Corker Binning > London, England > Firm Profile

Corker Binning
1 Ely Place

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

The general crime team at Corker Binning, described as ‘superb‘ and ‘very strong’ by clients, regularly deals with the full range of serious crimes. Recent work has included advising individuals on investigations for perverting the course of justice, attempted murder, death by careless driving, and alleged sexual assault. The practice is particularly adept at dealing with novel issues within cases, and dealing with criminal matters of a cross-border nature. The practice is dually headed by Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh, who was promoted to partner in April 2022. Other key team members include Edward Grange, who specialises in extradition cases, Jessica Parker, who is adept at dealing with matters involving reputation management, and Maia Cohen-Lask, who was promoted to partner in April 2023. Co-head Paul Morris left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh


‘Corker Binning sets the standard in the best quality advice and representation: excellent lawyers, brilliant strategists at the top of their game. New leadership recently has seen them go from strength to strength.’

‘Ed Grange is a fantastic strategist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. Clients trust his judgment.’

‘The firm offers magic-circle level productivity and quality in niche international areas connected with criminal law.’

‘Ed Grange is incredibly effective, good at managing very multi-faceted cases with many moving parts, always thinks ahead, ethically impeccable but also has a good sense of humour and brings a great spirit to international teams.’

‘Corker Binning has a superb team at all levels with enviable experience in dealing with all types of criminal cases including the most complex and high profile cases.’

‘A set of sensible, thoughtful, clever, available lawyers, with great personality and charm, and who are experts in their fields.’

‘Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh: She became a partner last year and is a superb lawyer, with real intellect. She is very well-organised and exceptionally hard-working, with excellent client care. She is one of the top junior partners in the area.’

‘I would refer my most valuable client or even a family member to the Corker Binning team if they had a criminal or extradition matter. They are all incredibly knowledgable and dedicated and get involved in the most interesting work.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Tom Tugendhat MBE VR, the Minister of State for Security and Conservative Party MP in relation to a road traffic matter that carried significant risk of disqualification.
  • Secured a favourable outcome for Oleg Tinkov, who was arrested without warning upon arrival to the UK in February 2020 on an extradition request from the US.

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

Demonstrating ‘good strength in depth’, Corker Binning’s white-collar crime practice is highly recommended for representing HNW individuals and C-Suite executives in high-profile SFO and US DOJ investigations. The team boasts diverse expertise in sectors including renewable energy, banking, and natural resources, advising clients on complex money laundering issues and sanction compliance matters. Former partner David Corker has moved into a consultancy role but has vast experience acting for clients implicated in criminal or regulatory investigations. Peter Binning specialises in handling money laundering and breach of sanctions proceedings. Andrew Smith leads the department, bringing in-depth knowledge of prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, and NCA, while the ‘experienced and professional’ Jessica Parker , who is now the firm's senior partner, focuses on criminal tax fraud and investigations. Claire Cross routinely covers contentious tax proceedings, and of counsels Maia Cohen-Lask and Nick Barnard represent individual clients across a range of criminal and regulatory affairs. Paul Morris joined the firm as criminal litigation partner from BCL Solicitors LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith


‘In this space, Corker Binning spoils you for choice. It has strength in depth, and covers the waterfront of white-collar work.’

‘Corker Binning are deservedly at the very top of the field when it comes to individuals. The consistent quality and depth of experience across the firm is impressive. It will be interesting to see how the new leadership of Andrew Smith and Jessica Parker step up into the giant shoes of David Corker and Peter Binning.’

‘Peter Binning is one of the most charming and effective practitioners in the game. His strategic thinking and instinct is first rate, and he approaches the big judgement calls with composure and remarkable clarity of thought. He never gets distracted by noise and irrelevant detail, and has an extraordinary ability to quickly identify what lies at the very heart of a case and to focus on it with laser precision. Nick Barnard is a real rising star. He is extremely bright and measured, and he has a good strategic mind and excellent judgement. One to watch.’

