Bindmans swoops on DLA for barrister hire

Human Rights specialist Bindman & Partners has hired barrister Neil McInnes from DLA Piper.

McInnes, who is a specialist in serious fraud matters, will join Bindmans as an employed barrister later this month.

Bindmans head of criminal law Neil O’May said: “Over recent years, a growing proportion of our work has involved serious fraud matters.

“The increased exposure of company directors and professionals to the risk of criminal investigation and prosecution and, in some circumstances, to the threat of extradition to overseas jurisdictions, requires specialist criminal lawyers. We are looking forward to Neil adding to our capability in this important area.”

McInnes was called to the bar in 1999 and began his career as a criminal defence barrister at London’s Doughty Street Chambers.

After leaving chambers in 2002, he joined the commercial litigation group at Herbert Smith, before joining DLA in 2005 to focus on regulatory and business crime.

Bindmans has been involved in a number of recent serious fraud cases, including representing Lord Levy in the cash for honours case in March last year, and representing defendant Paul Fisher on the Jubilee Line fraud trial in 2005.