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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Ex-Stringfellows dancer set to appeal Court of Appeal Judgment

January 2013. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Nadine Quashie, a former dancer with Stringfellow Restaurants Limited is set to appeal today’s Court of Appeal decision which reverses the Employment Appeal Tribunal finding where Ms Quashie had won her legal battle for employment rights. 

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Asian workers allege discrimination, harassment and victimisation at Great Western Hospital

October 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A group of 49 GMB members, from the Housekeeping Department of Great Western Hospital in Swindon, have instructed their lawyers, Bindmans LLP, to pursue claims in the Employment Tribunal amid allegations of race and religious discrimination, harassment and victimisation for trade union membership and whistle blowing by their employer Carillion Services Ltd.

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NUS helps secure agreement for London Met’s overseas students to start term this week

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

On Friday 21 September 2012 the National Union of Students (NUS) was granted permission to intervene in the judicial review brought by London Metropolitan University (London Met) against the Secretary of State for the Home Department, challenging her decision to revoke its status as a Highly Trusted Sponsor.

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Bindmans lawyer Sashy Nathan quoted in The Independent

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The case against five Occupy London protesters charged with public order offences during a peaceful demonstration outside the Royal Exchange has been thrown out of court after the judge deemed their arrests at the hands of police “snatch-squads” to be unlawful.

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Bindmans LLP strengthens family law team with appointment of new associate

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Farhana Shahzady has been appointed as an associate in the Family Law team of the leading law firm Bindmans LLP.

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Badger Cull “makes no sense” says Gwendolen Morgan, acting for the Badger Trust

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A challenge to culls which will kill thousands of badgers has failed at the Court of Appeal. The Badger Trust, which claimed the government is acting illegally, took its case to the Court of Appeal, having lost a legal bid at the High Court to block badger culling in England.

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Bindmans recommended in Guardian guide to student politics

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

With thousands of students beginning their studies after the long summer holidays, Guardian writers and experts have been busy answering their questions about life at university. The series, “The students’ guide to everything” includes advice on political networking, the most radical student unions and how not to get arrested at a demonstration. The Guardian recommends Bindmans as solicitors specialising in protest.

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Gwendolen Morgan comments on the new age discrimination provisions

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Nowadays, it seems that the internet is needed for just about everything. Recently, Ryanair's Michael O' Leary dismissed passengers who forget their boarding passes, or for whatever reason cannot get their boarding passes printed out before arriving at the airport as “idiots.”

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Jane Nicklinson to pursue appeal as the wife and carer of Tony Nicklinson

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Today is the day by which Tony Nicklinson was required to lodge his application for permission to appeal the courts judgment. Jane Nicklinson has decided to pursue that appeal as the wife and carer of Tony Nicklinson. Also the British Humanist Association has applied to intervene in the case.

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Bindmans shortlisted for two Law Society Excellence Awards 2012

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

For the second year in a row, Bindmans LLP has been short-listed for not one, but two, Law Society Excellence Awards.

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Batang Kali massacre: no public inquiry ordered, but instead a judgment exposing the...

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

slaughter of innocents and decades of Government-sanctioned deceit

Sir John Thomas, President of the Queens Bench Division, and Mr Justice Treacy today gave judgment on a judicial review of the Government’s position on the killing of 24 civilians by British troops in 1948.  

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Bindmans lawyer Saadia Khan to judge Law Society Excellence Junior Lawyer of the Year Award

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Having won the Junior Lawyer of the Year award in 2011 for her "outstanding contribution to the work of Bindmans' public law and human rights department", Saadia Khan is one of the judges for this year's award.

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Tony Nicklinson’s family back call to carry on legal fight with new claimant

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner Saimo Chahal, the lawyer who acted for Tony Nicklinson, the man with locked-in syndrome who died after losing a legal bid to end his life, says that unaired legal arguments in his unsuccessful battle can be revived should another claimant come forward seeking to pursue his case.

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Sir Geoffrey Bindman tells BBC Radio 4 the Iraq war was an illegal aggressive war

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Commenting on BBC Radio 4, Sir Geoffrey Bindman said a war crimes trial “should be and could be held on the basis a crime of aggression has been committed and the crime of aggression was starting the war.

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Case discontinued in protest against Tamil deportation

September 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The CPS today discontinued a case against two men facing trial next week following a protest that delayed a coach carrying Tamil detainees being deported to Sri Lanka.

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Police share more than 50m records about members of the public

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Millions of intelligence reports, routinely gathered - including details of people not charged or convicted - added to database

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Statement about the death of Tony Nicklinson

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

I am extremely sad to tell you that I received a call at 10.45am from Jane Nicklinson to inform me that her husband Tony died peacefully at home at about 10am this morning.

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The Queen on the Application of Tony Nicklinson & Ministry of Justice

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Judgment was handed down today in Tony Nicklinson’s case. The leading Judgment is given by Lord Justice Toulson.

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Antony Nicklinson -v- Ministry of Justice & DPP & Jane Nicklinson (Interested Parties) &...

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Jane Nicklinson (Interested Parties) & CNK Alliance Limited (Intervener) Case No: HQ11X0443

JUDGMENT 16 August 2012

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Olympic opening ceremony Critical Mass arrests - 27 July 2012

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans represent many protesters and others who were arrested on the night of the Olympics opening ceremony during a 'critical mass' cycle ride.

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Bindmans media lawyer Athalie Matthews quoted in The Guardian on Tom Daley Twitter abuse arrest

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The arrest of a teenager by police investigating abuse of Olympic diving star Tom Daley on Twitter has led to calls for a new initiative educating the public about the ease with which a tweet can end with a jail sentence.

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Bindmans new head of the Criminal Law team

August 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP is delighted to announce that Crime Partners Martin Rackstraw and Katie Wheatley will become the new joint heads of the firm’s Criminal Law team.

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Bindmans partner Neil O’May is acting for the Government of Ecuador and the Ambassador of Ecuador

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Neil O'May is acting for the Government of Ecuador and the Ambassador of Ecuador in relation to the application for political asylum by Julian Assange, the Head of Wikileaks. Neil has brought to bear his expertise in Extradition Law, International Human Rights Laws and Conventions, and Asylum law.

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Bindmans lawyers comment on retention of personal data

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court has ruled that the policy on the retention of personal data is unlawful, and warned of its negative impact. So why, instead of issuing new guidance that would have cracked down on police overstepping the mark, has the government chosen to champion new legislation that will similarly trample the rights of innocent people? Bindmans lawyers Anna Mazzola and Najma Rasul report.

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Bindmans Employment Law Solicitor Nick Fry reviews a recent discrimination case

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Nick Fry has an article featured in DLA Briefings, the Discrimination Law Association’s publication, this month.

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Olympic authorities remain inflexible in the face of grave concerns about the future of...

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

neighbouring small businesses

35 Hackney businesses in the immediate vicinity of the Olympic Park have today withdrawn a legal challenge to the validity of traffic management orders for the local area.  

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Bindmans partner Neil O’May is acting for the Ambassador of Ecuador and the Republic of...

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Ecuador following Julian Assange’s request for sanctuary and asylum at the London Ecuadorian Embassy

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Photos displayed on Police databases declared unlawful

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In a landmark ruling, the High Court has ruled that the Metropolitan Police’s policy of keeping custody photographs of everyone arrested, often for many years, is unlawful and in breach of the right to private life. The court has ordered that the policies must be changed.

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High Court to review legality of DEFRA decision to cull badgers

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Badger Trust’s action for a judicial review of the Government’s decision to kill badgers will be heard on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June before Mr Justice Ouseley at the High Court in London.

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Bindmans lawyer shortlisted for Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year Award

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Family Solicitor Amy Rowe has been short-listed for the prestigious Jordan Family Law Awards in the Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year category.

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Safety of convictions of 29 Bindmans’ clients called into question as a result of activities of...

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

undercover police officer

Further irregularities in the prosecution handling of undercover police has led to the convictions of campaigners against climate change being called into question. 

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Bindmans employment partner Shazia Khan reviews recent discrimination case

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Shazia Khan, employment partner at Bindmans LLP has had an article published in DLA Briefings, the Discrimination Law Association’s publication.

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Bindmans lawyer reports on children in military custody

July 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In September 2011 a UK delegation of nine lawyers, from the fields of human rights, crime and child welfare, travelled to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to assess the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law. Bindmans solicitor Jude Lanchin, a specialist in criminal defence, was a member of the delegation.

