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Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

The general crime practice at Bindmans LLP is headed by the ‘knowledgeable and pragmaticKatie Wheatley, with the team described by clients as ‘very strong and competent‘. The practice is experienced in the full gamut of crime cases at all stages of criminal proceedings, which includes murder, terrorism, extradition appeals, drug importation and supply, and sexual offences. Tayab Ali, solicitor advocate, is recommended for his work on counter-terrorism law, cybercrime, and international criminal law. Kate Goold is especially adept at defending high-profile clients in politically sensitive and controversial cases, while Catherine Jackson is experienced in representing professionals in criminal cases and high-profile individuals in historic sexual offences. Jude Lanchin is recommended for her work with juveniles.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:


Bindmans deserve their reputation for being utterly committed to their clients. No stone is left unturned whilst remaining practical and realistic at all times.’

Katie Wheatley is calm, efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic as well as being excellent on the technical side. Kate Goold has fantastic client skills, superb oversight of the case and the important issues and whilst she is incredibly personable, she is also a fearsome opponent.’

Katie Wheatley leads a very strong and competent team that has a dominant position in a series of industry niches. They are particularly strong at the complex intersection of crime and public law.

Bindmans is a class act. The lawyers are diligent, knowledgeable, and meticulous.’

The team at Bindmans is fantastic. They are incredibly responsive to both clients and counsel. There is a real aura about them that they are in total control of the cases they have, and aware of the finer detail that would escape the attention of others.’

The team has an excellent mix of practitioners across a range of practice areas. Their dedication to each client and each case is impressive.’

One of the top names dealing with high-profile protest and human rights related criminal cases in the UK. The team are at the top of their game and every case is thoroughly prepared by solicitors who are experts in their field.’

Katie Wheatley has a nationally renowned niche in cases related to media and press freedom. Clients know that they’re getting the best advice possible. She is attentive to the needs of clients and provides frank and cogent advice. Her exceptional relationships with leading counsel mean that clients are capable of securing silks at short notice who would normally be unavailable for months.

Key clients

Jack Letts

Zhanbolat Mamay

Work highlights

  • Represented Jack Letts, who has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria and is accused of participating in terrorist activity as a member of ISIS, which he denies.
  • Instructed by Zhanbolat Mamay to carry out an independent investigation into the reason behind his prosecution and the manner in which the government is dealing with him, as the client fears that he will not receive a fair trial and that the prosecution is designed to suppress him as a political opponent.
  • Conducted a criminal investigation and subsequently submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court on behalf of high-profile journalists and their representative unions into Israel’s alleged policy of targeting journalists reporting on Israel’s international law violations.

Employment > Immigration

Bindmans LLP draws on complementary practices within the firm to provide comprehensive assistance for a range of clients, and has particular strength in crime and extradition. The ‘exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, effective, tenacious and organised’ team is noted for their bespoke solutions across the full gamut of immigration work. Co-head Alison Stanley is noted for her ‘unparalleled experience and real client commitment’, and is experienced in immigration litigation at all levels. She works alongside co-head Liz Barratt, whose practice encompasses a range of complex issues arising from nationality, and is highly active on behalf of Turkish clients. Senior consultant Tanya Goldfarb leads the team in business immigration matters, working across all sectors but with substantial experience in the creative sector. Roberta Haslam is a crucial contact for asylum, human rights, and deportation issues, while Karma Hickman specialises in family matters, particularly those involving surrogacy. Solicitor Elisabeth Attwood, who joined the firm in May 2022, is noted for the complexity of her litigation work.

Practice head(s):

Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt; Tanya Goldfarb


‘Roberta Haslam is a force to be reckoned with. She is always on top of the case, and always listens to your needs. She is also very compassionate and considerate towards the emotional well being of client.’

I have been advised by Karma Hickman, who I really felt understood my situation and wanted to help.

One of the key strengths of this team is their deep expertise in their respective fields. Each member of the team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and they work collaboratively to provide clients with the highest level of service. Additionally, the team is highly responsive and always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that clients feel supported and valued. Overall, I would highly recommend Bindmans LLP to anyone in need of legal services.

