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Bindmans LLP

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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

Bindmans LLP are ‘a byword for excellence and fighting for rights’, thanks to their frequent involvement in high stakes matters with political or human rights elements, with notable clients including The International Federation of Journalists. The firm defend the entire range of general crime cases, including terrorism, murder, drug offences, and Covid-19 related crimes. ‘Incredibly impressive‘ team lead Katie Wheatley acts in a whole range of privately funded criminal cases, and has particular expertise advising in connection with allegations that relate to end-of-life decisions. Kate Goold has a reputation for working on politically sensitive and controversial cases, including defending vulnerable individuals, celebrities, and other high-profile clients. Solicitor advocate Tayab Ali is internationally prolific, and has represented clients in the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights. Associate Jude Lanchin, who has more than 28 years’ experience, is a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Tayab Ali; Jude Lanchin; Patrick Ormerod; Ella Jefferson; Catherine Jackson


The firm is a byword for excellence and fighting for rights.

‘Tayab Ali – utterly fearless and focused upon achieving the best results for his clients. His polymath nature adds a unique benefit to his advice, strategy and tactics. Working with him really feels like you’re starring in a legal film!’

‘Kate Goold is an exceptional solicitor. She is insightful, committed, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘This is a superb firm with a wonderfully talented all-round team.’

‘Passionate cause-led firm that leave no stone unturned for a client.’

‘Kate Goold is excellent and who I would suggest any friend of mine should go to. She is tireless, thinks of every possible point that can be raised, and does not rest until she has done all she can.’

‘One of the UK’s most feared criminal teams. A leader in the market for decades.’

‘This practice inspires confidence in the way in which a case is being handled. They leave nothing to chance.’

Key clients

The International Federation of Journalists

Mohamed Soudan (on behalf of 26 men on death row in Egypt)

Alfie Matthews

Middle East Eye

15 students in dealing with allegations of holding gatherings of over 30 people during lockdowns

Work highlights

  • Assisting The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) with the submission of a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists by the State of Israel.
  • Assisted 12 surviving appellants from the Shrewsbury 24 in seeking to overturn convictions for riot and unlawful assembly from 1974.
  • Assisting Mohamed Soudan with an injunction to prevent the execution of 26 men who had their death penalties confirmed by the highest court in Egypt.

Employment > Immigration

The immigration, asylum and nationality law team at Bindmans LLP is led by Alison Stanley and Liz Barratt, and is especially well known for the full-service support it provides to clients on human rights and asylum matters, from initial applications through to appeals, on matters including detention, bail, and deportation elements. The firm also acts for clients including SMEs, unions, and not-for-profits on the business side, with a growing practice providing strategic support and planning advice. Stanley draws on nearly four decades’ experience to act for clients from unaccompanied child asylum seekers to high-net-worth individuals, often working closely with the extradition team on crossover matters. Barratt has experience taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as assisting clients with Global Talent and skilled worker applications. Roberta Haslam was promoted to partner in May 2022 and is recognised for her work with vulnerable and traumatised clients. Senior consultant Tanya Goldfarb and associate Emma Cohen are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt


‘Top notch “A” Team. Gets the job done to the highest conceivable standards.’

‘This practice is very competent and being a client with them I experienced expertise and total diversity, collaboration with me as a client which is something I’ve not experienced before and I think this makes them unique. I will refer them to anyone because they’re very open to clients and gave the capabilities of taking up complex cases, which of course I’m an example.’

‘Bindmans is a well-respected and experienced firm in the UK’s legal industry and they have all these attributes for a reason. Its partners and senior lawyers have years of experience among them which I consider absolutely vital when finding a legal team for representation. I value professionalism, transparency, legal expertise, fair billing, and clear and honest communication as important attributes in a law firm and Bindmans LLP absolutely has all these attributes.’

‘The standout feature is how quickly they respond and the quality of the response. I have found both Liz Barratt and Alison Stanley to be willing to discuss complex matters before referral. Their advice is always comprehensive and well thought out and exhibits a deep knowledge of the law and practical aspects of it. I have been impressed by their ability to explain complex issues with clarity. You get a real sense that they are responding to your needs and providing a professional service of exceptional quality.’

‘I have worked with Liz Barratt on multiple occasions.  I personally rate Liz among the 5 best senior immigration lawyers in the whole of the UK. Her in-depth knowledge of immigration and human rights law, professionalism, transparency, empathy, and attention to detail stands her out among her peers.’

‘Liz Barratt permanently shines and is a superstar practitioner. Powerful intellect matched only by her personability and charm. She conducts the most difficult cases, including national security and closed material procedure cases. There really is no one like her. ‘

‘Roberta Haslam is one of few lawyers whom I met in my life with such vision and outstanding level of professionalism. Roberta was always positive and open in making sure that we put a very strong case to submit to the Home Office and she was constantly in contact with Home Office chasing the outcome and providing the feedback. She will always give the feedback even before I have asked. We have her name written in our hearts.’

‘Emma Cohen was our solicitor. Throughout the case, she was outstanding due to thorough understanding of our case, extensive knowledge in her area and empathy with us as her client. Her communication skills with clients and other relevant parties are very impressive. She always goes an extra mile to fulfil the demands of the case.’