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Right to die advocate Tony Nicklinson’s case will be heard by a...

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Divisional court (3 judges) on 19 and 20 June

Tony Nicklinson in his claim seeks the following Declarations:- 

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Bindmans employment partner Shazia Khan speaks to BBC Radio 4 about secret hearings in...

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Employment Tribunals

Ministers want to extend secret hearings to Britain's civil courts to allow Judges to deal with increasing number of cases involving the intelligence services. 

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Bindmans employment lawyer Emma Webster explains how flexible working rights operate

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Emma Webster, employment lawyer and parental rights expert at Bindmans writes in the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) magazine to discuss how best to make a successful flexible working application and to highlight the challenges facing parents returning to work after the arrival of a child.

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Bindmans clients’ cases raised in Parliament

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The cases of two clients of Mike Schwarz - Andrew Clarke and Geoff Sheppard – have been raised in Parliament by Green MP Caroline Lucas.

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Bindmans awarded Law Society Lexcel accreditation

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP has been awarded the Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel.

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Bindmans awarded Law Society Lexcel accreditation

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP has been awarded the Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel.

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Brain Injury Solicitor runs free advice clinic for carers in Camden during Carers’ Week, June 18-2

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans is running a free drop in advice clinic for carers of brain injured relatives and friends during Carers’ Week (June 18-24, 2012). The clinic will be held at Argenta House, 1 Aspern Grove, London, NW3 2AB on Friday June 22 from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

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Bindmans employment lawyer Peter Daly wins important ruling on Workplace Victimisation...

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

on behalf of client

Bindmans client Sylvia Vernon has won an important ruling in the Employment Tribunal on workplace victimisation.  

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Special Gala Screening of The Angels’ Share

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans was delighted to support the South Camlachie Youth Project at the special gala screening of The Angels’ Share on 31 May at the BFI Southbank, London.

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Bindmans employment lawyer Peter Daly comments on legal expenses insurance

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Understanding the complexity of legal expenses insurance can be difficult, and this isn’t helped by the often unclear explanations provided by the insurers.

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Bindmans Employment team shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards 2012

June 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Employment team at Bindmans LLP has been short-listed for the prestigious The Lawyer Awards, in the hotly contested Employment Team of the Year category.

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Bindmans client acquitted of insider trading charges

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans client Adam Buck was acquitted yesterday at Southwark Crown Court of an allegation of Insider Dealing after a six week trial.

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Businesses facing 'Olympic blight' launch legal bid for survival

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Haulage company Phelps Transport Ltd and 50 other businesses in the shadow of the Olympic stadium are poised to launch a legal bid for survival as the full impact of 13 weeks of planned road closures during the Games becomes clear.

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Bindmans lawyers shortlisted for LALY Awards

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Liz Barratt and Paul Ridge have been short-listed for the prestigious Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012.

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The Batang Kali Massacre trial - end of a Very British Cover-Up?

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In 1948, Scots Guardsmen shot dead 24 unarmed Chinese labourers in the rubber tapping village of Batang Kali, part of what was then colonial Malaya.

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Bindmans LLP strengthens team with appointment of new Associate

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Anna Mazzola has been appointed as an associate in the Public Law and Human Rights team of the leading human rights law firm Bindmans LLP.

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Asian Music Circuit ("AMC") - National music touring company promoting Pan-Asian music refused...

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

funding by Arts Council England ("ACE"), challenges decision making process

The High Court in Manchester, will hear legal argument on Thursday and Friday, 3 & 4 May as to the legality of the decision reached by Arts Council England (“ACE”) not to fund the Asian Music Circuit.  

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Ex-Stringfellows worker wins employment rights challenge

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In a decision that could have industry wide implications, Nadine Quashie, a former dancer with Stringfellow Restaurants Limited, has won her legal battle for employment rights.

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Press Conference: The Batang Kali massacre trial – the end of a very British cover up?

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

On 8 and 9 May 2012 the High Court will hear a judicial review test case brought by family members of the 24 unarmed men brutally massacred by British soldiers in 1948 at the village of Batang Kali, Malaya.

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Oxford-Cambridge boat defendant committed to Crown Court

May 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Trenton Oldfield, represented by Bindmans partner, Mike Schwarz, appeared at Feltham Magistrates Court on 23rd April and his case was committed to Isleworth Crown Court.

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Rape victim’s right to lifelong anonymity breached on Twitter

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans media lawyer Athalie Matthews comments on Woman’s Hour on the legal implications of the unlawful naming and abuse on Twitter of the successful claimant in the Sheffield United rape trial.

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Badger Trust judicial review to stop costly, counterproductive badger cull given green light on...

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

all 3 grounds

The Badger Trust is pleased that Mr Justice Irwin granted permission on 20 April 2012 for their judicial review of DEFRA’s decision to allow badgers to be killed in England as part of the Government’s programme to eradicate bovine tuberculosis.  

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Bindmans lawyers Emilie Cole and Nicholas Fry comment on the future of compromise agreements

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In response to the government’s recent consultation paper “Resolving workplace disputes,” employment lawyers Emilie Cole and Nicholas Fry consider the proposals and their potential implications for legal advisers.

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Police criticised over Mark Kennedy’s undercover tapes

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In a report published today, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said there were failings by the police to disclose covert tape recordings made by undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy, to the environmentalists prosecuted for their alleged part in a plan to occupy Ratcliffe coal-fired power station in 2009.

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Bindmans represents “The Shrewsbury Pickets

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Campaigners seeking a referral to the Court of Appeal for trade union activists convicted for their role in the building workers’ national strike 40 years ago will submit their cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) today .

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Bindmans partner Neil O’May comments on arrangements for extradition between the US and the UK

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Arrangements for extradition between the US and the UK should be radically changed to restore public confidence, said a group of MPs.

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Bahrain Centre for Human Rights wins the Bindmans Advocacy Award

April 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The winners of the 12th Annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards were announced on Wednesday 28 March at a ceremony hosted by Index on Censorship Chair Jonathan Dimbleby in London. Index is Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression.

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Anti-cuts protesters at Fortnum and Mason found not quilty

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Four anti-cuts protesters and one legal observer at Fortnum and Mason on 26 March 2011, represented by Bindmans, have today been found not guilty of aggravated trespass.

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Bindmans’ client sues Local Authority and School's Governing Body for race discrimination

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Sudhana Singh, former Head Teacher of a School in Tilehurst, is suing Reading Borough Council and the Moorlands Primary School Governing Body over claims she was subjected to racial discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

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Bindmans partners feature in The Times Law 100

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partners Saimo Chahal and Mike Schwarz feature in today’s prestigious The Times Law 100.

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Right to die advocate - Tony Nicklinson wins round 1

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Ministry of Justice made an application to strike out Tony Nicklinson’s claim in which he sought Declarations:-

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Bindmans partner awarded honorary QC status

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The annual round of Queen's Counsel appointments, published today (29 February), names Bindmans partner Stephen Grosz in the list of those to be appointed honorary QC.

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Badger Trust launches legal bid to prevent costly, counter-productive cull

March 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Today, the Badger Trust1 will lodge a claim in the High Court to seek a Judicial Review of DEFRA’s decision of 14 December 2011 to kill badgers in England.

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Bindmans partner Alison Stanley demands action for Lydia Besong and asylum seekers

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Spearheaded by the campaigning organisation Women for Refugee Women, a number of the UK’s leading lawyers including Bindmans LLP head of immigration Alison Stanley are writing to the Home Secretary to raise their concerns about the situation of women seeking asylum in the UK.

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Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz joins APPG panel

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Legal and Constitutional Affairs is an all-party parliamentary group of MPs and Peers that meets regularly to discuss current issues relating to law reform and the legal profession. It is jointly supported by The Law Society and the General Council of the Bar.

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Regressive ruling on disabled air passenger rights

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Gwendolen Morgan comments on the Reduced Mobility Rights campaigner’s website about the Court of Appeal decision to dismiss two separate cases involving wheelchair-bound passengers.

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The best interests of children of prisoners must be considered

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court yesterday handed down judgment in two joined judicial review cases brought by women prisoners challenging refusals to grant them Childcare Resettlement Leave. Charlotte Haworth Hird acted for the children of those prisoners, who were interested parties in the proceedings.