The firm is very responsive and fast acting. They have depth in resources and experience. The whole resource contributes to the case in hand.’

Liz Barratt is a very experienced solicitor. Her long experience and strategic thinking are evident in her work and advice. Liz evaluates all aspects of the case, and from her long experience she anticipates counterparty actions, and also the Judge’s possible views and judgements. She has a fantastic personality and confidence that can put clients at ease, knowing they are in safe hands.

All members of the team are excellent, from Alison Stanley down to the junior members. Clients would like to know that they will receive an excellent service and that the team can be relied upon to be entirely on top of the relevant law.’

Alison Stanley has unparalleled experience and real client commitment. Liz Barratt is super bright, has excellent strategic skills in litigation and is very pro client.  Roberta Haslam has learned from the best, and so demonstrates superb client commitment and compassion in all she does.

In my experience, Bindmans are second to none in my areas of practice (asylum and immigration, with a protection / human rights focus). All of their lawyers are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, effective, tenacious and organised.

Work highlights

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Hailed by clients as ‘one of the strongest public law teams in the UK’, Bindmans LLP has a long-established reputation for expertise in traditional claimant, commercial, regulatory, and defendant work, with particular strength in the health and social care, housing, and political sectors. Practice head John Halford is a renowned public law specialist and represents a diverse range of clients, encompassing individuals, campaign groups, regulators, commercial companies and other public sector entities. Karen May’s practice focuses heavily on education and community care judicial review cases, and she regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal. Salima Budhani is highly sought after by major NGOs, representative organisations and individuals. Shirin Marker‘s practice has a particular focus on challenges related to immigration rights and national security, while associate Emma Varley specialises in challenging decisions by local authorities, schools and health bodies.

Practice head(s):

John Halford

Other key lawyers:

Salima Budhani; Caroline Robinson; Jessie Brennan; Karen May; Anna Thwaites; Shirin Marker; Emma Varley; Alice Hardy


‘One of the strongest public law teams in the UK. Widely respected.’

‘High quality public law cases, including lots of variety.’

‘The leading public law firm in London – strong team, involved in all of the key cases.’

‘I have particularly noticed Shirin Marker, who is highly efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Top-notch public law and human rights team. Fantastic client relations.’

‘Shirin Marker is first rate, great with clients and counsel, and extremely pragmatic.’

‘Bindmans have a very strong reputation in this area.’

‘A fantastic team of bright, diligent and creative lawyers who always put every possible effort into achieving positive outcomes for clients.’

Key clients

Jean Eveleigh and others

Women Against State Pension Inequality (‘WASPI’)

Helen Timson

Law Society of England and Wales

Age-disputed children

World Uyghur Conference

National Union of Journalists

Sian Berry and Open Rights Group

Mwatana for Human Rights

British Standards Institute

Government of the British Virgin Islands

Good Law Project: Bunzl Health Care challenge

Work highlights

  • Acted for WASPI in judicial review proceedings challenging the outcome of the PHSO’s investigation into maladministration by the Department for Work and Pensions in its communication of changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
  • Acting for the Law Society in challenging the UK Government’s decision to ignore the recommendation from the Independent Review of Legal Aid led by Sir Christopher Bellamy, recommending a 15% increase in funding for solicitors’ work as the minimum necessary to sustain the system.
  • Representing young people who have been age disputed by the Home Office and/or local authorities.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

Offering a ‘cutting edge’ practice, Bindmans LLP commands a strong reputation in immigration work and actions against the police and state, as well as international work spanning torture and abuse claims, freedom of assembly matters and victims’ rights in criminal trials. The vastly experienced John Halford acts for a broad range of clients including individuals, NGOs and unions, while Jules Carey regularly handles matters for journalists, MPs and activists. Tayab Ali is seen as a leading authority on counter-terrorism law, Anna Thwaites is highly regarded for her inquests expertise, and Salima Budhani regularly represents highly vulnerable groups, including young people and asylum seekers. Shirin Marker is building an excellent reputation for representing victims of trafficking, torture and individuals deprived of their British citizenship, while veteran Jamie Potter stepped down from the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Salima Budhani; Anna Thwaites; Theodora Middleton; Shirin Marker; Rachel Harger


‘The Bindmans civil liberties and human rights practice is cutting edge and very much at the forefront of the market. The practitioners are highly experienced and some of the best in the business, and the associates are universally brilliant.’

