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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is well-known for advising high-profile individuals on cases of extradition, murder, terrorism and fraud, and is especially strong in assisting with cases involving human rights aspects. Katie Wheatley leads the team, in which Kate Goold, senior consultant Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Kate Goold; Michael Schwarz; Jude Lanchin; Jessica Skinns

Testimonials

'Bindmans are an outstanding firm at the top of their game. They provide an outstanding service to clients and put everything into each and every one of their cases. Their reputation among the activist community is unparalleled.'

'The solicitors at Bindmans come up with innovative solutions to get the best result for their clients and really look to push the boundaries and change the law where it needs changing.'

'Mike Schwarz, Patrick Ormerod and Jessica Skinns are all stand-out, dedicated individuals for are clearly passionate about the work they do.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in the long-running Mitting Inquiry, which relates to the undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s; the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists to date.
  • Representing a number of the 'Extinction Rebellion' activists, charged with criminal damage, public nuisance and highway obstruction following protests in Central London in 2018.
  • Advised Salman Malak, a Syrian refugee of Kurdish ethnicity, on the appeal against his conviction in 2015 for possession of a false identity document with improper intention; the appeal was successful.
Leading individuals

Michael Schwarz - Bindmans LLP

Rising stars

Jessica Skinns - Bindmans LLP

Jude Lanchin - Bindmans LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP advises individuals involved in investigations and prosecutions by organisations including the SFO, FCA, Office of Fair Trading, HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams. Clients include lawyers, accountants and journalists. The firm acts in privately and publicly funded cases as well as cases funded by third parties, such as employers and insurance companies. Areas of expertise include fraud and international bribery and corruption. Head of team Katie Wheatley is described by clients as 'an absolute star' and has experience defending in private prosecutions, while associate Jessica Skinns is recommended for her experience in financial crime. The former co-head of the team, Martin Rackstraw , left for Russell-Cooke.

Practice head(s):Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Jessica Skinns; Michael Schwarz; Kate Goold

Testimonials

‘Every member of the team gives 100% all of the time’.

‘Hugely experienced in the field of criminal defence and fraud’.

‘Mike Schwarz always gives robust and sensible advice in the kindest possible way’.

‘Katie Wheatley lives and breathes her cases; an absolute star who heads up the department and sets the standard’.

‘Jessica Skinns is hardworking and intelligent, constantly on the lookout for a new angle’.               

‘They have a vast amount of experience defending complex fraud private prosecutions which is a niche area and requires a different technique to dealing with normal prosecution agencies’.          

‘Katie Wheatley has great empathy for her clients and provides very good client care’.

Work highlights

  • Defending in a privately brought prosecution for large scale multi-million pound fraud.
  • Represented a client prosecuted for conspiring to receive false payments.
  • Represented a company Financial Controller privately prosecuted for misappropriation of over £1m of company funds.
  • Representing an individual in relation to an appeal against conviction for fraud and money laundering offences.
Next Generation Partners

Katie Wheatley - Bindmans LLP

Rising stars

Jessica Skinns - Bindmans LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP 'has a dedicated team with a growing presence in the field of professional discipline'. The firm recently hired Elizabeth McGlone as head of employment and professional discipline from Neves, while associate Sheetul Sowdagur was hired from Russell-Cooke LLP. John Halford regularly advises regulators on disciplinary action and Kate Goold assists clients facing professional discipline investigations that involve criminal prosecution; Katie Wheatley is also an experienced adviser. Shah Qureshi left for Irwin Mitchell and former associate Peter Daly joined Slater and Gordon.

Practice head(s):John Halford; Elizabeth McGlone; Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:Sheetul Sowdagur; Kate Goold

Testimonials

'They are able to use their longstanding experience in heavyweight criminal cases to their clients' advantage in the most serious cases, namely those where there is a risk of parallel criminal proceedings'.

'Kate Goold has a brilliant forensic approach that is coupled with outstanding client care skills'.

