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Corker Binning
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Work Department

Financial Crime


Peter Binning is a highly respected criminal defence lawyer who specialises in fraud and regulatory litigation, much of it international. He has many years’ experience of investigations and prosecutions relating to fraud, regulatory breaches, corruption, cartels, export control, sanctions and tax evasion acting for Board level executives.

Peter’s current and recent work includes all of the SFO banking sector investigations including those
relating to LIBOR, EURIBOR and FX, as well as several high profile international corruption cases. He successfully defended the former Chief Executive of Barclays Bank in the SFO’s highest profile corporate prosecution.

Financial Conduct Authority matters include insider dealing and market abuse and one of the first FCA high frequency trading cases. Some of the LIBOR and FX related cases have also involved cartel allegations both in the EU and in the USA as well as Brazil.


Called to the Bar 1985; Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office 1989-­96;

Peters & Peters 1996; Partner 1998­2001; Founding Partner at Corker Binning 2001.


English, French


Chairman of the Board of JUSTICE, member London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and Past Co Chair IBA Business Crime Committee. The British Section of the International Commission of Jurists.


Exeter University, LLB (Hons), Law (1981 – 1984)


Resides outside London with family. Interests include sailing and ski mountaineering.

Member Royal Ocean Racing Club, Royal Geographical Society and Reform Club.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

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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.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

(Leading individuals)

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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 performerClaire 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.