‘Salima Budhani is an outstanding practitioner who is the model for how a partner should run a civil liberties and human rights practice. As a lawyer, her forensic and strategic instincts are spot on, and she deals extremely sensitively with highly vulnerable clients.’

‘Shirin Marker really is one to watch. Her style is understated but she is extremely intelligent and has the strategic nous of a practitioner with many more years of experience.’

‘Rachel Harger handles complex and high-profile cases with ease; highly astute and sharp practitioner. Commands respect from clients, and is on top of both the law and the running of the case.’

‘Bindmans are an outstanding team with exceptional lawyers at all levels. They are highly experienced; approachable; committed and collaborative.’

‘Brilliant, inventive lawyers who really care about their clients.’

‘Bindmans’ civil liberties and human rights team is standout in the field. Consistently at the top of their game. Everyone in the team is a leader.’

Key clients

Bereaved, Survivors and Residents (BSRs) of the Grenfell Tower Fire

‘Reclaim these Streets’, a group dedicated to women’s safety (Anna Birley, Jessica Leigh, Henna Shah, and Jamie Klingler)

Muriel Maguire: Mother of Jackie, a patient who died due to failures in her medical care

The family of Christopher Nota

Core Participants to the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Kingsley Kanu

Individuals deprived of their British citizenship

Amna Bibi & Ors

The Death of Yusuf Mahmud Ahmed

International Centre of Justice for Palestinians

Anton Abu Akleh & Shatha Hanaysha, Ali Samoudi and others

Dr Mohammed Salman Butt

Big Brother Watch

Work highlights

  • Appealing a High Court ruling in relation to a significant human rights case centred on Nnamdi Kanu, the British national leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, a group which calls for self-determination for Biafra Land.
  • Representing over 200 bereaved, survivors and residents in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Bindmans LLP’s broad social housing practice covers the full spectrum of housing law. The team displays niche areas of expertise, with experience in cases involving mental capacity, civil liberties, and community care. Practice head Paul Ridge has a keen focus on public law, community care, and disability rights within housing law. Ridge continues to lead the team in its key role assisting the Grenfell victims, with the support of the firm’s bespoke Grenfell team, and has been advising an increasing number of victims of the cladding scandal. The social housing group has continued to develop its expertise in this area, with Christian Hansen handling a number of large group claims related to fire safety issues. The group also assists clients with possession claims, HRA damages, injunctions, and capacity issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ridge

Other key lawyers:

Will Whitaker; Christian Hansen; Jacob Howell Jones


‘The team is very good.’

‘Christian Hansen and Paul Ridge are great solicitors.’

‘Devoted to their clients’ cause, they ceaselessly fight the clients corner and are creative in their approaches.’

‘Paul Ridge is an experienced housing lawyer – very capable and excellent client manner.’

Key clients

Grenfell Tower

Richmond House

Pavilions Action Group

Lancaster West Residents’ Association and all RBKC tenants

The Exchange

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Bindmans LLP‘s ‘exceptional’ personal injury team is lauded for its ability to deal with ‘traumatised clients in complex circumstances‘, with particular strength in cases involving complex causation issues – an area in which Alla Murphy has specialist experience. Areas of expertise include catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims; orthopaedic injuries; psychiatric injuries; and complex pain conditions, including those which have been difficult to diagnose, with additional experience in multiparty claims. Jon Crocker leads the team, specialising in claims involving brain damage or amputation. Yagmur Ekici is praised for her ‘detailed and considered insights’; she has particular strength in cases involving complex quantum issues.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Yagmur Ekici; Alla Murphy; Shelly Pastakia; Rosaleen Wyllie; Siobhan Kelly


‘Very experienced team with client focus at the heart of the work that they carry out. They also understand how to instruct and approach experts on cases where relevant.’

