Kate Goold > Bindmans LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bindmans LLP

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Crime, Fraud and Regulatory.


Partner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory.

With over 24 years of experience as a criminal solicitor, Kate has extensive expertise in defending complex and serious crime and extradition, including all aspects of business crime and fraud, money laundering, restraint and confiscation, and cross-border investigations. She is particularly well regarded for her skill in dealing with politically sensitive, high profile, and controversial cases and has recently seen success in University Disciplinary proceedings.

Kate has a broad extradition practice and has successfully challenged applications for extradition, many of which are politically sensitive, to both Category 1 and Category 2 territories. She advises on Interpol Red Notices and Mutual Legal Assistance Requests and liaises closely with US Attorneys in negotiations with the DOJ and defending related SEC actions where appropriate.

Kate is also frequently instructed by those in the public eye whose reputation is everything. She fully understands the additional burden that press intrusion places on both the individual and prosecuting agency and is expert at navigating clients through the media storm.

Kate regularly provides advice pre-charge and during investigations brought by a range of prosecuting agencies, with regards to police powers, production orders, search and seizure, securing evidence and publicity. She has provided evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee regarding pre-charge bail and suspect anonymity, and also advises media organisations with regards to reporting restrictions and protection of journalistic material and sources.

Kate is a forceful defender of an individual’s rights and regularly draws on the Human Rights Act to ensure those rights are protected. She is widely respected for her sensitivity, tactical skill, attention to detail, her ability to tackle complex forensic issues and her thorough and determined pursuit of disclosure and defence leads.


Kate trained at Simons Muirhead and Burton in 1994 and qualified in 1996. She worked at Hickman and Rose before joining Bindmans LLP in 2000.


London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association; The Extradition Sub-Committee; Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum; The Female Fraud Forum; Fraud Lawyers Association; Liberty.


Kate graduated from Sussex University with First Class BA (Hons), and then completed the CPE and LPC at Middlesex Guildhall University.


Running, swimming and music.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Kate GooldBindmans LLP

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.