Claire Cross > Corker Binning > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Corker Binning
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Claire Cross is a Partner, specialising in all areas of white collar fraud. Claire has considerable and proven experience in complex FCA and CMA regulatory investigations, insider dealing, market manipulation and cartel cases, misleading statements and corruption.  Recent work includes providing legal support to FCA investigation teams, prosecuting multi-handed criminal insider dealing and misleading statement cases, policy work on issues relating to Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, Corporate Liability, Disclosure, and Victims Rights, developing intelligence lead cases to capture Competition Act breaches and Enterprise Act offences, conducting an independent review of the proposed prosecution of a large multi-handed criminal cartel and acting as lead lawyer in numerous cases involving insider dealing, market abuse, breaches of Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Listing Principles, and SYSC, APER and FIT issues.

Prior to joining Corker Binning, Claire acted as a Senior Lawyer at the Financial Conduct Authority, in the Criminal Prosecution Team. From October 2015 to July 2016, she also acted as the Assistant Director in the Cartels and Criminal Group for the Competition and Markets Authority.


Claire joined Corker Binning as Of Counsel in October 2016, having previously acted as a Senior Lawyer in the FCA’s Criminal Prosecution Team, since 2008. From October 2015 to July 2016, Claire also acted as the Assistant Director in the Cartels and Criminal Group for the Competition and Markets Authority.

Prior to joining the FCA, Claire worked at SOCA/RCPO/Inland Revenue from 2005, prosecuting a wide range of cases relating to large scale drugs importation, VAT fraud, missing trader fraud, money laundering, and CITES offences.


Claire Cross is a member of the American Bar Association, the Fraud Lawyer Association, the Financial Services Lawyers Association, the Criminal Bar Association and Inner Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

(Leading individuals)

Claire CrossCorker Binning

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.

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Claire CrossCorker Binning

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.