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

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Administrative and public law Tier 1

As a prominent firm at the forefront of public law and human rights issues, Bindmans LLP is a trusted adviser to prolific campaign groups, individuals and commercial organisations. Practice leaders John Halford and Jamie Potter regularly bring judicial review challenges against central government bodies before the High Court, with recent headline cases involving EU citizens’ rights, the provision of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic, and challenges to the government’s immigration and foreign policies. Associate Salima Budhani advances claims under the Human Rights Act against the Home Office, while newly recruited associate Karen May (previously of Sinclairslaw) expands the team’s skillset in education law; engagements on this front include judicial review challenges for vulnerable children and adults, and funding challenges on behalf of schooling bodies. Former practice head Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) took up a judicial role, though is retained as a senior consultant.

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Testimonials

They take really good care of you. Very down to earth and approachable. Client care is excellent. There is an informality in the relationship that is refreshing and reassuring- you feel that they are on your side, not just doing a job for you.

Bindmans are a hugely capable, processional and expert team who work across a broad range of public law matters. They are multi-disciplinary in the sense that many members of the team have varied expertise and experience. In terms of key strengths, the team are consistently extremely committed to each and every case they work upon, fastidious in terms of detail and without fail, providing services to clients of the highest calibre.

Bindmans is without a doubt the Rolls Royce of claimant law firms. The strategic thinking and attention to detail of their public law team is second-to-none. They provide a calibre of service for clients that is unparalleled amongst their competitors. A real strength from my perspective is how they support counsel so that the client gets an integrated team deploying the strengths of all of its members.

The team at Bindmans is an exceptionally experienced team in public and administrative law. They have a genuine commitment to securing outcomes for their clients which is second to none, and are always a joy to work alongside.

John Halford is without doubt the best public law solicitor in the country. He offers a Rolls Royce service with remarkable value for money. He works extraordinarily hard for his clients, and understands the area better than anyone. His experience of high-profile judicial reviews, including appeals at the highest level, is without parallel. He would always be my first choice.

Jamie Potter was very down to earth, approachable, had an excellent command of the papers and issues, gave comprehensive and practical advice. Always available, worked in a very collaborative way which meant that we felt full engaged with the process and understood the process very well throughout. A pleasure to work with, and always felt that we were in very safe hands and that our interests were being fully looked after. Would not hesitate in recommending.

Salima Budhani is a really outstanding individual, great attention to detail and very sharp indeed.

Jamie Potter and Basmah Sahib are two of the leading practitioners in the public law field in the UK. Jamie is a calm and reassuring presence who brings clarity and leadership to the case. He is also an excellent drafter, who knows how to press the right buttons in correspondence. Basmah is an up and coming practitioner who is starting to make waves.

Key clients

British Standards Institute

Good Thinking Society

Mwatana for Human Rights and Global Legal Action Network

The3million and others

Shannon Morgan

Nicholas Warren

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

The heavyweight civil liberties and human rights team at Bindmans LLP is renowned for its international and national work, overseen by a group of preeminent practitioners including Jules Carey and John Halford. The practice has a proven track record of undertaking cutting edge human rights work relating to extradition and torture, prisoner rights, religious freedom and anti-terror legislation. Public law expert Jamie Potter is recommended for judicial review matters, while Kate Goold is the key contact for criminal defence and extradition matters, having amassed two decades of expertise in this space. Actions against the police and contentious inquests are handled by Anna Thwaites, and associate Salima Budhani focuses on the intersection between public law and human rights and is praised as an 'excellent lawyer'. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is now a judge of the Mental Health Tribunal and the Court of Protection but remains a senior consultant at the firm. The team has also experienced several internal changes; protest lawyer Mike Schwarz left to join Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, whilst the international law offering was strengthened with the recruitment of Tayab Ali from ITN Solicitors.

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This is a consistently high-quality and reliable team.’

Fantastically passionate team. Able to draw on a number of related and relevant expert teams across crime, civil claims, and public law.’

‘Jules Carey – a real leader in the field. Charlotte Haworth-Hird – brilliant lawyer. She really gets the confidence of her clients. Excellent team player, but also challenges those around her.’

