Firm Profile > Bindmans LLP > London, England

Bindmans LLP
236 GRAY'S INN ROAD
LONDON
WC1X 8HB
England

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Administrative and public law Tier 1

Bindmans LLP was recently involved in numerous major cases, touching on issues concerning immigration, the rights of EU nationals and the pandemic, among others. In a standout matter, the team represented five clients, including the Good Law Project, in proceedings against the government challenging its approval and financing of a mass national testing programme expected to cost over £100bn, against the advice of its own body on national screening programmes. John Halford specialises in litigation involving human rights abuses and discrimination issues, representing individuals, campaign groups and a wide range of other public sector clients. The 'utterly brilliant' Jamie Potter is an expert in all areas of public law and has particular expertise in judicial reviews. Associate Salima Budhani is singled out for her work on behalf of vulnerable people, including migrants and victims of human trafficking, bringing claims against the government. Fellow associate Karen May stands out for her expertise in judicial reviews focusing on education law and community care issues.

Practice head(s):

John Halford; Jamie Potter

Other key lawyers:

Salima Budhani; Caroline Robinson; Jessie Brennan; Karen May

Testimonials

‘The Bindmans public law team is packed full of outstanding lawyers and is exceptionally well led by Jamie Potter and John Halford. All the team members are very adept at working to the extremely tight timescales required by public law cases. They have the right support infrastructure to progress public law litigation effectively.’

‘Jamie Potter and John Halford are both genuine leaders in public and administrative law. They provide excellent support to their team members while at the same time taking forward the most important litigation themselves.’

‘Jamie Potter – huge experience, great breadth of knowledge, wonderful sense of litigation strategy and realities, client focus, and extremely easy to work with.’

‘John Halford is exceptional and a true star among public law and human rights solicitors.’

‘Salima Budhani – absolutely brilliant – a real asset to any team – and always an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Bindmans’ great strengths are their depth of knowledge of public law, relationships with specialist counsel and ability to advise both individuals, organisations and companies. They are fantastic to work with and formidable opponents.’

‘Jamie Potter’s team is wholly committed to innovative public law and human rights litigation. They are a delight to work for and with.’

‘Jamie Potter is truly a delight to work with: very knowledgeable regarding both substantive law and procedure, highly organised and with exceptional people skills. He is truly objective, and does not shy away from giving clients clear and impartial advice, but is also exceptionally committed to fighting a corner where that is needed. He manages his team exceptionally well.’

Key clients

The Law Society of England and Wales

Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley

the3million

Jewish Voice for Labour

British Standards Institution

Association of Child Psychotherapists

Good Law Project

Doctors Association UK

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

Acting on a range of cases across all levels, Bindmans LLP is known for the 'strength and depth of the team's experience across, for example, public inquiries, judicial reviews, inquests and civil actions against the police and other state bodies’. Known as the ‘go-to experts for public law challenges to the police', the firm is at the forefront of right to protest and free speech matters. The practice is also well regarded for its expertise in inquests and immigration work, as well as its recent activity in issues related to Covid-19. International work is another strength, and the group is particularly experienced in the extradition arena, as well as handling applications to the European Court in relation to human rights breaches in Europe and elsewhere. Jules Carey is known for advising on policing abuses, police surveillance and actions in private and public law against the state. He co-leads the team with John Halford, Jamie Potter, Paul Ridge, Kate Goold and Tayab Ali. Other key names from the deep bench of experts include Anna Thwaites, who specialises in actions against the state involving complex compensation claims and investigations; Charlotte Haworth Hird, who focuses on acting for vulnerable individuals in actions against the state; and associate Salima Budhani, who has a particular interest in representing vulnerable or marginalised individuals.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Haworth Hird; Salima Budhani; Anna Thwaites; Ashley Fleming; Alison Stanley; Theodora Middleton

Testimonials

‘The go-to experts in public law challenges to the police’.

‘Bindmans are a really outstanding team, strong in depth. The more I have been exposed to them the more impressed I have been. They are extremely astute tactically but also commercially’.

‘Salima Budhani is properly outstanding in my view. Her written work is excellent and she is very shrewd. John Halford is very sharp and extremely experienced. Ashley Fleming is a really good and reliable lawyer, very tactically astute’.

‘Exceptional experience. Knowing which cases to fight (and win) against public authorities, rather than a scattergun approach. Enormously respected, with excellent reason’.

‘Alison Stanley is an outstanding practitioner. Straightforward practical and not afraid to give hard advice. An exceptional team leader who inspires immediate confidence in clients and rightly so. A leader both in her degree of expertise but also in her tactical acumen and straightforwardness’.

‘Strength and depth of the team’s experience across, for example, public inquiries, judicial reviews, inquests and civil actions against the police and other state bodies. The team has a wealth of talent and experience which really stands out’.

‘Within the practice, individuals work effectively and cohesively together in respect of large-scale complex matters’.

‘Jules Carey stands out as a senior partner and Head of the Actions against the Police and State Team. His team is currently involved in some of the most high profile matters’.

‘Theodora Middleton is a superb up and coming practitioner. Very smart and dedicated, gets results’.

