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Public Law and Human Rights.


Partner and Head of Public Law and Human Rights department.

John Halford is a public law specialist. As a litigator, he has focused on judicial review work since 1993, challenging the unfair exercise and abuse of power by public authorities, human rights breaches and discrimination.

John represents individuals, campaign and action groups, unions, charities, schools, professional associations and regulators, arts organisations and commercial companies – 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.

He 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, most recently in the Article 50 litigation, where he represented a group of interested parties. 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 spans Brexit and other EU law issues, regulatory and licensing, professional disciplinary, procurement, planning, pensions and human rights law matters.


John began work as a lawyer in the voluntary sector, ultimately as a solicitor at the Public Law Project. He joined Bindmans LLP in 2003.


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


John studied the LLB at Essex University and has an MA in Law from Southampton University.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

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.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

(Hall of Fame)

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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.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Hall of Fame)

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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.