Crime: general Tier 1

Bindmans LLP has a distinguished reputation in human rights and public order matters in addition to serious crime and large-scale fraud. Notably, the firm also caters for privately brought prosecutions. The team is led by 'superb tactician' Katie Wheatley as well as Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns, respectively notable for their expert handling of  street crime and assisted suicide matters. Ella Jefferson is the name to note for protest work while Kate Goold is a 'first class extradition lawyer'.

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Bindmans are a first rate criminal defence firm. They are able to bring together considerable experience in civil liberties and human rights, to offer expert assistance to clients with novel and unique criminal cases’

‘Bindmans reputation for protest law is stellar. Every brief that I have had from Bindmans has been well prepared, and it is clear that their lawyers have thought deeply about the issues and strategy of the case’

Bindmans are second to none in their commitment to achieving social justice and providing an exceptional standard of representation. They have real strength in depth in terms of the quality of their lawyers and the quality of their case preparation is a cut above competitors‘.

Bindmans are a superlative firm on extradition matters, with a broad array of incredibly focused and committed solicitors. I have nothing but praise for the detailed and meticulous case preparation and they are always a pleasure to work with‘.

‘Kate Goold combines a fierce intellect and a work ethic second to none. She leave no stone unturned in preparing her cases, conducting research and exploring every possibility to secure the best outcome for the client. She is frankly outstanding‘.

Jessica Skins and Kate Goold are both very experienced and capable solicitors with excellent client-care skills and strong tactical instincts’

Jude Lanchin is, quite rightly, a true legend in her field. Her commitment, over decades of criminal defence work, is unwavering. She is an inspiration to many of her colleagues and juniors are privileged to learn from her. Complex and serious cases are her forté but equally her commitment to young and vulnerable defendants generates loyalty and drives successful outcomes’

Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Bindmans LLP’s specialist team is the ‘first choice for larger cases, particularly involving fire safety works’. Its most significant work recently has been the enquiry into the Grenfell fire; practice head Paul Ridge represents approximately half of all claimants involved in the enquiry. More generally, the firm is representing an increasing number of large resident groups in claims against social housing landlords under the Defective Premises Act 1972 over fire safety. Christian Hansen has a broad practice, which involves advising homeless people, tenants and other residential occupiers; he is ‘one of the best housing lawyers out there’.  Will Whitaker focuses on mental capacity issues, housing, and community care.

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Excellent breadth of expertise for dealing with vulnerable clients. Able to deal with housing, community care, Court of Protection and public law issues.

Christian Hansen – good knowledge of the law combined with tenacity and pragmatic sense.’

Good team. Not large but effective.

Christian Hansen is a superb lawyer – one of the best housing lawyers out there. Never misses a good point, looks after his clients and get results. Totally dependable every time.’

Paul Ridge is the leader of the team and had an amazing knowledge of housing law and commitment to his clients.

Paul Ridge as above. He is currently instructed in the Grenfell Inquiry and his care and empathy with his clients is extraordinary.’

They pick and choose their cases, but the size of the firm and its resourcing and profile makes them a first choice for larger cases, particularly involving fire safety works. They are heavily involved in the Grenfell inquiry and the other affected blocks.

Paul Ridge – with clients, he is fantastic. With opponents, he is as hard as nails.’

Key clients

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Richmond House residents, Worcester Park

The Exchange residents, Bermondsey

Court of protection Tier 2

Bindmans LLP has particular expertise in representing vulnerable people and their families before the Court of Protection. It advises clients on the full spectrum of matters, from best interests decisions in respect of a person’s welfare through to serious medical treatment cases where life-sustaining treatment is withheld or withdrawn. It also routinely advises on other major issues such an individual’s capacity to consent, welfare and financial deputyship matters, and lasting powers of attorney. Paul Ridge heads the team, which includes associate Laura Hobey-Hamsher, who is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members on a broad range of welfare and serious medical treatment cases; Charlotte Haworth Hird, who has an extensive mental capacity and Court of Protection practice; Amy Rowe; and solicitor Will Whitaker. Solicitor Elizabeth Cleaver joined the team from Burke Niazi Solicitors & Advocates in February 2020.