Key Clients

Association of Child Psychotherapists

IMPRESS

Work highlights

  • Advised The Association of Child Psychotherapists on investigations into an alleged breach of confidence, whether parental consent was required for a course of treatment and transgression of professional boundaries.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

The departures of Shah Qureshi, Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole from Bindmans LLP in June 2018 were swiftly followed by the arrival of new practice head Elizabeth McGlone from Neves Solicitors in September 2018. According to one client, 'the newly fortified team is thriving and demonstrates a real understanding and compassion for the employee relations difficulties faced by employees, trade union representatives and officials'. Litigating on behalf of employees is a key area of expertise at the firm, which regularly acts for senior executives across various professions, including the judiciary, academia, financial services and the arts.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth McGlone

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a dedicated commitment to its clients' interests'

'Bindmans' employment team has been recently invigorated by the arrival of Liz McGlone, who now heads up the team. The team's claimant focus is a strength in relation to claims brought by individual claimants or unions'

Key Clients

Five High Court judges and one Court of Appeal judge

A senior consultant physician

Gray v Mulberry (Design) Ltd

Jordi Casamitjana

Application Support Officer

Agarwal v Cardiff University & Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board

Hakeem Shittu

Shahmir Sanni

Maria Bamieh

Greg Pytel

Michael Cockram

Work highlights

  • Acting for one Court of Appeal and five High Court judges in bringing a discrimination challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s changes to the Judicial Pensions Scheme.
  • Represented Dr A, a consultant endocrinologist, in a claim for race and disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation against a major NHS foundation trust.
  • Acting for a claimant in the Court of Appeal who is seeking to establish that her belief in the 'statutory human or moral right to own the copyright and moral rights of her own creative works and output' is a philosophical belief.
  • Acting for a claimant in his claim for race discrimination against a London bus company.
  • Representing a claimant seeking to establish ethical veganism as a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP has a 'fantastic' immigration team, which handles a range of asylum and nationality law mandates. The team is active across asylum and human rights cases and is experienced in appeals, judicial reviews, extradition law, citizenship applications, detention, bail and deportation matters. The team has a strong track record in representing children subject to immigration control, and representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients. Advising on immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases and advising family members of British and settled people are also key areas of focus. On the business immigration side, the team is instructed by a number of NGOs, charities and unions, and it also acts for SMEs and individuals. The team has been advising a number of clients on EEA matters, where the team has in-depth experience. The team is also well-versed in Turkish Ankara Agreement cases. Alison Stanley is experienced in complex asylum cases with an extradition cross-over element and also advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 (Investor) applications. Liz Barratt is experienced in nationality matters and cases involving questions of deprivation and nullity of British citizenship. Recommended associates include Roberta Haslam, who handles a range of asylum, deportation and nationality work and is noted for her experience in advising children in care and care leavers on immigration matters; Ashley Fleming, who is experienced in EU law and is regularly engaged on asylum cases; and Emma Cohen, who is experienced in cases involving children, adoption, surrogacy and dependant relatives.

Practice head(s):Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:Abigail Evans; Emma Cohen; Ashley Fleming; Roberta Haslam; Alice Davis; Oliver Oldman

Testimonials

Emma Cohen and Alison Stanley are exceptional lawyers

Emma Cohen and Alison Stanley are both excellent immigration lawyers.

Alison Stanley is extremely knowledgeable and an absolute expert in this field.

Leading individuals

Alison Stanley - Bindmans LLP

Liz Barratt - Bindmans LLP

Rising stars

Ashley Fleming - Bindmans LLP

Emma Cohen - Bindmans LLP

Roberta Haslam - Bindmans LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP offers legal representation to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to clinical negligence, placing significant emphasis on facilitating early rehabilitation. The team 'puts the client at the centre of the litigation process' and is typically instructed on cases involving complex child and adult head injuries, avoidable strokes, birth injury, orthopaedic-related negligence and amputations. Acting for claimants in cases arising from substandard medical treatment while in prison or detained is another core specialism. Team head Jonathan Crocker receives key support from Yagmur Ekici on catastrophic claims.

Practice head(s):Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Kelly; Alla Murphy; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

'Bindmans has both medical and legal experience and extensive contacts with experts and counsel.The team has a strong supportive approach.'

'Instructions are always well prepared and the documentation carefully collated, sorted and presented.  The team has good experience and expertise of the underlying medical issues.'

'Jon Crocker is superb; he is very thorough, committed to his cases, professional and highly approachable.'

