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Bindmans LLP

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Administrative and public law Tier 1

Bindmans LLP’s wide-ranging practice is acknowledged as a leader in the field of public law challenges, with an extensive team led by John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) acting on some of the most high-profile cases in this area for organisations and groups of individuals. Significant recent highlights involved successful challenges to the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid cuts and Salima Budhani’s successful challenge to the Home Office's stance on the use of medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy. Jamie Potter is acting for charity Plan B in the judicial review into the government’s failure to revise the UK’s carbon reduction targets. Public inquiry actions constitute a significant part of the practice; recent highlights in this field include acting on the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. Halford is also instructed to pursue a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. The team also acts on numerous defence matters, including defending a challenge to the independent press regulator IMRPESS. Vulnerable people are also represented by the firm in relation to unlawful arrests and the denial of rights, privacy and freedoms.

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

Bindmans LLP is renowned for its human rights work, both internationally and in the domestic setting. The team is overseen by heavyweights Jules CareyJohn Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), and is involved in the most high-profile and complex civil liberties matters pertaining to extradition and torture, inquests, anti-terror legislation and prisoner rights. Jamie Potter is skilled in judicial reviews and 'excellent' associate Salima Budhani has expertise in discrimination cases and healthcare law. Anna Thwaites  was promoted to partner in April 2019.

Crime: general Tier 1

Bindmans LLP is well-known for advising high-profile individuals on cases of extradition, murder, terrorism and fraud, and is especially strong in assisting with cases involving human rights aspects. Katie Wheatley leads the team, in which Kate Goold, senior consultant Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns are key contacts.

Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Social housing has been an area of focus at Bindmans LLP for 45 years. The firm's first-rate reputation is illustrated by practice head Paul Ridge being sought out for particularly challenging housing matters, such as those involving community care, public law and disability rights issues. The firm's work has been dominated by matters arising from the Grenfell Tower fire; Ridge is currently acting for 198 people in an inquiry into the tragedy, which is exploring the causes of the fire, along with the political and regulatory framework connected with housing, regeneration and construction. In addition, the firm also serves as a standing adviser to Lancaster West Residents Association and Silchester Residents Association in relation to the fire; the scope of the advice has included the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's consultation obligations, regeneration, leaseholder rights and rehousing. Ridge is supported by solicitor Christian Hansen.

Brexit Tier 2

Bindmans LLP is the main name in the market for Brexit-related litigation and judicial reviews, as well as assisting businesses, trade unions and NGOs with immigration issues. John Halford and Liz Barratt jointly lead the group and specialise in public law and immigration respectively. Amy Rowe is recommended for her international children work and Alison Stanley focuses on immigration matters. Halford acted for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the circumstances in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked, and is advising the Fair Vote campaign group on efforts to establish a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. He has also worked with Tamsin Allen assisting People’s Vote with withdrawal agreement issues, and has partnered with  Barratt to advise Here for Good on EU and discrimination law issues affecting European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. Associate Ashley Fleming is also active in complex nationality issues and newly promoted partner Olivia Piercy focuses on family law mandates.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Bindmans LLP offers legal representation to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to clinical negligence, placing significant emphasis on facilitating early rehabilitation. The team 'puts the client at the centre of the litigation process' and is typically instructed on cases involving complex child and adult head injuries, avoidable strokes, birth injury, orthopaedic-related negligence and amputations. Acting for claimants in cases arising from substandard medical treatment while in prison or detained is another core specialism. Team head Jonathan Crocker receives key support from Yagmur Ekici on catastrophic claims.

Court of protection Tier 2

Bindmans LLP has a diverse practice that advises on a wide range of matters from cases concerning the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to acting for high-profile individuals on various Court of Protection issues. It also advises on other matters such as an individual’s capacity to consent to marry or the validity of patients’ advance decisions to refuse treatment. The highly recommended Laura Hobey-Hamsher is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members on complex matters and also acts for bereaved family members at inquests. Head of team Paul Ridge also has a significant Court of Protection caseload. This team is doing well and is one to watch. Charlotte Haworth Hird and Will Whitaker are also recommended.

Healthcare Tier 2

Bindmans LLP is the 'pre-eminent practice' for highly complex challenges to medical treatment, inquests, judicial reviews and on matters concerning Articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), an 'extremely tenacious and knowledgeable' healthcare advocate, is best known for her 'unmatched reputation' in challenging healthcare provisions on behalf of claimants and family members of the deceased and judicial review work in the highest courts.  Jamie Potter, Charlotte Haworth Hird and Basmah Sahib  are the other key advisers.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Bindmans LLP is acknowledged for its expertise in managing complex cases and those involving catastrophic injury, where early interim funding for treatment and rehabilitation are prioritised. Jon Crocker, whose expertise also includes clinical negligence, leads the personal injury team, which has a strong track record in fatal accident cases and serious multiple injury claims, involving brain, spinal cord, orthopaedic as well as psychiatric injuries. Alla Murphy regularly attracts work where causation is difficult to establish, while Siobhan Kelly is an expert in claims concerning exposure to asbestos. Recent highlights include the team take on a leading role in a number of civil claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Employment: employees/unions Tier 3

The departures of Shah Qureshi, Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole from Bindmans LLP in June 2018 were swiftly followed by the arrival of new practice head Elizabeth McGlone from Neves Solicitors in September 2018. According to one client, 'the newly fortified team is thriving and demonstrates a real understanding and compassion for the employee relations difficulties faced by employees, trade union representatives and officials'. Litigating on behalf of employees is a key area of expertise at the firm, which regularly acts for senior executives across various professions, including the judiciary, academia, financial services and the arts.

