Corker Binning are delighted to have remained in Tier One for both ‘Crime: general’ and ‘Fraud: White collar crime’, and moved up to Tier Three for ‘Financial services (contentious)’ in this year’s The Legal 500 UK listings.
Please see below a full list of our rankings and quotes from The Legal 500 2017:
Tier One in ‘Fraud: white-collar crime’
Corker Binning is ‘a leading firm in this practice area, and is involved in many of the most serious and high-profile cases’. The team ‘brings a strong wealth of experience in dealing with criminal litigation into the complex world of fraud’ and the ‘talented lawyers demonstrate the highest professional standards’. Peter Binning is ‘a seasoned expert, particularly in the field of international white-collar crime’; David Corker is ‘a fantastic technical lawyer with extensive experience in the financial services area’; and Jessica Parker is ‘a dynamic and bright individual who works well with clients’.
David Corker and Peter Binning are both listed as ‘Leading Individuals’.
Tier One in ‘Crime: general’
Corker Binning is ‘fast becoming the go-to firm for interesting and complicated criminal cases, particularly those with an international dimension’. The firm acts for well-known figures in the business, politics, sports and entertainment industries, handling cases related to drug possession and supply, grievous bodily harm, contempt of court and sexual offences, amongst others. Department head Robert Brown is ‘calm, authoritative and knowledgeable’; Edward Grange is ‘fantastic with clients and meticulous in his preparation’; and David Corker specialises in international criminal and regulatory investigations.
Robert Brown is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’.
Tier Three in ‘Financial services (contentious)’
Corker Binning has ‘huge expertise and experience in advising senior individuals in high-profile, complex and sensitive criminal investigations’. A ‘doyen of the field’, Peter Binning specialises in regulatory cases with a significant criminal overlay and has experience defending individuals accused of a range of offences including insider dealing, sanctions and tax evasion. Binning also has experience of handling some of the more esoteric cases around including his recent cold shouldering case on behalf of the respondent in what was only the third such case in the history of the Takeover Panel. The ‘excellent’ David Corker is also recommended, as is the ‘incredibly talented’ Jessica Parker and the ‘very erudite and savvy’ Andrew Smith.
Tier Three in ‘Regulatory investigations and corporate crime’
Corker Binning has ‘a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the fraud and white-collar crime space’, and ‘combines hard work, commitment and excellent judgement to provide a through and efficient service’. The firm advises a range of companies in the global shipping, engineering, pharmaceutical, and financial sectors on the risks of prosecution, as well as on large-scale international cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. Recent work includes assisting GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia, with enforcement issues arising from a $50bn arbitration relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company. David Corker has extensive experience in bribery, sanctions and export control matters, and Peter Binning is ‘a major player who is supported by a strong team of junior colleagues’.
Tier Four in ‘Professional discipline’
The ‘exceptionally strong’ and ‘straightforward’ practice at Corker Binning continues to act for corporate and individual clients in the financial sector, with strengths in regulatory litigation, criminal fraud, and corporate crime. Practice head Andrew Smith also acts for the Financial Reporting Council and possesses an ‘intimate understanding of its methods and sanctions regime’. ‘Highly experienced all-rounder’ Peter Binning and the ‘talented’ Jessica Parker are also recommended. Of counsel Claire Cross joined the team from the Financial Conduct Authority.
A link to the full rankings, firm profile and Partner profiles can be found here.