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

The ‘irreplaceable‘ team at Bindmans LLP is regularly seen acting on an impressive cross-section of market leading public law cases at any given time; current highlights include representing multiple claimants in litigation against the Secretary of State for Digital, Cultute, Media and Sport concerning regulations affecting the entertainment sector during the pandemic, and bringing a claim against the Metropolitan Police for refusal to investigate the Prime Minister’s alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations. The group is ‘guided with skill and technical excellence‘ by co-chairs Jamie Potter and John Halford. Karen May brings her experience as head of the firm’s education department to bear on judicial review cases in that arena, with Emma Varley also rapidly developing expertise in the same field. Salima Budhani is much lauded for her stellar work with vulnerable and marginalised clients.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Potter; John Halford

Other key lawyers:

Salima Budhani; Caroline Robinson; Jessie Brennan; Karen May; Anna Thwaites; Shirin Marker; Emma Varley


‘They’re pretty unique, to be honest. Bindmans are activist lawyers, and proud of it. They do difficult cases, on legal aid rates, because it is the right thing to do, and they are pretty irreplaceable.’

‘Shirin Marker was incredibly knowledgable, while also being straight forward and clear in a way that gave me total confidence in her ability.’

‘Bindmans is the number one firm for claimant public law cases. Their public law solicitors are top quality throughout, and are guided with skill and technical excellence by Jamie Potter and John Halford.’

‘Jamie Potter is a real star for claimant judicial review work. Exceptionally bright, capable and also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Karen May embodies all you’d want in a solicitor: she will fight your corner with compassion, intelligence and tenacity. As an instructing solicitor she is excellent – she prepares the case thoroughly and asks all the right questions… and never forgets a deadline.’

‘The team at Bindmans are outstanding across all levels of seniority. All members are highly committed, capable and colloboative in achieving positive outcomes even in the most complex of cases. The team retains a very strong client focus combined with an eye for strategy.’

‘These guys are really excellent. I have repeatedly recommended them. They work well as a team and have a huge amount of institutional knowledge. They are strategically very good and have a really consistently high quality level throughout. Really top-quality public law team in my view.’

‘Salima Budhani – really outstanding individual, among the best in the field in my view.’

Key clients

World Uyghur Congress

Helen Timson

Law Society of England and Wales

Miriam Binder & Ors

Windrush Lives

National Union of Journalists

Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley

Good Law Project

Seven Sisters Market Tenants Association

Work highlights

  • Representing LW Theatres Group, The Really Useful Group, Michael Harrison Entertainment, Cameron Mackintosh, Sonia Friedman Productions and LIVE in litigation against the Secretary of State for Digital, Cultute, Media and Sport related to restrictions imposed on the entertainment sector as a result of the pandemic.
  • Representing the Good Law Project in a claim against the Metropolitan Police, relating to the latter’s refusal to investigate the Prime Minister.
  • Advising the Association of Child Psychotherapists  Regulatory on novel regulatory issues arising from the provision of child psychotherapy services online across international borders.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

Bindmans LLP enjoys a ‘long-standing and wholly justified reputation as a firm that operates at the cutting edge of civil liberties and human rights work‘. The team continues to be regarded as a go-to advisor for applications to the European Court in relation to human rights breaches in Europe and elsewhere; torture and abuse claims, extradition cases, inquests and inquiries, freedom of assembly matters, protest and undercover policing issues, and mandates concerning victims’ rights in criminal trials are all part of the team’s regular workload. Jules Carey, Kate Goold, Tayab Ali, John Halford, Jamie Potter and Paul Ridge are the key names to note at leadership level. Other recommended practitioners making up the firm’s deep bench include inquests expert Anna Thwaites, recently promoted partner Salima Budhani and ‘one to watch’ Shirin Marker.

Practice head(s):

Jules Carey; Kate Goold; Tayab Ali; John Halford; Jamie Potter; Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:

Salima Budhani; Anna Thwaites; Theodora Middleton; Shirin Marker; Rachel Harger


‘The civil liberties and human rights practice at Bindmans is really first rate. They combine really strong lawyers with first rate client care and highly efficient case handling. With frequently high profile cases handled by them, they really work well together as a team and turn out top notch legal work.’

‘Salima Budhani – fiercly intelligent, but compellingly practical: she really thinks creatively and pushes you to come up with new solutions you hadn’t even contemplated. Routinely handles very big and legally significant, or high profile cases.’

‘Shirin Marker is a real one to watch – bright, efficient, excellent client rapport and can get to grips with the most complex of cases, quickly. Particular expertise with vulnerable female clients, and cases involving closed material/ secret evidence.’

‘Bindmans have a long-standing and wholly justified reputation as a firm that operates at the cutting edge of civil liberties and human rights work. They combine market-leading subject matter expertise with exceptional client care. The firm benefits from the breadth of its practice, with a strong cross-disciplinary approach.’

‘Salima Budhani is an outstanding practitioner with a broad public law practice. She combines exceptional insight and technical ability with wonderful client care.’

‘John Halford – knows everything. Salima Budhani – really excellent partner, best in class. Theodora Middleton – very very good lawyer, on the way up. Rachel Harger – very good civil actions specialist.’

‘I do really appreciate their outstanding communication. They went the extra mile to clarify legal procedures and various, probable outcomes. Their approach has always been professional and, at the same time, warm and empathetic, which is not that common.’

‘They are very dedicated. From their behaviour and endevaour, I can see they regard their job as their mission.’