Key clients

Reclaim These Streets

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Napier Barracks

Immigration Detention

Extinction Rebellion

Maguire

TOEIC English Language testing scandal

The TGTE

CARE

Crime: general Tier 1

Bindmans LLP has a long-established reputation for its involvement in high-profile and high-stakes matters, handling a wide range of cases concerning terrorism, the emergency coronavirus legislation and protest work relating to Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion. The firm attracts praise for 'putting people before profit - their dedication is genuine'. Katie Wheatley heads the crime, fraud and regulatory team, which 'really benefits from a depth of experience in civil liberties and human rights work'. She works alongside Kate Goold, who has a track record of work on politically sensitive cases, an 'excellent forensic mind, superb judgement and interpersonal skills'. Other key members of the team include solicitor-advocate Tayab Ali, who joined from ITN Solicitors in April 2020, and highly experienced associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Kate Goold is engaging, knowledgeable, well informed and completely on top of her cases. She is an absolute dream to work with in a team, and her contributions are always insightful and telling.’

‘Patrick Ormerod – brilliant attention to detail, a top legal brain. Doesn’t miss anything.’

‘Tayab Ali – complete trailblazer. Never gives up on a case and can always find a way through any legal issue. A ‘once in a generation’ solicitor.

‘Jessica Skinns is a really impressive associate who handles the most serious cases.’

‘Ella Jefferson is a really bright and talented future star.’

‘Hester Cavaciuti is a thoughtful and engaged solicitor, with a really great sense of case strategy. Hester handles cases involving challenging and vulnerable clients with sensitivity and skill.

‘Katie Wheatley has an encyclopedic knowledge of her cases.  No detail escapes her attention and clients feel that she lives and breathes their cases.’ 

‘Catherine Jackson is utterly fearless and tenacious. I really don’t know how she finds the time to do what she does. She has an amazing ability to turn work around quickly and to win the confidence of clients in the process.’

Social housing: tenant Tier 1

The social housing department at Bindmans LLP focuses on complex possession claims, injunctions and cases where capacity is an issue. Paul Ridge‘s work covers the intersection between mental capacity issues, community care responsibilities and housing needs. In addition, the firm continues to act for a large number of Grenfell Tower victims and has thereby built a strong reputation for fire hazard expertise, particularly in relation to cladding, and now acts for increasing number of clients with similar issues. Christian Hansen shows an ‘excellent combination of experience and commitment‘ and specialises in complex housing possession, unlawful eviction, nuisance and disrepair claims. Will Whitaker has a focus on high-value unlawful eviction cases that involve crossover with breaches of right to liberty and right to private and family life.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hansen; Will Whitaker

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about the needs of protected parties within court proceedings. Tactful when dealing with difficult clients. Go over and above to achieve great outcomes for protected parties.’

‘Samuel is very committed to his work. Samuel also provides excellent advice on complex cases. Further both Paul and Samuel are a joy to work with on difficult cases.’

‘Christian Hansen is the best housing lawyer out there, bar none.’

‘Good breadth of expertise across housing, community care, Court of Protection, health and general public law issues.’

‘Paul Ridge has an amazing overview of housing/community care issues. The team as a whole has got very, very good at fire safety work given that it has several hundred Grenfell clients.’

‘This practice is very hands-on, there is nothing too complicated for them to consider and achieve on behalf of a client, in fact they will always go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome in the client’s favour.’

‘I have worked with a number of individuals at this practice and have found over the years that no task or question is unimportant, they will exhaust every possible scenario before conceding that there is no alternative outcome for a possible situation and even then will still consider how it would be possible to assist in obtaining the very best outcome for the client.’

‘Christian Hansen – Excellent combination of experience and commitment.’

Key clients

Grenfell Tower Inquiry – 200 victims

Richmond House – Worcester Park Fire

The Exchange residents, Bermondsey

The Official Solicitor

Pavilion (300 leaseholders in Tottenham)

Court of protection Tier 2

Newly-promoted partner Laura Hobey-Hamsher now heads the department at Bindmans LLP. The team continues to act in the most legally complex and contentious cases in the Court of Protection. This ranges from cases concerning the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to cases involving the thorny issue of an individual’s capacity to marry. Hobey-Hamsher who is 'absolutely brilliant and completely focused on the needs of her clients' has a niche practice of acting for high profile individuals, cases with a cross-border element, and cases where there have been allegations of serious physical, sexual or financial abuse. Charlotte Haworth Hird has an extensive mental capacity and Court of Protection practice. Amy Rowe is another recommended individual.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Haworth Hird ; Elizabeth Cleaver; Will Whitaker; Emma Varley ;Amy Rowe

Testimonials

Laura Hobey Hamsher has outstanding client care skills. Deeply committed’.

‘Bindmans has exceptional strength in depth. They are leaders in their field across the whole spectrum of social welfare law. Will Whitaker is an excellent solicitor. He displays expertise and judgment well beyond his years PQE. Laura Hoby Hamsher is a standout solicitor. She is incredibly dedicated and skilled at dealing with difficult cases‘.

Exceptional depth of knowledge and commitment to clients. Elizabeth Cleaver- incredible diligence, passion and commitment to her clients. She tries to see the case from every angle and will always go the extra mile‘.

‘Bindmans has a particular expertise in public law, so the cases I have done for them have had a Court of Protection link with public law, and also Mental Health Tribunals. It is a joy to work with solicitors who are au fait with CoP, mental health law and public law. This enables Bindmans to provide a holistic service to clients with especially complex needs. Elizabeth Cleaver is a stand-out associate, who is adept at CoP, public law, and mental health tribunals alike’.