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Success for phone-hacking victims kept in the dark by the police

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Met Commissioner accepts that the failure to warn victims was unlawful

The Metropolitan Police Service today formally admitted in London’s High Court that its failure in 2006 and 2007 to warn victims and potential victims of phone hacking was unlawful. 

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Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi features in British Bangladeshi Power 100

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans head of employment Shah Qureshi features in the first ever British Bangladeshi Power 100 list as one of the UK’s leading Lawyers.

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We’re all in it together says Bindmans medical negligence lawyer

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

RBS Chief Stephen Hester was offered a bonus of ÂŁ963,000 on top of his annual ÂŁ1.2million salary. We own an 82% share in this bank. Compare this to a family whose son was injured at birth, and finally 20 years later receives a ÂŁ3.35m settlement payment to cover an injury that will last his life time.

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Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz featured in Big Issue

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner, Mike Schwarz, gives interview to Big Issue in advance of Institute of Employment Rights talks in Liverpool and London.

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High Court to rule on Bindmans “locked-in syndrome” case – an issue of interest worldwide!

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The case of a severely-disabled 57-year-old man who wants a judge to allow a doctor to “lawfully” end his life reached the High Court on Monday.

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Bindmans immigration lawyer Liz Barratt backs film about Aboriginal Elder

February 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans client Francis Firebrace is one of Australia’s most original indigenous storytellers and an Aboriginal Elder.

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Could Britain have tried Saif Gaddafi?

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Geoffrey Bindman comments on the limits of universal jurisdiction

The arrest of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the now deceased Colonel, prompts the question: where should his trial take place? The arrest warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity but, assuming the crimes of which he is accused also violate the domestic law of Libya, he could be tried either in Libya or by the ICC in the Hague

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Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen achieves High Court victory for phone hacking victims

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Tamsin Allen, who heads the firm’s media practice, has secured settlements against News Group Newspapers Ltd for the former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Chris Bryant MP, Denis MacShane MP, journalists Joan Smith and Tom Rowland and Christopher Shipman.

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Kettling judgement disappoints protesters

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Protesters expressed disappointment with a Court of Appeal decision today to overturn a Divisional Court judgement on kettling and use of violent force against climate protesters on April 1 2009. The Divisional Court headed by its President, Sir Anthony May, and Mr Justice Sweeney, had concluded the police operations were “not lawful.”

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Protest continues at Parliament Square

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Long standing protest continues at Parliament Square and efforts yesterday evening by the Metropolitan Police (supported by Westminster) to clear the area have not ended protest at this iconic location.

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Violinist suspended for Israel Proms protest takes claim to tribunal

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

One of four musicians suspended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is taking a claim for discrimination on the grounds of belief to an employment tribunal. Sarah Streatfeild, who has played violin with the LPO for 25 years, was suspended for six months without pay last September after she signed a joint letter to the Independent calling on the Proms to cancel a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi features in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2012

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans head of employment Shah Qureshi features in the new 2012 edition of The Lawyer's Hot 100 report as one of the UK's leading Lawyers.

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Bindmans partner Alison Stanley saddened by death of Sir Michael Dummett

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Sir Michael Dummett, who has died aged 86, was one of the greatest British philosophers of the 20th century. Sir Michael was also a staunch campaigner for racial justice and one of the key founders of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

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Bindmans partner Stephen Grosz comments on Bill of Rights and reform and the...

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

 European Court of Human Rights

Stephen Grosz comments on the recent consultation on a Bill of Rights and the Government's programme for reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Stephen is Head of Public Law and Human Rights at Bindmans LLP, and member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee.  

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Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz makes his legal predictions for 2012

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Guardian’s Alex Aldridge asked a selection of figures from the legal world for their thoughts on the year ahead. Mike Schwarz, partner specialising in criminal defence law at Bindmans looks into his crystal ball:

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Library campaigners pursue Supreme Court appeal

January 2012. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Campaigners seeking to halt the closure plans for half of Brent’s public libraries suffered a setback today when the Court of Appeal rejected their appeal against refusal of their judicial review claim. The campaigners will  pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court. It represents the first opportunity for the highest UK court to consider both the equality duties at the heart of their case and the legality of large-scale public library closures.

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Bindmans partner Katherine Gieve contributes to new book on the reform of Family Justice

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Katherine Gieve, head of the Family team at Bindmans LLP, has contributed to a new book, Dear David: A memo to the Norgrove Committee from the Dartington Conference 2011, The collected papers of the 2011 Dartington Hall Conference.

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Bindmans respond to report by Sir Christopher Rose into undercover policing

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner, Mike Schwarz, comments on the first report into undercover policing and reveals another case raising concerns about policing and prosecuting practices.

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Bindmans lawyer Jessica Skinns comments on Channel 4 about stalking law reform

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A new law on stalking took a step closer this week. The House of Lords is debating an amendment which will create a specific criminal offence in England and Wales for the first time. Until now it’s been dealt with under harassment laws.

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Bindmans associate Jude Lanchin successfully represents protesters

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans criminal defence solicitor Jude Lanchin has been acting for a number of defendants charged after the student protest at Millbank in 2010 and the August riots this year. In mid-November, on the eve of the first year anniversary of the Millbank protest and a few days before this year’s student demonstration, Jude had her fifth acquittal of students charged with violent disorder and aggravated trespass from the Millbank protest.

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Met Commissioner compensates journalist arrested for taking photographs in public place

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Met Commissioner compensates journalist arrested for taking photographs in public place and told to stop "running round acting silly, being stupid and gay"

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Grand Chamber of European Court of Human Rights to hear ground-breaking challenge to UK's ban on...

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

on political advertising

Animal Defenders International (ADI) will argue that the UK’s advertising laws do not comply with the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. 

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Settlement in Tessa Jowell's phone hacking claim

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP has settled her claim for breach of privacy and harassment against News Group Newspapers in relation to voicemail interception.

Her solicitor, Tamsin Allen of Bindmans LLP said:

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Unlawful to send child asylum seekers back to other EU countries

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Court of Appeal has today made an important decision which could change the law throughout Europe about the forced removal of unaccompanied children to other European countries.

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Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi quoted in The Lawyer

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi has been quoted in The Lawyer on the case of Ex-Stringfellows worker Nadine Quashie who has been granted permission to appeal a decision by the London Central Employment Tribunal, which ruled she could not sue her former ‘employer’ as she was self-employed.

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Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz is featured in the Law Society Gazette

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mike Schwarz is interviewed by the Law Society Gazette discussing the cases which led to his recent Excellence Award and his concerns about the right to protest, criminal legal aid, policing and threats to the criminal justice system.

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Locked-in syndrome sufferer, Tony Nicklinson asks for right to legally terminate his life

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, 57, has issued proceedings in the High Court asking for Declarations that it is lawful for a doctor to terminate his life, with his consent and with him making the decision with full mental capacity.

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Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi featured in Law Society Gazette as Lawyer in the News

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Shah Qureshi, partner in Employment at Bindmans LLP has been featured in the Law Society Gazette as Lawyer in the News.

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Anti-cuts protesters at Fortnum and Mason to appeal against conviction

December 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP represent anti-cuts protesters convicted at City of Westminster Magistrates Court of aggravated trespass on 17 November. They will appeal to the High Court amid growing concerns about the inappropriate use of the criminal offence of aggravated trespass to protesters and the over-use of the legal principle of joint enterprise.

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Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi quoted in the Guardian on the case of Ex-Stringfellows worker

November 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner Shah Qureshi has been quoted in the Guardian on the case of Ex-Stringfellows worker Nadine Quashie who has won the right to challenge for employment rights.

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Ex-Stringfellows worker wins right to challenge for employment rights

November 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Nadine Quashie, a former dancer with Stringfellows Restaurants Limited, has been granted permission to appeal by the Employment Appeal Tribunal against the decision of the London Central Employment Tribunal which decided on 9 November 2010 that she was not an ‘employee’ despite working long hours at Stringfellows from June 2007 to December 2008.

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Environmental protesters’ cases discontinued

November 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Two environmental protesters who had been prosecuted for Criminal Damage following their ‘Oil Orgy’ protest at the Canada-Europe Energy Roundtable Conference in London on 11 October 2011 had their cases discontinued yesterday following representations made by Sashy Nathan of Bindmans LLP.

