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Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC

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Bindmans LLP

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Public law and human rights department.


Partner and joint head of the public law and human rights department of Bindmans LLP. Saimo sits part time as a Mental Health Tribunal judge. Saimo specializes in human rights and civil liberties cases in a wide range of areas, including inquiries and inquests, administrative and public law, mental health law, healthcare, international torture and abuse cases and prison law. Saimo is widely acclaimed for the excellence of her legal work and has had numerous successes in high profile cases at the cutting edge of the law. Many cases have set precedents and changed the law. They invariably involve issues of wider public interest. She is a versatile lawyer. Saimo was recently part of the delegation of human rights lawyers and jurists on a fact finding mission to consider the migrant tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean with a view to influencing policy. Saimo has also been involved in directing a short documentary film called: ‘Jeff Spector –denied the right to die at home’ about the last moments of Jeff Spector’s life. Saimo has lectured and written on Human Rights law –recent examples include: Universal jurisdiction –no safe haven for torturers; The Senate Committee’s Report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques –the beginning or the end?; Creative lawyering?; The Right to Die –a matter of life, death and public law; Art 2 the right to life -recent developments; victims rights in criminal trials; EU Students conference on the law across member states on assisted dying.


Qualified 1990; joined Bindmans 1993; partner 1995. In April 2014 Saimo was awarded the tile of Honorary QC in recognition of her major contribution to the development of the law of England and Wales. The title has only been awarded to about 115 solicitors. In 2015 Saimo was listed as one of the top 100 Super lawyers. In 2014, Saimo entered Who’s Who for her outstanding contribution to society in her field of work. In 2013 Saimo was listed for the prestigious Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year award. In March 2012 Saimo was listed in The Times Law 100 as one of a handful of solicitors chosen from the nation’s 150,000 judges, lawyers and academics as one of the most influential 100 lawyers in society. May 2011 awarded the Public Law and Human Rights Lawyer of the Year by the Society of Asian lawyers. In January 2010 named Hot Campaigning Lawyer in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 awards for being at the top of her game and winning some of the most high profile cases to hit the headlines. Featured in ‘The Guardian’ on 12 December 2008 where Afua Hirsch wrote: ‘She has built a career on helping people turn disadvantage into pioneering litigation, a record that won her the legal profession’s highest accolade… Law Society Solicitor of the Year.’ Winner of prestigious Law Society Excellence Award as the ‘Solicitor of the Year’ in October 2008. Profiled as a ‘Trail-blazer’ in the newsletter of the ‘British Institute of Human Rights’, Autumn 2006 for her innovative use of the Human Rights Act. ‘Lawyer of the Month’ in the ‘Black Lawyer’s Directory’ in January 2008. ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in the Times in June 2008. ‘Lawyer in the News’ in the ‘Gazette’ in June 2008. Awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2006 – Mental Health, for constantly pushing the boundaries of the law on behalf of people with mental illness, disabilities and the vulnerable.


Distinguished friend of the Migration Museum; the advisory committee of Peace Brigades International; tribunal judge –Health, Education & Social Care Chamber –Mental Health; assessor; Law Society’s MHRT panel assessor; appraiser for the tribunal.


Sussex University (BA (Hons) Sociology).

London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Leading individuals

Saimo Chahal QC - Bindmans LLP

Within: Administrative and public law

'Standout performers' John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) , the joint heads of public law and human rights, lead an outstanding team at Bindmans LLP  that is considered 'the go-to firm in London for any public law or regulatory matter.' It takes on clients ranging from commercial bodies to NGOs, action groups and individual claimants and interveners and offers pro bono assistance. The team is acting for the Law Society in a challenge to the cuts to legal aid remuneration for complex Crown Court cases. It is also acting for an individual in a challenge to the Prevent duty guidance, issued under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act regarding the gathering and storage of data by the Home Office in relation to alleged extremists. The claim also challenges the Prevent duty guidance in relation to universities.  Key team members include Jamie Potter whose expertise includes regulatory and information rights, as well as judicial reviews. Associate Salima Budhani is also a core practitioner.

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Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Leading individuals

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) - Bindmans LLP

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Within: Leading individuals

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) - Bindmans LLP

Within: Healthcare

Bindmans LLP is  ‘extremely strong in Court of Protection, inquests, and human rights claims in the healthcare arena’. The practice has a strong focus on contentious cases; representing a range of clients in Court of Protection cases, mental health cases, disciplinary investigations in relation to healthcare professionals and actively challenging the current healthcare framework. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)  is ‘a formidable solicitor and a tough negotiator’ with ‘outstanding depth of knowledge and experience’; she has recently acted for Omid T, a neurodegenerative disease patient in a high-profile right-to-die claim challenging the current legislation on suicide. Chahal also represents families on Article 2 inquests and mental health challenges. Charlotte Haworth Hird is extremely active in mental health and inquests; she regularly takes on advocacy work  for families whose loved ones have died in custody or whilst in the care of the state. Recently she represented the family of Melissa Mathieson, a woman with ADHD and autism who was murdered by a fellow care-home resident, and acts in several complex mental health and negligence claims against mental health providers. ‘Rising star’ Laura Hobey-Hamsher is highly recommended for cases involving human rights issues.

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