Salima Budhani > Bindmans LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bindmans LLP

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Public Law and Human Rights.


Partner, Public Law and Human Rights.

Salima has a particular interest in representing vulnerable or marginalised people, and regularly acts on behalf of children and young people, asylum seekers and others subject to immigration control, victims of human trafficking, transgender and intersex people and those with criminal convictions.

Salima has challenged the lawfulness of immigration detention for people with health conditions and has also acted in compensation claims for ex-detainees against the Home Office. Salima acts in relation to public law and information law issues arising in the criminal justice context, such as challenging cautions, harassment warning notices and disclosure on DBS certificates. Salima also has expertise in animal welfare law, having acted in the first judicial review to challenge the decision of a local authority to grant a dog breeding licence to a ‘puppy farm’.


Salima joined Bindmans as a paralegal in 2006 and studied the GDL and LPC part-time from 2005 to 2008 (passing both with distinction). She qualified as a solicitor in 2010.


Salima graduated with a first class BSc in Psychology from UCL in 2000, and went on to obtain a PhD in Psychology from UCL in 2005. Whilst working on her thesis, she spent 3 years as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

(Next Generation Partners)

Salima BudhaniBindmans LLP

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.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Next Generation Partners)

Salima BudhaniBindmans LLP

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.