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Testimonials

Greatly committed team that takes on some of the most challenging and difficult CoP cases. Great range of experience. Laura Hobey-Hamsher is a standout individual – she is vastly experienced, she has the confidence and ear of High Court judges, and her attendance notes on clients are routinely quoted in High Court judgments’

Laura Hobey-Hamsher is fantastic and exceptionally bright’

‘The team has significant experience of Court of Protection welfare cases, including those regarding urgent and serious medical treatment decisions. Its preparation and attention to detail are excellent’

Laura Hobey-Hamsher is very committed to her clients and produces absolutely excellent witness statements’

Laura Hobey-Hamsher is very good and extremely experienced

Charlotte Haworth Hird is first class, with great knowledge and a very good way with clients and opponents

‘An excellent team with strength at every level. The lawyers are extremely committed to their clients and always go the extra mile. Their expertise in related areas of public law and human rights is a great asset. Will Whitaker is always excellent. He gets on extremely well with clients and is very good in a crisis. He demonstrates judgement and maturity well beyond his years of PQE

‘It is a high-profile firm that gets a lot of good cases. The lawyers are willing to take on difficult cases and fight hard. Laura Hobey-Hamsher is an excellent Court of Protection lawyer – she is dedicated and goes the extra mile for her clients

Education: individuals Tier 2

Noted for its 'excellent reputation', the education team at Bindmans LLP is led by experienced practitioner Karen May, who joined from Sinclairslaw in 2019. The practice handles complex judicial reviews, community care matters and acts for vulnerable (often special educational needs/disabled) children. The team is able to leverage its public law offering to handle specialist policy challenges; Jamie Potter is a key contact here. 'Rising star' Emma Varley specialises in judicial review challenges involving public bodies.

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‘Bindmans has a rapidly expanding education practice with renowned expertise in Karen May and the rising star Emma Varley. It primarily works for students and parents, across the spectrum of education law, including special educational needs, schools and universities.’

‘Karen May is extremely well known in the field, very down to earth, who gives practical, clear and well thought through advice. Emma Varley – A rising star who is excellent at building relationships with clients. She has an in depth knowledge of education law and uses it to give extremely good advice.’

‘Bindmans is a firm with an excellent reputation for public law work in a number of areas. More recently they have recruited an individual that puts them on the map for education work in a way which was not the case previously. The combination of this individual expertise and brand reputation is an extremely promising development for education law at Bindmans.’

The strength of the team lies in its cross-over expertise and knowledge, and its strong place in the market in the field of civil liberties and human rights generally.’

Karen May is a fairly recent addition at Bindmans. She moved from John Ford Solicitors. Karen moved to Bindmans taking with her years of experience of acting for individuals in education and public law cases. She is essentially carrying out the same work, focussing on claims brought by individuals against schools, universities, and public bodies. She also takes on Court of Protection work.’

‘Karen May is one of the most experienced education lawyers in the country.’

Key clients

Dawat-e-Hadiyah Trust / Dawoodi Bohra Islamic Community

RD on behalf of his litigation friend & others (Clients are four children with SEND in Worcestershire)

JW. This is anonymised as the client is a minor, acting by his mother and proposed litigation friend.

AC

JC This is anonymised as the client is a minor.

Employee/unions Tier 2

Bindmans LLP has a strong reputation for claimant-focused work, specialising in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims and professional discipline issues. The employment and professional discipline team, headed by 'the strong and well-rounded' Elizabeth McGlone, works across all sectors of employment law but has particular expertise in healthcare, financial services, banking, legal, higher education, local authorities and civil service. The team also provides tailored advice to regulated individuals and practitioners that find themselves facing disciplinary proceedings by their professional bodies and regulators. A focus of the work over the last year has been acting for those who have suffered sexual harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and the firm has contributed in government consultations on the use of non-disclosure agreements in claims of sexual harassment.

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Testimonials

‘Bindmans has a longstanding reputation and market presence for representing individuals.’

‘I was genuinely impressed with by the commercially and tactically astute approach to the case. Robert Maddox was extremely committed to the case and the needs of the client. He was a pleasure to work with and in my view provided an outstanding service to his client.’

‘Attention to detail, client care, knowledge and ensuring that all aspects of a case are investigated.’

‘Elizabeth McGlone is a strong and well-rounded leader of the team, who is influential in the area. She thinks outside the box.’

‘Daniel Zona is mature beyond his years in practice, detail oriented and academic in his approach to difficult questions of law.’

‘Robert Maddox is punching above his weight and has great client-handling skills.’

‘Bindmans have been at the forefront of creative cutting-edge legal challenges for many years. They are fearless in bringing cases and will use technology effectively such as with crowd funding. They obtain excellent results often in difficult circumstances and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm is always at the forefront of legal innovation and development. They take on cases which make law.’