‘Bindmans is a leader in the Court of Protection. The team is often instructed on some of the toughest cases and can be relied upon as a trustworthy source of comprehensive, knowledgeable instructions. The firm is extremely well-regarded and I would not hesitate to recommend it. The primary people I have worked with have been Emma Varley and Laura Hobey-Hamsher. Emma is an ‘up-and-coming’ solicitor who works hard and readily takes on advice. She is a pleasure to with work. Laura has high expectations which is understandable given her level of experience and knowledge in the field; she is really one of the best’.

‘Unique because of the superior legal knowledge, practical approach, kindness to individuals in extreme distress, super responsiveness, incredible hard work at all hours of the working day and night and at weekends, and attention to detail. Team working is difficult and the level of trust and communication in this team puts it head and shoulders above its competitors. Laura Hobey-Hamsher is the best in the business. She is always the first solicitor I recommended when a member of the public needs advice and representation. Hugely experienced in life and death cases, a superb instinct for how to approach difficult ethical issues, first-class communication skills and highly empathetic so that people in emotional crisis feel looked after and find her easy to talk to‘.

Bindmans’ team has significant experience in the Court of Protection and a particular focus on fighting their clients’ corner. Laura Hobey-Hamsher is the person I have worked with most. She has a fantastic way with clients, and is extremely caring whilst being able to give firm advice when required. She is resourceful and determined in obtaining relevant evidence, leaving no stone unturned, and takes the best witness statements in the business‘.

Excellent in Court of Protection welfare work and hybrid applications and working with families in sensitive medical treatment cases. Laura Hobey-Hamsher is a delight to work with. Very bright and quick off the mark with a wicked sense of humour. A very effective litigator. Sensitive and supportive- especially with families in serious medical treatment cases‘.

Education: individuals Tier 2

The education law team at Bindmans LLP regularly acts for children with SEN issues in judicial reviews and tribunals, and is known for its focus on cases concerning vulnerable children where there is an overlap between education and community care law. Other key areas of work include discrimination, safeguarding and free speech cases, as well as admissions, exclusions and education transport claims. The ‘fantastic, knowledgeable and compassionateKaren May heads up the team; she specialises in judicial review cases, and has particular expertise in instructions concerning vulnerable children, and safeguarding and exclusion matters in the independent school sector.

Practice head(s):

Karen May

Other key lawyers:

Emma Varley; John Halford

Testimonials

‘Karen May has been absolutely fantastic and made my harsh problems very easy to share. She has showed great passion and empathy.’

‘Karen May is absolutely brilliant, warm, knowledgeable.’

‘John Halford is a truly outstanding lawyer. His legal knowledge is second to none, as is his intellectual analysis. He’s tactically brilliant and at the same time really lovely to work with.’

‘Karen May: she has vast experience and in depth knowledge of the education sector. She is astute and knows what points will work. Excellent emotional intelligence in dealing with clients on sensitive topics. Emma Varley: Rapidly developing a reputation in the education and public law sector. She has excellent analytical skills and quickly spots the best points.’

‘Karen May brings real humanity and empathy as well as legal expertise to her cases.’

Family Tier 2

Bindmans LLP has a first-rate reputation for its work on children and international family law through its heavyweight matrimonial and finance team. It particularly stands out for its expertise at handling the most complex children proceedings and international cases. The team is regularly instructed to intervene in cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Another niche area of expertise is acting for foreign governments in complex cross-border cases and the team has been busy advising on international relocation cases. Amy Rowe (‘one of the standout children lawyers of her generation‘) leads the department that was pleased to add Alison Leivesley and Maud Davis to its ranks from Freemans Solicitors. ‘The team’s reputation for pushing the boundaries of law to secure access to justice for the most vulnerable is unsurpassed‘.

Practice head(s):

Amy Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Alison Leivesley; Maud Davis; Olivia Piercy; Hannah Marshall ; Clara Barry Born ;Marianna Michaelides ; Melissa Arnold

Testimonials

Bindmans has a standout reputation in international children law. It has dealt with some of the biggest cases, and is sought out to represent clients in the most complicated cases with an international element. Amy Rowe – head of the family team. She has exceptional attention to detail and a very sharp, analytical legal brain. She is creative in finding solutions for difficult problems, particularly in international cases. Olivia Piercy – excellent on private law. She is completely dedicated to each client’s case‘.

One of the best international children teams in the country. Thorough, knowledgeable, and very hardworking. Amy Rowe is one of the standout children lawyers of her generation. Olivia Piercy combines empathy for her client with a ruthless feel for tactics. Hannah Marshall is the dream solicitor to work with. Clara Barry Born is up and coming as a future star in child abduction work‘.

This firm overall has a really good reputation for consistency, responding effectively and with a positive attitude. Collaboration with clients is strong and individual cases given full consideration. Maud Davis. She remains dedicated, committed and accesses information to support cases in relation to my role as a children’s guardian. She is a remarkable advocate, effective at liaising with other parties in cases and keeping her focus on the child within the context of the law – and ensuring that the child’s voice is effectively heard in public law proceedings‘.

Alison Leivesley – exceptional client commitment, eye for detail, approachability. Fights doggedly for clients and leaves no stone unturned. The lawyer you would want fighting for you on your case‘.