Key clients

‘Reclaim these Streets’, a group dedicated to women’s safety

Individuals affected by Covid-19 Regulations

Asylum seekers placed in the Napier Military Barracks

Bereaved, Survivors and Residents (BSRs) of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Mother of a patient that died due to failures in her medical care

Member of family of a man who died from Covid-19 contracted after transporting an infected patient

Big Brother Watch

Women deprived of their British citizenship

Individuals subjected to hotel quarantine

Leader of Biafran separatist movement

Refugee teenager refused reunification with his brothers

Man who takes life after participating in a reality TV show

Individual included as “non-violent extremist” in a press release

Individuals who had their voting rights violated

Families who suffered having their deceased relative’s identities appropriated without consent by undercover police officers

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented four claimants in their challenge against the Metropolitan Police for preventing them from organising a socially-distanced vigil to be held on 13th March 2021 in the memory of Sarah Everard.
  • Assisting with the secured release and safe transfer of 22 asylum seekers from the Napier Military Barracks to suitable alternative accommodation.
  • Representing the mother of Jackie Maguire who judicially reviewed the coroner after he ruled Article 2 (right to life) was not engaged in her daughter’s case, who was in a residential care home and subjected to deprivation of liberty safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Bindmans LLP has ‘a really strong social housing practice‘ with an ‘amazingly broad‘ service offering that includes advice on disputes regarding disrepair, possession matters, breaches of covenants by social landlords and fire safety issues. A speciality of the unit are complex claims and injunctions involving capacity issues where the team utilizes its ‘exceptional, broader, public law practice‘ ‘to great effect for vulnerable clients‘. The team continues to be heavily involved in the Grenfell Tower inquiry acting for a large number of victims, with ‘excellent‘ practice head Paul Ridge leading on these cases. Senior housing practitioner Christian Hansen has ‘extensive housing experience‘ and acts for tenants and leaseholders in large group claims against social landlords, such as multi-party fire safety claims, while associate Will Whitaker has a focus on mental capacity issues in the scope of housing and community law matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:


‘Good range of expertise across the welfare field (community care, housing, benefits, general human rights).’

‘Christian Hansen – extensive housing experience, bright and committed.’

‘They are amazingly broad – from working for the Grenfell survivors through to Rent Act 1977 work and via all manner of public law housing work (e.g. allocations judicial review work) there is nothing they can’t do.’

‘Paul Ridge and Christian Hansen are excellent. They’ve seen it all.’

‘Bindmans are a great team with a really strong social housing practice which complements an exceptional, broader, public law practice. They use this expertise to great effect for vulnerable clients in other areas, like Court of Protection and community care law. This means collaboration is always creative and clients are at a good tactical advantage.’

‘Christian Hansen: really efficient in managing huge case loads and never misses anything. Christian is fearless in fighting for his client and gets great results, adopting a creative approach, blending his public law specialisms effectively. Incredibly user-friendly.’

‘Go to firm with lots of experience.’

‘Relatable, professional, reliable and knowledgable.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The offering at Bindmans LLP is led by 'veteran' Jon Crocker, and exclusively acts on claims involving catastrophic or very serious injury. The key types of claim which the team is experienced in dealing with usually involve road traffic and workplace accidents, which regularly lead to brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries, as well as debilitating and complex pain conditions; its cases also regularly have cross-jurisdictional elements. In addition, the team works on sensitive psychiatric injury causation cases, for both primary and secondary victims; 'natural leader' Alla Murphy has particular expertise in this area. ‘Really excellent personal injury lawyer’ Yagmur Ekici, who specialises in head injury, psychological trauma, fatal accident and difficult quantum cases, is one to watch in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Yagmur Ekici; Alla Murphy; Shelly Pastakia; Rosaleen Wyllie; Siobhan Kelly


‘Yagmur Ekici is a really excellent personal injury lawyer. She has terrific attention to detail and understanding of the law, combined with a really compassionate approach to her clients.’

‘The team works well together and is led well. They have the ability to take on complex clients, with diverse needs and cultural differences. They find the best way of working with everyone supportively, and communicating effectively with teams around them, in order to act in their clients’ best interests. They are well organised and supportive.’

‘All the team members that I have worked with are knowledgeable, experienced and develop very supportive relationships with injured clients, which helps to reduce the trauma of the legal processes.’

‘Alla Murphy, Shelly Pastakia and Rosaleen Wyllie are approachable, thorough and helpful, with excellent attention to detail.’

‘The team are very client-centric. Throughout our case, we felt that everyone ‘had our back’ and was focused on achieving the very best outcome for us. We found everyone at Bindmans to be extremely personable and easy to work with.’

‘Solicitors at Bindmans are very knowledgeable and experienced. They know what they are doing and how best to do it. They are driven to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. They go above and beyond to ensure that this is achieved.’

‘They are very committed to their clients and have a really good connection with them. For them, the ideal of ‘putting the client at the heart of their practice’ is absolutely what they do. They are not only great lawyers but also terrific with client care. Their human rights work is well known and they have a well deserved reputation for challenging unfair decisions and practices, which is reflected in their personal injury work.’