‘Extremely experienced and good communicators.’

‘Specialist team, who have the knowledge, experience and aptitude to make a positive difference when supporting clients through the litigation process. The team have integrity in their approach, whilst dealing with the diverse, complex issues that often arise.’

‘An exceptional team dealing with difficult often traumatised clients in complex circumstances, and well able to distil the legal parameters when issuing medico-legal instructions.’

‘Alla Murphy has been exceptional in her efficiency and handling of complex cases.’

‘Siobhan Kelly is excellent, a very smart lawyer, patient with clients and knows the importance of collaborative working in cases.’

‘Yagmur Ekici always demonstrated detailed and considered insights, and I felt very comfortable with her advice and expertise. She was also so supportive, compassionate and driven.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

The ‘excellent’ and ‘well-respected’ team at Bindmans LLP has ‘solicitors who pay a great attention to detail to get the best results for their clients’. Led by Laura Hobey-Hamsher, the thriving practice continues to act in both contentious and non-contentious matters for many vulnerable adults and their families. In addition, it receives a steady flow of instructions from the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates, NGOs, charities, and other members of the legal profession and judiciary. The group is well-placed to handle issues as diverse as medical treatment cases, cross-border matters, and health and welfare issues. In addition, it is skilled at advising on property and financial affairs matters for wealthy individuals. Karen May is a Law Society Accredited Legal Representative in relation to welfare cases. At associate level, Will Whitaker, is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:

Will Whitaker; Karen May; Brighde Gallivan; Elizabeth Cleaver; Emma Varley


‘Bindmans provides the full panoply of legal support – great admin; great leadership at a partner level. Will Whitaker is thoughtful and committed and passionate about his work. Emma Varley knows Court of Protection work backwards. Karen May is a brilliant operator’. 

‘Probably the strongest all-round CoP team out there. Significant expertise in welfare cases, medical treatment cases, and also some property and financial affairs cases (including LPAs and statutory wills)’.

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher – vastly experienced, excellent manner with clients, extremely hard-working I would also recommend Emma Varley, Will Whitaker, and Brighde Gallagher in this team as particular stars’.

‘Excellent team, with solicitors that pay a great attention to detail to get the best results for their clients. The team has a number of solicitors who are experts in vital adjacent areas of law such as community care, mental health, public law and HRA and negligence claims. Will Whitaker Elizabeth Cleaver’.

‘Breadth of Bindmans public law practice- can offer clients full spectrum of legal services. Karen May is a stand out leader in the field’.

‘Karen May and Emma Varley are brilliant’.

‘Laura was an absolute gem. She was extremely strong, confident and caring. Laura was empathetic to the situation at hand, clearly outlined the options available to me, and was super personable in all dealings‘.

Laura Hobey-Hamsher is outstanding. She is also appointed as agent in Serious Medical treatment cases where she will meet with and liaise with the client at very short notice and convey their wishes and feelings to the court. She is smart, funny and a joy to work with’.

Key clients

Tony Hickmott

Health Service Executive of Ireland

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 2

Bindmans LLP retains a ‘highly knowledgeable and well resourced team‘ that is capable of handling a wide range of cross-disciplinary matters for individuals. The practice has acted in tribunal appeals related to school placement on behalf of children with special educational needs and also advises on freedom of speech issues, allegations of academic misconduct, and school exclusions. Karen May, who leads the team, is highly recommended for her expertise in SEN matters and regularly acts alongside key contact Alex Temple in complex judicial review and tribunal cases. Other key contacts in the team include Kate Goold, an experienced criminal solicitor who acts in cases related to serious criminal and disciplinary accusations, and Emma Varley, who is noted for her expertise in educational matters with discrimination elements.

Practice head(s):

Karen May

Other key lawyers:


‘Quick to respond and personable, clear advice.’

‘Karen May is confident and clear in her advice.’

‘Karen May is outstanding, kind, and knows how to build a rapport with a client. Great knowledge of local authorities, with exceptional clinical skills and understanding. Great at fighting in your corner.’