'Yagmur Ekici not only understands the law but has a good grasp of the medicine.  She does not push ideas beyond their natural conclusion and provides a good interface between expert and client, so that the client fully understands the strengths and weaknesses of a case.'

Rising stars

Yagmur Ekici - Bindmans LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is acknowledged for its expertise in managing complex cases and those involving catastrophic injury, where early interim funding for treatment and rehabilitation are prioritised. Jon Crocker, whose expertise also includes clinical negligence, leads the personal injury team, which has a strong track record in fatal accident cases and serious multiple injury claims, involving brain, spinal cord, orthopaedic as well as psychiatric injuries. Alla Murphy regularly attracts work where causation is difficult to establish, while Siobhan Kelly is an expert in claims concerning exposure to asbestos. Recent highlights include the team take on a leading role in a number of civil claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Practice head(s):Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

'A firm that always puts the client at the centre of the litigation process and ensures they are informed and updated every step of the way.'

'This firm and its lawyers are totally driven by what they can do for the client. Whilst every firm has to be commercial, I  always think that is a secondary consideration for Bindmans.'

'Its preparation and management of cases is excellent and it is plain how concerned it is always to put the client first.'

'Alla Murphy is empathetic and always anticipates a client's needs and how to fulfill them.'

'Yagmur Ekici and Alla Murphy both have great knowledge of their clients and are empathetic and caring individuals.'

Leading individuals

Jon Crocker - Bindmans LLP

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP has a diverse practice that advises on a wide range of matters from cases concerning the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to acting for high-profile individuals on various Court of Protection issues. It also advises on other matters such as an individual’s capacity to consent to marry or the validity of patients’ advance decisions to refuse treatment. The highly recommended Laura Hobey-Hamsher is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members on complex matters and also acts for bereaved family members at inquests. Head of team Paul Ridge also has a significant Court of Protection caseload. This team is doing well and is one to watch. Charlotte Haworth Hird and Will Whitaker are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:Laura Hobey-Hamsher; Charlotte Haworth Hird; Saimo Chahal QC; Amy Rowe; Will Whitaker

Testimonials

'Has a wonderful ethos and really cares about its clients, going above and beyond the call of duty to look after them well. The team has a solid human rights based approach.'

'A particular strength of the Bindmans team is that all of its solicitors have a grounding in general public law and human rights, which enables them to be most effective in addressing all of their clients' needs holistically.'

'Laura Hobey-Hamsher is definitely someone to have on your side – she leaves no stone unturned to further her clients' causes and is both efficient and devastatingly effective.'

'Laura Hobey-Hamsher is very well known in this field and well respected. Instructed a lot by the Official Solicitor and CAFCASS on the most sensitive cases and for good reason.'

'Laura Hobey-Hamsher has total commitment to her clients, a great rapport with counsel and is regularly singled out for praise by judges.'

'Will Whitaker has knowledge and expertise extending beyond Court of Protection work which means he is able to assist the court to resolve issues in a full and timely way.'

'Will Whitaker is very thorough and is developing both a good knowledge and a good feel for these cases.'

'Charlotte Haworth Hird has superb knowledge and great judgement, her calm manner is very reassuring to clients and her preparation is extremely thorough.'

'Saimo Chahal QC is a leading light in the fields of mental health and Court of Protection. She has been at the forefront of the developing law in these areas over many years.'

'Amy Rowe has a personable manner that covers a steely determination to succeed, making her a formidable practitioner, possibly the ultimate "fist in a velvet glove" in her field.'

Key Clients

Health Service Executive of Ireland (‘HSE’)

Douglas Meyers

Mrs Y

Work highlights

  • Amy Rowe continues to represent the Health Service Executive of Ireland in complex and novel cases in relation to the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection to recognise and enforce foreign orders relating to the placement of vulnerable adults in institutional care in this jurisdiction.
  • Laura Hobey-Hamsher acted for Douglas Meyers in successfully arguing on Douglas’ behalf that his being ordered to remain in a care home (against his capacitous wish to return home) when no ‘unsoundness of mind’ was identified breached his Article 5 rights, and the order compelling him to do so – and preventing him from residing him in his bungalow of 35 years – was lifted.
  • Laura Hobey-Hamsher acted for Mrs Y, wife of Mr Y in the seminal case of An NHS Trust and others (Respondents) v Y (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and another (Appellants) [2018] UKSC 46, in which the Supreme Court determined that it was not mandatory to seek court approval for the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration that was keeping a person in a prolonged disorder of consciousness alive when the patient’s clinical team and the patient’s family agreed that it was not in the patient’s best interests to continue treatment.
Rising stars

