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John Binns

Tel:
Work 020 7430 2277
Email:
BCL Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Business Crime

Position

Partner specialising in all aspects of business crime, with a particular interest in confiscation, civil recovery and money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and tax fraud. Business crime experience includes representing suspects, defendants and witnesses; has coordinated and undertaken corporate investigations. Advises businesses on AML policies and procedures, and regularly represents individuals and businesses in connection with confiscation, property freezing and restraint orders. Has represented individuals in challenges against their inclusion on targeted sanctions lists, and advised on Interpol Red Notices and extradition requests. Adept at bringing and defending civil procedures and proceedings, where they arise from allegations of crime or other procedures affecting his clients. Has presented webinars on confiscation, money laundering, and proceeds of crime. 

Career

Trained and qualified (in 2000) at a general crime firm and then spent three years as a legal and policy adviser at the Legal Services Commission, before joining a leading criminal/regulatory defence firm of solicitors. Joined BCL in 2010 and has been a partner there since 2017.

Member

Anti-Money Laundering Professionals Forum, Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers, Fraud Lawyers Association, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (committee member), Sanctions Practitioners Group, Tax Investigations Practitioners Group, The Law Society.

Education

King’s College London, LLB Law (1995), University of Cambridge, MPhil Criminology (1996), College of Law, LPC (1998).

Leisure

Parent of two and long-time Doctor Who fan.


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Next generation lawyers

John Binns - BCL Solicitors LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Pre-eminent white-collar crime defence practiceBCL Solicitors LLP has ‘the depth, breadth, and resources to take on the toughest and most intense litigation at very short notice’. It has one of the largest, specialist white-collar crime teams in the UK, representing directors, senior employees and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of fraud, white-collar and business crime. Head of team Ian Burton is ‘the ultimate heavyweight in white collar crime’, he is supported by key practitioner Richard Sallybanks, who is ‘strategically savvy, bright and has a wealth of trial experience’. Harry Travers is ‘frighteningly bright and relentlessly committed’. Shaul Brazil is ‘a street fighter with a first-rate brain’ and Michael Drury has ‘bags of experience and an easy charm’. John Binns and Julian Hayes were promoted to partner. Shula de Jersey, who ‘brings real class to the firm’, joined from Slater and Gordon.  Jane Glass and Guy Bastable are also recommended. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

BCL Solicitors LLP advises companies and large organisations on internal investigations and external investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. Ian Burton heads the team, he is ‘respected by all, especially his opponents and is able to position his clients to the maximum advantage at the investigation phase’. Richard Sallybanks has ‘an outstanding brain for corporate investigations’. Michael Drury has ‘decades of experience and a tenacious approach to cases he undertakes’. John Binns was promoted to partner and Shula de Jersey from Slater and Gordon. Brian Spiro left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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