‘An energetic and ambitious team who really do go the extra mile for clients. The Bindmans Family Team covers the whole range of family law disputes with expertise in family finance, children law, and international cases. The lawyers are highly experienced and highly regarded.  Olivia Piercy – highly experienced family finance practitioner with impressive knowledge and experience in complex children matters. Amy Rowe – has unparalleled expertise and experience in international children cases. A formidable opponent. Hannah Marshall – extremely good with clients and extremely thorough in her case preparation. Marianna Michaelides – A rising star in the field of children law‘.

The lawyers are strong across the board.  They have excellent and committed lawyers working in each area of family law.  They punch above their weight in international cross-border disputes involving children and have a high profile in public law and private law cases alike.  Amy Rowe is an excellent lawyer and relentlessly pursues the right result for her client. Olivia Piercy is clever, focused and tenacious. Maud Davis is hugely experienced and a first choice for many guardians. Hannah Marshall and Clara Barry Born are young practitioners to look out for’.

‘The family team at Bindmans is a force to be reckoned with. The lawyers are superb in their handling of clients and cases, offering a high quality service and thoughtful, pragmatic advice. Melissa Arnold is superb. She is fantastic with clients and tackles her cases with diligence and enthusiasm’.

It is a strong team, full of depth and well respected‘.

 

 

 

 

Key clients

The Health Service Executive of Ireland

The Child and Family Agency of Ireland

Healthcare Tier 2

Bindmans LLP is widely-regarded for its public interest litigation on behalf of individuals, charities, and NGOs across the full scope of contentious healthcare matters. Work in 2020 included advising on matters involving PPE equipment for NHS staff and Covid-19 vaccine prioritisation. Practice leader Charlotte Haworth Hird acts for vulnerable individuals regarding mental health custody and breaches of the ECHR, while Jamie Potter  is an expert on healthcare law relating to the rights of children, as well as also advising on PPE procurement matters. Joint head of the human rights team Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC is a key contact. Counsel Anna Thwaites 's practice includes contentious inquests involving individuals that died in state custody. Public law specialist John Halford is also recommended for healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Haworth Hird

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Potter; Anna Thwaites; John Halford; Saimo Chahal; Elizabeth Cleaver; Basmah Sahib

Testimonials

Bindmans is one of the leading claimant public law teams. It has particular expertise in challenging healthcare decisions, often on behalf of disabled clients.’

Jamie Potter is one of the most strategic thinkers amongst public law solicitors. He is willing and able to work cases up from initial ideas with clients which then become high profile pieces of strategic litigation.’

The Bindmans healthcare team posseses a rare combination of expertise in healthcare, injury, and human rights law. This range of expertise allows Bindmans to take on the most complex cases, making them a force to be reckoned with, and enabling them to achieve superb results for their clients.’

The Bindmans team goes that extra mile and are fearless in their pursuit for justice and truth for their clients. During the pandemic it has been particularly difficult for all concerned with the justice system. Bindmans have been proactive in their use of technology in these troubling times and have adapted and developed accordingly.

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is super impressive. She combines a keen sense for justice (and injustice) with the solid pragmatism that’s needed in this area of law.’

‘Basmah Sahib is an exceptional lawyer. She is fearlessly committed, kind, collaborative and goes above and beyond that which is expected or required of her.  A razor sharp legal mind allied to true empathy and understanding.’

Key clients

Doctors Association UK

The Good Law Project

Hourglass UK

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The 'committed and able' practitioners at Bindmans LLP, all of whom handle mixed caseloads of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, are able to utilise the experience of handling complex medical evidence gained in the course of the latter to inform challenging issues of causation in the former. 'Extremely effective' practice head Jon Crocker specialises in high-value claims involving clients who have sustained severe brain damage and spinal injuries. Much-lauded team member Alla Murphy is known for handling catastrophic neurological, orthopaedic and psychiatric injury cases on behalf of both individuals and groups. Also recommended are 'excellent' practitioner Siobhan Kelly and recently promoted partner Yagmur Ekici.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

‘Committed and able lawyers, who take on challenging cases including those with a human rights element.’

‘Jon Crocker is an extremely effective partner who has a thorough grasp of the issues and able to direct experts to the key points of a case.’

‘A hard-working and well-known firm who have a good standing in the industry, with work undertaken with great insight into catastrophic injury. Many capable people with experience.’

‘Alla Murphy has been exceptional in balancing legal prerogatives against client empathy and support. Instructions are clear cut in cases where legal precedent is evolving and is informed by, but not dictated by, medical diagnosis.’

‘I have communicated with several members of the Bindmans team and all have impressed me for their resilience, their dedication and their understanding of the medical issues pertaining to the cases in hand. This emphasises the ability of the firm to recruit people of of good quality.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is an excellent personal injury solicitor. Very detailed in her approach, with good knowledge of the relevant case law. Also very empathetic with clients.’

‘Siobhan Kelly is excellent.’

‘Very thorough, knowledgeable and approachable team. Very supportive and personable during the process.’

