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Bindmans LLP

Crime

5 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Excellent team that offers in-depth experience across all areas of criminal law. Particularly well versed in representing individuals charged with highly serious offences, including murder and terrorism. Offers niche expertise in acting for journalists and those charged with public order offences, drawing on additional strength in human rights issues. Also assists clients with appeals against earlier convictions.

Strengths

"The team is excellent and puts so much effort into each case," says a source.

One commentator reports: "They are among the best in the market - the quality of all those working across the team is exceptionally high."

"A first-rate criminal defence firm," says one interviewee, adding that "it is clear that the lawyers think deeply about the issues and strategy on a case."

Notable practitioners

Ella Jefferson is building a strong reputation as a criminal defence practitioner. She advises on cases concerning violent offences as well as matters involving political protesters.
"Ella is an outstanding criminal solicitor - incredibly clear-minded, she shows sound judgement and is highly responsive to the needs of both the client and instructed counsel. Every brief from her is well prepared and she is always able to cut to the core issues in a case."

Jude Lanchin possesses deep experience in criminal defence. She is well known for her expertise in serious cases relating to criminal gang activity, including drugs supply, violent disorder and murder.
"Jude leaves no stone unturned for her clients, knows every detail on a case and has a really instinctive judgement about what needs to be done in preparation for complex criminal proceedings." "She has a sharp sense of strategy in criminal cases and I have been struck by her unfailing commitment to doing the best by her clients."

Kate Goold regularly handles serious criminal cases, including historic sexual abuse allegations and terrorism charges. She also has notable expertise in advising journalists and media organisations on criminal law matters.
"Kate is fantastic and does good work." "She is enormously caring about her clients and works hard for them."

Katie Wheatley specialises in private criminal defence cases, most often those involving high-profile professionals. She also offers specialist expertise in cases related to assisted dying, including representing clients under investigation for alleged homicide.
"She is committed to fighting for her clients." "Katie is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned."

Tayab Ali is a talented criminal defence specialist who regularly handles complex cases related to terrorism and international criminal law. He joined Bindmans from ITN Solicitors in April 2020.
"A supreme strategist who is cool, calm and measured no matter what." "He handles cases with an international dimension incredibly well."

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Overview

Bindmans is at the forefront of criminal defence work, constantly deploying ground-breaking legal, human rights and public interest arguments and scientific evidence on behalf of our clients. We have been a leader in this field for over 40 years and our approach to criminal defence work has meant that Bindmans has successfully shaped some of the most celebrated criminal cases in recent history.

Our Criminal Law Team’s reputation is based on our experience of working on the following types of cases:

  1. Very serious crime, particularly murder and homicide, 
  2. Fraud,
  3. Extradition,
  4. Terrorist cases,
  5. Sexual offences, including historic allegations,
  6. Public order and political protest cases, 
  7. Defending high profile individuals, such as politicians and other “professional” clients in relation to criminal allegations,
  8. Representing journalists and media organisations.
  9. Appeals and miscarriage of justice cases, particularly involving allegations of police misconduct and corruption.

In all cases we are known for vigorously promoting our clients’ interests, particularly drawing on our expertise in human rights.

Members

Ali, Tayab

Cavaciuti, Hester

Goold, Kate

Jackson, Catherine

Ormerod, Patrick

Skinns, Jessica

Industries

Banking, financial and professional services

Charities and campaign groups

Journalism

Media

NGO's

Crime Department

Bindmans LLP

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Department location

236 Gray's Inn Road

London

Greater London

UK

WC1X 8HB

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Crime


Ella Jefferson
Associates to watch
Jude Lanchin
Band 3
Kate Goold
Band 3
Katie Wheatley
Band 4
Tayab Ali
Band 3