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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)

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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.

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

(Next Generation Partners)

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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.