Charlotte Haworth Hird - Bindmans LLP

Laura Hobey-Hamsher - Bindmans LLP

Will Whitaker - Bindmans LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP specialises in financial remedies and cross-border children disputes in both private law and public law children matters. It is particularly well-regarded for its work on cross-border children disputes and its matrimonial team is witnessing an increased volume of interesting divorce, financial remedies and TOLATA work. Its developing fertility law practice is flourishing and has been advising on various issues such as sperm and egg donations as well as national and international surrogacy and co-parenting. The team has also been busy advising on known donor agreements. Amy Rowe heads the team and Olivia Piercy was made partner.

Practice head(s):Amy Rowe

Other key lawyers:Olivia Piercy; Melissa Arnold; Rachel Benett

Testimonials

'Headed by the intellectual powerhouse that is Amy Rowe, the children department is one of the top "go-to" firms in this area, particularly for international children matters. The team has particular expertise in cross-border care cases and international child abduction'.

'It is frequently involved in the highest profile public, private and international law cases. Its partners and solicitors are creative and knowledgeable across the board, and it has become a "go-to" firm for complex, international family law'.

'Amy Rowe has a razor sharp mind and a huge amount of experience which gives her a real edge in this fast-moving area of law. She has impressive organisational skills, and has taken to her head of department role quickly and easily'.

'Amy Rowe – an excellent leader who has built a fantastic reputation in the market'.

'Olivia Piercy is a passionate defender of the rights of her clients'.

'Olivia Piercy is smart and creative in her approach to cases, and really knows her stuff. She is already very highly regarded and will be one of tomorrow's leading family lawyers'.

'Olivia Piercy is equally skilled at dealing with matrimonial cases as she is with child abduction cases. Olivia always seems to be able to get the best out of a case'.

'An extremely strong family law firm, with real professionalism. A very impressive and dynamic team. Melissa Arnold is excellent. She is approachable and professional with excellent attention to detail'.

'Melissa Arnold is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to realistic and pragmatic advice to be given to clients and to fighting cases diligently for her clients'.

'Rachel Bennett has a fantastic ability to relate to clients who are often dealing with stressful and life changing events. She is able to distil complex legal issues for the benefit of her clients'.

Key Clients

Child and Family Agency of Ireland & Health Service Executive of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advising the Child & Family Agency of Ireland  and Health Service Executive of Ireland on complex international proceedings.
  • Represented a father in an abduction/jurisdictional dispute.
  • Represented a husband in committal proceedings.
  • Represented a mother in child abduction proceedings
  • Representing a wife in financial remedies proceedings.
Next Generation Partners

Amy Rowe - Bindmans LLP

Olivia Piercy - Bindmans LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP’s wide-ranging practice is acknowledged as a leader in the field of public law challenges, with an extensive team led by John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) acting on some of the most high-profile cases in this area for organisations and groups of individuals. Significant recent highlights involved successful challenges to the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid cuts and Salima Budhani’s successful challenge to the Home Office's stance on the use of medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy. Jamie Potter is acting for charity Plan B in the judicial review into the government’s failure to revise the UK’s carbon reduction targets. Public inquiry actions constitute a significant part of the practice; recent highlights in this field include acting on the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. Halford is also instructed to pursue a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. The team also acts on numerous defence matters, including defending a challenge to the independent press regulator IMRPESS. Vulnerable people are also represented by the firm in relation to unlawful arrests and the denial of rights, privacy and freedoms.

