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Financial Crime


Andrew Smith is an experienced litigator, specialising in business crime, including SFO, NCA and police investigations relating to fraud, bribery/corruption and money laundering, as well as criminal and regulatory inquiries brought by the FCA into insider dealing, market abuse and market misconduct.  Andrew regularly acts for individuals facing extradition to a range of countries and provides related advice on INTERPOL and mutual legal assistance.

Case highlights include acting for individuals in the SFO investigations concerning British American Tobacco, Airbus, Glencore, Unaoil, Petrofac and LIBOR; representing a defendant in the FCA’s largest prosecution of insider dealing (Operation Tabernula); advising businesses on alleged breaches of export controls and trade/financial sanctions; acting for Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council on disciplinary investigations into major firms of accountants; and representing a number of business persons subject to extradition requests from the US, Russia, the UAE, Romania, Greece, Mexico and India.


BA and MPhil from Cambridge University; trained at Hogan Lovells LLP; joined Corker Binning in 2007 and became a Partner in 2012.


Andrew Smith is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum and the British Russian Law Association.


Cambridge University (BA and MPhil, international relations, First Class); BPP Law School (Distinction)

Lawyer Rankings

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

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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.