‘Alla Murphy is a natural leader – she is organised and efficient. Siobhan Kelly is a great lawyer and simply wonderful with vulnerable clients, taking time to deal with their concerns and dealing with the wider issues that may arise within the wider family when a member is catastrophically injured. John Crocker is a veteran in personal injury and related litigation and steers this team with great skill.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who sustained complex orthopaedic injuries in an RTA, culminating in a below-knee amputation; prosthetics and a specialist clinical and care support package were funded on an interim basis leading to a settlement in January 2022.
  • Acting for a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident in a gym when he struck his head falling from a treadmill, which led to a mild injury and loss of capacity; he has severe conversion disorder, is bedbound and requires 24 hour care.
  • Acted for a claimant who suffered complex head, spinal, shoulder and pelvic, and psychiatric injury as a result of an RTA.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

The ‘hugely experienced and committed team’ at Bindmans LLP is led by the first-rate Laura Hobey-Hamsher. It is skilled at acting for vulnerable adults and their families and receives a regular flow of instructions from the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates, NGOs, charities and other lawyers. The team frequently acts for high profile individuals and advises on cases with a cross-border element. Other strengths lie in acting on cases where there have been allegations of serious physical and/or sexual and/or financial abuse. Amy Rowe  is now at Dawson Cornwell and Charlotte Haworth Hird is at Bhatt Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:

Emma Varley; Will Whitaker; Elizabeth Cleaver


‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is one of the leading solicitors in this field. She is very dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her clients and always gets results‘.

‘Bindmans has a first rate court of protection team. They have excellent capabilities in health and welfare matters and benefit from being part of a wider team with expertise in related areas of mental health, housing, community care and human rights‘.

‘Laura Hobey-Hamshere is a star in the Court of Protection world. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and has a deep understanding of this area of law and the difficulties faced by those who lack mental capacity. Will Whitaker stands out as a very capable CoP solicitor.’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is outstanding. A true class act who combines excellent client care skills with the knack of knowing what a judge will decide’.

‘The Bindmans team has breadth and depth and they work well together. My impression is that associates are given plenty of responsibility and are not micromanaged by partners but are also guided effectively with excellent support in place’.

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is an absolute joy to work with and a terrific lawyer. She is incredibly experienced and takes a no nonsense compassionate approach to her work. Emma Varley has really impressed me this year. She has a good understanding of wider public law and housing issues with impeccable attention to detail’.

‘Will Whittaker and Liz Cleaver also stand out as very pragmatic and experienced members of the team’.

‘Laura Hobey Hamsher is the best COP solicitor in the UK’.

Key clients

63-year-old lady with a diagnosis of persistent delusional disorder)

27-year-old young person with autism and severe learning disability

Tony Hickmott

Family of patient at Northwick Park Hospital

18-year-old young person with autism spectrum disorder

Work highlights

  • In the case of S, the team represented S, who was, at the time proceedings were brought, detained under s3 Mental Health Act 1983 and 23 and a half weeks pregnant. When she raised the possibility of a termination, the treating Trusts had said that she did not have capacity to consent to a termination, and that it was not in her best interests to have one.
  • Mr Hickmott has been detained under s3 of the Mental Health Act since 2001, despite having been deemed to be medically fit for discharge since 2013. Bindmans is instructed by the Official Solicitor to act for Tony in ongoing Court of Protection proceedings brought by his parents.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Bindmans LLP fields a ‘hardworking and really responsive team’ with particular strength in children law ( both public and private) spanning children law disputes, abduction, relocation and medical treatment cases. It is also frequently instructed to represent children in proceedings. Its family and matrimonial team attracts a wide range of complex divorce, financial remedy and TOLATA work. The group has considerable strength in complicated international and jurisdictional disputes and represents a wide range of clients, including high profile, high-net-worth individuals and families. Heads of department are now Alison Leivesley (a ‘real class act’ who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’) and Olivia Piercy ( who is ‘experienced and hardworking’). Maud Davis is vastly experienced in representing children in complex care cases. Its former head of department, Amy Rowe, is now at Dawson Cornwell. Melissa Arnold was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Alison Leivesley; Olivia Piercy

Other key lawyers:

Maud Davis; Melissa Arnold; Maeve Lucey; Hannah Marshall; Megan Rothman; Marianna Michaelides


‘I have primarily worked with Melissa Arnold and Maeve Lucey. I have worked on a number of long-running and difficult cases with Melissa. As counsel, I value her ability to combine no-nonsense practical advice with excellent client care. She has excellent instincts, but is also keen to discuss ideas.’

‘Hannah Marshall impressed me with her hard work and dedication to an unusual application for a client. She was also well versed in the difficult legal considerations’.

‘Megan Rothman is an up and coming young solicitor. She provides excellent client care and manages her cases to a very high standard. Alison Leivesley is a partner who provides a steady hand on the tiller. She is authoritative, supportive and client focused’.

‘Alison Leivesley is superb in her sensitive approach. Tactically she covers all bases, scrutinises all possibilities so is always well prepared. Excellent legal knowledge. Megan Rothman is someone to watch. She has an excellent grasp of public law and excellent client care skills with difficult and vulnerable clients’.

‘Alison Leivesley has an experienced, hands-on approach to the work of her department, and a knowledge which extends to expertise in highly specialised fields such as international CoP cases. Olivia Piercy is a very experienced, established international children’s practitioner of considerable and quick intellect and ability coupled with a charismatic, friendly but incisive manner‘.

‘Hannah Marshall is experienced, bright, expert, resourceful and highly effective in her conduct of international children and CoP work, with a very substantial track record of success in high-level, difficult cases, giving her real authority in what she does- with a substantial record of successful leading cases to her credit‘.

Marianna Michaelides has considerable experience and expertise further strengthening the team. Maud Davis – is an associate within Bindmans – she is fair, articulate and well prepared as an advocate – committed to child care work and has an extremely even approach to the work and will research and follow up on advice provided. She is skilled at working with children’s guardians’.

‘Alison Lievesley is as experienced as they come, combining excellent technical knowledge with clear case strategy and outstanding client skills. Her reputation goes before her and stands out as a real star of the field. Well known for her mentoring and training of others, she is a natural leader. Marianna Michaelides is excellent, showing experience and wisdom beyond her years. She manages her cases exceptionally well, and has particular skill with international child law cases’.