Practice head(s):John Halford; Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)

Other key lawyers:Jamie Potter; Salima Budhani

Testimonials

'An excellent team of public lawyers for all aspects of administrative law'

'John Halford is without a doubt the best public law solicitor in the United Kingdom'

'Salima Budhani is extremely committed, hardworking and produces top quality work. She provides amazing support for clients and barristers'

'Jamie Potter has exceptional experience and judgement in relation to public law. He is highly efficient and a great person to have on your side'

'Jamie Potter's expertise in judicial review is second to none. He comes up with creative litigation strategies and is a pleasure to work with'

'John Halford is a phenomenal lawyer, combining comprehensive knowledge of the law with an absolutely dogged commitment to his clients'

'Bindmans' key strengths include strategic and creative thinking, which secure fantastic results for clients in many cases. It can hold its own and more against Magic Circle firms, including in high-stakes, large-scale public law litigation'

'Bindmans has great breadth and depth in terms of administrative and public law'

Key Clients

Grenfell survivors and families of the deceased

The Law Society of England and Wales

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP

RD and others (Portage service users)

The National Union of Students

Butt

Alfie Dingley

IMPRESS

Fair Vote Project

Plan B Earth

QCA

Dawat-e-Hadiyah Trust (UK)

NAGARLO

Work highlights

  • Acting in a number of public inquiries, including representing approximately 200 bereaved relatives, survivors and residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; acting for over 130 core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry; and representing a core participant who was given infected blood products by the NHS in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Successfully represented The Law Society in a challenge to £36m of legal aid cuts.
  • Advising the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in proceedings against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of guidance which purported to prohibit Local Government Pensions Schemes from divesting in certain areas relating to UK foreign policy.
  • Acting for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as interveners before the European Court of Justice concerning the manner in which any notice given under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union can be revoked.
  • Acting for IMPRESS in successfully defeating a challenge to its recognition as an independent press regulator.
Leading individuals

John Halford - Bindmans LLP

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) - Bindmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jamie Potter - Bindmans LLP

Salima Budhani - Bindmans LLP

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 1

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is renowned for its human rights work, both internationally and in the domestic setting. The team is overseen by heavyweights Jules Carey, John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), and is involved in the most high-profile and complex civil liberties matters pertaining to extradition and torture, inquests, anti-terror legislation and prisoner rights. Jamie Potter is skilled in judicial reviews and 'excellent' associate Salima Budhani has expertise in discrimination cases and healthcare law. Anna Thwaites  was promoted to partner in April 2019.

Practice head(s):Jules Carey; John Halford; Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC

Other key lawyers:Jamie Potter; Charlotte Haworth Hird; Anna Thwaites; Christian Hansen; Paul Ridge; Salima Budhani

Testimonials

'Bindmans is one of the leading firms in terms of civil liberties and human rights claimant work. Pre-eminent lawyers there are John Halford, Tamsin Allen, and Jules Carey. Between them, they have taken some of the most important cases in this field.'

'Salima Budhani is an extremely committed solicitor and produces top quality work. She has amazing support for client and barristers.'

'John Halford is without a doubt the best public law solicitor in the United Kingdom.'

Key Clients

Families of victims of the Batang Kali massacre

Vida Poshteh

Unlock

Just Fair

Dr. Salman Butt

Catherine Harvey

Guildford bombing inquests (to be resumed)

Julian Cole

Sophie Bennett

Terri Robinson

Rachel Elgy

Work highlights

  • Acting in a number of active public inquiries, including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; the Undercover Policing Inquiry; the Infected Blood Inquiry; and the QC-led Carl Sargeant inquiry.
  • Acting for the families of 24 unarmed civilians massacred at Batang Kali in 1948 in an application to the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Acting for Dr Salman Butt in judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State at the time (Theresa May).
  • Acting for Catherine Harvey in a judicial review challenge to the decision of the London Borough of Haringey not to pay her a “survivor’s pension” following the death of her partner.
  • Acting for Terri Robinson, the daughter of Terry Robinson, one of the Hatton Garden jewellery robbers, who died in February 2018 whilst serving a prison sentence at HMP Belmarsh.
Leading individuals

John Halford - Bindmans LLP

Jules Carey - Bindmans LLP

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) - Bindmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Anna Thwaites - Bindmans LLP

Rising stars

Salima Budhani - Bindmans LLP

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is the 'pre-eminent practice' for highly complex challenges to medical treatment, inquests, judicial reviews and on matters concerning Articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), an 'extremely tenacious and knowledgeable' healthcare advocate, is best known for her 'unmatched reputation' in challenging healthcare provisions on behalf of claimants and family members of the deceased and judicial review work in the highest courts.  Jamie Potter, Charlotte Haworth Hird and Basmah Sahib  are the other key advisers.

