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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Corker Binning

Corker Binning has 'carved out a niche for supporting individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of regulatory investigations or related litigation.' The firm has particular expertise in compelled interviews, as well as in the overlapping fields of financial crime, extradition and Proceeds of Crime Act cases. Former FCA senior lawyer Claire Cross has 'in depth knowledge  of the full range of potential issues which will arise.' She leads the practice and is experienced in complex financial services regulatory and criminal investigations, including those involving multijurisdictional issues. Also notable are Peter Binning, who specialises in fraud, regulatory litigation and criminal defence; and David Corker, who has expertise acting for clients implicated in international criminal or regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Claire Cross

Other key lawyers:Peter Binning; David corker


'The firm has individuals with detailed FCA knowledge coupled with superb corporate strategists and can put together a bespoke team to meet every matter at hand'

'One of the leading firms for advising corporates or individuals involved in FCA investigations'

'Excellent knowledge of contentious financial services'

'Make clients feel very comfortable and provide insightful strategic advice'

'A leader in this field'

'Claire Cross is hugely respected for FCA work, especially market abuse. She knows it all and which buttons to press'

'Peter Binning commands respect. He knows the detail but can see the big picture clearly'

'Claire Cross is particularly impressive. Her experience at the FCA Enforcement division provides her with a wealth of relevant experience in advising clients requiring strategic advice'

'Peter Binning is a known leader in this field. He combines astute legal analysis with clear strategic steer'

Leading individuals

David corker - Corker Binning

Peter Binning - Corker Binning

Next Generation Partners

Claire Cross - Corker Binning

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Corker Binning

Corker Binning's team has 'a fantastic spread of talent' and 'great strength and expertise across all levels of seniority'. The firm handles work for high-net-worth individuals, and has recently seen an uptick in cases involving historic sexual abuse. Other key areas of instruction include murder, extradition, dangerous driving and drugs offences. Robert Brown heads the practice, in which Andrew Smith, Jessica Parker and Edward Grange are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Robert Brown

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith; Edward Grange; Jessica Parker

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vladimir Bukovsky, a Russian dissident and Vladimir Putin critic who was due to go to trial for possession and creation of indecent images of children; the trial was halted on grounds of the defendant's ill health.
Leading individuals

Robert Brown - Corker Binning

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Corker Binning

Corker Binning advises on the full gamut of white-collar crime and related matters including tax fraud, cartels, extradition, illegitimate financial gain, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, sanctions and export controls. Clients include individuals from local government, FTSE 100 businesses and major banks. The firm frequently deals with all major UK agencies and foreign bodies including the SFO, FCA, HMRC, National Crime Agency (NCA), the Metropolitan Police, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). Andrew Smith heads the team and focuses on criminal inquiries and investigations. Peter Binning is adept at handling international white-collar matters and David Corker is recommended for his experience in large fraud cases and SFO investigations. Jessica Parker has particular experience in tax fraud and investigations. Claire Cross has in-depth knowledge of FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:Peter Binning; David Corker; Robert Brown; Jessica Parker; Maia Cohen-Lask; Claire Cross; Edward Grange


‘David Corker is the Yoda of white collar crime; calm, collected and has a wonderful brain’.

‘Corker Binning provides a unique combination of the highest quality case preparation, tactical acuity and down-to-earth approachability’.

‘Peter Binning leads from the front and is an enormously reassuring guiding hand for clients’. ‘Andrew Smith provides legal and case analysis of the highest calibre - he is generally the smartest cookie in the room, often giving his clients the edge’.

‘Jessica Parker is a master of client and opponent-management: a tactical thinker who demands the best from counsel and drives the case to the most favourable outcome for her clients’.

‘Claire Cross is hardworking, has an excellent legal mind and is a real tactician’.

‘Great team to work with; clever, excellent communicators both orally and in writing’.

‘Jessica Parker is a leader in this field; her acumen in acting for individuals in significant fraud cases is widely acknowledged by her peers’. 

Key Clients

Nicholas Reynolds(former Global Sales and Technology Director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group)

John Varley (ex-CEO of Barclays Bank)

Matthew Cahill (former Clifford Chance partner)

Philip Clarke (ex-CEO of Tesco)

Work highlights

  • Represented the former global sales and technology director for a subsidiary company of Alstom Group in connection with his being charged with offences of corruption and conspiracy to corrupt in an SFO prosecution before Southwark Crown Court.
  • Represented former Barclays CEO John Varley, who was charged by the SFO with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and unlawful financial assistance in relation to advisory fees paid by Barclays Bank to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund. Varley was acquitted in June 2019.
  • Represented Matthew Cahill, a former Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin partner, who was charged with cheating/conspiracy to cheat HMRC in respect of allegedly fraudulent claims for income tax relief. Cahill was cleared in early 2018.  
Leading individuals

Andrew Smith - Corker Binning

David Corker - Corker Binning

Jessica Parker - Corker Binning

Peter Binning - Corker Binning

Next Generation Partners

Claire Cross - Corker Binning

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Corker Binning

Corker Binning handles complex cases involving alleged wrongdoing, and it covers advice on proceedings that overlap with other investigations. It has particular experience in FCA cases and specialises in compelled interviews and advising persons discharging managerial responsibilities. The names to note are Andrew Smith, Peter Binning, Claire Cross and Jessica Parker.

Practice head(s):Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:Peter Binning; Claire Cross; Jessica Parker

Work highlights

  • Acted for an accountant in a large FCA prosecution.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Corker Binning

Corker Binning represents individuals and corporates facing investigation by regulators and organisations including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and the CMA, with a particular focus on advising individuals. Areas of expertise include cash seizures, detentions, criminal cartel investigations, tax fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, breaches of regulatory regimes and cases with Proceeds of Crime Act-related issues. David Corker is adept at handling criminal and regulatory litigation, and cartel investigations. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):David Corker

Other key lawyers:Claire Cross; Peter Binning; Andrew Smith


‘Corker Binning provides the strongest combination of tactically-astute leaders in the shape of Peter Binning and David Corker, individuals with unrivalled investigatory and corporate crime experience’.

‘Corker Binning is a group of like-minded excellent performers, who all pull in the same direction and are committed to delivering the best’.  

‘Peter Binning is a master tactician and consummate team leader, bringing the finest counsel and associates together to deliver an unrivalled work product’.

‘The team are wonderful at helping clients deal with issues before they go to court’.       

‘A fantastic team with substantial experience acting in relation to regulatory investigations, often in an international context’.             

‘Peter Binning is clever and thinks strategically about how to solve the problems his clients face’.              


Key Clients


Work highlights

  • The team is assisting GML with pre-emptively protecting its position in an ongoing challenge against the Russian Government relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil.

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