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Occupation London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) allowed to stay at St Paul's until the New Year

November 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Occupation London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) at St Paul’s are currently being assisted by Bindmans partner Paul Ridge

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Milli Bhatia found not guilty of assault

November 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Milli Bhatia, 19, the daughter of actress Meera Syal, was today acquitted of assaulting Christian Pannell, 18, by a unanimous verdict of the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

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Bindmans LLP ranked as Band 1 firm in Chambers UK

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The 2012 edition of Chambers UK been published and once again Bindmans LLP has received excellent reviews. The firm has maintained its position as a leader in providing legal services and many of its lawyers are rated as leading individuals within the legal profession.

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Discrimination against animal rights activists ruled unlawful

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In what is believed to be the first decision of its kind, Bindmans LLP client Joe Hashman has been successful in his claim that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his belief in the sanctity of life extending to anti-fox hunting and anti-hare coursing beliefs.

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Bindmans celebrate historic double win at Law Society Excellence Awards

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP has achieved an unprecedented double win at the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards 2011.

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Bindmans team recognised for excellence in family law

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Our Family Department was one of just four firms in the UK that were short-listed for the prestigious Family Law Firm of the Year award, narrowly failing to win the overall title

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Campaigners vow to renew court fight to save Brent Libraries

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mr Justice Ousley today dismissed a judicial review brought by campaigners seeking to overturn Brent Council’s decision to close half of its public libraries.

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Bindmans lawyer Chris Evans comments on a US Supreme Court case

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The United States’ Supreme Court will utilise a lawsuit brought against Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether corporations can be prosecuted in United States courts for complicity in human rights abuses abroad, a report in the Wall Street Journal said on Monday.

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Bindmans partner Stephen Grosz recognised at second World Sikh Awards

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Sikh community has honoured Bindmans partner Stephen Grosz for his services over the past 30 years. Stephen was presented with the Sikh Recognition Award 2011 at the World Sikh Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton on 9 October.

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Bindmans partner Saimo Chahal features on Russian TV

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Saimo Chahal features in a short television documentary about euthanasia produced by the Russian State TV and Radio Company, RTR. The documentary focuses on Bindmans client Tony Nicklinson and his wife Jane - Saimo acts for Tony, who has “Locked in Syndrome” and whose case has been widely reported in the media. He has launched a legal bid to allow his wife to end his life.

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Bindmans LLP shortlisted for Family Law firm of the year

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Our Family Department has been short-listed for the prestigious Jordan Family Law Awards.

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Bindmans immigration solicitor Emma Cohen interviewed on the Victoria Derbyshire programme

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In an interview with Victoria Derbyshire on Radio 5 Live, Emma Cohen speaks about the proposals by the government to change the immigration rules to stop foreign nationals convicted of a serious criminal offence calling upon article 8 (The right to family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights to avoid being deported.

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Committal fee abolition: Law Society launches judicial review

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Stephen Grosz and Gwendolen Morgan are acting for the Law Society in a High Court challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s decision to abolish the committal fee in legally aided criminal proceedings for ‘either way’ cases.

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Bindmans acting in court case based on the Dublin regulation

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans acting in court case based on the Dublin regulation, an EU law determining where some asylum seekers should be sent

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Bindmans partner Alison Stanley shocked by the shortcomings of the Asylum Screening Unit

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Asylum Screening Unit is preventing asylum seekers from lodging claims for permission to stay in the UK unless their lawyers threaten legal action, according to the Law Society.

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Bindmans partner successfully defends right of Guardian journalists to protect their sources

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Neil O’May, partner and Head of the Criminal Law team at Bindmans LLP successfully represented The Guardian newspaper in its defence of an application brought by the Metropolitan Police for the production of documents held in confidence as source material by the Guardian.

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Bindmans partner Paul Ridge argues that the government are misleading us about changes in the law

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP partner Paul Ridge is concerned that the Government is misleading the public about the law relating to squatting and seeks to exaggerate the myths surrounding squatting and “squatter’s rights.”

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Bindmans ranked as top tier firm in the Legal 500

October 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 27 September 2011

The 2011 edition of Legal 500 UK has been published and Bindmans LLP has received excellent reviews. The firm has maintained its position in the top tier ranking for its legal services and many of its lawyers are rated as leading individuals with the legal profession.

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Bindmans lawyers shortlisted for Law Society Excellence Awards 2011

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Two lawyers at Bindmans LLP have been short-listed for the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards.

Mike Schwarz, partner in the Criminal Law department has been short-listed for Solicitor of the Year, Private Practice Award and Saadia Khan has been short-listed as the category Junior Lawyer of the Year Award. 

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Metropolitan police drop action against the Guardian

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Scotland Yard have been forced into an abrupt climbdown over the attempt to make Guardian reporters reveal their phone-hacking sources. Neil O'May, head of the crime team at Bindmans LLP, is acting for the Guardian.

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European Court of Human Rights considers whether kettling can ever be lawful

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The twenty judges of the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber are today considering arguments that the police tactic of mass kettling – where a group is held against their will because it is supposed some might breach the peace – is a violation of the fundamental right of liberty. If the arguments succeed, kettling will need to be abandoned altogether.

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Bindmans represent campaigners seeking to revive criminal proceedings relating to UK Uncut protest

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mike Schwarz, a partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP, which represents 17 of the 21 protesters, said: “Our clients consider it unfair, disproportionate and arbitrary for the Crown to prosecute the 30 defendants against whom proceedings are continuing.”

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Victims' families win battle for Court scrutiny of Batang Kali massacre

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Relatives of the 24 unarmed rubber plantation workers shot dead in December 1948 by British troops in the Malaysian village of Batang Kali have been granted permission for their judicial review to proceed to a full hearing in the UK Courts.

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Sir Geoffrey Bindman comments on a legal challenge to Scottish university fees

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Writing on Halsbury’s Law Exchange, an independent and politically neutral legal think tank, Sir Geoffrey Bindman comments on the challenge to the decision of the Scottish government to impose tuition charges on students in Scottish universities who are ordinarily domiciled in England.

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Relief for Brent library campaigners as test case adjourned over the summer

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Judgement on Brent library campaigners’ judicial review of the decision to close half of the Borough’s libraries has been put on hold over the summer court vacation, with an indication that it will be handed down by the Court early in October.

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Saimo Chahal featured in The Big Issue as parents celebrate victory against pay to play scheme

September 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

South London residents are celebrating a landmark legal victory against Wandsworth Council’s proposal for a ‘pay to-pay’ scheme. Triumphant parents have hailed their victory over the London Borough that tried to charge an entrance fee to a children’s playground as a blueprint against threats to play areas nationwide. They were represented by Saimo Chahal, partner at Bindmans LLP.  

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Libraries cuts test case reaches trial

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The very first case that will decide what legal protection there is against local authority cuts to public library services was part heard today. The case is brought on behalf of campaigners in Brent, which decided to cut six of its twelve libraries on 11 April this year. The campaigners’ solicitor John Halford said:

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Prosecution discontinue criminal prosecutions of many Bindmans’ UK Uncut clients

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Fortnum & Mason protest: CPS drops charges against 109 UK Uncut activists• Charges no longer in public interest, says CPS • Police admit deceiving protesters into mass arrest • Lawyer says it makes no sense to proceed with 30 cases

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Pressure on Crown Prosecution Service to drop criminal proceedings against over 100 Bindmans Clients

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Pressure mounts on Crown Prosecution Service to drop criminal proceedings against over 100 Bindmans clients arrested at UK Uncut protest at Fortnum & Mason

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Bindmans solicitor Kate Goold explains the legal position about cultivating cannabis

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

I am a divorced mother of three daughters in their 30s. Two are settled and happily married. They are all very close – to each other and to me. My third daughter has a successful career, working with children, which she loves. She has a partner and a delightful two-year-old daughter. She has confided in one of her sisters that her partner is planning to grow cannabis. They have money worries and we believe this is the motivation.  

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Phone-hacking scandal: More to join judicial review in the High Court

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Lord Prescott, Brian Paddick and Chris Bryant MP, the Claimants in the judicial review of the police, will shortly be joined by two new Claimants, Ben Jackson, and “HJK”, members of the public whose telephone voicemails were hacked into on behalf of the News of the World.