‘Sheetul Sowdagur, Robert Maddox, Daniel Zona and Elizabeth McGlone are all highly motivated, talented lawyers. Their attention to detail is meticulous and they always go the extra mile for their clients. They are true class and above their competitors.’

‘Robert Maddox provides advice well beyond his seniority – he is very astute tactically and has an eye for detail.’

Key clients

Nicholas Mostyn & Ors (six Court of Appeal and High Court judges) (RM)

A&B v X&Y and Times Newspapers Ltd

Gray v Mulberry

Healthcare Tier 2

Bindmans LLP represents clients involved in highly complex cases relating to medical mistreatment and deaths, especially concerning high-profile inquests and alleged violations of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). New head of department Charlotte Haworth Hird is a civil liberties and human rights practitioner, primarily acting for individuals in cases against the state, deaths in mental health custody, and breaches of the ECHR. She also represents families of individuals who have died in the care of mental health or learning disability services in civil claims. Jamie Potter focuses on regulatory advice, contentious public procurement, judicial review, and human rights law relating to healthcare for children. During 2019 Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) was promoted to senior consultant.

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Testimonials

Bindmans are, in my view, the leading public law healthcare practice.’

Bindmans is an excellent law practice with a strong team of professionals.’

Jamie Potter is dedicated, straightforward and able to simplify complex matters. Very practical approach.’

Charlotte Haworth Hird is a superb solicitor. She is concise, intelligent, calm and thoughtful. She always spots the difficult points and finds an answer to them.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The team at Bindmans LLP is frequently instructed by clients injured at work and in serious road traffic accidents, as well as those bringing claims under occupiers’ liability. It is noted for maintaining a 'supportive, pragmatic approach to dealing with the individual issues that arise' in all cases. With Jon Crocker, who also has notable expertise in clinical negligence work, at the helm, the firm is able to handle serious multiple injury claims, including those with psychiatric elements. Other key practitioners are Alla Murphy, who is an expert on complex causation issues; Siobhan Kelly, who specialises in claims relating to asbestos exposure; and associate Yagmur Ekici.

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Testimonials

The practitioners are outstanding in the level of support and care that they provide to their clients.

They work with some very difficult, challenging and complex clients, and maintain a supportive, pragmatic approach to dealing with the individual issues that arise.

Siobhan Kelly and Alla Murphy stand out as working to do the right thing for the client rather than just seeking a financial outcome.

They are very impressive individually and as a team.

Alla Murphy and Siobhan Kelly are always on top of their cases and in tune with their clients.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

In addition to complex child and adult head injury claims, the clinical negligence team at Bindmans LLP has a particular interest in cases where neonatal hypoglycaemia has led to a brain injury at birth and avoidable stroke cases. Practice head Jon Crocker regularly acts as a deputy for former clients who do not have capacity, overseeing the funding and implementation of complex care regimes and accommodation needs. Crocker is frequently assisted on catastrophic claims by associate Yagmur Ekici, whose 'attention to detail is nothing short of incredible'.

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The practitioners are outstanding in the level of support and care that they provide to their clients.

Yagmur Ekici was exceptional. Her attention to detail is nothing short of incredible.

A responsive team with very good competencies.

Jon Crocker is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients.

Family Tier 3

Bindmans LLP has expertise in complex children proceedings and international cases, particularly involving issues of inherent jurisdiction, child abduction and jurisdictional disputes, as well as forced marriage and genital mutilation cases. Significantly, it regularly advises local authorities on cross-border public law cases and is frequently asked to intervene in cases before the Supreme Court. The team has also carved out a niche in acting for foreign governments in complex international cases. The matrimonial team has been handling an increasing number of complicated divorce, financial remedy, TOLATA and private law children cases. Amy Rowe is 'an obvious star in the field of child abduction'. Olivia Piercy is also recommended.

