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Bindmans LLP

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Work 020 7833 4433
Fax 020 7837 9792
London E14, London WC1X

Michael Schwarz

Work 020 7833 4433
Bindmans LLP

Work Department

Criminal law.


Wide range of criminal and human rights work, specialist areas include the following: serious criminal offences including murder, fraud and white-collar crime (including VHCC cases with the LAA); cases involving political activists such as environmental campaigners, Greenpeace; extradition; cases raising issues of freedom of expression, assembly and the right to a fair trial under the HRA 1998; international law and European Union Law (former member of the Law Society EU law committee); fresh evidence appeals against conviction.


Joined Bindman & Partners (now Bindmans LLP) as trainee 1990; qualified 1992; partner 1995 and now member. Publications: joint author of ‘The Law of Public Order and Protest’ (OUP 2010). Law Society Excellence Award 2011. Legal Action Group criminal defence lawyer of the year 2014.


Oxford University (BA jurisprudence); The College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (Diploma of Advanced European Legal Studies).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Schwarz - Bindmans LLP

Within: Crime: general

ExceptionalBindmans LLP ‘always goes the extra mile in every case’. The firm deals with serious crime matters such as murder, fraud, terrorism and extradition, specialising in cases with human rights aspects. It represents high-profile individuals such as politicians, journalists and other professionals. The team has ‘excellent client and litigation skills and prepares cases thoroughly’, it is led by ‘utterly committedMartin Rackstraw and ‘level-headedKatie Wheatley . Other names of note include the ‘indefatigableKate Goold, Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns . Recent highlights include acting for over 100 core participants in the Mitting Inquiry which relates to the  undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s, so far the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Bindmans LLP ‘combines high-level, specialist expertise with a passionate commitment to the interests of their professional clients’. It advises on international bribery and corruption cases and regulatory proceedings. The firm continues to act for a former senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a multimillion-pound case for conspiring to make or receive corrupt payments. The team has ‘an ethos of diligence and hard work that runs right through the department’. Katie Wheatley heads the team. Martin Rackstraw is recommended, as well as associate Jessica Skinns who is ‘a very calm, cerebral lawyer who is committed to her clients’ and Michael Schwarz.

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