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Peter Binning

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Corker Binning

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Financial Crime


Peter Binning is a highly respected criminal defence lawyer who specialises in fraud and regulatory litigation, much of it international. He has many years’ experience of investigations and prosecutions relating to fraud, regulatory breaches, corruption, cartels, export control, sanctions and tax evasion.

Peter’s current and recent work includes all of the SFO banking sector investigations including those relating to LIBOR, EURIBOR and FX, as well as several high profile international corruption cases. Financial Conduct Authority matters include insider dealing and market abuse and one of the first FCA high frequency trading cases. Some of the LIBOR and FX related cases have also involved cartel allegations both in the EU and in the USA as well as Brazil.

Peter was a prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office before becoming a Partner at Peters & Peters. He was a co-founder of Corker Binning in 2001. He is the Vice Chair of the International Bar Association Regulation of Lawyers Compliance Committee, past Co-chair of the Business Crime Committee of the IBA, and a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Council of Justice, the British Section of the International Commission of Jurists.


Called to the Bar 1985; Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office 1989-­96;

Peters & Peters 1996; Partner 1998­2001; Founding Partner at Corker Binning 2001.


English, French


International Bar Association - Officer of the Regulation of Lawyers Compliance

Committee, Member JUSTICE Council and Executive Board, London Criminal Courts

Solicitors Association and Past Co­Chair IBA Business Crime Committee.


Exeter University, LLB (Hons), Law (1981 - 1984)


Resides outside London with family. Interests include sailing and ski mountaineering.

Member Royal Ocean Racing Club, Royal Geographical Society and Reform Club.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

'One of the go-to-names in the market for work at the intersection of the criminal and regulatory spheres', financial services boutique Corker Binning has an excellent reputation defending individuals in high-profile regulatory investigations. Peter Binning and Claire Cross are 'brilliant at the interface of insider dealing and market abuse and are able to run rings round the regulator'. Cross is representing several individuals in an FCA regulatory investigation regarding their conduct as brokers, particularly as it pertains to alleged front-running activity. David Corker is also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Binning - Corker Binning

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

First-rateCorker Binning has ‘established an excellent reputation for its quality of work in white-collar crime’. It acts in cases of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, extradition and mutual legal assistance, export control, sanctions and international investigations. The firm continues to act for a former CEO of Barclays who was charged by the SFO with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance in a multi-billion pound case. Department head Andrew Smith is ‘fiercely intelligent, has great judgement and an established reputation’. Jessica Parker has ‘an impressive capacity to rapidly absorb large volumes of material and identify the key issues’. Peter Binning is ‘an outstanding presence in the field of extradition and multi-jurisdictional fraud’. David Corker is ‘an innovative thinker, takes nothing for granted, exceptionally perspicacious tactician, modest and very highly-regarded by other lawyers’. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Corker Binning is 'a very strong law firm and a pleasure to deal with'. It is frequently instructed to prosecute and defend regulatory and professional discipline cases brought by the Financial Reporting Council, Financial Conduct Authority and other financial regulators, including the Taxation Disciplinary Board and Takeover Board. Andrew Smith is 'an excellent lawyer, extremely bright and very efficient and practical in dealing with disciplinary and regulatory issues'; criminal defence lawyer Peter Binning is 'exceptional in everything he does'; recently promoted Claire Cross is 'a bright new star'; and Jessica Parker acts for individuals, financial institutions and companies in investigations and proceedings brought by prosecuting bodies.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Corker Binning advises on the full gamut of financial corporate crime including bribery, sanctions and export controls. It deals with large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations focusing on the shipping, engineering, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, banking, finance and hospitality sectors. The firm continues to advise GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia in relation to a $50b arbitration following the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company in 2004 by the Russian regime. In 2014 GML won the arbitration however this decision was recently overturned by a Dutch court. David Corker is a key practitioner alongside Peter Binning, who is ‘the godfather of business crime’. Newly promoted partner Claire Cross ‘knows every document in the case’.

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