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The ‘principled and able‘ practitioners at Bindmans LLP handle a wide range of complex cases, with child and adult head injury claims, cases where a limb amputation could have been avoided and preventable attempts at suicide making up a large part of the caseload. The team was recently strengthened by the promotion of ‘star in the makingYagmur Ekici to partner. Practice head Jon Crocker and ‘formidable‘ partner Alla Murphy are much lauded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Kelly; Alla Murphy; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

‘Alla Murphy is a formidable solicitor. She knows everything and everyone in the field; she has excellent expert contacts and those experts will do almost anything to assist her. She’s fearless but pragmatic.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is a star in the making.’

‘Committed claimant lawyers who are principled and able.’

‘Alla Murphy:  I have valued her clarity of thought in terms of secondary victim status case law, but also her empathy in terms of dealing with challenged clients often in socially challenging situations.’

‘This is a firm with a strong ethical foundation.’

‘The main lawyer I am dealing with is Jon Crocker, and the experience has been everything I would have hoped. In my opinion, every aspect of the case has been looked into, including my son’s on-going care, which is hugely reassuring.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and experienced. From my experience, they all establish pragmatic approaches when working with very complex clients and work around the difficult issues to achieve excellent outcomes.’

‘It has been a particular pleasure to work with Jon Crocker. In addition to being an extremely experienced lawyer, he has an extensive knowledge of neurological problems and how they affect patients. I worked with Siobhan Kelly on a particularly complex and ultimately tragic personal injury case. She was most diligent in her attempts to supply me with the correct documentation from more than 20,000 pages available, and it was obvious from these hospital notes that Bindman’s had an extensive network of support workers in many disciplines assisting with their clients’ rehabilitation. I have also worked with Yagmur Ekici. She is a very knowledgeable practitioner who appears destined for a highly successful legal career. She provides prompt and sensible answers to my communications and it is a pleasure to work with someone who has such a command of the intricacies the case.’

Employees/unions Tier 3

Associate Robert Maddox is the key name at Bindmans LLP for employment and equality law matters, following former practice head Elizabeth McGlone's move to Harrison Clark Rickerbys in February 2021 and a number of other departures. Maddox has continued to lead on a range of interesting cases, including acting for six Court of Appeal and High Court judges in a discriminatory pension dispute against the Lord Chancellor and Ministry of Justice, and is praised for 'punching well above his weight for his years of experience.'

Other key lawyers:

Robert Maddox

Testimonials

‘Rob Maddox punches well above his weight for his years of experience. He has a great eye for detail, is pragmatic but knows when the case is one that you have to fight.’

‘I have worked on many occasions with Robert Maddox and I have recommended friends and family to Bindmans and him. He is a team player with excellent knowledge as well as strategic thinking; but his efficiency and dedication to his clients probably make him stand out.’

‘Robert Maddox is very bright, diligent and thorough.’

‘I have worked with Robert Maddox, who was very impressive. He had excellent legal analysis and judgement, and was very dedicated to his client’s cause.’

‘Robert Maddox handled our case on a day-to-day basis. He has always been available and responds extremely quickly and efficiently. I consider him to be a rising star.’

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Bindmans LLP represents professionals and high-net-worth individuals in prosecutions and investigations into allegations of domestic and international bribery and corruption, money laundering and insider dealing, among other offences. The team traditionally undertakes a large volume of legal aid work, but is also increasingly being instructed on privately funded matters involving highly sensitive or political issues; in addition, department head Katie Wheatley is growing her private prosecution practice. The group also leverages the firm’s human rights law capabilities to handle more complex fraud claims; Tayab Ali was a new hire from ITN Solicitors in April 2020, whose recent work stands out in this respect. Kate Goold is known for her extradition law work, and associate Jessica Skinns is noted for her ability to handle complex issues involving confiscation and conspiracy to defraud.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

Tayab Ali; Kate Goold; Jessica Skinns; Catherine Jackson; Ella Jefferson; Patrick Ormerod

Testimonials

‘Bindmans offer a genuinely caring and dedicated service whilst fighting hard for their clients. They have an outstanding team of very professional lawyers and support staff.’

‘Bindmans have an infrastructure that has been developed to allow large and complex cases to be litigated efficiently and diligently. Their partners are very experienced and capable lawyers, who lead teams comprising highly talented junior solicitors and very capable paralegals, resulting in a team dynamic (incorporating counsel) that results in cases being dealt with extremely well on a consistent basis.’

‘Bindmans has some of the best white-collar partners in the industry. They are enormously committed to representing individuals and can call on their extensive experience to guide clients through highly complex cases brought by prosecutors, including the SFO and FCA.’

‘Katie Wheatley is one of the shrewdest partners I have worked with in terms of tactical awareness. She also builds very strong relationships with her clients – it is clear they trust her advice and her judgment. As well as being very shrewd, Katie is also very sharp when it comes to knowing the law. She is a first-class partner in this field.’

‘Katie Wheatley is a standout performer and consistently produces excellent results for clients facing difficult FCA probes. Very approachable and well-versed in the law.’

‘Kate Goold is great. Really experienced and incredibly hardworking.’

‘Jessica Skinns shows an excellent command of detail on complicated financial matters and good judgement. A star performer. She combines razor-sharp intelligence with immaculate case preparation. No stone is left unturned. She is truly outstanding in handling complex and serious fraud cases.’

