Firm profile submitted by Bindmans LLP
THE FIRM Bindmans LLP is one of the country’s leading law firms, with an unrivalled reputation for its civil liberties and human rights work. The firm offers top-quality legal services in the following practice areas: clinical negligence and personal injury, community care and health services, criminal law, discrimination and equality law, employment law and professional discipline, family law, housing, human rights and public law, immigration, inquests and inquiries, media and information law, reputation and crisis management, mental health, police misconduct, prison law, professional negligence, public and regulatory law, serious fraud and regulatory investigations. Established in 1974, Bindmans has a long history and tradition of challenging injustice and protecting the rights and freedoms of ordinary people. While the firm has evolved over the years to offer a broad range of services, its commitment to fairness and to ensuring access to justice remains at the heart of everything it does. Ranked as a top-tier firm in many of its practice areas, Bindmans has a reputation for its cutting edge work, including test cases in groundbreaking areas of the law. 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 private individuals, businesses, NGOs and trade unions, and public and regulatory bodies. Known for achieving good results for its clients, the firm aims to defend their interests, ensuring sound decision-making and the highest standards of legal accountability.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury: Notably brain damage and other serious disabilities. The firm has regularly recovered awards of more than £3m. All types of personal injury are dealt with, including road traffic and workplace accidents.
Criminal Law & Fraud: The firm deals with all aspects of criminal defence work, from serious white-collar fraud to terrorism, homicide and public order cases. The firm has a special interest in cases involving abuses of police powers, as well as extradition and Official Secrets Act cases. It acts for journalists under investigation by the police, deals with company regulatory obligations and is dedicated to uncovering miscarriages of justice. The firm has a long-standing reputation for taking civil actions against the police on behalf of those abused within the criminal justice system nationwide.
Defamation, Privacy, Media & Entertainment: The practice is a leader in defamation, and has brought and defended major libel actions. It also deals with privacy, breach of confidence, copyright and freedom of information. The practice also has wide experience of film production, data protection issues and media contractual work.
Employment Law & Professional Discipline: The firm acts for both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious. Bindmans acts for public authorities and within the notfor- profit sector. The firm is a leader in discrimination cases. Bindmans has a diverse and dynamic professional regulatory practice. It is one of a very small number of firms that acts for regulators, regulated persons and affected members of the public.
Family: The full range of matrimonial and family problems is covered: divorce, separation and cohabitation disputes, and complex financial proceedings, often with an international element.
Immigration: All aspects of immigration, asylum, nationality and refugee law with particular emphasis and expertise in: asylum and human rights cases; overlap between asylum and extradition law; representing children subject to immigration control; representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients; detention and deportation; immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases; immigration for family members of British and settled people; EEA-related matters, in particular relating to third-country national family members; appeal work in FTT and UT and the higher courts; public law challenges to Home Office in judicial review; and immigration bail.
Police Law: All areas of police law covered. Highly regarded for work involving death on contact, assaults, false imprisonment and discrimination.
Public Law & Human Rights: This department has been at the forefront of the growth in judicial review work, while maintaining the firm’s profile of general public law and its expertise in human rights and civil liberties. Housing work includes homelessness, eviction and rent assessment. The firm has particular expertise in cases concerning the European Convention on Human Rights.