‘Claimant focused education law team that is excellent for community care cross-over work.’

‘I have been impressed by the way in which the Education team at Bindmans can use the firm’s cross-sector expertise (i.e. intersection between the crime team and education team) in higher education matters relating to student discipline.’

‘I would recommend Emma Varley without hesitation. She has been proactive, collaborative, responsive and shown great attention to detail.’

‘This is a very highly knowledgeable and well-resourced team. They will leave no stone unturned to provide the best solution for clients. The team is very hard-working and extremely professional.’

‘Emma Varley and Karen May are very knowledgeable about their areas of law, have an excellent grasp of procedure, and are very practically-minded.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

With ‘excellent strength in depth‘, the team at Bindmans LLP predominantly represents individuals in inquests and cases involving mental health, safeguarding and palliative care issues. Practice head Laura Hobey-Hamsher is a ‘first-class lawyer‘ who is well known for acting in Court of Protection cases concerning the medical treatment, health, and welfare of individuals under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Children Act 1989. Will Whitaker exhibits ‘excellent judgment‘ when handling the full gamut of human rights issues, with particular emphasis given to health and welfare. Praised for her ‘eye for detail‘, mental health expert Elizabeth Cleaver primarily represents individuals in health and social care matters, including challenges against policies and decisions. Basmah Sahib regularly appears before the Mental Health Tribunal, and handles judicial review challenges concerning policy.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:


‘Elizabeth Cleaver is both professional and compassionate. Her knowledge of the law is excellent and well used.’

‘Bindmans are one of the leading healthcare firms acting primarily for claimants. They have excellent strength in depth, with expertise across a wide range of related fields including public law, Court of Protection and human rights.’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is a stand out practitioner, and Basmah Sahib is an excellent solicitor with great empathy for her clients. Will Whitaker is also excellent, he demonstrates excellent judgment and is always calm even in the most difficult cases.’

‘Bindmans have outstanding expertise in this area. They are extremely knowledgeable about public law principles, inquests, and about the technical subject matter. This makes them a class act.’

‘An excellent firm of solicitors with a history of providing representation over a wide range of areas, all at a very high level of skill.’

‘Elizabeth Cleaver has an extremely good brain with an eye for detail, and is able to provide empathetic support to clients.’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is a first-class lawyer with a deserved reputation for detailing with complex matters before the Court of Protection.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

The reputation and crisis management team at Bindmans LLP represents both claimants and defendants in cases concerning libel, privacy, data protection and copyright issues. The team has a growing specialism in reputation and media management for whistleblowers, where it works closely with the firm’s employment and crime departments. Tamsin Allen leads the team with over 20 years of experience handling some of the most significant media cases before courts of all levels, particularly on behalf of individuals making libel claims against the media. Criminal lawyer Kate Goold deals with crime-related matters for journalists and media organisations. Monika Sobiecki is an expert in data protection and information law.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:

Jules Carey; Kate Goold; Monika Sobiecki; Tayab Ali


‘A small but expert team with great knowledge in this area and who work together to ensure the best result for the clients. Cost effective and cost efficient. Able to consider the best way of achieving the aims of the client, which in this area may not be commencing litigation.’

‘Monika Sobiecki is excellent and works tirelessly for her clients.’

‘Depth of knowledge and client care are exceptional.’

‘Tamsin Allen – very clever, brilliant with clients, engaged and engaging.’

‘Extremely committed in the work that they do.’

‘The practitioners we work with are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are extremely well informed and have a knack for solving legal conundrums.’