Reputation management Tier 3

Bindmans LLP's reputation management team offers a cross-departmental service that draws from the firm's expertise in media, crime, employment and family law. The team handles specific reputational issues such as defamation and privacy and most notably, works on the recovery of reputation following instances of wrongful arrest and prosecution in conjunction with its Police Actions department. Led by Tamsin Allen, the team also specialises in cases involving allegations of sexual harassment. The arrival of data privacy and digital rights expert Monika Sobiecki, who joined the firm in June 2021 from Dentons, has further strengthened the group's offering.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki; Daniel Shaw

Testimonials

‘The team is highly skilled and experienced in all forms of reputation management. I frequently recommend Bindmans to those seeking legal advice in this area.’

‘Tamsin Allen, the head of the group, is excellent at advising on the appropriate steps to best protect reputations, be it issuing a claim or engaging with the newspaper informally. She has a fantastic manner with clients.’

‘The Bindmans media law team excels across all areas of media and information law. The team also has expertise in public/administrative law and human/rights and civil liberties. I regard that as a considerable asset given that there are often overlaps between these practice areas and an increasing number of media law cases concern the actions of public authorities.’

‘I regard Daniel Shaw as a rising star in this field – he is knowledgeable, thorough and highly responsive.’

Key clients

Alaedeen Sicri

Mohammed Salman Butt

Carole Cadwalladr

Solidarity Not Silence Group (Ren Aldridge, Nadia Javed,’CNF’)

Paddy French

Paul Gambaccini

PW – employee of famous Rock star

Frank Bennett, Honor Robson, Barbara Shaw and others

Andy Aitchison

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Bindmans LLP has a ‘strong, claimant-focused media law practice with a deserved reputation for fighting for the interests of the underdog’. Led by Tamsin Allen, the media and information law team combines the firm’s first-rate reputation in human rights with expertise in media litigation to act for a range of clients in defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. The group has experience of acting for whistleblowers in media-related matters, and frequently collaborates with the firm’s criminal, public law, employment, immigration and family departments. Both Katie Wheatley and Kate Goold have experience of advising individual journalists and media organisations.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Katie Wheatley; Kate Goold

Testimonials

‘Bindmans has a strong, claimant-focused media law practice with a deserved reputation for fighting for the interests of the underdog. They represent a wide range of individuals and campaigning groups and are at the forefront of legal developments in media and information law field.’

‘Tamsin Allen is tough but empathetic. A real tactician.’

‘Extensive media and information (including data protection) law practice with interesting/unique crossover work from criminal justice/public law work.’

‘Partner Tamsin Allen is an outstanding and highly respected solicitor of great experience. She has great judgment and always puts in the extra hours for her clients.’

Key clients

National Union of Journalists

News Statesman Limited

All the Citizens

Middle Eastern Eye

Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research

Professional discipline Tier 4

Bindmans LLP's practice leverages the firm's public law, employment and crime expertise. Katie Wheatley is crime, fraud and regulatory head; John Halford has a broad professional disciplinary and regulatory practice; and Kate Goold defends doctors, nurses, teachers and solicitors. Former department head Elizabeth McGlone recently left to join Harrison Clark Rickerbys .

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley; John Halford

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Robert Maddox

Testimonials

Bindmans is a leading name in this area, with a strong tradition of intellectual excellence and of vigorously pursuing their clients’ interests.

A strong and very committed firm, which is able to act in the most serious types of disciplinary case, where there might also be a risk of criminal proceedings, inquest or public inquiry – their team is able to cover all those bases.

Uniformly courteous, efficient, prompt and professional.

What was unique about the team was the efficacy of the team work. I never needed to repeat information – all information was passed on and they are professional and reliable.

The advice was absolutely correct, resulting in my achieving the best possible outcome and avoiding an unjust disciplinary outcome.

John Halford is excellent and analytical; he builds a diverse and collaborative team that is very client centred.

John Halford is one of the most thorough and imaginative solicitors I have ever met – he goes the extra mile to get the best for his clients.

Kate Goold has excellent judgement, is brilliant at planning ahead to avoid the rocks, and very good with anxious clients.

Immigration

The ‘exceptional‘ immigration, asylum and nationality team at Bindmans LLP has particular skill in representing vulnerable clients in complex human rights and asylum matters, with long-established expertise concerning the overlap between asylum and extradition law, as well as immigration issues relating to adoption, surrogacy and other family matters. The practice is co-headed by ‘miracle workerLiz Barratt, ‘a stalwart of the immigration world’, and Alison Stanley, who is well-regarded for her work for high-net-worth individuals and cases with extradition crossover. The team includes a strong bench of associates, including Emma Cohen, who has expertise in asylum claims based on sexuality; the ‘incredibly humane and compassionateRoberta Haslam; and the ‘warm, committed and level-headedAshley Fleming.

Practice head(s):

Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:

Emma Cohen; Roberta Haslam; Ashley Fleming; Abigail Evans

Testimonials

‘Liz Barratt is a stalwart of the immigration world. Her reputation as one of the best is well deserved. She is both thorough and creative in her approach.’

‘Roberta Haslam – with her empathetic style and extraordinarily detailed approach to case preparation, Roberta is particularly known for representing vulnerable clients in highly complex cases.’

‘Liz Barratt has a superb legal brain, and is totally committed to clients for whom she fights to the hilt. She has a particular focus on cases raising complex points of law but without losing sight of the needs of vulnerable clients (particularly clients who have suffered serious harm on grounds of gender or sexual orientation, adults suffering from mental illness, and vulnerable children).’

