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29 Nov 2013

Partner David Corker comments in Bloomberg – ‘FX to Libor Probes Leave U.K. Traders Looking for Lawyers’

FX to Libor Probes Leave U.K. Traders Looking for Lawyers

By Suzi Ring – Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM GMT

U.K. traders who’ve come under investigation for rigging benchmark rates may find themselves in another difficult situation — unable to find a good lawyer.

The top attorneys at specialist white-collar crime firms say that, in the past few months, they’ve seen the largest number of finance workers ever seeking advice as probes into the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, expand to the manipulation of currency, derivatives and precious metals benchmarks.

About half a dozen law firms in the British capital specialize in advising individuals facing regulatory and criminal probes, while the largest London and U.S. based firms generally represent institutions. The increase in probes means that in a growing number of cases, the most experienced lawyers for individuals are turning traders away.

“There is an unprecedented increase in the number of individuals who need specialist legal advice,” said David Corker, a defense lawyer at Corker Binning. “The supply of such lawyers is limited because hitherto white-collar crime has been seen as largely a boutique or highly specialist area.”

Corker Binning is one of four of the top U.K. firms that specialize in advising people in criminal fraud cases, along with Kingsley Napley LLP, BCL Burton Copeland and Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, according to the legal directory Chambers and Partners. Some larger firms, such as Stephenson Harwood LLP, also specialize in advising individuals over banks.

The online article can be found here.