Key clients

Caroline Watt

Joma Sison

Jolyon Maugham / GLP

Freedom from Torture

Pre-Publication Advice

Carole Cadwalladr

Nina Cresswell

Work highlights

  • Represented Caroline Watt, the agent of Rebekah Vardy, in the Wagatha Christie proceedings, and successfully resisted the application to be joined as a party to the main proceedings.
  • Successfully defended Joma Sison, a Filipino political refugee and prominent critic of President Duterte’s regime in the Philippines, from a defamation claim brought by a supporter of President Duterte.
  • Advised the Good Law Project and Jolyon Maugham on various defamatory allegations made about him and Good Law Project in the press.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Remaining at the ‘forefront of criminal defence’, Bindmans LLP’s practice specialises in representing individuals caught up in complex financial crime investigations conducted by the FCA and HMRC, along with white-collar crime claims spanning from bribery to money laundering. Counting HNW individuals, professionals, and CEOs among her clientbase, the 'calm, efficient and pragmatic' Katie Wheatley leads the London group, bringing vast expertise of serious fraud and internal investigations to the team. ‘Simply fantastic’ Kate Goold has experience acting in complex extradition proceedings and tax investigations, while Tayab Ali regularly assists individuals with protecting their reputations against false public and criminal allegations, as well as covering both criminal and civil law issues.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Tayab Ali; Catherine Jackson


‘Bindmans are a brilliant firm. The passion and commitment of their lawyers is amazing. The firm is well-resourced and efficiently run.’

‘Bindmans have been at the forefront of criminal defence for many years and have maintained that position through continuing to recruit and nurture talented young lawyers. They are large enough to offer expertise across all areas of crime and to have the resources to run large cases, but not so large as to have lost their unique sense of identity.’

‘I have been extremely impressed by Catherine Jackson. Her intelligence and efficiency was quickly apparent from the speed at which she digested the evidence and identified the key issues in the case. Her judgement was impeccable.’

‘Katie Wheatley is excellent; a very thoughtful lawyer who is collaborative in common interest situations. Kate Goold is simply fantastic and hugely committed to her clients.’

‘Kate Goold brings understanding, experience, and composure. She has been dealing with the most serious offences for many years and her client care skills are truly exceptional. Catherine Jackson is the perfect all-round solicitor – she is organised, dedicated, intelligent and thoughtful. Her cases are always litigated with the highest levels of professionalism and diligence.’

‘Katie Wheatley and Kate Goold are highly committed senior lawyers who will expertly fight the corner of an individual investigated for fraud.’

‘Bindmans has excellent business crime expertise and continues to punch above its weight.’

‘Katie Wheatley is calm, efficient and pragmatic, handling demanding clients with ease and ensuring the case stays firmly on the right track.’

Work highlights

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 3

Bindmans LLP‘s employment practice is noted for its expertise in matters involving whistleblowing, discrimination at work and trade union victimisation. The group also exhibits expertise relating to the use of NDAs in sexual harassment claims. Interim team head Krishna Santra is well versed in complex discrimination claims and settlement agreements. Tina Din's employment expertise extends to unfair dismissal and agency workers' rights. Yavnik Ganguly is well placed to advise on issues such as protected disclosure detriment claims.

Practice head(s):

Krishna Santra

Other key lawyers:


‘They have an impressive proven track record and great legacy.’

‘Tina Din and Krishna Santra are immensely talented and approachable lawyers.’

‘Takes good care of clients, while understanding the bigger picture issues raised by the case.’

‘Tina Din is very experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have found Tina Din to be an excellent solicitor showing very good commercial judgment and impressive client handling skills. I have no hesitation in recommending her.’

‘This is a diverse team of highly experienced employment practitioners who are committed to their clients and regularly take on some of the most challenging employment cases. They are very accessible and dedicated.’

‘Krishna Santra is very user friendly and excellent when dealing with clients.’

Key clients

Agency Worker

Work highlights

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Bindmans LLP’s clinical negligence team maintains ‘a very high level of pastoral support for clients’, taking on only complex cases involving catastrophic and very serious injury under the leadership of  ‘extremely experiencedJon Crocker. The firm’s wider human rights expertise heightens the team’s ability to support clients in very complex psychiatric injury and suicide cases, and is particularly key to its specialism regarding substandard treatment of those in prison or detained. Yagmur Ekici is recommended as ‘an absolute star‘. Alla Murphy has particular specialist experience handling catastrophic neurological, orthopaedic and psychiatric injury cases for both individual clients and multiparty groups.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici; Rosaleen Wyllie; Megan Owen


‘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.’

