Robert Brown Consultant
Robert Brown is ranked as a Senior Statespeople in the field of Crime by Chambers & Partners UK 2020 and as a leading individual in Crime in The Legal 500 2020. He is featured as a leading lawyer for Crime in the 2014 UK edition of Best Lawyers and is the only member of a criminal firm to have been ranked in the Top 10 leading lawyers in the Super Lawyers London 2015 Annual List. He is also a member of the Times Law Panel. In Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018, Robert also gains recognition for his “first-rate work” in the field.
In June 2019 Robert retired as a partner, but will be continuing working with Corker Binning as a Consultant.
Areas of expertise
Robert Brown is a highly respected criminal litigator and advocate with over 30 years’ experience of criminal work ranging from high profile fraud and corruption cases to extradition, regulatory and general criminal matters such as road traffic and homicide. Much of his work is international and, as the Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, he has particular knowledge and expertise of Russia. Most recently he has been part of a team of experts, led by Maastricht University, who are developing training guidance for lawyers and police officers across Europe, to achieve common minimum standards regarding the rights of suspects in criminal proceedings.
“He takes a client-focused approach” and is “exceptionally personable.”
Chambers UK 2018
- Advising the first journalist to be prosecuted (and acquitted) in Operation Tuleta.
- The first ever prosecution in which the FCA entered into a plea agreement in an insider dealing case.
- Acting for a defendant acquitted in the SFO’s first successful prosecution of a corporate for bribery arising from allegations concerning corrupt payments in Mauritania, Ghana, Somaliland and Kenya.
- Acting for an overseas political party in connection with a major Met police investigation into money laundering arising from alleged terrorist activities.
- The corruption trial of the Pakistani cricketers, acting for Mohammad Asif.
- Represented Greenpeace videographer Kieron Bryan who was arrested by the Russian authorities.
- Advising in relation to allegations of corruption and phone hacking relating to Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and the Olympic Park Legacy Corporation.
- Cases in India, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Acting for a former member of the House of Lords in connection with allegations of improper expenses claims (no charges brought).
- Representing a solicitor in a major money laundering conspiracy.
- Challenging by Judicial Review the FCA’s power to prosecute.
- Advising UK and overseas individuals and companies on mutual assistance, extradition and fraud.
- Advising directors and companies on breaches of market regulations.
- Currently acting for the defence in a wide range of offences involving serious sexual misconduct.
- Acting for an alleged “controlling mind” currently being prosecuted by the SFO.
- Acting for a high-profile CFO in relation to a complex manslaughter investigation following a home intrusion.
Robert studied law at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He joined Corker Binning as a consultant in 2001, becoming a partner in 2007. Before that, he was a partner at Darlington & Parkinson. He was a founding contributor to ‘Archibold Magistrates’ Court’ 2002.
Between 1998 and 2000 Robert Brown advised Captain Nikitin of the former Soviet Navy on his application to the European Court of Human Rights on charges of espionage and high treason, of which he was eventually acquitted. And between 2000 and 2002, Robert acted as director of a team of international jurists advising the Russian government on amendments to the Federal Constitution of 1993. He has also worked on Law Reform Programmes in Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, China and Syria.
Robert is President of the British Academy of Forensic Science, a member of the Academic Review Board of the Open University Law Programme and a past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association. He is also Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association.