‘Emma Cohen is top of the field in cases relating to best interests of children; children in care; complex questions of settlement and criminality. Emma is dedicated to her clients and super-efficient.’

‘Roberta Haslam is an incredibly humane and compassionate lawyer, whose clients adore her. Superb work marshalling factually complex cases for the most vulnerable clients, for whom she gets brilliant results.’

‘Alison Stanley is an outstanding solicitor. She is one of the best in the UK for immigration. Her advice and client care are first class and she is the number one solicitor for complex immigration for HNW individuals and those with extradition crossover.’

‘Liz Barratt is a total standout figure who has a searing academic brain tethered to an all-consuming work ethic. If anyone is going to win the impossible case she will: a miracle worker. Also an absolute delight to be around and work with.’

‘Abigail Evans – great work at all levels focusing on vulnerable clients with very complex needs.’

Bindmans LLP is one of the country’s leading law firms, with an unrivalled reputation for its civil liberties and human rights work. The firm offers top-quality legal services in the following practice areas: clinical negligence and personal injury; community care and health services; criminal law; discrimination and equality law; education law; employment law and professional discipline; family and matrimonial law, housing; human rights and public law; immigration; inquests and inquiries; international law; media and information law; reputation and crisis management; mental health, police misconduct; private client; professional negligence; public and regulatory law;  serious fraud; regulatory investigations, and Brexit.

The firm: Established in 1974, Bindmans has a long history and tradition of challenging injustice and protecting the rights and freedoms of ordinary people. While the firm has evolved over the years to offer a broad range of services, its commitment to fairness and to ensuring access to justice remains at the heart of everything it does.

Ranked as a top-tier firm in many of its practice areas, Bindmans has a reputation for its cutting-edge work in groundbreaking areas of the law. 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, peers and private individuals. Known for achieving excellent results for its clients, the firm aims to defend their interests, ensuring sound decision-making and the highest standards of legal accountability.

Types of work undertaken
Brexit: this department is intended for individuals, businesses, NGO€s and campaigners that seek help and guidance throughout the Brexit process, making sure their interests are protected and championed effectively.

Clinical negligence and personal injury: notably brain damage and other serious disabilities. The firm has regularly recovered awards of more than £3m. All types of personal injury are dealt with, including road traffic and workplace accidents.

Criminal law and fraud: the firm deals with all aspects of criminal defence work, from serious white-collar fraud to terrorism, homicide and public order cases. The firm has a special interest in cases involving abuses of police powers, as well as extradition and Official Secrets Act cases. It acts for journalists under investigation by the police, deals with company regulatory obligations and is dedicated to uncovering miscarriages of justice.

Defamation, privacy, media and entertainment: the practice is a leader in defamation, and has brought and defended major libel actions. It also deals with privacy, breach of confidence, copyright and freedom of information. The practice also has wide experience of film production, data protection issues and contractual media work.

Education law: the practice acts for private individuals, as well as local authorities, schools, higher education institutions, and deals with all aspects of education law. The firm provides expert support with inspections; policy and regulatory processes; SEN tribunal cases; admission and exclusion matters; safeguarding issues, and disputes with independent schools. The department also has notable experience in pursuing judicial review challenges to decisions taken by public bodies, including schools and local authorities.

Employment law and professional discipline: the firm acts for both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious. Bindmans acts for public authorities and within the not-for-profit sector. The firm is a leader in discrimination cases. Bindmans has a diverse and dynamic professional regulatory practice. It is one of a very small number of firms that acts for regulators, regulated persons and affected members of the public.

Family and matrimonial: the full range of matrimonial and family problems is covered: divorce, separation and cohabitation disputes, and complex financial proceedings, often with an international element. The firm are industry leaders in matters relating to children law, and also advise on fertility and adoption matters.

Immigration: all aspects of immigration, asylum, nationality and refugee law with particular emphasis and expertise in: asylum and human rights cases; overlap between asylum and extradition law; representing children subject to immigration control; representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients; detention and deportation; immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases; immigration for family members of British and settled people; EEA-related matters, in particular relating to third-country national family members; appeal work in FTT and UT and the higher courts; public law challenges to Home Office in judicial review; and immigration bail.

Police law: all areas of police law covered and highly regarded for work involving death on contact, assaults, false imprisonment and discrimination.

Public law and human rights: this department has been at the forefront of the growth in judicial review work while maintaining the firm’s profile of general public law and its expertise in human rights and civil liberties. Housing work includes homelessness, eviction and rent assessment. The firm has particular expertise in cases concerning the European Convention on Human Rights.

Private client: the practice advises on a wide range of private client matters, notably on tax issues including wealth preservation, income, capital gains and inheritance tax. The firm provides services in wills and estates and succession planning;  contentious and non-contentious probates and trusts; powers of attorney; court of protection; lifetime gifts; elderly clients and later life planning needs. 

