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Corker Binning

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Corker Binning has a well-established reputation as a leading firm for complex and high-profile criminal matters, and as such is often involved in cases which explore new areas of law, including securing the first ever authority on the offence of controlling and coercive behaviour. The crime team advises on the full spectrum of criminal matters and has 'real depth of experience and with excellent lawyers at all levels'. Key figures include Edward Grange, who is 'unrivalled in his experience and knowledge of extradition'; highly rated senior associate Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh; and Jessica Parker, who is well regarded for her 'expert handling of tax and banking cases', as well as her experience of police investigations. During the pandemic the firm worked with the charity JUSTICE to develop the world’s first-ever virtual jury trial platform.

Practice head(s):

Edward Grange

Other key lawyers:


‘Ed Grange has real depth of experience in the defence extradition world, and is fantastic to work with. Everyone at Corker Binning sees clients as individuals rather than money-spinners. They provide exceptional value for money and offer straight-talking, honest, knowledge-based advice in a way that puts them head and shoulders above the competition. I value their work ethic, their attention to detail, the fantastic support they provide to counsel, and the lack of hot air.’

‘Andrew Smith is exceptional in his ability to cut through knotty legal issues in fraud and corruption investigations.’

‘Jessica Parker stands out for her expert handling of tax and banking cases.’

‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh performs with a maturity way beyond her experience, handling the most difficult clients with confident ease and demonstrating impressive strategic nous.’

‘Edward Grange is an exceptional lawyer. He is unrivalled in his experience and knowledge of extradition in particular.’

‘I rate Andrew Smith highly. He is very reliable, very knowledgeable and a great pleasure to work with.’

‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh is an up-and-coming star performer in general crime litigation in the private market in London. She combines a street-fighting determination with an in-depth legal and procedural knowledge, and great judgement, which enables her to provide a first-class defence service to her clients.’

‘Edward Grange is a remarkable lawyer. Not only is he preeminent in the field of extradition, but he handles crime and fraud investigations with skill and confidence. His judgement is excellent and clients rightly have total confidence in him.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for an investment fund manager who was accused of serious and prolonged controlling and coercive behaviour and assaults by his former wife.
  • Representing two separate defendants in the trial relating to the scalding of a care home resident whilst being bathed, and her subsequent death, both of which occurred in February 2015. The company is charged with corporate manslaughter.
  • Representing a Russian billionaire who is the subject of an extradition request from the US, after being accused of fraudulently evading tax in the amount of over $200m, connected with the US “exit tax” imposed upon individuals who renounce their US citizenship.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 1

Corker Binning is widely praised as ‘one of the best recognised firms in the UK for white-collar crime’. The firm has been a destination preferred by suspects and defendants for white-collar defence for over two decades, with name partners David Corker and Peter Binning being repeatedly singled out as ‘two of the leading lawyers in this field’ who stand out for their ‘great integrity’. The group has experience in dealing with all UK agencies and provides the full scope of services relating to investigations involving allegations of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, criminal cartels and insider dealing, among other offences. The recent practice of Jessica Parker (who ‘masters detail but retains strategic oversight’) stands out in relation to dealings with the US authorities, which comes in addition to her strength in criminal tax fraud work. Mutual legal assistance and extradition work is another area in which the practice is very active; Edward Grange is a key name to note in this respect. Claire Cross is recommended for her wealth of experience gained in a previous senior position at the FCA. Practice head Andrew Smith ‘brings total focus and professionalism to each case he conducts’ – skills which he brings to bear in multiple high-profile investigations by the SFO. Senior associate Maia Cohen-Lask is a rising star in the team. Consultant Robert Brown retired in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith


‘Corker Binning remains one of the best recognised firms in the UK for white-collar crime. With a number of recognised individuals and involvement in many of the leading cases over the past decade, they are acknowledged as a true specialist in this area. A team of partners and associates with heavyweight credentials.’

‘Peter Binning and David Corker, the two founders of the firm, are two of the leading lawyers in this field. David is cerebral and unrivalled on procedural issues that may give rise to challenges that others don’t see. Peter is more of a strategist and instils great confidence in his client. They both have great integrity.’

‘Peter Binning is the consummate defence litigator: in command of the preparation, ultimately smooth in his dealings with clients and counsel, and with the total respect of the team; he guides cases of the greatest seriousness and sensitivity to successful outcomes.’

‘Andrew Smith brings total focus and professionalism to each case he conducts; he has a razor-sharp brain and an acutely tactical approach which, combined with his excellent judgment, engenders complete confidence from his clients.’

‘Jessica Parker is a first-rate communicator and a determined advocate for her client in every case; she is extremely well-prepared and works brilliantly in a team with counsel, with a perfect balance of encouragement and control.’

‘Maia Cohen-Lask is an intellectual powerhouse, utterly committed to her cases and brimming with energy, as a result of which she often has the best grip on the facts of any team member and plays a crucial role in litigation.’

‘All partners at Corker Binning are leading individuals in this area: Peter Binning, David Corker, Jessica Parker, Andrew Smith, Ed Grange and Claire Cross are known either as general white-collar specialists or for their work within sub-sectors (Ed Grange for extradition and Claire Cross for financial services work). They bring, individually and jointly, a very deep understanding of criminal law issues that typically underpin white-collar work. They have extensive experience of prosecutions and cases before the courts.’

‘Jessica Parker is a true leader in the field. Masters detail but retains strategic oversight. Superb team leader. Quite brilliant.’

