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Corker Binning

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David Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. 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 SFO. Recent case highlights include acting for two senior individuals in very high-profile SFO and FCA investigations. Other notable work from 2017 includes acting for a City lawyer charged with tax fraud, the Bloody Sunday murder probe, and traders facing market abuse allegations.

David founded his own firm in 2000, now Corker Binning, having previously been a Partner at Peters & Peters. 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).


BA from Oriel College Oxford, MA from University of Sheffield. Police Officer 1984-87. Qualified 1990, Peters and Peters 1990-2000. Founded his own firm, now Corker Binning, in 2000. 


David Corker is a member of The City of London Law Society and the Financial Services Lawyers Association.


Oriel College, Oxford (1983 BA); University of Sheffield (1984 MA)


Enjoys family life and running.

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

David Corker - 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: 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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