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 2

Bindmans LLP acts on complex cases involving children with special educational needs, handling a wide variety of matters concerning discrimination, safeguarding and free speech. Seeing a crossover between local authority matters and community care disputes, the practice includes solicitors who are also community care specialists, affording them a rounded perspective on education, health and social care provision. The team is led by Karen May, who specialises in judicial review cases and tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Karen May

Other key lawyers:

Alex Temple


‘Excellent and transparent billing’

‘Karen May – Great expertise in SEND and linking to expert medical evidence. Brilliant at influencing Local Authorities on the key issues and knows how to deliver this in different forms of communication both remotely and face to face. Karen is brilliant at delivering the strategy to win the battle and disregards the minor skirmishes on the periphery. A lovely professional to work with and listens to her clients attentively as to what is important to them.’

‘I found every aspect of working with Bindmans made very easy for me mostly through the professionalism they showed, regular contact and updates, going above and beyond what my remit was, etc. I also applaud Bindmans for considering the particular financial situation I was in and making allowances for this in terms of capping the maximum final fee to an affordable level and showing patience in terms of invoice payments regarding my own cash flow circumstances.’

‘Alex Temple worked for me and represented me by constructing an appeal that also set the foundations for a complaint if the appeal was unsuccessful. The appeal was successful and I credit Alex and his high quality work for achieving this. Alex was always available for discussion and, often, reassurance, during the life span of his work for me.’

‘Professional, efficient, knowledgeable, good results and outcomes for the clients’

‘They worked as part of the team with everyone involved with the client being well respected and with a valued voice, by working together the outcomes were achieved. Excellent support and communication from Karen May. She is very passionate about her field and this is obvious to see and she is a pleasure to work with, I would recommend her to anyone who needed support in her field.’

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

Bindmans LLP‘s healthcare team is widely regarded for the public interest litigation work it takes on behalf of individuals, charities and NGOs across the full scope of healthcare matters. The team regularly takes on cases to challenge the law in certain areas, such as cases relating to the provision of PPE to NHS staff and Covid-19 vaccine prioritisation cases. Laura Hobey-Hamsher leads the team and a practice that takes on serious medical treatment cases against the Court of Protection and public law challenges regarding the provision and withdrawal of medical treatment. Elizabeth Cleaver is a highly experienced mental health practitioner, with a strong public law practice while associate Will Whitaker has a strong reputation for handling work in the Court of Protection.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:


‘Bindmans have a very strong healthcare team with capabilities spanning medical treatment issues, mental health, inquests and regulatory matters and major public law decisions.’

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is an excellent solicitor. She is dedicated to her clients and has very good judgement.’

‘Extensive expertise in relation to niche areas such as serious medical treatment disputes involving babies, children and adults’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher. Vastly experienced, compassionate, professional and a dream solicitor to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is a stand-out solicitor. She is dedicated, driven, organised and empathetic.’

‘Bindmans’ wide public law base means that it is well able to manage cases which straddle a range of areas (e.g. mental health, clinical care, capacity, education etc). Highly invested in their individual clients, in my experience they never lose sight of the legal merits and strategic issues.’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is an absolute joy to work with and a terrific lawyer. She is incredibly experienced across a range of healthcare public law issues and takes a no nonsense compassionate approach to her work.’

‘Will Whitaker and Liz Cleaver  stand out as very pragmatic and experienced members of the team.’

Work highlights

  • A successful challenge to the government’s decision not to prioritise disabled people for Covid-19 vaccinations
  • A claim involving serious abuse at a hospital placement, uncovered by an investigation by BBC Panorama
  • Instructed by the children (who were also the attorneys) in an urgent medical treatment matter in the Court of Protection which has now become an inquest and article 2 ECHR civil claim (right to life), following a hospital’s decision to remove a patient’s feeding tube against the wishes of their children and despite the patient’s clearly recorded wish that treatment be maintained.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

Bindmans LLP provides expert advice on complex libel, privacy, data protection, and copyright disputes to both claimants and defendants. The practice has a growing specialism in reputation and media management for whistleblowers in collaboration with the firm's employment and crime departments. Practice head Tamsin Allen regularly defends publishers, NGOs, and nationally recognised journalists, having acted on numerous ground-breaking cases in the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Criminal lawyer Kate Goold has extensive experience dealing with international and politically sensitive reputational crises arising in response to criminal proceedings against high-profile individuals. Data protection and cybersecurity barrister Monika Sobiecki has experience handling reputational fall-out from high-profile cyber incidents and content takedown proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki


‘Tamsin Allen – an excellent lawyer who is highly respected and regarding in this field. She has a wealth of experience and knows the law inside out. She delivers great results and knows whether it is necessary and in the client’s best interests to take cases all the way to court, or to settle. Some outstanding results – including in the Supreme Court. Great client care and highly efficient.’