Family Tier 3

Bindmans LLP specialises in financial remedies and cross-border children disputes in both private law and public law children matters. It is particularly well-regarded for its work on cross-border children disputes and its matrimonial team is witnessing an increased volume of interesting divorce, financial remedies and TOLATA work. Its developing fertility law practice is flourishing and has been advising on various issues such as sperm and egg donations as well as national and international surrogacy and co-parenting. The team has also been busy advising on known donor agreements. Amy Rowe heads the team and Olivia Piercy was made partner.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

Bindmans LLP advises individuals involved in investigations and prosecutions by organisations including the SFO, FCA, Office of Fair Trading, HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams. Clients include lawyers, accountants and journalists. The firm acts in privately and publicly funded cases as well as cases funded by third parties, such as employers and insurance companies. Areas of expertise include fraud and international bribery and corruption. Head of team Katie Wheatley is described by clients as 'an absolute star' and has experience defending in private prosecutions, while associate Jessica Skinns is recommended for her experience in financial crime. The former co-head of the team, Martin Rackstraw , left for Russell-Cooke.

Professional discipline Tier 3

Bindmans LLP 'has a dedicated team with a growing presence in the field of professional discipline'. The firm recently hired Elizabeth McGlone as head of employment and professional discipline from Neves, while associate Sheetul Sowdagur was hired from Russell-Cooke LLPJohn Halford regularly advises regulators on disciplinary action and Kate Goold assists clients facing professional discipline investigations that involve criminal prosecution; Katie Wheatley is also an experienced adviser. Shah Qureshi left for Irwin Mitchell and former associate Peter Daly joined Slater and Gordon.

Reputation management Tier 3

Human rights firm Bindmans LLP's 'cutting-edge' reputation management team attracts attention for its expertise representing vulnerable individuals such as whistleblowers, among them Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie. 'Stand-out individual' and department head Tamsin Allen takes on a wide array of matters including "right to be forgotten" issues and misuse of private information claims emanating from Worldcheck databases as well as traditional libel and defamation cases. She is also involved in matters relating to how libel law is being used to silence women making statements about abuse.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Bindmans LLP is instructed by claimants and defendants in media cases involving defamation, privacy and data protection law. The team represents a diverse range of clients including politicians, NGOs, TV producers, national newspapers, and notable high-profile individuals working in the TV, drama, arts and music industries. The firm provides specialist whistleblower, reputation and crisis management advice where it draws on the firm's wider experience across crime, family, employment and immigration. The team also defends individual journalists and major media organisations in criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team is regularly engaged on high-profile matters and it provided pre-publication and strategic advice to Mr Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in relation to the risk of publishing confidential and defamatory information about Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections and Facebook.


Bindmans LLP has a 'fantastic' immigration team, which handles a range of asylum and nationality law mandates. The team is active across asylum and human rights cases and is experienced in appeals, judicial reviews, extradition law, citizenship applications, detention, bail and deportation matters. The team has a strong track record in representing children subject to immigration control, and representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients. Advising on immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases and advising family members of British and settled people are also key areas of focus. On the business immigration side, the team is instructed by a number of NGOs, charities and unions, and it also acts for SMEs and individuals. The team has been advising a number of clients on EEA matters, where the team has in-depth experience. The team is also well-versed in Turkish Ankara Agreement cases. Alison Stanley is experienced in complex asylum cases with an extradition cross-over element and also advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 (Investor) applications. Liz Barratt is experienced in nationality matters and cases involving questions of deprivation and nullity of British citizenship. Recommended associates include Roberta Haslam, who handles a range of asylum, deportation and nationality work and is noted for her experience in advising children in care and care leavers on immigration matters; Ashley Fleming, who is experienced in EU law and is regularly engaged on asylum cases; and Emma Cohen, who is experienced in cases involving children, adoption, surrogacy and dependant relatives.

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
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Siobhan Kelly
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Alla Murphy
Criminal Law and Fraud Kate Goold
Education Law Karen May
Employment and Professional Discipline Elizabeth McGlone
Family and Matrimonial Amy Rowe
Criminal Law and Fraud Katie Wheatley
Human Rights and Civil Liberties Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)
Human Rights and Civil Liberties Paul Ridge
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Liz Barratt
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Alison Stanley
Media and Information Tamsin Allen
Private Client Amrit Rana
Photo Name Position Profile
 Katie Wheatley  photo Katie Wheatley
 Jonathan Crocker  photo Jonathan Crocker
 Alison Stanley  photo Alison Stanley
 Amrit Rana  photo Amrit Rana
 Jamie Potter  photo Jamie Potter
 Lynn Knowles  photo Lynn Knowles
 Tamsin Allen  photo Tamsin Allen
 Stephen Grosz (Hon) QC photo Stephen Grosz (Hon) QC
Sir Geoffrey Bindman (Hon) QC photo Sir Geoffrey Bindman (Hon) QC
 Katherine Gieve  photo Katherine Gieve
 Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC photo Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC
 Michael Schwarz  photo Michael Schwarz
 Jules Carey  photo Jules Carey
 John Halford  photo John Halford
 Paul Ridge  photo Paul Ridge
 Alla Murphy  photo Alla Murphy
 Elizabeth McGlone  photo Elizabeth McGlone
 Kate Goold  photo Kate Goold
 Liz Barratt  photo Liz Barratt
Ms Amy Rowe  photo Ms Amy Rowe
 Karen May  photo Karen May
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53