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Bindmans LLP

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Work 020 7833 4433
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London E14, London WC1X

Martin Rackstraw

Work 020 7833 4433
Bindmans LLP

Work Department

Criminal law team.


A partner and joint head of the criminal law team, Martin has specialised in criminal defence work throughout his career. He represents individuals facing very serious charges, including possession of firearms, drug supply, sexual offences, blackmail, fraud, corruption and murder. He is particularly interested in historic miscarriage of justice cases and has advised and represented individuals on appeals in relation to murder and sexual offences. He advises protesters and activists in public order cases and represents journalists in police investigations and prosecutions, in both types of cases specialising in human rights based defences. He defends in complex extradition cases, again specialising in human rights based defences. He is also particularly interested in cases involving police or prosecution misconduct.


Qualified 1995; joined Bindman and Partners (now Bindmans LLP) 2003; partner 2009. Martin’s key cases include representing Wendy Markcrow in a highly publicised manslaughter case involving the tragic killing of her son, who suffered from Down’s Syndrome. He also acted for Christopher Galley, the civil servant in the Damian Green Leak enquiry, and former government minister and MP, Denis MacShane, in a prosecution relating to parliamentary expenses. He successfully represented the BBC and other media organisations, on applications by Essex Police for production orders in relation to the Dale Farm police operation. He acted in the first case to be decided by the then House of Lords under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, Belgium v Cando Armas, and currently defends an individual facing extradition to Rwanda in relation to alleged offences arising from the 1994 genocide.


London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.


Oxford University; University of York.

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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