King’s Cross-based Bindmans is enjoying a market-busting boom, helped by the firm’s longstanding focus on public law, human rights and civil liberties.

Andrew Thomson
Andrew Thomson

The 16-partner firm also has a growing business crime unit, hardly hurt by the recession. As a result Bindmans saw its total fee income grow from £6.6m to £7.2m last year. And if its recent record is ­anything to go by, this year should see the decade-long pattern of steady revenue growth continue.

Last Monday (3 January) one of the firm’s partners, Tamsin Allen, was recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 for her role representing former deputy PM John Prescott and Chris Bryant MP in a judicial review of the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the News of the World phone-tapping scandal. 

Separately, civil liberties and social welfare team head Saimo Chahal successfully fought a judicial review case against the Legal Services Commission on behalf of a dozen law firms that had challenged the way it awarded contracts.

“The fact that we primarily practise in areas away from commercial aspects such as property has helped us avoid the worst effects of the recession,” explains Thomson.
That said, Bindmans’ core market is not without its challenges.

“There’s concern about the reforms that are about to hit us,” says ­Thomson of Government proposals to endorse Lord Justice Jackson’s civil litigation system reforms, which will see legal aid costs slashed.

“Modernisation could be achieved with more ­consultation and there could be ways of saving money without hitting lawyers,” he adds.
Or, indeed, Bindmans’ vision of being a firm that protects the rights and freedoms of ordinary people.

Chief executive officer: Andrew Thomson

Turnover: £7.2m

Number of partners:16

Number of equity partners:12

Number of lawyers:48

Number of fee-earners:65

Number of offices:One

Location: London

Main practice areas: Business crime, clinical negligence, family, human rights and civil liberties, immigration, personal injury, public and regulatory

Key clients: Amnesty International, the Bar Council, Brian Paddick, David Blunkett MP, ITN, John Prescott MP, the Law Society of England and Wales