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Solicitors Journal interview Bindmans solicitor on the proposed cull of English Badgers

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Gwendolen Morgan is quoted by the Solicitors Journal in an article about the fate of badgers in the west of England as the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman prepares to make an announcement on a possible cull.

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Gwendolen Morgan comments on Easyjet's Discrimination Policy

August 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Gwendolen Morgan was asked to comment on Easyjet's discriminatory policy and developments in rights for disabled air passengers and the international aviation convention

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Bindmans client Charles Atangana finally receives his refugee papers

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Journalists and asylum campaigners are celebrating the news that NUJ member Charles Atangana has been granted refugee status seven years after he arrived in Britain from Cameroon.

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Bindmans family lawyer Louise Coubrough interviewed on the Vanessa Feltz show

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Where do couples stand if they are not married? What legal rights do they have? Louise Coubrough explains the position in an interview with Vanessa Feltz. 

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Bindmans join criticisms of pre-charge bail conditions for protesters

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

As support groups working with and solicitors representing people arrested at protests, including the recent student and anti-cuts protests, we have first-hand experience of the abuse of police bail (Report, 1 July).

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Wandsworth backs down on charging for adventure playground

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Wandsworth Borough Council made a decision on 28 February at its Executive Committee to introduce a charge of ÂŁ2.50 per child for entry to Battersea Adventure Playground. This was due to come into effect on 2 July 2011. Five Wandsworth families instructed Saimo Chahal, Partner at Bindmans LLP, to challenge that decision.

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Bindmans lawyer successfully defends tuition fees protestor

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In one of the first sentencing hearings arising from the student demonstrations at Milbank in November 2010, protester Hanita Dadswell, 18, appeared at a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court.

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Supreme Court rules on correct approach to Hague Convention

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Judgment was delivered on 10 June 2011 by the Supreme Court in the case of Re: E (children) in which Bindmans lawyers Liz Dronfield and Elizabeth Cape acted pro bono for Reunite.

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Bindmans respond to DPP’s decision

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans respond to DPP’s decision to set up further enquiry into concerns about CPS’ conduct of Ratcliffe power station case.

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Bindmans Partner Paul Ridge comments on case of unlawful detention of autistic son

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans Partner Paul Ridge has been quoted in an article in The Independent on the case of Steven Neary, an autistic man who was "unlawfully detained" by Hillingdon Council.

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High Court challenge launched to Brent Council’s decision to...

July 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

‘swing a wrecking ball through local library services’

A judicial review claim by library campaigners has been issued in the High Court challenging the highly controversial decision of Brent Council to close half of its local libraries. 

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Bindmans instructed in trade union protest case

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans, assistant solicitor Laura Higgs and partner Mike Schwarz, represent Phil Whitehurst on public order charge connected with Saltend dispute, near Hull.

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Saimo Chahal is featured in the Camden People section of the Camden Gazette

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Camden Gazette’s people section highlights the achievements of interesting people who live or work in Camden.

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Bindmans' comment on the latest developments in the Ratcliffe Power Station case

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Yesterday, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it had set up a full, formal enquiry into its handling of the prosecution of 26 climate change campaigners.

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Bindmans’ Saimo Chahal wins the Society of Asian

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Society of Asian Lawyers hosted their prestigious 21st Anniversary Ball in London on 21 May when they announced the awards for Commercial, Crime and Public Law & Human Rights Lawyers of the Year, together with their Life Time achievement award.

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Schools challenged on subsidies for golf, shooting and dressage

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Private schools will today be challenged to justify a tax payer subsidy for providing lavish “goldplated” services, like shooting, nine hole golf courses and beagling for their pupils.

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Permission granted in Phone Hacking Judicial Review

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

THE COURT GAVE PERMISSION FOR LORD PRESCOTT, CHRIS BRYANT MP, BRIAN PADDICK AND BRENDAN MONTAGUE TO PROCEED WITH A JUDICIAL REVIEW OF POLICE DECISION-MAKING IN THE PHONE-HACKING CASE.

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Bindmans achieves successful settlement in race discrimination case against US investment bank

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans employment lawyers Shah Qureshi and Christine Quinn, have successfully settled a race discrimination and harassment claim against a top US investment bank for around quarter million pounds.

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Bindmans’ Sara Lomri is featured as Lawyer in the News in the Law Society Gazette

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Sara Lomri, Solicitor at Bindmans LLP, is this week’s Lawyer in the News in the Law Society Gazette. Sara obtained a critical verdict following a lengthy inquest process for her client, the mother of a patient who hanged herself last July while a detained psychiatric patient in the care of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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Bindmans’ Saimo Chahal is featured in the Downtime section of the Times’ Law Supplement.

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Saimo Chahal, Partner at Bindmans LLP, is featured in this week's Downtime section of the Times' Law Supplement.

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Scathing verdict from jury on conclusion of inquest into death of young detained psychiatric patient

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

On 6 May 2011 the jury returned a decisive and highly critical verdict of the acts and omissions of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust following the inquest into the circumstances of the death of Louise Noon.

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Bindmans represents family of young detained psychiatric patient

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

who hanged herself in hospital, despite known risks and clear warning signs

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“Not lawful police operations”

June 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Divisional Court’s damning verdict on kettling and police violence at the 1 April 2009 Climate Camp demonstration.

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Chez Cotton quoted by The Guardian about the right of journalists to report

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 1 April 2011

Mr Naylor, represented by Bindmans' associate Chez Cotton, was working in a professional capacity reporting an incident where there had been a fatality following a fire on a canal boat.

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Bindmans joins new Brain Injury Group

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 8 April 2011

London law firm Bindmans LLP, based near King’s Cross, has been selected to join the new Brain Injury Group.

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Bindmans’ lawyers demand immediate release of hidden documents linked to British massacre in Mala

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 11 April 2011

The Batang Kali massacre is an incident that took place in Malaya in 1948 during British military operations against native and Chinese communists in the post-World War II Malayan Emergency.

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Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen writes for Index about Ken Clarke’s reforms of defamation fees

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 11 April 2011

Tamsin Allen, Head of media and information law at Bindmans LLP, shows her skepticism about Ken Clarke’s proposals to make success fees recoverable from the claimant.

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Bindmans take phone-hacking scandal to Court

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 15 April 2011

Mr Justice Vos will today consider how the phone hacking claims will proceed and make directions for the disclosure of documents by the police and News of the World.

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Bindmans oppose Home Office attempt to restrict Turkish Businesses in the UK

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 18 April 2011

Turkish nationals who set up businesses in the United Kingdom have long enjoyed the benefits of an agreement originally signed between Turkey and the European Union in 1963 to give "freedom of establishment" to Turkish nationals. When the UK joined the EEC in 1973 it also signed up to this agreement.

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Statement by Bindmans about the convictions of 20 environmental campaigners

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 18 April 2011

Today Keir Starmer QC, the DPP confirmed that following a review he instructed Clare Montgomery QC to conduct into the safety of the convictions of 20 defendants convicted of conspiracy to trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal fired power station.

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Bindmans partner Stephen Grosz appointed to Law Society’s Human Rights Committee

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 20 April 2011

Alongside Bindmans Human rights and public law partner Stephen Grosz, six other solicitors have joined the Law Society's Human Rights Committee to help highlight, challenge and condemn human rights abuses across the world.

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Bindmans’ client Charles Atangana wins legal battle against removal to Cameroon

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Publication date: 20 April 2011

Mr Atangana is a journalist from Cameroon. He arrived in the UK in 2004 and claimed asylum after he ad fled Cameroon following being detained and tortured by the authorities due to his critical reporting.

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Bindmans partner comments on police plan to arrest protesters who target royal wedding

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz comments in The Guardian on police preparations for policing demonstrations surrounding the royal wedding.

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Bindmans' solicitors John Halford and Saadia Khan write for DLA Briefings

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans' solicitors John Halford and Saadia Khan write for DLA Briefings about the new public sector equality duties

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Bindmans Partner Mike Schwarz writes for The Morning Star about the right to protest

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans Partner Mike Schwarz writes for The Morning Star about the right to protest in advance of the TUC organised march on Saturday 26 March.

Please click the link below to view this article:

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Bindmans Supports the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2011

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP is delighted to continue its support of Index on Censorship at the Freedom of Expression Awards through the sponsorship of the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award. Index is Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression. The Awards honour those battling censorship, or those bringing to light stories that would otherwise be forgotten.