Practice head(s):Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Haworth Hird

Testimonials

'Bindmans is a very impressive firm which takes a sensible view of prospects and fully supports clients through challenging litigation.'

'Bindmans are a fantastic practice, with an excellent caseload, and are exceptional in accessing funding for complex cases and really support the barristers with whom they work. '

'Basmah Sahib is extremely well informed and completely in control of her cases, her instructions could not be improved and make a real difference to the preparation of the case. A really impressive solicitor.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for family members in an inquest into the death of a convict who died imprisoned at HMP Belmarsh.
  • Brought a highly publicised medical treatment challenge on behalf of a young patient who became the first person to receive receive medicinal cannabis by means of a licence issued by the Home Office.
  • Represented a young patient who has Down's syndrome in a judicial review claim to challenge the police's failure to properly comply with equality duties and to pursue an effective prosecution following the patient's allegations of sexual assault whilst in respite care.
Leading individuals

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) - Bindmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Haworth Hird - Bindmans LLP

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 1

Bindmans LLP

Social housing has been an area of focus at Bindmans LLP for 45 years. The firm's first-rate reputation is illustrated by practice head Paul Ridge being sought out for particularly challenging housing matters, such as those involving community care, public law and disability rights issues. The firm's work has been dominated by matters arising from the Grenfell Tower fire; Ridge is currently acting for 198 people in an inquiry into the tragedy, which is exploring the causes of the fire, along with the political and regulatory framework connected with housing, regeneration and construction. In addition, the firm also serves as a standing adviser to Lancaster West Residents Association and Silchester Residents Association in relation to the fire; the scope of the advice has included the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's consultation obligations, regeneration, leaseholder rights and rehousing. Ridge is supported by solicitor Christian Hansen.

Practice head(s):Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:Christian Hansen

Key Clients

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Lancaster West Residents Association

Just Fair

Work highlights

  • Christian Hansen acted for Vida Poshteh in an application to the European Court of Human Rights complaining that the domestic courts’ approach to her challenge to a decision under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 was not compliant with Article 6 of the ECHR because the decision had not been subject to sufficient independent scrutiny - Poshteh v UK (ECHR ref 78375/17). Ms Poshteh was a victim of torture in prison in Iran and suffers from PTSD. She was offered accommodation by the local authority as a successful homeless applicant but refused the offer because she had a panic attack when viewing the accommodation caused by similarities to her prison cell in Iran. The local authority decided to discharge its housing duty under Part VII following a refusal by Ms Poshteh to accept the offer of accommodation. The case concerned the lawfulness of the Part VII challenge procedure which affects all local authorities and homeless applicants.
Leading individuals

Paul Ridge - Bindmans LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 2

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is the main name in the market for Brexit-related litigation and judicial reviews, as well as assisting businesses, trade unions and NGOs with immigration issues. John Halford and Liz Barratt jointly lead the group and specialise in public law and immigration respectively. Amy Rowe is recommended for her international children work and Alison Stanley focuses on immigration matters. Halford acted for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the circumstances in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked, and is advising the Fair Vote campaign group on efforts to establish a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. He has also worked with Tamsin Allen assisting People’s Vote with withdrawal agreement issues, and has partnered with  Barratt to advise Here for Good on EU and discrimination law issues affecting European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. Associate Ashley Fleming is also active in complex nationality issues and newly promoted partner Olivia Piercy focuses on family law mandates.

Practice head(s):John Halford; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:Amy Rowe; Alison Stanley; Tamsin Allen; Ashley Fleming; Olivia Piercy

Testimonials

'Bindmans is involved in some of the most cutting edge Brexit-related work, and will no doubt continue to be so.'

'Bindmans has a team of very talented lawyers, with in-depth sector understanding and an insightful approach to tackling complex and sensitive legal issues. Its involvement (and wins) in high-profile cases sets it apart from the crowd.'

'The team has excellent knowledge of Brexit-related immigration issues, is completely up-to-date with government thinking and sees the practical reality for individuals.'

'John Halford is a brilliant tactician and practitioner.'

'John Halford is excellent to work with. His grasp of the legal issues and approach to best presentation of the case is hugely valuable. He is very bright, approachable and accessible to clients.'