‘Jon Crocker and his team have always explained clearly any course of action or proposal they have wanted me to agree to, and have always promptly responded to any request or question I have had.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is an absolute star, who mixes diligence, hard work and compassion.’

‘Jon Crocker is very responsive, responsible and experienced. A safe pair of hands.’

‘Bindmans attract some of the highest quality work in this field.’

‘Able to manage complicated cases with sometimes challenging and traumatised clients with a very high level of pastoral support for clients, though never losing sight of the legal issues.’

‘Alla Murphy has been superb in her efficiency and also empathetic handling of clients.’

‘Bindmans have a long history of working in this area. They have a strength in depth, and always put the client first. They can access good experts.’

Private client > Family Tier 3

Alison Leivesley heads the team at Bindmans LLP and she ‘brings a wealth of experience and care to her work, maintaining the Bindmans tradition of excellence’. It is recognised for its work on cross-border family law disputes, as well as for handling public law children cases. The practice attracts an interesting mix of divorce work, high-value and middle income financial remedies cases, TOLATA matters, and Schedule 1 cases. Maud Davis is well-regarded for her work as a children’s solicitor, and Melissa Arnold is another key figure. Olivia Piercy is now at Hunters Law LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alison Leivesley

Other key lawyers:

Maud Davis; Michaela Michelides; Maeve Lucey; Melissa Arnold; Hannah Marshall; Annie Leach; Megan Rothman


‘Alison Leivesley has amazing dedication to clients and cases and she is unflappable. Clients get the Bindmans Rolls-Royce service.’

‘Melissa Arnold is brilliant; she has excellent client management skills and sound strategic instincts. Her preparation work is excellent, so her cases are always a pleasure to deal with. Maeve Lucey is also brilliant and has been an excellent addition to the team.’

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble and the quality of their work is consistently very high. I particularly wish to pay tribute to Alison Lievesley and Megan Rothman. Alison is very experienced and has great insight, and nothing is ever too much trouble for Megan, and her clients recognise that very quickly.’

‘Hannah Marshall is an excellent associate with a deservedly growing reputation. Diligent and detail-oriented, she is someone you definitely want in your corner.’

‘Alison Leivesley has a thoughtful, hands-on approach, and has extensive public law knowledge and a pragmatic approach. Michaela Michelides is a highly experienced international children specialist with a real depth of knowledge in this area. Annie Leach is way ahead of her peers at her junior level.’

‘Alison Leivesley is an outstanding family partner. She goes above and beyond for every client, no matter their circumstances, and is an absolute pleasure to work with’.

‘Bindmans has an excellent team covering a mixture of international, care and private children work. Alison Leivesley has a long-standing background in complex care, which she utilises when dealing with difficult, high-profile, international and private client cases. She heads a team of excellent associates.’

‘Maud Davis is well known for her work within public law proceedings. She is dedicated, decisive, committed to her practice, calm, focused and robust when required with parties in a helpful constructive partnership.’

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

Bindmans LLP is one of the country’s leading multidisciplinary law firms, with an exceptional track record offering a wide range of specialist legal services to clients, from medium-sized businesses and NGOs, to public figures and private individuals.

Founded in 1974, Bindmans has a long history of challenging injustice and protecting the rights and reputations of ordinary people. Over the past 50 years the firm has evolved and expanded to offer a broader range of unrivalled services to a variety of clients. Its lawyers work with rigour and purpose to defend their clients’ best interests, and to use the law to make an impact.

Ranked as a top-tier firm in many of its practice areas, Bindmans has a reputation for its cutting-edge work in some of the most complex cases. 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, public figures, and private individuals. The firm is renowned for achieving outstanding results for its clients across the spectrum of services it offers.

