Jessica Parker

Partner

"Jessica Parker is a true leader in the field. Masters detail but retains strategic oversight. Superb team leader. Quite brilliant."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

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BIOGRAPHY & EXPERTISE
Jessica Parker is a specialist in investigations and criminal and regulatory litigation, who is described as ‘a favourite among peers and clients in the white collar crime market and is identified as “the future of the business crime defence space” by Who’s Who Legal.

She acts for individuals and businesses in investigations and proceedings brought by a wide range of enforcement authorities. A recent highlight includes securing the acquittal of the former Chief Executive of Barclays in his prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office in respect of the bank’s 2008 fund raising.

Jessica is recognised in the leading directories In Chambers and Partners UK 2023, she is ranked in band one for Financial Crime Individuals and Tax: Contentious: Fraud and band three for POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK 2023 in Crime and Fraud: White-collar crime. Jessica is ranked as one of ten Global Elite Thought Leader in Europe in the Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence for Corporates and Individuals 2022.

Areas of expertise

Jessica Parker advises on all types of investigation and crime. She represents professionals, business leaders and companies in investigations by the police, Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the FCA. Jessica has particular experience in corruption, tax fraud and money laundering investigations and prosecutions. Jessica advises businesses and individuals in relation to the financial sanctions regime.

Jessica is a specialist in investigations with an international dimension, including advising witnesses and suspects involved in international investigations. She is the immediate past Chair of the International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee.

Jessica also represents clients in police investigations and has represented a number of high-profile individuals in relation to the most serious criminal charges.

Jessica acts for clients in all types of inquisitorial process, including professional disciplinary proceedings, inquests and inquiries.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS
  • Securing the acquittal of a former Barclays Chief Executive prosecuted by the SFO in their landmark case relating to the payment of fees to Qatar connected to the bank’s 2008 capital raisings.
  • Conducting an investigation on behalf of a business founder in respect of a fraud allegation which is also the subject of an SFO investigation.
  • Advising non-executive directors in an HMRC money laundering investigation.
  • Advising employees of a statutory investigative body in respect of police and internal investigations into their conduct.
  • Advising a director of a major sports business in relation to a Code of Practice 9 tax investigation into suspected fraud by HMRC.
  • Acting in several major SFO investigations into fraud and bribery including Rolls-Royce, G4S and Serco.
  • Advising in relation to inquests, including Hillsborough.
  • Advising high-profile individuals in respect of allegations of serious crime.
  • Acting for individuals and executives in FCA investigations into insider dealing and market abuse.
  • Acting for companies and individuals in respect of police searches and challenges to those searches.
Career

Jessica Parker joined Corker Binning from a major City firm in 2004. She became a partner of Corker Binning in 2012.

She is immediate past Chair of the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association.

News & Insights
Testimonials
"Jessica is a very high-quality operator."

Chambers UK 2023

"Jessica Parker is very good; she's someone I would refer matters to."

Chambers UK 2023

"Jessica Parker is a very astute solicitor. She is able to guide a client through difficult situations and maintain their trust."

Chambers UK 2023

"Jessica Parker – assured, confident and knowledgeable."

Legal 500 2023

"Jessica Parker – as deadly as she is polite, she really knows what it takes to get a case trial ready and has the right levels of intellectual ability and emotional stamina necessary to see difficult and lengthy investigations through to a successful conclusion for the client."

Legal 500 2023

"Jessica Parker is a highly experienced partner in investigations and criminal litigation who will let her team flourish whilst always keeping a watchful eye on any decisions they make."

Legal 500 2023

"Jessica Parker is a highly experienced partner in investigations and criminal litigation who will let her team flourish whilst always keeping a watchful eye on any decisions they make."

Legal 500 2023

"She is the complete package - highly experienced, a first-rate brain with a practical approach which clients appreciate."

Chambers HNW 2022

"She has a fantastic legal brain which she brings to bear for her clients."

Chambers UK 2022

"She is very talented and user-friendly."

Chambers UK 2022

Jessica is so efficient, if you ask her to do something she will undoubtedly already have done it. She is always on top of the detail and knows what the opposition's next move will be before they have taken it."

Chambers UK 2022

"A brilliant lawyer who is super smart." 

Chambers UK 2022

“Jessica doesn’t shy away from difficult tasks and has brilliant knowledge of asset recovery and proceeds of crime.”

Chambers UK 2022

“Jessica is an excellent negotiator and perfect with clients. She instils confidence in those she works with.” 

Chambers UK 2022

 "Jessica is a strong and effective defender of her clients' interests, as well as being pragmatic and highly responsive."

Chambers UK 2022

"She has very good technical ability and she is very user-friendly. She provides practical advice to clients and is popular with them." 

Chambers UK 2022

"Jessica Parker stands out for her expert handling of tax and banking cases."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

"Jessica Parker is a first-rate communicator and a determined advocate for her client in every case; she is extremely well-prepared and works brilliantly in a team with counsel, with a perfect balance of encouragement and control."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

"Jessica Parker is a true leader in the field. Masters detail but retains strategic oversight. Superb team leader. Quite brilliant."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

"Jessica Parker is a formidable advocate for her clients."

THE LEGAL 500 2022

“She is tactically aware and creates a total confidence in the client. She also has excellent judgement.”

Chambers UK 2021

“She is super bright, very hard-working and can navigate her way through the most complex cases”.

CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS' HNW GUIDE 2021

Jessica Parker has ‘an impressive capacity to rapidly absorb large volumes of material and identify the key issues’.

THE LEGAL 500 2019

"A consummate professional and the complete package."

CHAMBERS UK 2019

"Extremely adept and experienced practitioner."

CHAMBERS UK 2019

"Really solid knowledge of the law and steely determination."

CHAMBERS UK 2019

"Calm, client-focused and cool-headed."

CHAMBERS UK 2019

  • Securing the acquittal of a former Barclays Chief Executive prosecuted by the SFO in their landmark case relating to the payment of fees to Qatar connected to the bank’s 2008 capital raisings.
  • Conducting an investigation on behalf of a business founder in respect of a fraud allegation which is also the subject of an SFO investigation.
  • Advising non-executive directors in an HMRC money laundering investigation.
  • Advising employees of a statutory investigative body in respect of police and internal investigations into their conduct.
  • Advising a director of a major sports business in relation to a Code of Practice 9 tax investigation into suspected fraud by HMRC.
  • Acting in several major SFO investigations into fraud and bribery including Rolls-Royce, G4S and Serco.
  • Advising in relation to inquests, including Hillsborough.
  • Advising high-profile individuals in respect of allegations of serious crime.
  • Acting for individuals and executives in FCA investigations into insider dealing and market abuse.
  • Acting for companies and individuals in respect of police searches and challenges to those searches.