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Claire Cross

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Corker Binning

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Claire Cross is a Partner, specialising in all areas of white collar fraud. Claire has considerable and proven experience in complex FCA and CMA regulatory investigations, insider dealing, market manipulation and cartel cases, misleading statements and corruption.

Recent work includes providing legal support to FCA investigation teams, prosecuting multi-handed criminal insider dealing and misleading statement cases, policy work on issues relating to Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, Corporate Liability, Disclosure, and Victims’ Rights, developing intelligence lead cases to capture Competition Act breaches and Enterprise Act offences, conducting an independent review of the proposed prosecution of a large multi-handed criminal cartel and acting as lead lawyer in numerous cases involving insider dealing, market abuse, breaches of Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Listing Principles, and SYSC, APER and FIT issues.

Prior to joining Corker Binning, Claire acted as a Senior Lawyer at the Financial Conduct Authority, in the Criminal Prosecution Team. From October 2015 to July 2016, she also acted as the Assistant Director in the Cartels and Criminal Group for the Competition and Markets Authority.


Claire joined Corker Binning as Of Counsel in October 2016, having previously acted as a Senior Lawyer in the FCA’s Criminal Prosecution Team, since 2008. From October 2015 to July 2016, Claire also acted as the Assistant Director in the Cartels and Criminal Group for the Competition and Markets Authority.

Prior to joining the FCA, Claire worked at SOCA/RCPO/Inland Revenue from 2005, prosecuting a wide range of cases relating to large scale drugs importation, VAT fraud, missing trader fraud, money laundering, and CITES offences.


Claire Cross is a member of the American Bar Association, the Fraud Lawyer Association, the Financial Services Lawyers Association, the Criminal Bar Association and Inner Temple.

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: 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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