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Court of Appeal Judge receives libel apology and damages

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Lord Justice Sedley, a Court of Appeal Judge, represented by Bindmans LLP, today accepted an apology and damages (which will be paid to charities) from the Daily Telegraph in respect of a defamatory article published in November 2010.

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Bindmans’ Associate Liz Dronfield instructed by Reunite to intervene in an appeal

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans’ Associate Liz Dronfield is instructed by Reunite to intervene in an appeal in relation to the impact of recent decisions of the ECHR

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Bindmans' founder appointed honorary QC

April 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Sir Geoffrey Bindman (founder of and now senior consultant at Bindmans LLP) has been appointed an honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC).

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Bindmans LLP provides legal assistance to the Children’s Rights Alliance

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP provides legal assistance to the Children’s Rights Alliance for England’s (CRAE) You’ve got the Right advice service

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Bindmans partner Martin Rackstraw comments on the European Arrest Warrant in Guardian article

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Malcolm Hay, a respected British antiquities dealer, has been accused of selling stolen ancient artefacts to an Athens trader. He faces being deported to Greece and imprisoned, using the controversial European Arrest Warrant.

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Bindmans’ client featured in The Telegraph about his belief in animal rights

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Joe Hashman, a gardener of 42, represented by Shah Qureshi, Head of the Employment department at Bindmans LLP, has brought a landmark legal challenge claiming he was sacked from working at a garden centre because of his views on fox hunting.

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Tony Nicklinson’s daughters tell their family’s story

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Lauren and Beth Nicklinson are the daughters of Locked-in Syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who is represented by Bindmans’ partner Saimo Chahal.

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Bindmans partner featured lawyer in the Times and in the Law Society Gazette

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mike Schwarz, a partner at Bindmans LLP, recently acted for the six environmental activists who were acquitted of charges of conspiring to occupy Radcliffe-on-Soar power station.

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Bindmans’ partner Paul Ridge comments on move to evict anti-war protesters before the royal weddin

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The anti-war campaigner Brian Haw has camped for more than nine years in Parliament Square, in front of Westminster Abbey. Other peace protestors have supported him and now the City of Westminster is to go to the High court to remove Haw, his fellow campaigner and long-time Peace Campaigner, Maria Gallastegui, before the big day.

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Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen writes for the Guardian on sex and undercover police

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Following yesterday's demonstrations against undercover officers having sexual relations with members of groups they infiltrate, Tamsin Allen commented for The Guardian about potential remedies for women whose partners turned out to be undercover cops.
Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen writes for the Guardian on sex and undercover police

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Shah Qureshi quoted by The Guardian about unfair dismissal and whistleblowing

February 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Robina Husain-Naviatti, the former deputy director of the charity Forensic Therapies, has been awarded ÂŁ47,580 in compensation after being unfairly dismissed when she raised concerns over ÂŁ300,000 of "missing funds" from the Cabinet Office.

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Tamsin Allen Features in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2011

January 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Tamsin Allen, Head of Media and Information law at Bindmans LLP, features in the 2011 edition of The Lawyer's Hot 100 report as one of the UK's leading Lawyers.

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Family Team Success in the European Court of Justice

January 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Family team at Bindmans LLP have been successful in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the first referral of a family case from the Court of Appeal to the ECJ.

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Bindmans partner wins judicial review against Legal Services Commission

January 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Representing a consortium of 12 law firms, Bindmans' partner Saimo Chahal has successfully challenged the way the LSC awarded contracts in November for publicly-funded legal services in public law and mental health.

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Tony Niklinson demands right to choose his own fate

January 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans partner Saimo Chahal represents "locked-in" syndrome sufferer Tony Niklinson who wants his wife Jane to be allowed to help him die without the risk of being prosecuted for murder.

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Bindmans partner Saimo Chahal submits evidence to The Commission on Assisted Dying

January 2011. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The legal and ethical status of assisted dying in our society continues to be an unresolved public policy issue.

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EMAG is taking advice from Bindmans’ lawyers on courtroom battle with the Treasury

December 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Equitable Members Action Group will ask its 40,000 membership to renew their support to force a fairer compensation deal from the Government.

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John Halford represents the six psychotherapy and psychoanalysis practitioner groups

December 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Psychotherapists win the right to challenge health professions council plans for statutory regulation

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Success for high profile journalist

December 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Success for high profile journalist stopped from reporting by police who say “we can do anything under the terrorism act

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Gwendolen Morgan questions suspension of protest website

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Scotland Yard has forced the closure of an anti-police blog which was being used to disseminate advice to protesters pictured at the student fees demonstration last week.

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Paul Ridge interviewed on The One Show on the guidelines for dealing with squatters

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In Great Britain, 20 000 people are squatting in someone else property. How protected are you against squatters? Do squatters’ rights really exist?

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Investigation into the death of graffiti artist in prison cell

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The inquest into the death of 23 year old graffiti artist Tom Collister in Camp Hill prison will begin on Monday 22 November.

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Bindmans support High Court challenge to the new mental health and public law legal aid contracts

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Legal history was made when two law firms with nine law firms standing behind them are granted a protective costs order even though they have financial interest in the litigation, because they are litigating in the public interest.

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Campaigner launches groundbreaking - Animal rights discrimination case

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Joe Hashman, a professional gardener, published author and lifelong animal rights campaigner has issued proceedings against Orchard Park Garden Centre claiming that it terminated his contract with them because of his belief in the sanctity of life and in particular his opposition to hunting.

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Slave – a question of freedom

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Former Bindmans client Mende Nazer is a human rights activist and author of the worldwide bestseller “Slave”. Her work is mostly based on a former life as a slave in Sudan.

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What the Legal 500 2010 says about Bindmans legal practice in London

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Another great year of reviews from the Legal 500

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UK government challenged to end a "very British cover-up"

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Official historian of Malayan emergency withdraws his account of 1948 massacre, as lawyers are “poised to take legal action”

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Bindmans’ Partners recognized as “trailblazers” in Black Letter Law 2010

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Two partners from Bindmans LLP, one of the UK’s top Human Rights law firms, have been included in the new 2010 edition of Black Letter Law, published by the Black Lawyers Directory.

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Bindmans achieves top rankings in 2011 edition of Chambers and Partners UK

November 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The 2011 edition of Chambers UK has been published and once again Bindmans has received excellent reviews. The firm has maintained its position as a leader in providing legal services and many of its lawyers are rated as leading individuals within the legal profession.

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Civil tender results: Law Society takes legal action

October 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Law Society is taking legal action against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the outcome of the family legal aid tender round, which will see the number of firms assigned to family law work reduced from 2,400 to 1,300.

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Bindmans improves league position in UK 200

October 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP has climbed five places in the league tables published this week in The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2010. This year we are ranked at 188th, based on the annual turnover of UK law firms, compared with 193rd position 12 months ago.

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What the Legal 500 2010 says about Bindmans legal practice in London

October 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Another great year of reviews from the Legal 500

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Law Society wins family tender challenge

October 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Stephen Grosz, Saadia Khan and Clare Jennings of Bindmans LLP represented the Law Society in its successful High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s family legal aid tender process.

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Cameroonian journalist wins stay on removal 24 hours before flight due

September 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Cameroonian journalist and NUJ member Charles Atangana has been released from detention after he was granted bail on 12 August. Mr Atangana was detained on the 25 June and served with removal directions to Cameroon after the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused to recognise his claim for asylum.

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Met challenged over News of the World phone-tapping scandal

September 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Law firm Bindmans LLP will be issuing a Judicial Review on behalf of clients challenging the Metropolitan Police Service's decision not to release information to potential victims of the News of the World phone-tapping scandal.

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Shazia Khan speaks to LexisNexis Butterworths about the BBC News report on women bishops

August 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

"The Church of England's governing body is trying to find a way to introduce women bishops without dividing Anglicans. Selena Masson (LexisNexis) speaks to Shazia Khan, an Associate in the employment team at Bindmans who specialises in race and sex discrimination cases.

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Cameroonian journalist wins stay on removal 24 hours before flight due

August 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Cameroonian journalist and NUJ member Charles Atangana has been released from detention after he was granted bail on 12 August. Mr Atangana was detained on the 25 June and served with removal directions to Cameroon after the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused to recognise his claim for asylum.