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The family team at Bindmans is very well known and highly respected. Many members conduct their own advocacy to a very high standard

The family team in Bindmans has an impressive grasp of, and specialisation in, complex international children cases. Its strength lies in its absolute focus on the details of its cases and its knowledge of the law in relation to those issues

Amy Rowe is incredibly talented and bright and works tirelessly with great knowledge and flair. She is never afraid of a challenge and will take a case all the way to the Supreme Court if there is a point of principle or an issue of the infringement of human rights

Amy Rowe is a leading expert in international children’s law. Her particular niche is acting for overseas public authorities where they need to be involved in English court disputes. She is extremely committed to her clients and invariably she succeeds in achieving her client’s objectives

Amy has been the active managing partner for some time and she leads her team with skill and rigour. It is clear to me that the more junior solicitors have learned from her to focus early on in a case on the details and possible outcomes of every part of the evidence and process. Amy has an unparalleled knowledge of the law

‘Amy’s approach means that nothing is missed and her clients’ positions are as protected as possible from the very beginning. Hannah Marshall has clearly learned from her and, although still fairly junior, adopts an approach well above her years of practice

‘Rosalind Fitzgerald advises clients with great care, attention and patience and a great deal of compassion

‘Olivia Piercy is great in the field of matrimonial finance, being both empathetic and very bright; she is as comfortable with a high-net-worth client as she is with a small money case

‘Alison Leivesley is professional, organised and committed to her clients.’

‘Maud Davis is an extremely experienced solicitor advocate‘

Key clients

The Health Service Executive of Ireland

The Child and Family Agency of Ireland

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

The crime, fraud and regulatory team at Bindmans LLP acts for high-profile professionals and high-net-worth individuals in investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, FCA, OFT, HMRC and Police Specialist Fraud case teams. The firm has recently seen an uptick in instructions defending individuals against private prosecutions. Katie Wheatley, who heads the team with 'excellent judgement and real gravitas', is an expert in fraud, bribery and corruption matters, and is experienced in defending bankers and other professionals in financial crime cases. Associate Jessica Skinns has specialist knowledge of search and sift powers and is experienced in defending large-scale fraud cases. Tayab Ali joined as partner from ITN Solicitors.

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Testimonials

‘They are second to none in their commitment to achieving social justice and providing an exceptional standard of representation’.

‘They have real strength in depth in terms of the quality of their lawyers and the quality of their case preparation is a cut above their competitors’.

‘Katie Wheatley is exceptionally hard-working and shrewd, it’s hard to think of a lawyer who cares more deeply about her clients’.

‘Jessica Skins is extremely bright and conscientious’.

‘Bindmans are a committed team of solicitors whose approach and dedication to a case is first-class’.

‘Bindmans are an extremely impressive outfit, with a huge amount of expertise within the team’.

‘They go the extra mile for every client, leaving no stone unturned in promoting a defence’.

Professional discipline Tier 3

Bindmans LLP provides 'a first-class service, is very responsive to clients' needs and always delivers'. The practice stands out for its expertise in the interplay between professional discipline and the potential prosecution of criminal allegations. It is also strong in judicial reviews of regulators' conduct and decisions, injunctive relief against employers and regulators, employment tribunal proceedings and disciplinary proceedings before regulators. Elizabeth McGlone heads up the professional discipline department alongside the employment group. Katie Wheatley leads the firm’s crime, fraud and regulatory team. Other notable figures are John Halford, Kate Goold and Jamie Potter, as well as associate Sheetul Sowdagur.

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Bindmans is invariably a pleasure to work with. It attracts interesting clients and cases and gives a top class service. The lawyers are brilliant.

I have worked with Jamie Potter and Elizabeth McGlone. Both are extremely good solicitors – client-focused, strategic, legally very knowledgeable and hugely committed to their work.’

Bindmans have been at the forefront of creative lawyers for many years. They are a stylish progressive firm with interesting and cutting edge cases.

Sheetul Sowdagur is excellent in professional discipline and I have worked alongside and obtained excellent results. I would commend any lawyers in their employment team as high performers. Elizabeth McGlone is particularly impressive.’

A strong socially-minded culture and advice which is both professional and practical with a sensible cost structure.

John Halford: very professional, strong ethical sense and very pleasant to work with.’

First-class service, very responsive to clients needs, diligent and always delivers with great teamwork.’

Key clients

Christopher Williamson

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

The Association of Child Psychotherapists

Good Thinking Society

Reputation management Tier 3

A leading player in human rights law, Bindmans LLP also 'provides a unique service to claimants in media law'. Charities, barristers, NGOs, and journalists feature on the practice's client roster, which is also well-equipped to undertake defendant work. Bringing together cross-departmental expertise in media, crime, employment and family law, the team advises on the full-array of matters pertaining to a reputational crisis, such as defamation, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and non-disclosure agreements. Cases involving allegations of sexual harassment and protection of whistleblowers are some of its key legal specialisms. Tamsin Allen is 'a superb advocate' and leads the media and information law group.