‘Strong team with good strength in depth.’

‘Jessica Parker – experienced and professional. Peter Binning – proactive, strategic.’

‘Corker Binning a very sophisticated, boutique criminal law practice that provide excellent service across the full spectrum of criminal work. I have typically used them for business crime matters and they are a “go to” firm. I find the firm to be responsive, thoughtful and hard working .’

‘Very strong team of seasoned white-collar lawyers – these guys don’t just talk the talk. Key people are: David Corker – outspoken in the market but always carefully listened to; Peter Binning – has been in all the big cases and is very smart; Jessica Parker – now well established as a go to white collar lawyer and is in all the major investigations; Andrew Smith – very cerebral and understated but rated by the city firms for both reasons. A younger generation of new partners making their way up behind them – all very able.’

‘Andrew Smith and Jessica Parker are worthy successors to name partners Peter Binning and David Corker at the firm’s helm. Alongside them are regulatory specialist Claire Cross and extradition guru Ed Grange. They are all very collegiate and excellent strategists.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mr Abdulla Mohammed Ali Bin Beyat Alfalasi, an Emirati national in one of the largest money laundering cases prosecuted by the CPS to date.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Corker Binning is ‘perfect for tricky financial services cases that don’t fit into a predefined box‘; cross-border proceedings, internal investigations, FCA-compelled interviews and dual track investigations all form part of the team’s regular workload. As a former senior lawyer at the FCA, Claire Cross has ‘a well deserved reputation for working on the highest profile disputes‘. Name partners David Corker and Peter Binning continue to play active roles in the firm; the latter has particular insight into overlapping regulatory and criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Claire Cross

Other key lawyers:

David Corker; Peter Binning; Nick Barnard


‘Corker Binning stands out as one of the finest boutique business crime and regulation firms.’

‘Nick Barnard is hugely diligent and clearly leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of his client’s best interests. Claire Cross is one of the few real experts working at boutique level in the field of contentious financial services. Her experience whilst a lawyer at the FCA ensures she knows the inner workings of financial services regulation backwards.’

‘Claire Cross is the real standout partner in the financial services space. Her judgement is excellent, she is strategic and very good fun to work with.’

‘Corker Binning provide a small, focused team with excellent expertise. They deliver on knowledge of the law, client service and strategic thinking. Their reputation in this area is well deserved.’

‘Claire Cross has a well deserved reputation for working on the highest profile disputes, and I trust her knowledge and expertise completely.’

‘Claire Cross is excellent and is highly experienced in FS investigations and contentious regulatory advice.’

‘In my view, Claire Cross is the best solicitor in the market for contentious FS work with a criminal angle. She is incredibly knowledgeable and is wonderful with clients. Her stint at the FCA is put to good use for her clients, who benefit from her fantastic depth of experience in this area.’

‘Perfect for tricky financial services cases that don’t fit into a predefined box.’

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 4

'One of the best white collar crime boutiques’, Corker Binning acts for clients facing major criminal tax charges, including those involving complex and international elements. Practice head Jessica Parker represents individuals, financial institutions, and other entities in both civil and criminal matters. Andrew Smith is an expert in AML matters.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Parker

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith; Nick Barnard


‘Well known as one of the best white collar crime boutiques and these days doing more work in the tax litigation field, particularly where there are allegations of fraud.’

‘Collaboration is excellent. They ensure that all the professionals are consulted and that both the full team and the client “buy in” to the proposed strategy.’

‘Peter Binning and Jessica Parke are very engaged and responsive, but also proactive and good at thinking “outside the box” for solutions to issues.’

‘One of the best and possibly the best criminal firm around. Huge depth of partners and associates who are trained really well. I work with Jessica regularly on tax matters and refer cases to her – she is clever, thoughtful, and instils a great deal of confidence.’

‘Collegiate, thorough, with a great depth of knowledge.’

‘Boutique service at the very highest level.’

‘Andrew Smith – clever, sparky, fearless, insightful.’

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.

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