‘The firm’s long term profile as a leader in advising in fields where clients are exposed, especially to regulatory and criminal/extradition and immigration conflict with the authorities makes crisis and reputational management an integral part of their work. The work has a new name and higher profile that in the past, but Bindmans was already steeped in it before it was regarded as novel. As a result, partner Kate Goold has huge experience to draw on, which must explain how she stays calm whatever the crisis’

‘Kate Goold has exceptional client skills, putting worried clients at ease so well that you can imagine them calling her for pleasure rather than just legal advice. Always focused on what the client needs and not distracted by what they think they want; an excellent team builder.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Caroline Watt, Rebekah Vardy’s agent, in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel claim; successfully resisting the application to join Watt to proceedings and Rooney was ordered to pay the client’s costs.
  • Instructed to defend a libel claim brought against Nina Cresswell over allegations made on social media of attempted rape and sexual assault by the claimant.
  • Advising the Good Law Project (GLP) and Jolyon Maugham in respect of various defamatory allegations in the press – and in respect of claims that it has defamed various entities in the course of its campaigning work.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Bindmans LLP represents individuals in investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and national police forces relating to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and fraud, and offers particular expertise in criminal defence proceedings and extradition cases. The team is noted for its cross-border capabilities alongside strong domestic work, acting both for international clients and in multijurisdictional proceedings. The ‘hugely experiencedKatie Wheatley heads up the team, with a strong record in acting for clients in investigations, both internal and regulatory, relating to bribery and corruption, including handling interviews under compulsion, as well as bankers and traders accused of financial wrongdoing. Kate Goold specialises in complex, politically sensitive extradition cases, and has also seen success in representing clients in SEC investigations. Tayab Ali represents high-net-worth individuals in fraud and corruption proceedings, also handling reputation management issues arising from allegations.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:


‘Incredible preparation and total focus on the client’s needs. The firm are extremely well prepared and are relentless in the case management.’

‘Katie Wheatley is dedicated to her clients. She is always available and is extremely approachable.’

‘The team has a wide and diverse knowledge in fraud and white collar crime, which melds well with there other areas of work.’

‘Kate Goold brings a wonderful element of humanity and insight into international work, and combines this with a insight fraud and white collar work.’

‘The team has considerable experience in dealing with both complex and high profile cases and have built with it the expertise to advise on detailed, financially intricate matters. They go the extra mile in delivering a service to their client.’

‘Katie Wheatley, now head of the department is extremely knowledgeable and a very reassuring pair of hands both client and counsel.’

‘In-depth expertise in all areas of white collar crime.’

‘Katie Wheatley is a stand out individual. Highly experienced; sound judgement; and fantastic empathy.’

Key clients

Three postmasters and postmistresses in Post Office IT scandal

Alleged Money Launderer

Agrogate Holding Ltd

Three postmasters and postmistresses in Post Office IT scandal

Alleged Money Launderer

Agrogate Holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for three sub postmasters in respect of their successful appeals against conviction for theft/fraud related offences in private prosecutions brought by the Post Office between 2002 and 2010.
  • Defending an individual against an undue police forfeiture order over property connected to an alleged criminal act and following arrest for money laundering.
  • Representing Agrogate Holding Ltd, in a corruption investigation before Sudan’s new anti-corruption regime, established following the change of government.

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 3

The employment team at Bindmans LLP is equipped to handle both employer and employee-related matters. In the employee-side, the group often acts on discrimination and whistleblowing claims, unfair dismissal cases and allegations of sexual harassment. The practice is also recognised as ‘excellent at cases involving human rights and freedom of expression issues in the workplace.’ Leading the department is Krishna Santra, who joined the firm in November 2021 from Howat Avraam Solicitors. Another key name in the team is associate Tina Din, former practitioner at Markel Law LLP, who joined the practice in September 2021, bringing extensive experience in wage disputes, workplace discrimination and redundancy issues.

Practice head(s):

Krishna Santra

Other key lawyers:


‘Bindmans has great depth, brilliant technical knowledge and a genuine commitment to their clients and their clients’ cases.’

‘They are excellent at cases involving human rights and freedom of expression issues in the workplace. They are the best employee firm I have worked with for those issues.’

‘Tina Din is organised, reliable, committed and responsive. An excellent lawyer.’

‘Krishna Santra is personable and very easy to deal with.’

‘Krishna Santra is a well known employment specialist and has a long history within this sector, always getting results for her clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an agency worker recruited by Angard Staffing to work for Royal Mail in a case at the Court of Appeal relating to the interpretation of Reg 13 of the Agency Workers Regulations 2013.  
  • Acted for a client in an appeal before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) against a remedy judgment from the Employment Tribunal that significantly limited our client’s compensatory award, granted in a successful claim for discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Assisted the client in negotiating a settlement with his employer based on discrimination due to his being autistic and thus disabled under the Equality Act 2010.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Jon Crocker leads the highly specialised team at Bindmans LLP with 'warmth and dedication'. The firm's caseload is formed of solely catastrophic and very serious injury, often of high value, including cases involving psychiatric injury and pain; preventable suicide attempts; limb amputations; and complex child and adult head injuries, with particular expertise in hypoglycaemia leading to brain injury at birth. The firm itself is human rights-focused and this unique perspective permeates into its clinical negligence work. Yagmur Ekici is described as a ‘real star’, while Siobhan Kelly is singled out as ‘exceptional’. Notably, Alla Murphy was successful in obtaining settlement for gambling losses as part of a claim, an issue for which there was no set precedent.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici; Rosaleen Wyllie


‘The team has, I think, a strong supportive approach, with panel members working alongside up-and-coming new members of the team. The team has both medical and legal experience and extensive contacts with experts and counsel. There is usually “hands on” partner involvement in all cases, which is not the case in some larger firms. From my perspective, the team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.’

‘Jon Crocker and Siobhan Kelly set the tone for the team. Jon is an excellent solicitor with warmth and dedication. Siobhan Kelly I rate very highly – she is sympathetic with clients and tough with opponents. She is a good and determined negotiator, often taking on and succeeding with claims which other solicitors have refused, with first-class client care skills.’

