Firm Profile > Corker Binning > London, England

Corker Binning

Crime: general Tier 1

Corker Binning's team has 'a fantastic spread of talent' and 'great strength and expertise across all levels of seniority'. The firm handles work for high-net-worth individuals, and has recently seen an uptick in cases involving historic sexual abuse. Other key areas of instruction include murder, extradition, dangerous driving and drugs offences. Robert Brown heads the practice, in which Andrew Smith, Jessica Parker and Edward Grange are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Robert Brown

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

Corker Binning advises on the full gamut of white-collar crime and related matters including tax fraud, cartels, extradition, illegitimate financial gain, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, sanctions and export controls. Clients include individuals from local government, FTSE 100 businesses and major banks. The firm frequently deals with all major UK agencies and foreign bodies including the SFO, FCA, HMRC, National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). Andrew Smith heads the team and focuses on criminal inquiries and investigations. Peter Binning is adept at handling international white-collar matters and David Corker is recommended for his experience in large fraud cases and SFO investigations. Jessica Parker has particular experience in tax fraud and investigations. Claire Cross has in-depth knowledge of FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Peter Binning; David Corker; Robert Brown; Jessica Parker; Maia Cohen-Lask; Claire Cross; Edward Grange


‘David Corker is the Yoda of white collar crime; calm, collected and has a wonderful brain’.

‘Corker Binning provides a unique combination of the highest quality case preparation, tactical acuity and down-to-earth approachability’.

‘Peter Binning leads from the front and is an enormously reassuring guiding hand for clients’. ‘Andrew Smith provides legal and case analysis of the highest calibre – he is generally the smartest cookie in the room, often giving his clients the edge’.

‘Jessica Parker is a master of client and opponent-management: a tactical thinker who demands the best from counsel and drives the case to the most favourable outcome for her clients’.

‘Claire Cross is hardworking, has an excellent legal mind and is a real tactician’.

‘Great team to work with; clever, excellent communicators both orally and in writing’.

‘Jessica Parker is a leader in this field; her acumen in acting for individuals in significant fraud cases is widely acknowledged by her peers’. 

Key clients

Nicholas Reynolds(former Global Sales and Technology Director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group)

John Varley (ex-CEO of Barclays Bank)

Matthew Cahill (former Clifford Chance partner)

Philip Clarke (ex-CEO of Tesco)

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

Corker Binning represents individuals and corporates facing investigation by regulators and organisations including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and the CMA, with a particular focus on advising individuals. Areas of expertise include cash seizures, detentions, criminal cartel investigations, tax fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, breaches of regulatory regimes and cases with Proceeds of Crime Act-related issues. David Corker is adept at handling criminal and regulatory litigation, and cartel investigations. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

David Corker

Other key lawyers:

Claire Cross; Peter Binning; Andrew Smith


‘Corker Binning provides the strongest combination of tactically-astute leaders in the shape of Peter Binning and David Corker, individuals with unrivalled investigatory and corporate crime experience’.

‘Corker Binning is a group of like-minded excellent performers, who all pull in the same direction and are committed to delivering the best’.  

‘Peter Binning is a master tactician and consummate team leader, bringing the finest counsel and associates together to deliver an unrivalled work product’.

‘The team are wonderful at helping clients deal with issues before they go to court’.       

‘A fantastic team with substantial experience acting in relation to regulatory investigations, often in an international context’.             

‘Peter Binning is clever and thinks strategically about how to solve the problems his clients face’.              


Key clients


Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Corker Binning has 'carved out a niche for supporting individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of regulatory investigations or related litigation.' The firm has particular expertise in compelled interviews, as well as in the overlapping fields of financial crime, extradition and Proceeds of Crime Act cases. Former FCA senior lawyer Claire Cross has 'in depth knowledge  of the full range of potential issues which will arise.' She leads the practice and is experienced in complex financial services regulatory and criminal investigations, including those involving multijurisdictional issues. Also notable are Peter Binning, who specialises in fraud, regulatory litigation and criminal defence; and David Corker, who has expertise acting for clients implicated in international criminal or regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Claire Cross

Other key lawyers:

Peter Binning; David corker


‘The firm has individuals with detailed FCA knowledge coupled with superb corporate strategists and can put together a bespoke team to meet every matter at hand’

‘One of the leading firms for advising corporates or individuals involved in FCA investigations’

‘Excellent knowledge of contentious financial services’

‘Make clients feel very comfortable and provide insightful strategic advice’

‘A leader in this field’

‘Claire Cross is hugely respected for FCA work, especially market abuse. She knows it all and which buttons to press’

‘Peter Binning commands respect. He knows the detail but can see the big picture clearly’

‘Claire Cross is particularly impressive. Her experience at the FCA Enforcement division provides her with a wealth of relevant experience in advising clients requiring strategic advice’

‘Peter Binning is a known leader in this field. He combines astute legal analysis with clear strategic steer’

Professional discipline Tier 4

Corker Binning handles complex cases involving alleged wrongdoing, and it covers advice on proceedings that overlap with other investigations. It has particular experience in FCA cases and specialises in compelled interviews and advising persons discharging managerial responsibilities. The names to note are Andrew SmithPeter Binning, Claire Cross and Jessica Parker.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

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, corruption and bribery, extradition, sanctions and export controls, as well as a wide range of 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 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 bribery and corruption, criminal fraud, confiscation proceedings, corporate internal investigations, financial sanctions, tax fraud and money laundering. 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 investigations by other regulators. Corker Binning is also 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 either 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, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partners David Corker
Partners Peter Binning
Partners Jessica Parker
Partners Andrew Smith
Partners Edward Grange
Partners Claire Cross
Consultant Robert Brown
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Brown  photo Robert Brown
 Claire Cross  photo Claire Cross
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15