Corker Binning > London, England > Firm Profile

Corker Binning
1 Ely Place

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Corker Binning‘s ‘massively experienced’ team have a record of advising on both complex and novel cases, with experience which extends from murder, drug offences and child/elder abuse, to corporate manslaughter and coercive behaviour offences. The team has a niche specialisation in advising juveniles and vulnerable individuals, who benefit from the department’s ‘dedicated, knowledgeable and talented‘ approach. Team leader Edward Grange is a noted extradition specialist, with a strong reputation for acting on sensitive and high profile cases. Jessica Parker has expertise across financial crime and tax fraud cases, and has a well regarded police investigations practice. Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh, who was promoted to partner in April 2022, focuses on cases of domestic abuse, sexual offences and violent crimes. Hugely experienced practitioner Paul Morris, the former head of the serious and general crime practice at BCL Solicitors LLP, joined the firm in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Edward Grange

Other key lawyers:


‘Dedicated, knowledgeable and talented. They go the extra mile every time.’

‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh is a master of client care. Nothing is too much to ask of her. Clients love her, opponents fear her and the court respects her.’

‘Corker Binning is genuinely outstanding. The quality of their work is second to none.’

‘Edward Grange is a strong and calming influence in any crisis.’

‘They have a very highly developed legal knowledge set and provide a very focused, client orientated, bespoke service – I think of them as the Savile Row of firms in this field.’

‘Jessica Parker is a highly experienced partner in investigations and criminal litigation who will let her team flourish whilst always keeping a watchful eye on any decisions they make.’

‘An incredible team all round. Andrew Smith is outstanding.’

‘Massively experienced criminal team – adept at handling homicide and other serious offences. Worth every penny. Every member of the team is a seasoned criminal lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Sheth Jeebun and Aster Healthcare Ltd, in a case relating to the scalding of a care home resident whilst being bathed, and her subsequent death.
  • Secured immediate release on bail for Oleg Tinkov, who was arrested without warning upon arrival in the UK in February 2020 on an extradition request from the US.
  • Representing Ms Karime Macias Tubilla in the first ever extradition request from Mexico to the UK.

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

Corker Binning represents a wide range of individuals, including directors and senior executives at multinational businesses in various industries, throughout high-stakes proceedings, with the senior team enjoying productive relations with major UK enforcement bodies such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and the police, as well as regularly handling cross-border proceedings involving US agencies and law enforcement bodies, including the DOJ, FBI, and SEC. The team, led by international investigations specialist Andrew Smith, includes the vastly experienced David Corker and Peter Binning, who both bring deep expertise in SFO proceedings and significant success in criminal fraud defence trials, while Jessica Parker‘s strengths include cross-border money laundering and criminal tax fraud investigations. Claire Cross is a former senior FCA lawyer, and has notable capabilities across regulatory and internal compliance investigations. Edward Grange specialises in extradition work, and is accordingly a go-to for international business crime cases. Both Maia Cohen-Lask, a go-to for defending senior executives in UK agency investigations and international regulatory and criminal investigations specialist Nick Barnard were promoted to counsel in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith


‘One of the best boutique white-collar firms. Very experienced, committed to their cases, and you get excellent partner engagement in every case (which is not always the case in every firm). They are also very pleasant and engaging to work with.’

‘Peter Binning is hugely experienced, has excellent judgment and is great with clients.’

Andrew Smith is a star – hugely bright, very thoughtful, and an excellent lawyer.’

‘The casework that this team has handled together is unrivalled. They are responsible for no-charge decisions and client acquittals in the highest profiles cases of the last decade. Their expertise and their results are second to none.’

Jessica Parker – as deadly as she is polite, she really knows what it takes to get a case trial ready and has the right levels of intellectual ability and emotional stamina necessary to see difficult and lengthy investigations through to a successful conclusion for the client.

Maia Cohen-Lask – a first class lawyer whose mind scours through cases like Vim. An intellectual giant with a great sense of humour which makes her a real pleasure to work with too. I trust every single word that comes out of her mouth, as well as I trust my own memory.

‘Strong team, lots of experience with financial crime, approachable and thoughtful lawyers, especially strong at partner level.’

‘Jessica Parker – assured, confident and knowledgeable.’

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Specialist firm Corker Binning represents large banks and senior executives, among other clients, in a wealth of investigations, including those which intersect the FCA, SFO, SEC and DoJ. Claire Cross leverages her experience as a former senior lawyer at the FCA to advise on a plethora of money laundering, insider dealing, regulatory regime breach and misleading statement affairs. The team also consists of Peter Binning, whose background at the CPS and SFO makes him a ‘go-to’, as well as David Corker, a fraud and corruption specialist.

Practice head(s):

Claire Cross

Other key lawyers:


‘Strength in-depth in this area of law and a display of excellence across the work done.’

‘Peter Binning is the go-to person for referencing work in this area. Clare Frost is also very good in this area.’

‘Excellent team. First-rate reputation.’

‘Claire Cross is extremely collaborative and immediately inspires confidence from clients.’

‘One of few really strong players in criminal/regulatory cross-over space in FS contentious work.’

‘Claire Cross is fantastic. She is phenomenally clever, extremely experienced and a safe pair of hands for any client in difficulties with the FCA.’

‘A variety of criminal and regulatory experience – able to deal with technical and complex FS cases efficiently and bringing varied experience to bear.’

‘Corker Binning has a small team but without exception they are each legally astute, hardworking and forces within the legal industry. The firm is the epitome of a boutique law firm. It covers a range of legal areas, from financial regulation to extradition but the legal knowledge held is deep, and the experience vast. It is the law firm I would recommend to friends and family.’

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

Boutique firm Corker Binning has extensive expertise in the fields of financial crime and financial services, regularly advising both individuals and entities on HMRC investigations.

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, financial sanctions, 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, as well as representing individuals in high-profile public inquiries and inquests.

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 acts for individuals in high-profile public inquiries and inquests.

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
Partners Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh
Nick Barnard photo Nick BarnardNick specialises in advising and representing individual and corporate clients in a…
Peter Binning photo Peter BinningPeter Binning is a highly respected criminal defence lawyer who specialises in…
Maia Cohen-Lask photo Maia Cohen-LaskMaia Cohen-Lask specialises in both financial and general crime. Maia has represented…
David Corker photo David CorkerDavid Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator.…
Claire Cross photo Claire CrossClaire Cross is a Partner, specialising in all areas of white collar…
Edward Grange photo Edward GrangeEdward is recognised as a leader in the field of extradition law…
Jessica Parker photo Jessica ParkerJessica Parker is a specialist criminal and regulatory litigator with expertise in…
Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh photo Danielle Reece-GreenhalghDanielle Reece-Greenhalgh acts for individuals under investigation by all UK enforcement authorities,…
Anna Rothwell photo Anna RothwellAnna specialises in business crime, general crime and extradition. She has considerable…
Andrew Smith photo Andrew SmithAndrew Smith is an experienced litigator, specialising in business crime, including SFO,…
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8