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Saimo Chahal's client, locked in syndrome sufferer asks for right to die with dignity

August 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Locked in Syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson has today called on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to issue new guidelines which would mean his wife Jane would know whether a prosecution for murder is always in the public interest, in circumstances where Tony has a clear and settled wish to terminate his life and the killing would be with his consent but where he can not implement his decision by reason of his disabilities.

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Mark Emery quoted in Guardian race discrimination article

July 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Why is a race discrimination case that the Crown Prosecution Service lost being dragged into a tenth year by the public body?

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Campaigners acquitted of conspiracy to cause criminal damage

July 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mike Schwarz of Bindmans LLP and Lydia Dagostino from Kellys Solicitors in Brighton represented campaigners who were tried at Lewes Crown Court sitting at Hove. They were acquitted of conspiracy to cause criminal damage at EDO MBM Technology Ltd (a company owned by ITT Integrated Structures), a business said to have supplied weapons components used during Israel's military activity in Gaza in January 2009.

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Different legal defences, different outcomes for two environmentalist groups

July 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In 2008, six Greenpeace campaigners were acquitted for an action at Kingsnorth power station, whereas in the following year, 29 environmentalists were convicted after an action at DRAX power station.

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Badger Trust wins right to challenge Welsh badger cull in the Court of Appeal

June 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Accepting that the Trust had real prospects of success in its challenge to the proposed badger cull, Lord Justice Elias granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal, ordered an urgent hearing of the matter and put in place a protective costs regime.

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Peace protesters win round one in eviction fight

June 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

London Mayor Boris Johnson lost the first round in seeking to evict peace protesters camped in Parliament Square Gardens.

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Rights claims may follow 2010 Elections fiasco

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Voters who were turned away from polling stations last night may bring legal claims for denial of their constitutional and human rights. Claims may overturn election results in constituencies where the majority was very slim.

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Savage (Respondent) v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Appellant)

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

After hearing evidence over a week, the High Court found that South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had violated its positive obligation to protect the life of Carole Savage under Article 2 (the right to life) of the ECHR. ÂŁ10,000 was awarded to Anna Savage for the breach.

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Kumar Murshid, former LDA member, wins clarification and costs from Evening Standard

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The Evening Standard has agreed to clarify claims made about Kumar Murshid in an article by Andrew Gilligan published in 2007 during its coverage of the LDA grants scandal.

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Settlement reached for Bindmans client Tim Nicholson in climate change discrimination case

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Senior Executive and Environmentalist Tim Nicholson claimed he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against by his employer Grainger Plc because of his ‘philosophical belief about climate change and the environment’.

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Doubts linger over wisdom of Welsh badger cull despite rejection of judicial review

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

This morning, the High Court, sitting in Cardiff, handed down judgment in the Badger Trust’s judicial review challenge to the Welsh Assembly Ministers’ decision to press ahead with a mass badger cull in May 2010.

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Young children’s views determine High Court’s decision

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A father in Hague Convention abduction proceedings was not given permission to appeal Mrs Justice Black’s finding that an 8 year old and a 6 year old had reached such an age and level of maturity at which it was appropriate to take account of their views.

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Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Specialist Siobhan Kelly is Promoted to Partner

May 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

London Law firm Bindmans LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Associate Siobhan Kelly to Partner on 1st April 2010, bringing the firm to a total of 15 Partners.

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Harrak v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/13408/2009

April 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court has held that a man held in immigration detention for 40 months was unlawful detained.

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Rashid Hajili Wins the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award

April 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

2010 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award Recipients Announced

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Shah Qureshi is Lawyer of the Month for the Black Lawyers Directory

February 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans' Head of Employment Shah Qureshi was interviewed by the Black Lawyers Directory (BLD) and features as BLD’s Lawyer of the month for February. The Directory was launched in 2006 to highlight, promote and champion diversity within the legal profession in England, Wales and internationally.

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Katie Wheatley is featured as the Gazette's 'Lawyer in the News'

February 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans Partner Katie Wheatley, is acting for Frances Inglis, the mother who was convicted to serve a minimum of nine years after having administered a fatal dose of heroin to her severely disabled son, ‘to release him from a living death’.

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Mrs Inglis’ Solicitor confirms that there will be appeals against both conviction and sentence

February 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Following the news yesterday that Frances Inglis has been given a life sentence, her solicitor Katie Wheatley from London law firm Bindmans LLP commented today:

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Frances Inglis Murder Trial – Statement on Old Bailey Outcome

February 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Frances Inglis is a mother who gave her catastrophically brain-damaged 22-year-old son Tom a fatal overdose to put an end to the living death he was suffering.

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Samantha Orobator Victim of Injustice to be Freed Soon

February 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court set a tariff sentence for Samantha Orobator which should see her set free in a matter of weeks. A court in Laos had sentenced Ms Orobator to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, and she was repatriated to Britain earlier this year. In a judgment handed down today, Lord Justice Dyson and Mr Justice Tugendhat accepted Ms Orobator’s claim that threats and coercion had led her to carry a quantity of heroin to Wattay airport in Laos on 5th August 2008. Taking account of a number of other mitigating factors, they set a term of 18 months, equivalent to the amount of time she has already spent in custody.

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Saimo Chahal Features in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2010

January 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Saimo Chahal, Head of Civil Liberties and Social Welfare at Bindmans LLP features in the 2010 edition of The Lawyer's Hot 100 report as one of the UK's leading Campaigning Lawyers. The Lawyer's annual Hot 100 recognises a group of lawyers who have been at the top of their games during the past 12 months.

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Najma Rasul is featured as the Gazette's Lawyer in the News

December 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Najma Rasul, a Solicitor in Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team was highlighted in The Law Society Gazette as a “Lawyer in the News”

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Bindmans Achieves Success in the First Family Case to be heard by the Supreme Court

December 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Janet Broadley of the Family Law team at Bindmans LLP successfully represented the Appellant mother in the first family case to be heard in the Supreme Court, the case of Re I (A Child). Judgment was handed down today. This is the first time the Court at this level has had an opportunity to consider the scope of Brussels II Revised and its impact on domestic law.

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Environmentalists are protected by UK Discrimination Law - Appeal Tribunal decides

November 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Tim Nicholson, the Senior Executive and Environmentalist who has claimed he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against because of his ‘philosophical belief about climate change and the environment’ has succeeded in defending a Tribunal decision that his views are protected by the UK’s anti-discrimination legislation.

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Bindmans’ Partners listed in Black Letter Law's "Showcasing Achievement in Law"

November 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans' Partners Saimo Chahal and Shah Qureshi have been listed in the 2009 edition of Black Letter Law's "Showcasing Achievement in Law". The publication highlights the achievements of those from ethnic minorities who have been making legal history as well as those who are regarded as trailblazers in the legal profession.

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Gwendolen Morgan 'highly commended' at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2009

November 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans’ Gwendolen Morgan was 'highly commended' in the category of Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2009 which took place in London last night. The Law Society Excellence Awards recognise and reward the most outstanding practitioners in the legal profession.

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Young adults with learning disabilities challenge decision to axe specialist college places

November 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

A group of students with learning difficulties has issued High Court proceedings for judicial review against the Learning and Skills Council following its summary decision to terminate its contract with Coleg Elidyr, a well established, popular specialist residential college in Wales. This unlawful decision has had a devastating impact on those who attend the college. As there are no other suitable places for most of the claimants, there is a serious risk that this decision spells the end of their education. This is a group for whom the chance to cultivate their independence and social skills is crucial for the rest of their lives.

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Bindmans acts in high profile race and disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment case

November 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

: against successive Heads of 4 New Square Barristers' Chambers

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DPP issues guidance on assisted suicide in response to House of Lords Decision

October 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

In response to the House of Lord Judgment in Debbie Purdy’s case on 30th July 2009, the Director of Public Prosecutions has today issued an interim policy for prosecutors in dealing with cases of assisted suicide.

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Bindmans represents Tim Nicholson in landmark climate change discrimination case

September 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Shah Qureshi, Mr Nicholson’s lawyer and Head of Employment Law at Bindmans has been quoted in The Guardian regarding a case that will establish whether environmentalism or strong views on climate change are protected by UK discrimination legislation.

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Bindmans to join The Children's Society’s new legal service for young people

September 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans is pleased to announce that it is supporting an innovative internet and phone service offering legal advice specifically to young people, currently being piloted by The Children’s Society in three areas in the South-East.

