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Kate Goold

Work 020 7833 4433
Bindmans LLP

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Kate is a partner in the criminal law department of Bindmans LLP. She has a wealth of experience having specialised in criminal law throughout her career defending complex and serious crime including all aspects of business crime and fraud and regulatory breaches, homicide, drug trafficking, sexual offences, money laundering, restraint and confiscation. She has particular expertise in defending journalists, editors and media organisations and taking up the associated public law challenges to protect freedom of expression. She represents high-profile individuals and takes care of their reputation management. She has a particular interest in extradition and mutual assistance and advises US and European Counsel regarding the risks of travel and extradition for their clients and advises individuals on challenges to Interpol’s Red Notice. Many of her cases involve cross-border investigations. Kate’s key cases include acting for David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, in his challenge of the government and Met Police following his detention and questioning at Heathrow under draconian anti-terrorism powers, in relation to the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. She also advises in the parallel criminal investigation and risks of extradition. She acts for a high-profile individual arrested under Operation Yew Tree (an investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse in the entertainment industry) and other celebrities accused of serious sexual offences. She has given evidence to the Home Affairs Committee regarding pre-charge bail and her recommendations have been adopted by the government. She has acted in many high-profile homicides and represents clients accused of assisting suicide.


Trained Simons Muirhead and Burton; qualified 1996; Hickman and Rose 1996-2000; Bindmans LLP 2000; associate 2007; partner 2014 to date.


LCCSA; Law Society; Female Fraud Forum; Extradition Lawyers Association; Liberty.


Sussex University; Middlesex Guildhall University.


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

ExceptionalBindmans LLP ‘always goes the extra mile in every case’. The firm deals with serious crime matters such as murder, fraud, terrorism and extradition, specialising in cases with human rights aspects. It represents high-profile individuals such as politicians, journalists and other professionals. The team has ‘excellent client and litigation skills and prepares cases thoroughly’, it is led by ‘utterly committedMartin Rackstraw and ‘level-headedKatie Wheatley . Other names of note include the ‘indefatigableKate Goold, Michael Schwarz and associates Jude Lanchin and Jessica Skinns . Recent highlights include acting for over 100 core participants in the Mitting Inquiry which relates to the  undercover policing of protest movements since the the 1960s, so far the firm has secured the quashing of 50 convictions of political activists.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

As well as defending private individuals facing professional discipline allegations, the 'first-rate outfit' at Bindmans LLP also acts for members of the public pursuing allegations of poor regulation by regulators. The team acted for the sole equity partner of a London law firm, accused of defrauding the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) by submitting fraudulent invoices and attendance notes, making unjustified claims for interpreters, and charging the LAA fees for casework wrongly carried out by interpreters; the matter also involved the Solicitors Regulation Authority and allegations of breach of principles of the Solicitors Code of Conduct and dishonesty. The 'superstarJohn Halford and Shah Qureshi are the team heads. Kate Goold's criminal law practice involves advising clients facing professional discipline investigations that relate to criminal prosecution. Another key name is associate Peter Daly. Former associate Nick Fry joined the British Medical Association.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bindmans LLP is experienced in defamation, privacy and data protection law. Head of media and information law Tamsin Allen is ‘bright and brilliant with clients’ and represents claimants and defendants in contentious media cases; highlights for Allen include representing Mr Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower regarding risks from publishing confidential information about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Vote Leave campaign; and advising film company and film-maker Franny Armstrong in relation to a forthcoming drama series about the activities of undercover police. Joint head of the criminal law team Katie Wheatley advises media organisations and journalists, particularly in undercover operations and cases relating to whistleblowers. Kate Goold and Martin Rackstraw are also recommended.

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