‘Jon Crocker has an excellent clinical negligence team, who do a very thorough job for clients and leave no stone unturned in getting them the best results.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is a real star. She’s conscientious and bright with a wonderful bedside manner. Every time I get a case from Bindmans, I hope that Yagmur will be one of the solicitors on the team.’

‘Alla Murphy is a formidable figure.’

‘Bindmans’ clinical negligence team has a particular excellence in their ability to communicate with their clients, to explain the complexities of what can be an excruciating process running on year after year, and (in my experience of cases) to deliver a satisfactory outcome that the claimant understands.’

‘Siobhan Kelly is exceptional in her attention to detail and in her willingness to go over matters again and again until they have been properly resolved and explained. Alla Murphy has a formidable grasp of detail and does not shirk asking hard questions of experts, on her client’s behalf. Jon Crocker is the safest pair of hands I have come across.’

‘Jon Crocker and Yagmur Ekici have been extremely supportive to us, always explaining every process we have had to endure to final settlement. I highly recommend them both.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on a cerebral palsy case arising from negligence during the management of the client’s birth.
  • Acted in a civil claim for injuries arising from the admitted negligence of the defendant hospital trust during pregnancy, leading to the claimant suffering an acute uterine rupture that led to life-threatening haemorrhage, an amniotic fluid embolism and cardiac arrest.
  • Acting for a very vulnerable individual in a case arising from a missed opportunity to identify a detached retina, which led to complete blindness.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Bindmans LLP‘s practice draws from the firm’s expertise in crime, fraud and regulatory law, public law, professional negligence and employment law. Katie Wheatley‘s practice includes FCA investigations; John Halford acts in a range of professional disciplinary matters; and Kate Goold defends doctors, nurses, teachers, solicitors and FCA-approved persons.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley; John Halford

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Jamie Potter; Tayab Ali; Shirin Marker


‘Bindmans provides very solid legal advice that is innovative and imaginative, and always sound.’

‘Quick to respond, and a pleasure to work with in personal (as well as professional) terms.’

‘Bindmans has a reputation for taking on cases of discrimination in the political field. It has developed expertise in this area, and its name being associated with a case brings a level of respect from the outset.’

‘Bindmans went out of its way to put me at ease. It was a distressing time for me, and the lawyers took the time I needed to explain my situation and help me to decide how to proceed.’

‘I can highly recommend Jamie Potter and solicitor Shirin Marker. The quality of the legal letters they produced was excellent, and their clever crafting of these documents had the desired effect.’

‘Expertise, approachable, open, good at listening, and clear advice, along with excellent client skills and depth of legal knowledge.’

‘Jamie Potter has a fantastic client manner and engenders trust.’

‘Kate Goold has a growing practice in this field, drawing on her considerable experience in crime and fraud cases to assist clients facing serious regulatory/disciplinary allegations.’

Key clients

Association of Child Psychotherapists

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

The team at Bindmans LLP focus their expertise on representing both claimants and defendants in high-stakes media cases, with special expertise in matters pertaining to defamation, privacy, and data protection, regularly acting in high-profile, headline-making cases. 'Legendary media lawyer' Tamsin Allen leads the team and advises publishers, NGOs, authors, and individual journalists. The strength of Allen's team has been bolstered by the recent arrival of Monika Sobiecki , a trained data protection and cyber security barrister with a focus on digital rights protection.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen; Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki


‘A brilliant media team. Able to deploy cross over skills to great effect.’

‘Tamsin Allen is a brilliant media lawyer working on cutting edge cases. Clever and strategic lawyer who brings huge experience to the table.’

‘Tamsin Allen: a legendary media lawyer. Knows everything there is to know – and overflowing with good judgment and commonsense.’

‘Monika Sobieki is a very committed and engaged new partner.’

‘Tamsin Allen is one of the leaders in her field in defamation and data protection.’

Key clients

Caroline Watt

Nina Cresswell

Association for Community Organisations for Reform Now Limited

Paddy French

Alaedeen Sicri

Dr Salman Butt

Good Law Project

Work highlights

  • Represented Rebekah Vardy’s agent Caroline Watt in the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel claim, arising out of an alleged leak of private information from Coleen Rooney’s Instragram account to the press.
  • Representing Paddy French, author of online news site ‘Pressgang’ in a libel case brought by Mr Ware, lead producer and presenter of the Panorama program ‘Is Labour anti-semitic?’.
  • Acted for Alaedeen Sicri in a privacy claim against Associated Newspapers Limited to the publishing of his personal details as a person arrested in connection with the Manchester bombing in May 2017.

Bindmans LLP is one of the country’s leading multidisciplinary law firms, with an exceptional track record offering a wide range of specialist legal services to clients, from medium-sized businesses and NGOs, to public figures and private individuals.

Founded in 1974, Bindmans has a long history of challenging injustice and protecting the rights and reputations of ordinary people. Over the past 50 years the firm has evolved and expanded to offer a broader range of unrivalled services to a variety of clients. Its lawyers work with rigour and purpose to defend their clients’ best interests, and to use the law to make an impact.

Ranked as a top-tier firm in many of its practice areas, Bindmans has a reputation for its cutting-edge work in some of the most complex cases. Its lawyers are among the most knowledgeable in the country, and many are nationally recognised as experts in their fields.

Bindmans’ client base is wide and developing, and includes forward-thinking businesses, regulators, charities, NGOs, campaigning groups, professional bodies, as well as MPs, public figures, and private individuals. The firm is renowned for achieving outstanding results for its clients across the spectrum of services it offers.

