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Bindmans LLP

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Work 020 7833 4433
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London E14, London WC1X

Katie Wheatley

Work 020 7833 4433
Bindmans LLP

Work Department

Joint head of criminal law team.


Katie is a partner and joint head of the criminal law team at Bindmans LLP. She is experienced in defending professionals such as teachers, doctors and bankers who are accused of committing offences relating to their work or who are subject to career threatening allegations in their personal lives. She also acts for journalists and media organisations whose work brings them into contact with the criminal law, for example as a result of working with whistleblowers, conducting undercover operations, or breaching court reporting restrictions. She acts in cases involving serious financial impropriety such as fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing and money laundering, and has experience of parallel regulatory investigations. She is also experienced in other types of business crime such as corporate manslaughter and breach of immigration legislation. She defends clients in relation to all areas of general crime including allegations of sexual misconduct, homicide (including ‘mercy killings’) and drugs. She also acts in cases which span more than one jurisdiction in which there are parallel investigations by overseas authorities. She defends in cases involving police misconduct, abuse of police powers and cases with a political dimension.


Joined Bindman & Partners (now Bindmans LLP) 2003; partner 2009; joint head of criminal law team 2012.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bindmans LLP is experienced in defamation, privacy and data protection law. Head of media and information law Tamsin Allen is ‘bright and brilliant with clients’ and represents claimants and defendants in contentious media cases; highlights for Allen include representing Mr Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower regarding risks from publishing confidential information about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Vote Leave campaign; and advising film company and film-maker Franny Armstrong in relation to a forthcoming drama series about the activities of undercover police. Joint head of the criminal law team Katie Wheatley advises media organisations and journalists, particularly in undercover operations and cases relating to whistleblowers. Kate Goold and Martin Rackstraw are also recommended.

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