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Shah Qureshi featured on Channel 4 News commenting on the BNP's discriminatory membership criteria.

September 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Shah Qureshi, Head of Employment law at Bindmans, was featured on the Channel 4 News last night giving his comments in a news piece about the Equality and Human Right’s commission challenge to the BNP’s discriminatory membership criteria.

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Police riot notebooks reveal brutal use of shields against G20 protesters

September 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Police officers' notebooks lodged at the High Court tell how they punched people in the face and beat others with riot shields during the G20 demonstrations in April.

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Travelling sideways and unsecured

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The reality of using London-style taxis for many wheelchair users is challenged as unsafe and discriminatory. John Halford of Bindmans LLP represents Mrs Lunt and the co-claimant, Allied Vehicles, which manufacture the E7. He said today: “Liverpool blithely expects Mrs Lunt and many others like her to take risks when travelling that no-one should be expected to run. That this case should need to be brought at all is remarkable. Worse still, to defend itself Liverpool is arguing for an interpretation of the DDA so narrow it would make the anti discrimination rights disabled people enjoy quite meaningless. We trust the Court will reject that and firmly indicate that wheelchair users can expect equality under the law like everyone else.”

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Two well respected journalists seek apology and damages from Commissioner of Police for the Metropol

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Their lawyer, Ms Chez Cotton, Head of the Police Misconduct Department at leading London law firm Bindmans LLP said: "A free press is fundamental in a democratic society and the increasingly oppressive and intimidating way in which the police appear to be treating journalists reporting at protests is unacceptable and of great concern. My clients hope the Commissioner will swiftly give a full apology for this incident, and confirm that he and his officers understand and accept that they have no legal power or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict what journalists record and are fully committed to actively helping them carry out their reporting duties."

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Landmark Victory for Debbie Purdy in the House of Lords

August 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Debbie Purdy has won a landmark victory in the House of Lords, making new law on Art 8, ECHR the right to respect for private and family life. The DPP must issue a prosecution policy.

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Changes at the top

July 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans' Chief Executive Nick Martin has left his position with the firm to take a career break. He departed at the end of June.

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Bindmans advises DRAX environmentalists

July 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans advised the 29 environmentalists who, out of concern for coal's contribution to CO2 emissions and therefore climate change, obstructed a train carrying coal to DRAX power station and who were prosecuted in Leeds Crown Court last week.

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Appeal Tribunal: are environmentalist’s climate change views covered by UK Discrimination Laws?

June 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Senior Executive and Environmentalist who has claimed he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against because of his ‘philosophical belief about climate change and the environment’ will defend a Tribunal decision that his views are protected by the UK’s anti-discrimination legislation.

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Debbie Purdy v. Director of Public Prosecutions

June 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Debbie Purdy’s case will be heard in the House of Lords on 2nd and 3rd June, in Committee Room 1.

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Metropolitan Police face judicial review over policing of G20 protests

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Demonstrators represented by Bindmans have put the Metropolitan Police on formal notice of a pending legal challenge to the policing of the G20 ‘Climate Camp in the City’ protest on 1st April. A ‘pre action protocol’ letter sent to the Met’s commander, Sir Paul Stephenson challenges:

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Bindmans is first Human Rights firm to join Diversity Scheme

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Bindmans LLP is pleased to announce that it is the first human rights firm to join the Black Lawyers Directory’s (BLD) Legal Gateway Scheme. It will be offering students from ethnic minority backgrounds work placements in its Employment and Discrimination departments. BLD was launched in 2006 to highlight, promote and champion diversity within the legal profession in England and Wales and internationally.

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Bindmans’ protestor clients win first round in challenge to mass stop and searches

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Eleven year old twins attending their first political event and veteran campaigner Dave Morris have won permission to challenge Kent Police’s practice of stopping and searching virtually everyone attending the Climate Camp protest near Kingsnorth power station last August. Giving permission for their judicial review to proceed to a full hearing, the Divisional Court commented: "Large demonstrations are a feature of our democracy, and the proper policing of them is itself a matter of some public importance."

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Serious Failings’ at HMP Camphill - Highly Critical Verdict Returned by Inquest Jury

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

On Friday, 1st May 2009 the jury hearing the Inquest touching upon the circumstances of the death of Nick Wheatley, a resident of Ryde, Isle of Wight, delivered a highly critical verdict of the care he received at HMP Camphill in 2007.

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Malaysia’s Malik Imtiaz Sarwar Wins the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

2009 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award Recipients Announced

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Bindmans acts for Equitable Life Policyholders in High Court challenge to Treasury

May 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Leading public law firm Bindmans LLP is acting for EMAG, the Equitable Members Action Group, in a High Court challenge to the Treasury’s failure to pay compensation recommended by the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

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Promotions to Partner at Bindmans

April 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

3 April 2009 - London Law firm Bindmans LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Associates Mark Emery, Martin Rackstraw and Katie Wheatley to Partner on 1st April 2009.

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Asad Saeed race claim against Metropolitan Police

April 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

3 March 2009 - This firm is instructed by Asad Saeed, a Muslim PCSO who is suing the Met Police for racial discrimination.

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Bindmans Supports the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2009

April 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

16 February 2009 - Bindmans LLP is delighted to continue its support of Index on Censorship (Index) at this year's annual Freedom of Expression Awards through the sponsorship of the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award. Index is Britain's leading organisation promoting freedom of expression. The Awards honour those battling censorship, or those bringing to light stories that would otherwise be forgotten.

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Stansted runway protest by Plane Stupid

February 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

9 January 2009 - Bindmans represented environmental campaigners connected with 'Plane Stupid' - concerned about airport expansion's contribution to climate change - who took part in the occupation of Stansted airport in 2008.

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Shah Qureshi is new Head of Employment at Bindmans

February 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

13 January 2009 - Leading London law firm Bindmans LLP has promoted partner Shah Qureshi to Head of its Employment Law team. Shah joined the firm in September 2008 to strengthen its employment team. He is recommended as a leader in his field in the Legal 500 (2008 edition) and Chambers UK (2009 edition).

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Stephen Grosz quoted by The Times and The Telegraph on Human Rights

February 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

30 January 2009 - Frances Gibb, Legal Editor for The Times quoted Stephen Grosz, Bindmans Partner and Head of Public Law, in an article examining the use of Human Rights laws in commercial disputes. 

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Bindmans’ Employment Team Continues to Grow

February 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

11 February 2009 - The Employment Law department at leading London law firm Bindmans LLP is pleased to welcome two new team members.  Solicitors Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan recently joined the firm, bringing the department to a total of seven employment specialists.

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Judge orders the return of 16 year old boy to the UK

January 2009. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

9 December 2008 - Bindmans obtains Order for the return of a client who was unlawfully removed to Italy.

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Gwendolen Gwynn Morgan shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

November 2008. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

20 November 2008 - Bindmans Solicitor Gwendolen Gwynn Morgan has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Awards – in the category of Young Solicitor. The awards have been running since 2003 and seek to "celebrate the work of solicitors and barristers and other legal aid practitioners who have dedicated their careers to the service of some of the most vulnerable members of society”.

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Ex MI5 Officer Continues the Fight to Publish his Memoirs

November 2008. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

24 November 2008 - Bindmans is acting for the Claimant, an ex-member of MI5 who has issued JR proceedings in relation to the decision to refuse permission for him to publish his memoirs.

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Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award honours Burmese monk

September 2008. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

U Gambira was announced as the winner of the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award at the Index on Censorship awards ceremony, which took place in London on 21st April 2008. The award was accepted on his behalf by U Uttara, the highest ranking Burmese monk in the UK.

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Leading law firm strengthens executive advice team

September 2008. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Leading firm Bindmans LLP has strengthened its team of lawyers with expertise in advising executives and professionals with the recruitment of partner Shah Qureshi, formerly head of Webster Dixon’s City Executive Support Unit. Mr Qureshi’s appointment, which coincides with a period of unprecedented uncertainty for professional employees, means that Bindmans is strongly placed to offer those affected by sudden change, such as that experienced by Lehman Brothers and AIG, with a full range of advice.

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Times Lawyer of the Week: Mark Emery

September 2008. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

Mark Emery, Associate at Bindmans LLP, successfully acted for Halima Aziz, the CPS lawyer wrongly accused of inciting a riot, expressing anti-American views, and associating herself with Osama bin Laden.

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