Services for individuals
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
Court of Protection, Healthcare and Mental Health
Criminal Defence and Extradition
Education Law
Employment Law
Family and Matrimonial
Fraud and White Collar Crime
Housing and Property Litigation
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality
Inquests and Inquiries
Media and Information
Police Law
Professional Negligence
Wills, Trusts and Estates

Services for Business and Organisations
Business Crime
Business Immigration
Data Protection and Cybersecurity
Education Law
Employment Law
Media and Information
Skills, Apprenticeship and Training Law

Specialist services
Data Privacy and Digital Rights
Discrimination and Equality
Environmental and Animal Law
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Public Inquiries
Public Law and Judicial Review
Public Procurement and Commerical Regulation
Regulatory and Compliance Law
Religion, Faith and Belief Law
Reputation and Crisis Management
Right to Protest

Actions against Police and State Jules Carey
Administrative and Public Law John Halford
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Jon Crocker
Court of Protection Laura Hobey-Hamsher
Criminal Law and Fraud Katie Wheatley
Education Law Karen May
Family and Matrimonial Alison Leivesley
Housing and Property Litigation Paul Ridge
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Liz Barratt
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Alison Stanley
Media and Information Tamsin Allen
Private Client Amrit Rana
Professional Negligence Jon Crocker
Tayab Ali photo Tayab AliPartner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Law. Tayab’s practice encompasses criminal and civil/public…
Tamsin Allen photo Tamsin AllenPartner and Head of Media and Information Law. Tamsin manages a wide-ranging…
Melissa Arnold photo Melissa ArnoldPartner, Family and Matrimonial Melissa qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer…
Liz Barratt photo Liz BarrattPartner and joint Head of Immigration. Liz has a wide-ranging practice covering…
Jessie Brennan photo Jessie BrennanSolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Jessie’s practice covers a wide range…
Salima Budhani photo Salima BudhaniPartner, Public Law and Human Rights. Salima has a particular interest in…
Jules Carey photo Jules CareyPartner and Head of Actions against Police and State. Since becoming a…
Elizabeth Cleaver photo Elizabeth CleaverSolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Elizabeth’s areas of practice include mental…
Emma Cohen photo Emma CohenAssociate, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality. Emma covers all areas of immigration, asylum…
Jon Crocker photo Jon CrockerManaging Partner at Bindmans and Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.…
Maud Davis photo Maud DavisAssociate, Family and Matrimonial. Maud specialises in children law, representing children in…
Yagmur Ekici photo Yagmur EkiciPartner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Yagmur advises and represents individuals in…
Kate Goold photo Kate GooldPartner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory. With over 24 years of experience as a…
John Halford photo John HalfordPartner and Head of Public Law and Human Rights department. John Halford…
Christian Hansen photo Christian HansenSolicitor, Housing and Public Law Christian frequently acts for groups of tenants…
Roberta Haslam photo Roberta HaslamPartner, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality. Roberta has a particular interest in asylum…
Laura Hobey-Hamsher photo Laura Hobey-HamsherPartner, Public Law and Human Rights.  Laura is particularly well known for…
Catherine Jackson photo Catherine JacksonAssociate, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Catherine defends professionals such as accountants, teachers,…
Ella Jefferson photo Ella JeffersonSolicitor, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Ella has an outstanding record representing clients…
Siobhan Kelly photo Siobhan KellyPartner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Siobhan is passionate about helping vulnerable claimants…
Jude Lanchin photo Jude LanchinAssociate, Criminal Defence and Extradition.  Jude has a strong reputation for outstanding…
Alison Leivesley photo Alison LeivesleyPartner, Head of Family and Matrimonial. Alison specialises in all aspects of…
Hannah Marshall photo Hannah MarshallAssociate, Family and Matrimonial Hannah has established a diverse and busy practice…
Karen May photo Karen MayPartner and Head of Education Law. Karen mainly acts for individuals although…
Marianna Michaelides photo Marianna MichaelidesAssociate, Family and Matrimonial Marianna is a children solicitor specialising in all…
Theodora Middleton photo Theodora MiddletonSolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Theodora represents clients in challenges to…
Alla Murphy photo Alla MurphyPartner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Alla has extensive experience of acting…
Jamie Potter photo Jamie PotterSenior Consultant,  Public Law and Human Rights. Jamie has a wealth of experience…
Amrit Rana photo Amrit RanaPartner and Head of Private Client. Amrit has over 15 years of experience…
Paul Ridge photo Paul RidgePartner in the Public Law team and Head of Housing and Property. As…
Caroline Robinson photo Caroline RobinsonSolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Caroline’s varied judicial review practice includes…
Basmah Sahib photo Basmah SahibSolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Basmah has represented clients in relation…
Monika Sobiecki photo Monika SobieckiPartner, Media and Information. Monika is a specialist Data Protection and Cybersecurity…
Alison Stanley photo Alison StanleyPartner and joint Head of Immigration. Since 1984, Alison has specialised in…
Anna Thwaites photo Anna ThwaitesPartner, Actions against Police and State. Anna is highly regarded for her…
Emma Varley photo Emma VarleySolicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Emma specialises in judicial review challenges…
Katie Wheatley photo Katie WheatleyPartner, Head of Crime, Fraud and Regulatory. Katie has vast experience in…
Will Whitaker photo Will WhitakerAssociate, Public Law and Human Rights Will has represented a large number…
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55