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Corker Binning

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Financial Crime


Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator, specialising in business crime, including SFO, NCA and police investigations relating to fraud, bribery/corruption and money laundering, as well as criminal and regulatory inquiries brought by the FCA into insider dealing, market abuse and market misconduct. Andrew regularly acts for individuals facing extradition to a range of countries and provides related advice on INTERPOL and mutual legal assistance.

Case highlights include acting for individuals in the SFO investigations concerning Tesco, British American Tobacco, GSK, Unaoil, LIBOR and EURIBOR; a defendant in the FCA’s largest prosecution of insider dealing (Operation Tabernula) and FCA regulatory investigations concerning LIBOR and FX; advising businesses on alleged breaches of export controls and trade/financial sanctions; acting for Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council on disciplinary investigations into major firms of accountants; and representing a number of business persons subject to extradition requests from the US, Russia, the UAE, Romania, Greece and India.


BA and MPhil from Cambridge University; trained at Hogan Lovells LLP; joined Corker Binning in 2007 and became a Partner in 2012. 


Andrew Smith is a Committee Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum and the British Russian Law Association.


Cambridge University (BA and MPhil, international relations, First Class); BPP Law School (Distinction)

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

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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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Smith - 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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