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‘Bindmans is invariably a pleasure to work with. It attracts interesting clients and cases and gives a top class service. The lawyers are brilliant and the degree of care they provide to clients is exceptional.’

‘Bindmans are well known and highly respected in the reputation management legal market. They have appeared in many high profile and groundbreaking cases over the years and continue to do so. They surpass many other firms in terms of expertise and value for money. They are friendly, down to earth, approachable and sympathetic.’  

‘Tamsin Allen is widely known and respected in the field as a star.  She was the lead solicitor in the first stage of the NGN phone hacking litigation; represented the Core Participant Victims in Leveson module 2; and has continued to appear in groundbreaking cases.’

‘A highly expert team who go the extra mile. Tamsin Allen is a superb advocate to have on your side. She has a rare combination of professionalism and warmth and has been across every detail of the case. I trust and rely on her judgement and her ability to liaise with counsel and challenge them where required. She’s always available and takes time to explain the detail.’ 

‘Years of experience in media litigation work including in particular defamation and misuse of private information. Tamsin Allen is extremely well respected in the field. She has an excellent understanding of the law and is brilliant with clients – really fights their corner.’

‘Bindmans provides a unique service to claimants in the media law field. Their clients are private individuals, NGOs and civil society groups rather than celebrities or business people. Tamsin Allen, the Head of the Media and Information Law team, is a highly experienced media lawyer with a very good knowledge of the law, first rate judgement and client skills. She provides a premium service to her clients at highly competitive rates.’ 

Key clients

Carole Cadwalladr

Alaedeen Sicri

Solidarity Not Silence group

New Statesman Limited

Christopher Wylie

Ebenezer Azamati

Mohammed Salman Butt

Frank Bennett, Honor Robson, Barbara Shaw and others

Michael Garrett Associates/Global Artists

Christopher Williamson (Former Member of Parliament)

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Bindmans LLP's media and information law team has a reputation as 'the David taking on the Goliaths'. The group combines the firm's reputation in human rights law and 'years of experience in media litigation' to represent individuals, companies and NGOs in defamation, privacy and data protection disputes. It counts individual journalists and major media organisations, including national newspapers and broadcasters, among its clients and also frequently acts for whistleblowers in media and reputational issues. The team benefits from the ability to draw on the expertise of colleagues in its criminal, employment, public law, immigration and family departments. Key contacts include practice head Tamsin Allen, Katie Wheatley and the 'outstanding' Kate Goold.

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Testimonials

Years of experience in media litigation work including in particular defamation and misuse of private information.

Kate Goold is an outstanding lawyer who deftly navigates complex cases with great strategic skill and insight in an engaging way which really appeals to clients. She is a pleasure to work with – responsive, collaborative and highly intelligent.

Jules Carey has an amazing campaigning spirit and fights hard for his client’s causes giving clear, incisive and highly strategic advice. He takes on the big beasts and wins!

Tamsin Allen is one of the most highly-rated media lawyers in the UK, and for good reason. She is incredibly sharp, principled and intelligent – someone whose knowledge, experience and strategic brilliance get results time and again.

Tamsin Allen is extremely well respected in the field. She has an excellent understanding of the law and is brilliant with clients – really fights their corner.

Tamsin Allen (one of the finest people I have had the privilege to know), John Halford (a brilliant legal mind) and Salima Budhani (innovative and strategic). Each displays unparalleled intellect, warmth and genuine interest not just in the case but in you. This is rooted in the fact that they’re in law not to rack up billable hours but to take on issues that matter.’

They are all great lawyers at the top of their game but what makes this firm stand out is their core values and passion. They deal with highly complex and sometimes distressing issues with a wonderful empathy and emotional intelligence as well as spot-on legal advice.

Bindmans’ is rooted in social justice. From the individual partners and associates to the ethos and reputation of the firm, Bindmans exists to hold power to account and ensure that justice isn’t just for the rich and powerful. They are the ‘David’ taking on the ‘Goliaths’ not because it’s easy but because it is right. The firm’s uniqueness stems from its genuine effort to put clients first. You never feel talked down to or made to feel out of your depth. They have the patience to guide you through what is often a complex and difficult time.

