Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Pre-eminent 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. Offers niche expertise in acting for journalists and those charged with public order offences, drawing on additional strength in human rights issues.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a class act. I think that because of the way the firm operates, the solicitors feel able to go to the umpteenth degree for their clients."
"What Bindmans lawyers have in common is fantastic client care. They are absolutely brilliant in dealing with all clients."
Work highlights Successfully argued for the acquittal of a client charged with murder and attempted murder, following a trial in which the individual's co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Acted for David Miranda following his detention at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act for carrying classified material on behalf of his partner, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Kate Goold frequently acts for high-profile individuals in complex criminal cases, including her recent representation of David Miranda and Paul Gambaccini. Sources describe her as an "incredibly impressive solicitor" who is "sensitive, careful and thoughtful."
Michael Schwarz attracts significant praise for his "pre-eminent" expertise in politically sensitive criminal cases and his "encyclopaedic knowledge" of protest-related charges. His broad criminal practice also includes a notable focus on charges arising from undercover policing work.
Martin Rackstraw is experienced across the breadth of serious crime cases, offering particular expertise in high-profile murders and organised crime issues. He is also noted for his representation of journalists and broadcasters in investigations. He "exudes a quiet authority," according to impressed sources, and "will work all the hours to deliver for his clients."
According to one source, Katie Wheatley is among the "Premier League of criminal solicitors in London" due to her "first-rate skills." She is particularly experienced in high-profile, privately funded criminal cases. According to clients, she has "a thorough understanding not only of the letter of the law and how it works in practice, but, crucially, the way in which the police and CPS approach allegations."
Jude Lanchin is highly regarded for the "good insight, good instincts and great judgement" she brings to her criminal defence practice. She acts for both legal aid and private clients, frequently acting on serious cases involving charges of drug importation, murder and arson.