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John Halford

Work 020 7833 4433
Bindmans LLP

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Public law and human rights, regulatory, professional discipline, health and community care.


John Halford is a public law specialist. As a litigator, he has focussed on judicial review work since 1993, challenging the unfair exercise and abuse of power by public authorities, human rights breaches and discrimination. He represents individuals, campaign and action groups, unions, charities, schools, professional associations and regulators, arts organisations and commercial companies ‚Äď not only as judicial review claimants, but also as interested parties and interveners in cases brought by others that affect their interests or those of people they represent. John has had a number of notable successes in high profile test cases in the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court. He has European Court of Human Rights experience at Grand Chamber level. John is also a source of decisive and trusted advice on a wide range of complex public law issues. His advisory caseload includes professional disciplinary, regulatory, procurement, planning, pensions EU and human rights law matters. He is a past winner of a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award and was one of the three lawyers shortlisted for Liberty‚Äôs Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 2014.


Began work as a lawyer in the voluntary sector, ultimately as a solicitor at the Public Law Project; joined Bindmans 2003; partner March 2006.


Legal Aid Agency’s cost controls review panel; Administrative Law Bar Association; Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.


Essex University (1998 LLB); Southampton University (1992 MA; law faculty’s Sally Kiff Prize for Outstanding Work on Human Rights Issues).

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

As well as defending private individuals facing professional discipline allegations, the 'first-rate outfit' at Bindmans LLP also acts for members of the public pursuing allegations of poor regulation by regulators. The team acted for the sole equity partner of a London law firm, accused of defrauding the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) by submitting fraudulent invoices and attendance notes, making unjustified claims for interpreters, and charging the LAA fees for casework wrongly carried out by interpreters; the matter also involved the Solicitors Regulation Authority and allegations of breach of principles of the Solicitors Code of Conduct and dishonesty. The 'superstar' John Halford and Shah Qureshi are the team heads. Kate Goold's criminal law practice involves advising clients facing professional discipline investigations that relate to criminal prosecution. Another key name is associate Peter Daly. Former associate Nick Fry joined the British Medical Association.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Leading individuals

John Halford - 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

John Halford - Bindmans LLP

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

Bindmans LLP¬†¬†is well-known for its involvement in human rights cases both in the UK and internationally. The practice's diverse caseload covers immigration, actions against the police, and housing among other matters. ‚ÄėAdept negotiator‚Äô Jules Carey¬†is acting for over 180 participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry alongside¬† Anna Thwaites¬†, who joined Bindmans in 2015, with the firm representing bereaved survivors . John Halford¬† and Liz Barratt¬† are advising NGO Here For Good on EU and discrimination law issues as they affect European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. The ‚Äėhighly intelligent and extremely efficient‚Äô Charlotte Haworth Hird¬†focuses on death in custody cases and has acted in a number of high-profile inquests including the deaths of Jereon Ensink, Janet Muller and Melissa Mathieson. Salima Budhani¬† is ‚Äėan incisive claimant lawyer who is utterly committed to her clients‚Äô and is ‚Äėskilled at highlighting illegality in public body decision-making‚Äô.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Bindmans LLP's multifaceted offering sees it cover the interface between Brexit and areas such as employment law, family law, human rights law and immigration law. Clients in this space include individuals, businesses, education bodies and unions. Another pillar of the firm's Brexit work is its involvement with grassroots, rights-focussed organisations; John Halford and Liz Barratt recently advised NGO Here For Good on EU and discrimination law issues, as they relate to EU nationals planning to reside in the UK post-Brexit; they have also co-authored a detailed legal guide for EU nationals on the topic of planning and securing their rights in the UK. The firm also has a strong reputation in litigation and related policy work, having previously acted for the crowd-funded People's Challenge Group in R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Tamsin Allen, who acts for the Cambridge Analytica whistleblowers Christopher Wiley and Shahmir Sanni, recently instructed counsel to prepare an opinion on whether or not there were grounds to suspect that criminal offences had been committed by individuals associated with the Leave campaign. Halford represented MPs Tom Brake and Chris Leslie in Scottish judicial review proceedings seeking a reference to the CJEU for a ruling on whether or not the Article 50 notice can be unilaterally withdrawn by the UK. Elsewhere, the team is currently analysing the UK and EU position papers on the citizens' rights elements of the proposed withdrawal agreement to assess where rights have been overlooked or will be left unprotected, and possible legal remedies. Associate Olivia Piercy is a member of Resolution's Working Party on Brexit, which is analysing and itemising key family law legislation which will be impacted by Brexit; the objective of this work is to provide the UK government with a detailed assessment of EU amendments to domestic family law, which will need to be preserved post-Brexit. Amy Rowe (the head of the family and matrimonial team) and Ashley Fleming (an associate in the immigration team) are other recommended individuals at the firm.

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