Services for individuals
Clinical negligence and personal injury
Court of Protection, healthcare and mental health
Criminal defence and extradition
Education law
Employment law
Family and matrimonial
Fraud and white-collar crime
Housing and property litigation
Immigration, asylum and nationality
Inquests and Inquiries
Media and information
Police law
Professional negligence
Wills, trusts and estates

Services for business and organisations
Business crime
Business immigration
Data protection and cybersecurity
Education law
Employment law
Media and information
Skills, apprenticeship and training law

Specialist services
Data privacy and digital rights
Discrimination and equality
Environmental and animal law
Human rights and civil liberties
Public Inquiries
Public law and judicial review
Public procurement and commercial regulation
Regulatory and compliance law
Religion, faith and belief law
Reputation and crisis management
Right to protest

Department Name Email Telephone
Actions Against Police and State Jules Carey
Administrative and Public Law John Halford
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 Alison Leivesley
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 Jon Crocker
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 Partner, Family and Matrimonial Melissa qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer…
Elisabeth Attwood photo Elisabeth Attwood Solicitor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker (Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation…
Liz Barratt photo Liz Barratt Partner and Head of Immigration. Liz has a wide-ranging practice covering all…
Jessie Brennan photo Jessie Brennan Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Jessie’s practice covers a wide range…
Salima Budhani photo Salima Budhani Partner, 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…
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…
Tina Din photo Tina Din Associate, Employment team. Tina advises individuals and businesses across all areas of…
Yagmur Ekici photo Yagmur Ekici Partner, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Yagmur advises and represents individuals in…
Anna Ford photo Anna Ford Solicitor, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory team. Anna has a breadth of experience…
Brighde Gallivan photo Brighde Gallivan Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights team. Brighde joined Bindmans as a…
Tanya Goldfarb photo Tanya Goldfarb Senior consultant and Head of our Business Immigration team. Tanya has over…
Kate Goold photo Kate Goold Partner, Crime, Fraud and Regulatory. With almost 30 years’ experience as a…
John Halford photo John Halford Partner and Head of Public Law and Human Rights department. John Halford…
Christian Hansen photo Christian Hansen Solicitor, Housing and Public Law Christian frequently acts for groups of tenants…
Alice Hardy photo Alice Hardy Partner, Public Law and Human Rights team. Alice specialises in human rights…
Rachel Harger photo Rachel Harger Solicitor, Actions Against Police and State team. Rachel works on a wide…
Roberta Haslam photo Roberta Haslam Partner, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality. Roberta has a particular interest in asylum…
Karma Hickman photo Karma Hickman Associate, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team. Karma has experience across the field…
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 Consultant, 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…
Annie Leach photo Annie Leach Solicitor in our Family and Matrimonial team, specialising in all areas of…
Alison Leivesley photo Alison Leivesley Partner, Head of Family and Matrimonial. Alison specialises in all aspects of…
Maeve Lucey photo Maeve Lucey Solicitor in our Family and Matrimonial team, cross qualified as a solicitor…
Shirin Marker photo Shirin Marker Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights team. Shirin represents clients in a…
Hannah Marshall photo Hannah Marshall Associate, 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…
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…
Megan Owen photo Megan Owen Solicitor, in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team. Megan joined the…
Shelly Pastakia photo Shelly Pastakia Solicitor, in the Wills, Trusts and Estates team. Prior to May 2023,…
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…
Megan  Rothman photo Megan Rothman Solicitor, Family and Matrimonial team. Megan specialises in children law and represents…
Basmah Sahib photo Basmah Sahib Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights Basmah has represented clients in relation…
Krishna Santra photo Krishna Santra Partner, Employment team. Krishna acts for organisations and individual clients, providing pragmatic…
Monika Sobiecki photo Monika Sobiecki Partner, Media and Information. Monika is a specialist Data Protection and Cybersecurity…
Alison Stanley photo Alison Stanley Senior consultant, Immigration, Asylum and  Nationality. Since 1984, Alison has specialised in…
Alex Temple photo Alex Temple Solicitor, Public Law and Human Rights team. Alex acts in a range…
Anna Thwaites photo Anna Thwaites Partner, Actions against Police and State. Anna is highly regarded for her…
Emma Varley photo Emma Varley Associate, 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 Associate, Public Law and Human Rights Will has represented a large number…
Rosaleen Wyllie photo Rosaleen Wyllie Solicitor, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team. Rosa has assisted the partners…
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55