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 extraditionregulatory 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

Recent work

  • 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.

News and Posts

Statement on Vladimir Bukovsky trial discharged

Partner Robert Brown re-elected as Vice-Chairman of BRLA

Robert Brown to attend meeting in his capacity as President of BAFs

Robert Brown comments on potential consequences of judge comments in libel case involving Yeo in The Sunday Times

Partner Robert Brown’s letter published in the Times re Legal Aid and Forensic Science

Robert Brown comments in the Financial Times re support for CPS chief Alison Saunders

Robert Brown speaks at ‘Legal Practice Related to Hate Crime in the UK and Russia’ seminar in St. Petersburg

Robert Brown elected President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences

Timothy Forrester unanimously acquitted of all three counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments

Corker Binning Partner and Associate represented journalist in first Operation Tuleta acquittal

Russian Dumas performs hooliganism U-Turn

The real reason why Russia freed the Arctic 30

Corker Binning partner Robert Brown mentioned in The Times Law Diary re Kieron Bryan bail

Corker Binning client Kieron Bryan granted bail

Robert Brown training of Russian lawyers in St Petersburg, November 2013

Robert Brown press statement for Vicky Pryce

Corker Binning partner writes about reform of contempt law

On trial for tweeting? A new approach to prosecuting offences committed via social media

Contempt in the face of court – a new perspective?

Corker Binning partner trains Russian business crime lawyers

Corker Binning partner acts for Vicky Pryce

Corker Binning partner comments on prostitutes using Facebook to sell their wares

Sleeping with the enemy – might undercover officers be guilty of sexual offences?

Russian and CIS legal market in London still buoyant

Corker Binning partner speaks on corruption in sport

Why cheating in sport is still a problem and what it means for the Olympics

New power to appeal bail – the thin end of the wedge?

Double jeopardy – its significance in the Stephen Lawrence murder case

Leveson inquiry – Piers Morgan, rubbish bins and the law of theft

Closer ties with Russian lawyers – new initiatives

Urgent new guidance needed on use of Twitter in criminal trials

Corker Binning partner acts for Asif in cricket betting scandal

Riot appeals bring no surprises – but what next for Facebook?

Forensic accountants concerned about impact of criminal justice cuts

Should court proceedings be televised? – Episode two

In camera or on camera – should court proceedings be televised?

Forensic Science shutdown already costing more

Ken Clarke’s plea ignored

Corker Binning article on the perils of driving on a foreign licence

Corker Binning partner contributes to discussion on incest

Were the Justice Secretary’s comments on rape out of order?

Are the FSA’s prosecution powers too far reaching?

The criminal justice system

Personal bonuses for CPS lawyers

Protester arrested for trying to deliver food to Vestas sit-in