times on Covid-19 criminal trial reform

How the Australian High Court quashed the convictions of Cardinal George Pell

SFO investigations are still taking too long

David Corker to speak at Red Lion Lecture at King’s College London

David Corker comments in Law360 on juror breaks and holidays during a trial

David Corker comments in The Times on the difficulties in finding reliable expert witnesses in criminal trials

R(AL) v SFO heard around the fraud world

David Corker examines the failure in the Tesco trial in The Times

Seeds of failure in Tesco trial were clear from start

David Corker discusses the use of interception in a criminal trial in The Times, Lawyer Monthly and CrimeLine

UK ban on eavesdropping encourages a culture of international law enforcement arbitrage

David Corker discusses the clash of criminal law and family law concerning inter-spousal transfers of assets in Family Law

Stand by your man? The clash of criminal law and family law concerning inter-spousal transfers of assets

David Corker discusses The Criminal Finances Act 2017 in the New Law Journal and Fraud Intelligence

The Criminal Finances Act 2017; why UWOs and tax evasion are not what really matter

David Corker discusses the judgment in R (AL) v SFO and third party disclosure in criminal proceedings in CrimeLine and GIR

Latest failure to overturn SFO galvanises CPAW and enlarges accused’s access to exculpatory material

Failure to disclose does not equate to negligence

The Court of Appeal restrains an overzealous CPS

Mark Johnson fraud conviction

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

The section 2 interview: when can the SFO exclude a solicitor?

The section 2 interview: when can the SFO exclude a solicitor?

Partner David Corker on recent developments regarding care provider offences

David Corker’s comments re BlackRock and the FCA published in Bloomberg

David Corker’s article re Tesco and the SFO published in Corporate Dispute Resolution

David Corker’s article re Max Clifford published in Law Society Gazette

David Corker’s article re Max Clifford published in Law Society Gazette

David Corker has co-authored the fourth edition of ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, published by Bloomsbury.

David Corker’s article re the first anniversary of the appointment of the Lord Chief Justice published in the New Law Journal

David Corker published in The Lawyer re juries in fraud cases

David Corker published in Competition Law Journal discussing the criminal cartel offence revision

David Corker published in Finance Monthly magazine commenting on market abuses

David Corker published in The Lawyer commenting on allegations of FIFA corruption

Litigation privilege & investigations

David Corker published in Criminal Law and Justice weekly commenting on Litigation Privilege

David Corker published in the New Law Journal discussing the criminal cartel offence revision

David Corker published in Legal Futures “Are judges and opposing parties targeting lawyers? Recent cases suggest they are”

David Corker published in The Lawyer “Litigation Lawyers Under Fire”

David Corker published in Halsbury’s Law Exchange – “Can a solicitor be personally liable to pay costs?”

Can a solicitor be personally liable to pay costs?

Unwarranted behaviour

Partner David Corker published in New Law Journal – “Are warrants worth the paper they’re written on?”

Court of Appeal judgment on delayed sex case

David Corker comments in Bloomberg re Barclays, Citigroup, RBS FX Messages to Be Examined

David Corker published in The Lawyer

David Corker comments re criminal sanctions for bankers

SFO charges UBS trader in connection with LIBOR investigation

Making applications for restraint orders

A Judicial review of decisions to prosecute

David Corker article about making applications for restraint orders

Corker Binning partner writes about Judicial Review in The Barrister

Confiscation proceedings – lessons from R v Mahmood Court of Appeal judgment

Corker Binning partner writes about confiscation proceedings for Halsbury’s Law Exchange

That CPS email – why sometimes prosecutors don’t act in the public interest

R v Druce – why the truth alone is not always enough

News Group must pay Coulson legal costs: implications of Court of Appeal judgment

Bail securities vs sureties – lessons from the Julian Assange case

Corker Binning partner speaks on financial misconduct at YFLA debate

Should the SFO rush in to prosecute the banks over LIBOR?

Corker Binning partner urges SFO not to prosecute banks over LIBOR

Corker Binning partner highlights drawbacks of proposed DPAs

Removing the dishonesty element from the criminal cartel offence – not such a bad idea after all?

Corker Binning partner writes on use of civil recovery in overseas corruption investigations

Corker Binning article on criminal cartel offence reform proposals

The jury system on trial

Proposed changes to criminal cartel offence – a good thing?


David Corker acts for defendant in FSA’s largest insider dealing case

David Corker urges the SFO to rethink its corruption policy

Abuse of Process

Implications of SFO’s deal with British Aerospace on overseas corruption

SFO’s new prosecution policy

New ruling on criminal trials without juries

Abuse of process in criminal proceedings

Disclosure in criminal proceedings

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