'Liz Barratt and Ashley Fleming are both very approachable, down-to-earth and practical, and able to give reassurance to clients.'

Key Clients

Tom Brake MP

Chris Leslie MP

European Banking Authority

The People’s Vote

Fair Vote UK

National Union of Journalists

Here for Good

Chris Wylie

Shahmir Sanni

Work highlights

  • Representing intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the manner in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked.
  • Acting for Fair Vote in seeking a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign.
  • Instructed by People's Vote to advise on the withdrawal agreement debate issues and the legal consequences of memoranda to the withdrawal agreement.
  • Providing strategic advice to the European Banking Authority.
  • Advising Resolution on the preservation of EU amendments to domestic family law post-Brexit.
Leading individuals

John Halford - Bindmans LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Bindmans LLP

Human rights firm Bindmans LLP's 'cutting-edge' reputation management team attracts attention for its expertise representing vulnerable individuals such as whistleblowers, among them Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie. 'Stand-out individual' and department head Tamsin Allen takes on a wide array of matters including "right to be forgotten" issues and misuse of private information claims emanating from Worldcheck databases as well as traditional libel and defamation cases. She is also involved in matters relating to how libel law is being used to silence women making statements about abuse.

Practice head(s):Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:Kate Goold

Testimonials

'The team works in the cutting edge of reputation management issues; choosing the appropriate avenue to assist clients' concerns, such as high court proceedings; out of court negotiations ; and complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office.

'Bindmans are always willing to take on deserving cases, such as women being sued as a result of "#metoo" posts, as well as working pro bono and on CFAs.  The quality of advice and client care is exceptional.'

'Tamsin Allen is a stand-out individual in the area of reputation management - stellar quality.'

Key Clients

Christopher Wylie (Cambridge Analytica whistleblower)

Shahmir Sanni (Vote Leave whistleblower)

Alaedeen Sicri

Peter Jukes & Byline Media

KP

Mirror Group Newspapers

Work highlights

  • Giving pre-publication and strategic advice to Christopher Wylie in relation to the risk of publishing confidential and defamatory information about Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections and Facebook.
  • Acting for Shahmir Sanni in relation to the risk of publishing confidential information about his experience working with Vote Leave.
  • Acting for Alaedeen Sicri in a number of claims including libel, data protection and privacy against numerous publishers arising from false allegations made in reports following his arrest in the wake of the Manchester bombings. He had nothing to do with the attack, was released without charge and the press allegations were false.
  • Acted for the Peter Jukes & Byline Media in defence of a prospective defamation claim brought by Mr Conrad Brown regarding a statement recorded and published in Mr Juke's podcast.
  • Acted for a professor at a London University regarding a dispute arising from a series of tweets.
Leading individuals

Tamsin Allen - Bindmans LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is instructed by claimants and defendants in media cases involving defamation, privacy and data protection law. The team represents a diverse range of clients including politicians, NGOs, TV producers, national newspapers, and notable high-profile individuals working in the TV, drama, arts and music industries. The firm provides specialist whistleblower, reputation and crisis management advice where it draws on the firm's wider experience across crime, family, employment and immigration. The team also defends individual journalists and major media organisations in criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team is regularly engaged on high-profile matters and it provided pre-publication and strategic advice to Mr Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in relation to the risk of publishing confidential and defamatory information about Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections and Facebook.

Practice head(s):Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:Katie Wheatley; Kate Goold; Martin Rackstraw

Key Clients

Christopher Wylie

Shahmir Sanni

Lush Limited

Mirror Group Newspapers

Franny Armstrong & Spanner Films

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mr Sanni, a former volunteer for Vote Leave, in relation to the risk of publishing confidential information about his experience working with Vote Leave, the official campaign for ‘Leave’ in the EU Referendum in June 2016, and the repercussions of doing so.
  • The team advises Lush Limited, the owner of cosmetics company Lush, on pre-publication matters.
  • Advised Mirror Group Newspapers on a potential libel, copyright and harassment claim brought by a senior barrister and journalist following an article published about her conduct in criticising victims of sexual abuse.
  • Represented independent film maker Spanner Films in relation to novel funding, format, distribution and content agreements.

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