Department Name Email Telephone
Actions Against Police and State Jules Carey
Administrative and Public law John Halford
Administrative and Public law Jamie Potter
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 Amy Rowe
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 Alison Mackintosh
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tayab Ali photo Tayab Ali Partner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Law.  Tayab’s practice encompasses criminal and civil/public…
 Tamsin Allen  photo Tamsin Allen Partner and Head of Media and Information Law. Tamsin manages a wide-ranging…
 Melissa Arnold photo Melissa Arnold Associate, Family and Matrimonial Melissa qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer…
 Liz Barratt  photo Liz Barratt Partner and joint Head of Immigration. Liz has a wide-ranging practice covering…
 Clara Barry Born  photo Clara Barry Born Solicitor, Family and Matrimonial Clara represents clients in children cases, including in…
 Jessie Brennan  photo Jessie Brennan Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Jessie’s practice covers a wide range…
 Salima Budhani photo Salima Budhani Associate, Public Law and Human Rights.  Salima has a particular interest in…
 Jules Carey  photo Jules Carey Partner and Head of Actions against Police and State. Since becoming a…
 Elizabeth Cleaver photo Elizabeth Cleaver Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Elizabeth’s areas of practice include mental…
 Emma Cohen photo Emma Cohen Associate, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality.  Emma covers all areas of immigration, asylum…
 Jon Crocker  photo Jon Crocker Managing Partner at Bindmans and Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.…
 Maud Davis photo Maud Davis Associate, Family and Matrimonial.  Maud specialises in children law, representing children in…
 Yagmur Ekici photo Yagmur Ekici Partner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.  Yagmur advises and represents individuals in…
 Abigail Evans photo Abigail Evans Position Solicitor, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Abigail has an in-depth knowledge of…
 Ashley Fleming photo Ashley Fleming Associate, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality.  Ashley has extensive experience of dealing with…
 Kate Goold  photo Kate Goold Partner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory. With over 24 years of experience as a…
 John Halford  photo John Halford Partner and joint Head of Public Law and Human Rights department.  John…
 Christian Hansen photo Christian Hansen Solicitor, Housing and Public Law Christian frequently acts for groups of tenants…
 Roberta Haslam photo Roberta Haslam Associate, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality.  Roberta has a particular interest in asylum…
 Charlotte Haworth Hird photo Charlotte Haworth Hird Partner, Actions against Police and State.  Charlotte regularly advises and trains stakeholders,…
 Laura Hobey-Hamsher photo Laura Hobey-Hamsher Partner, Public Law and Human Rights.  Laura is particularly well known for…
 Catherine Jackson  photo Catherine Jackson Associate, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Catherine defends professionals such as accountants, teachers,…
 Ella Jefferson photo Ella Jefferson Solicitor, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Ella has an outstanding record representing clients…
 Siobhan Kelly photo Siobhan Kelly Partner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Siobhan is passionate about helping vulnerable claimants…
 Jude Lanchin photo Jude Lanchin Associate, Criminal Defence and Extradition.  Jude has a strong reputation for outstanding…
 Alison Leivesley photo Alison Leivesley Partner, Family and Matrimonial.  Alison specialises in all aspects of the law…
 Robert Maddox photo Robert Maddox Associate, Employment and Professional Discipline.  Robert has a broad employment and equality…
 Hannah Marshall photo Hannah Marshall Solicitor, Family and Matrimonial Hannah has established a diverse and busy practice…
 Karen May  photo Karen May Partner and Head of Education Law.  Karen mainly acts for individuals although…
 Marianna Michaelides  photo Marianna Michaelides Solicitor, Family and Matrimonial Marianna is a children solicitor specialising in all…
 Theodora Middleton  photo Theodora Middleton Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Theodora represents clients in challenges to…
 Alla Murphy  photo Alla Murphy Partner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Alla has extensive experience of acting…
 Patrick Ormerod  photo Patrick Ormerod Solicitor, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory Patrick represents suspects and witnesses in police,…
 Olivia Piercy photo Olivia Piercy Partner, Family and Matrimonial.  Olivia is a solicitor who advises on all…
 Jamie Potter  photo Jamie Potter Partner, joint Head of Public Law and Human Rights. Jamie has a wealth…
 Amrit Rana  photo Amrit Rana Partner and Head of Private Client. Amrit has over 15 years of experience…
 Paul Ridge  photo Paul Ridge Partner in the Public Law team and Head of Housing and Property.  As…
 Caroline Robinson  photo Caroline Robinson Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Caroline’s varied judicial review practice includes…
 Amy Rowe  photo Amy Rowe Partner and Head of Family and Matrimonial. Amy is a specialist in…
 Basmah Sahib photo Basmah Sahib Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Basmah has represented clients in relation…
 Dan Shaw  photo Dan Shaw Solicitor, Media and Information Daniel acts for clients in relation to all…
 Jessica Skinns photo Jessica Skinns Associate, Criminal Defence and Extradition.  Jessica defends in large scale fraud cases…
 Monika Sobiecki  photo Monika Sobiecki Partner, Media and Information.  Monika is a specialist Data Protection and Cybersecurity…
 Alison Stanley  photo Alison Stanley Partner and joint Head of Immigration. Since 1984, Alison has specialised in…
 Anna Thwaites photo Anna Thwaites Partner, Actions against Police and State.  Anna is highly regarded for her…
 Emma Varley photo Emma Varley Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Emma specialises in judicial review challenges…
 Katie Wheatley  photo Katie Wheatley Partner, Head of Crime, Fraud and Regulatory. Katie has vast experience in…
 Will Whitaker photo Will Whitaker Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Will has represented a large number…
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55