Key clients

Christopher Wylie

National Union of Journalists

News Statesman Limited

Declassified Media

Immigration

The personal immigration, asylum and nationality law team at Bindmans LLP is well-regarded for its experience in detention, bail and deportation, European law matters and complex citizenship applications. Key areas of work for businesses, particularly small businesses and NGOs, include sponsorship license applications and advice on possible sanctions for employing illegal workers. Alison Stanley is an experienced litigator who has handled asylum cases with an extradition elements. Liz Barratt is an expert in nationality matters and cases involving questions of deprivation or nullity of citizenship. Emma Cohen is experienced in complex family cases and asylum claims based on sexuality; Roberta Haslam regularly advises victims of trafficking; and Ashley Fleming has a growing practice in asylum cases involving allegations of corporate wrongdoing.

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Testimonials

‘This is a really excellent team – everyone is really committed to their clients and they all work very hard.’

‘Bindmans are probably the best legal aid immigration firm in the market. I know that if I have a case with them, and it is capable of winning in court, it will win. They always prepare cases in meticulous detail, with an excellent understanding of the relevant law. It is a pleasure to work with Bindmans.’

‘The depth of knowledge together with matchless experience sets Bindmans apart. Historically a campaigning firm, in this area their experience enables them to map the line between aspiration and success with precision especially in cases against public authorities. Their long term policy of organic growth means exceptional staff retention and loyalty, which also contributes to their consistently excellent performance.’

‘This is a really excellent firm with high quality throughout. Good at seeing the overlap between public law issues and immigration issues. This is one of the best legal aid teams in the country, if not the best.’

‘Liz Barratt is she is a fantastic lawyer and great person to work with.’

‘Roberta Haslam and Ashley Fleming are both great solicitors, very committed.’

‘Liz Barratt is totally brilliant, and at the top of her game. She is very experienced when it comes to strategy, practicalities, and client handling.’

‘Alison Stanley is a combination of exceptional expertise coupled with a perfect bedside manner and absolute tenacity.’

‘Liz Barratt is super clever and very good tactically.’

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
Housing and Public Law Christian Hansen
Private Client Amrit Rana
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tamsin Allen  photo Tamsin Allen Partner and head of media and information law department, specialising in defamation;…
 Liz Barratt  photo Liz Barratt Partner and joint head of the immigration department at Bindmans LLP. Liz…
Sir Geoffrey Bindman (Hon) QC photo Sir Geoffrey Bindman (Hon) QC Consultant specialising in civil liberties and human rights, media law, defamation, anti-discrimination…
 Jules Carey  photo Jules Carey Jules is a partner and head of the police actions team which…
 Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC photo Saimo Chahal (Hon) QC Partner and joint head of the public law and human rights department…
 Jonathan Crocker  photo Jonathan Crocker Managing Partner and head of personal injury and clinical negligence department with…
 Katherine Gieve  photo Katherine Gieve Senior consultant in the family department (having been head of department for…
 Kate Goold  photo Kate Goold Kate is a partner in the criminal law department of Bindmans LLP.…
 Stephen Grosz (Hon) QC photo Stephen Grosz (Hon) QC Stephen, senior consultant, specialises in public and administrative law and human rights…
 John Halford  photo John Halford John Halford is a public law specialist. As a litigator, he has…
 Lynn Knowles  photo Lynn Knowles Senior consultant personal injury and clinical negligence department with wide range of…
 Karen May  photo Karen May Head of the education law team, Karen mainly acts for individuals although…
 Elizabeth McGlone  photo Elizabeth McGlone Partner and head of the Employment and Professional Discipline team
 Alla Murphy  photo Alla Murphy Partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team with a wide…
 Jamie Potter  photo Jamie Potter Deputy Managing Partner, and member of Bindmans’ public law and human rights…
 Amrit Rana  photo Amrit Rana Partner and head of the firm’s Private Client department, Amrit has 15…
 Paul Ridge  photo Paul Ridge Partner in the public law department and head of housing and Court…
Ms Amy Rowe  photo Ms Amy Rowe Partner and head of the Family and Matrimonial team. She is a…
 Alison Stanley  photo Alison Stanley Partner and joint head of immigration team. An established leader in the…
 Katie Wheatley  photo Katie Wheatley Katie is a partner and head of the criminal law team at…
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53