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Robert Brown is a highly respected criminal litigator and has practised criminal law for more than 35 years in the UK and across overseas jurisdictions particularly Russia, China, North Africa and the Middle East. He has defended across the whole range of criminal cases, from road traffic to homicide, drugs, fraud and extradition. Practice areas include all types of criminal and regulatory investigations and defences frequently involving a non-UK aspect.

Robert is regularly instructed to assist civil and commercial law firms and corporate counsel with the ‘criminal dimension’ to primarily civil and commercial disputes. He has acted in FCA regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions for insider dealing; including the first in which the FCA exercised its powers to grant immunity under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA).

Recent case highlights include currently defending in a major SFO prosecution for overseas bribery and corruption; defending a high profile dissident and vocal Putin critic on trial for possession of indecent images of children; and advising a high profile celebrity in relation to allegations of historic sex abuse.

Robert has represented politicians, CEOs, sports and show business personalities and others in the public eye and has spared many more from front-page headlines.


Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. Admitted 1983. Practised at Darlington and Parkinson 1983­-2001 (Partner). Joined Corker Binning 2001 and became a Partner in 2007. He has recently been assisting the University of Maastricht in connection with the programme to deliver minimum rights to detainees in all EU states; and trains criminal lawyers in Russia under a programme supported by the British consulate in St Petersburg.


Robert Brown is President of the British Academy of Forensic Science, Vice-Chairman of the British-Russian Law Association, Chairman of Citizen’s Watch International, Council member of the Law Society, and a member and past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association. He is the Chairman of the judging panel of the LALY Awards and also a member of The Times Online Law Panel.


St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury; University of Cambridge (1980 MA)


Keen walker, runner and enthusiastic supporter of music and theatre. 

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Brown - Corker Binning

Within: Crime: general

Pre-eminent boutiqueCorker Binning acts in matters of possession and supply of drugs, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court, sexual offences, manslaughter, murder and extradition. It often acts for high-profile clients such as businessmen, politicians, sports stars, celebrities and journalists. The team is led by ‘down to earth and pragmaticRobert Brown, he is supported by the ‘astoundingly good, dedicated, hugely experienced, and extremely brightAndrew Smith and Edward Grange. A recent work highlight included acting for Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident and Vladimir Putin critic who is on trial for possession and creation of indecent images of children.

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