Criminal Investigations & Prosecutions
Criminal investigations and prosecutions
"Corker Binning is a first class firm. It is large enough to take on the most challenging and document-heavy cases but, by not getting too big, they have preserved the personal touch of a much smaller firm and always have wonderful attention to detail"
Legal 500 UK 2021
Corker Binning specialises in defending in every type of criminal case, across the entire range of offences. Our clients include well-known figures from business, world politics, sport, journalism and the entertainment industry.
The expertise of our lawyers means that we are well-equipped to handle general criminal cases of all kinds, while delivering a highly personalised service to clients, expertly guiding them through every stage of the investigative and prosecutorial process. We aim to prepare each case – regardless of its level of seriousness – to the highest possible standards, leaving no stone unturned in the preparation of our clients’ defence.
Because Corker Binning acts for a wide range of individuals in high-profile commercial fraud cases, we are the first port of call for discreet advice on criminal matters. We are experienced in dealing with all associated issues, such as professional regulatory obligations, criminal records and media exposure as well as with the criminal investigation itself. Our criminal defence lawyers frequently work alongside other legal teams in cases involving family proceedings, employment litigation or reputation management.
Our criminal defence lawyers also have significant experience of advising young or vulnerable people facing criminal investigation and prosecution. We understand how difficult this can be for them and their families, and we ensure that these cases are handled in a sensitive way that minimises the long-term impact on that person’s life.
We regularly advise individuals involved in coroners’ inquests or public inquiries, which can be lengthy, complex and often attract significant media attention. In some cases, our advice is also sought by victims and witnesses in serious criminal cases who are uncertain of their rights and obligations in the context of a criminal investigation.
Interviews under caution
Our criminal defence lawyers are available 24 hours a day and are ready to assist from the first moment that an investigation is anticipated. Whilst some of our cases may be relatively minor and others may encompass multiple jurisdictions, all are given the same level of dedication, attention to detail, and care. Above all, we are committed to providing a personalised service and to achieving the best possible outcome for all our clients.
If you have been invited to an interview under caution, you are suspected of a criminal offence and should seek legal advice. In a caution interview, anything the interviewee says can be used as evidence against them (and potentially others) in a criminal trial. Conversely, if the interviewee refuses to answer questions, their silence can, in certain circumstances, be used against them. It is therefore vitally important that the right strategy is adopted before, during and after the caution interview. How the interviewee responds to questions in the caution interview will have a profound impact on the future course of an investigation, including the likelihood of the interviewee being prosecuted.
We are able to offer strategic pre-charge advice, to represent individuals at the police station and beyond, through the complexities of the criminal justice process.
Our criminal defence lawyers advise on a wide range of cases, including:
- Money laundering
- Tax offences
- Murder and manslaughter
- Assault and other offences of violence such as ABH, GBH and wounding
- Domestic abuse, including controlling and coercive behaviour
- Sexual offences
- Drugs offences
- Public order offences
- Child abduction
- Terrorist offences
- Dangerous dogs
- Road traffic
Our criminal lawyers have recently advised on the following matters:
- A business owner (and their company) prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety offences.
- A pilot under investigation by the UK police in connection with an air crash.
- Individuals accused of marital rape, child abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour in the context of contentious divorce litigation.
- Entertainment figures under investigation for drugs offences.
- A newspaper concerning the tipping off provisions in the UK’s terrorism legislation.
- A politician in connection with falsified parliamentary expenses claims.
- A Chinese national charged with the theft of his company’s intellectual property and offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
- An overseas political party under investigation for money laundering in connection with alleged terrorist activities.
- Persuading the police not to prosecute on a variety of dangerous dogs investigations and ensuring that the dog was not destroyed.
- The widely reported trial of a high-profile Russian dissident, accused of possession of indecent images, and successfully arguing that proceedings should be stayed.
- Persuading the police not to prosecute a businessman accused of attempting to inflict GBH through the transmission of HIV.
- Assisting individuals alleged to be running cannabis seed businesses.