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Corker Binning
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Financial Crime


David Corker has a formidable reputation as a criminal and regulatory litigator. David specialises in acting for clients implicated in criminal or regulatory investigations, many of them international. He has many years’ experience of fraud, corruption cases and cartel investigations and also maintains a thriving general criminal practice.

David has acted for clients in almost every large criminal fraud case undertaken by the SFO. Recent case highlights include acting for two senior individuals in very high-profile SFO and FCA investigations. Other notable work from 2017 includes acting for a City lawyer charged with tax fraud, the Bloody Sunday murder probe, and traders facing market abuse allegations.

David founded his own firm in 2000, now Corker Binning, having previously been a Partner at Peters & Peters. David regularly writes for the national and legal press and academically about criminal and regulatory law. He is the author of ‘Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings’ (OUP 2009) and ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’ (4th Ed) (Bloomsbury, 2014).


BA from Oriel College Oxford, MA from University of Sheffield. Police Officer 1984-87. Qualified 1990, Peters and Peters 1990-2000. Founded his own firm, now Corker Binning, in 2000.


David Corker is a member of The City of London Law Society and the Financial Services Lawyers Association.


Oriel College, Oxford (1983 BA); University of Sheffield (1984 MA)


Enjoys family life and running.

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.