Work highlights

  • Secured the acquittal of a former CEO of Barclays Bank after a successful submission of no case to answer.
  • Secured a SFO confirmation that it would not be bringing any charges against and individual in connection with its flagship London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) investigation.
  • Secured a win for a former Credit Suisse banker in relation to a defence costs order in UK extradition proceedings following a three-year investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and the US Department of Justice.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Corker Binning is rated for its representation of individuals in FCA and internal investigations, as well as cases initiated by the SFO and the US regulators. The department is led by 'star performer' Claire Cross, who is a former FCA senior lawyer with significant expertise in financial services investigations and cross-border cases. Founding partners Peter Binning and David Corker also play an important role in the practice. Jessica Parker's practice covers financial criminal matters and regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Claire Cross


Fantastic profile. Team is well-known as one of very top names for white-collar criminal defence and a real go-to firm.’

Claire Cross is fantastic for all white-collar cases and particular for FCA criminal / regulatory defence work. As a former lawyer with the FCA Criminal Prosecutions Team, she knows the regulator inside out. She is a star performer. Well recommended.’

The team has a breadth and depth of experience across the white collar crime and regulatory sphere that makes them a stand-out firm. For clients experiencing investigations or proceedings, they offer clear and cogent advice taking in the complexity of the issues faced.’

Jessica Parker is a formidable advocate for her clients. She is a rigorous and strategic thinker who achieves excellent results for her clients. Claire Cross is a talented lawyer who brings wit and energy to the cases she works on. Peter Binning is a shrewd analyst who puts forward persuasive arguments for his clients. David Corker always thinks outside the box, scrutinising problems from multiple angles to find novel solutions to issues.’

Peter Binning and Claire Cross have unparalleled FCA experience. Particularly strong on FCA cases with a criminal element. Clever and creative. The best boutique by a long stretch.’

The team has a broad and extensive range of experience across a variety of contentious regulatory matters, including FCA Enforcement investigations.’

Claire Cross has a wealth of experience, including in her previous role within FCA Enforcement, and is great at getting to the key issues. She is approachable and gets on well with clients.’

This specialist law firm in central London is a leader in fraud, criminal and regulatory litigation and is well-known for handling a wide range of complex and sensitive cases. Much of its work is extremely high-profile, often with an international aspect.

The firm: Corker Binning has consolidated its position as a leading criminal and regulatory litigation firm, specialising in fraud, bribery/corruption, money laundering, extradition, mutual legal assistance, as well as a police investigations and criminal defence cases ranging from murder to road traffic offences. The firm acts for a range of companies, professional firms and private individuals, both in the UK and abroad, and works closely with other lawyers, especially where directors or employees need advice independent of their company’s own lawyers, in corporate internal investigations. The firm is also often engaged to advise in relation to the criminal law aspects of civil cases, particularly international ones, where civil and criminal lawyers need to collaborate.

Types of work undertaken
Financial crime: the firm is a market leader in complex financial crime, with extensive experience in fraud (including tax fraud), bribery/ corruption, money laundering, financial sanctions and asset restraint measures (including Account Freezing Orders and confiscation proceedings). The firm has an impressive track record for its representation in some of the largest and most complex investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, National Crime Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Regulatory: the firm acts on cases across the whole spectrum of regulatory enforcement. As well as defending and advising suspects and defendants, Corker Binning also advises companies and individuals required to give evidence as witnesses or to produce documents in fraud and regulatory investigations. The firm regularly advises both individuals and companies in Financial Conduct Authority investigations, and is one of a small number of firms engaged to prosecute cases for the Financial Reporting Council.

International: the firm has a considerable international practice, with market-leading expertise in representing businesses and individuals who are witnesses or suspects in transnational criminal cases and all types of international investigations. Corker Binning also has a long history of successful involvement in extremely high-profile and complex extradition cases, including cases from the US, Russia, India, Mexico, Ecudaor, Hong Kong, Thailand, the UAE and most EU and EEA countries, and in relation to Interpol red notices and requests for criminal mutual legal assistance.

Police investigations and criminal defence: the firm is a leader in police investigations and criminal defence law, handling a wide range of cases from common assault, theft, possession of controlled drugs and child pornography to official secrets, rape, GBH, murder and terrorism. Clients include well-known figures from business, politics and entertainment, as well as the media sector.

Partners David Corker
Partners Peter Binning
Partners Jessica Parker
Partners Andrew Smith
Partners Edward Grange
Partners Claire Cross
Nick Barnard  photo Nick Barnard Nick Barnard assists with advising and representing individual and corporate clients in…
Peter Binning photo Peter BinningPeter Binning is a highly respected criminal defence lawyer who specialises in…
Maia Cohen-Lask  photo Maia Cohen-Lask Maia is experienced in advising clients across cases spanning both white collar…
David Corker  photo David Corker David Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator.…
Claire Cross  photo Claire Cross
Edward Grange  photo Edward Grange Edward Grange is recognised as a leader in the field of extradition…
Jessica Parker  photo Jessica Parker Jessica Parker is a specialist criminal and regulatory litigator with expertise in…
Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh  photo Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh has worked on behalf of individuals in proceedings for fraud,…
Anna Rothwell  photo Anna Rothwell Anna specialises in business crime, general crime and extradition. She has considerable…
Jemma Sherwood-Roberts  photo Jemma Sherwood-Roberts Jemma Sherwood-Roberts is an experienced criminal litigator and has advised and represented…
Andrew Smith  photo Andrew Smith Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator, specialising in business crime, including SFO,…
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10