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Kate Goold

Kate Goold - Bindmans LLP

Kate Goold


Tel: +44 (0) 207 833 7820

Email: k.goold@bindmans.com

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With over 20 years experience, Kate has extensive expertise  in defending complex and serious crime including all aspects of business crime and fraud, homicide, drug trafficking, sexual offences, money laundering and restraint and confiscation.

She has a broad extradition practice and has successfully challenged applications for extradition, some of which are politically–sensitive, to both Category 1 and Category 2 territories. She has considerable experience in defending high profile, complex prosecutions brought by a range of prosecuting agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, Department of Work and Pensions and the Crown and Fraud Prosecution Service. Many of her cases involve cross border investigations. Kate is particularly regarded for her skill in dealing with politically sensitive, high profile and controversial cases.

Kate regularly advises in cases of assisted suicide and cases with a mental health component. She advises journalists and media organisations with regards to police powers, the Terrorism Act 2000 and criminal allegations relating to publishing. Kate represents David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald detained under Terrorism powers for transporting classified material obtained by Ed Snowdon and represents a suspect arrested under Operation Yew Tree (a high profile police investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse in the entertainment industry), where no further action was taken.

Kate is particularly regarded for her tactical skill, attention to detail, her ability to tackle complex forensic issues and her thorough and determined pursuit of disclosure and defence leads. Many of her cases attract considerable media interest requiring skill, sensitivity and reputation management.

Kate is praised in Legal Directories for her "good judgement" and "extraordinary energy."  She is "clever, painstaking, and has a good rapport with clients."

Professional Memberships:

London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and the Extradition Sub-Committee, The Female Fraud Forum, Liberty.


Trained Simons Muirhead and Burton 1994;qualified 1996; Hickman and Rose 1996-2000; joined Bindmans LLP 2000; became Associate 2006; became Partner in 2014.


Graduated from Sussex University with First Class BA Hons. CPE and LPC at Middlesex Guildhall University. Advises on legal matters for BBC drama and crime fiction.

Recent Cases


R v L
Boiler room fraud involving a Swiss company, a UK solicitor and false accounting.

R v W
Fraud involving Operation Podium, a Met Operation designed to combat ticket touting and Olympic fraudulent ticket sales

Money Laundering

R v Paul and ors
Multi-handed large scale money laundering with an international dimension.


R v  Stone
Protracted confiscation proceedings which raised complex legal issues regarding tainted gifts and the variation of confiscation orders without the realisation of the third party asset. Kate successfully argued the unique point that a variation of a confiscation order due to inadequacy of the asset could be made, even without the sale of the asset.

R v B and ors
B, after a 2 year investigation and 3 month trial, was convicted of major immigration fraud and Kate now acts in the complex confiscation, having advised on the appeal. The case is on going and involves tracing of assets, unravelling complex financial and land registry data, challenging presumptions and  forensic analysis of medical issues regarding capacity in the context of confiscation proceedings.


Poland v Sabramowicz
Kate had 3 European Arrest Warrants relating to murder, fraud and contempt of court discharged. The prosecution are appealing and the case is now in the Administrative Court. The case involved detailed examination of 9 years of complex Polish court proceedings and Judgements, an analysis of Polish Law and close liaison with Polish legal and Human Rights experts. The outcome was largely successful due to the application of R v Murua to the facts in this case.

Indian Case (ongoing)
Kate represents an individual who was granted refugee status due to his claim of persecution by the Indian Government in the early 1990s. He is now wanted by the Indian Government for allegations relating to the very persecution he suffered. This case involves complex matters of abuse of process and the admissibility of tainted evidence in extradition proceedings.

Former Soviet Union State (ongoing)
Kate represents a wealthy business man accused of fraud where concerns are raised with regards to the political motivation of the extradition, potential breaches of Article 3 and 5 and proportionality of the extradition process.


R v Du
Kate represents Mr Du accused of murdering the 4 members of the Ding family following a lengthy civil dispute. The trial is ongoing.

R v Crowley, R v Zaman, R v Richardson, R v Choudhury, involved a mental health element and arguments regarding fitness to plead, insanity and diminished responsibility.

R v Catling, explored the possibility that the defendant was sleep walking at the time his girlfriend was killed. This defence was initially supported by well-regarded defence experts raising the possibility of the novel defence of autism or temporary insanity.

R v Riley successfully defended high profile alleged gang-related homicide.

Drugs supply and importation

R v Marsh and ors
Kate acted at trial and the subsequent appeal in large scale conspiracy to supply cocaine from overseas.  At the appeal she successfully exposed material failings in disclosure by the Crown and the identity of a possible informant. Recent information has come to light regarding the alleged informant and she is preparing a further disclosure application to the Court of Appeal to assist with a CCRC application.

R  v Stansbury and  Ors
Kate successfully defended a young mother accused of a multi handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between London and Portsmouth in a sophisticated and well – established operation.

R v R
Currently acts for “drugs mule” in large scale Class A  importation

High Profile Cases

R (Miranda) v SSHD and Commissioner for Met Police Service.
Kate represents David Miranda who was detained under the draconian Schedule 7 Terrorism Act powers at Heathrow airport while he was transporting journalistic material from Edward Snowden to his partner, the journalist Glenn Greenwald. Kate acted for David at his Judicial Review of the decision to detain him and advised on all potential criminal aspects of the case.

R v Du
Kate represents Mr Du accused of murdering the 4 members of the Ding family following a lengthy civil dispute. The trial is ongoing.

Operation Yew Tree
Kate represents an individual accused following the creation of this highly sensitive Operation.

R v Bhatia
Milli Bhatia, daughter of the actress Meera Syal, was prosecuted after an allegation of serious assault was made by an ex school friend. Through disclosure requests, the benefit of Facebook entries and expert cross examination, the complainant and his friends were exposed as unreliable witnesses who lied in evidence. The jury accepted the defence case that they had exaggerated their accounts and minimised their culpability in order to ensure that Milli was prosecuted with a motive to make money. Amid dramatic scenes in court and after threats made to the defence team by the complainant’s father the jury acquitted unanimously after only 20 minutes following a 4 day trial. The case attracted extensive media attention.

What clients say

"The last year has been the most trying of my life. I was charged with a heinous crime and subjected to the full force of the media. I cannot adequately express my good fortune in finding Kate Goold and Bindmans. Kate, and the firm around her, treated me with dignity and friendship; qualities that permitted me to survive the devastation of my public and private lives. Equally Kate's legal work was of the highest standard. She does not only work hard, she works smart.She understands strategy and she knows the system intimately. I was trained as a lawyer but I had the good sense to trust Kate and I was rewarded with her vast experience and unfailing good judgement. She never left my side and was, always available herself. I truly believe that Kate is one of the great criminal solicitors in the UK and I owe her a debt of gratitude as much for her empathy as for her staggering competency."

"I felt extremely well cared for by Kate and in very safe hands. She was very easy to work with and I trusted her opinion and suggestions."

"Ms Goold was empathetic, conscientious and was always quick to handle my queries and concerns. Her demeanour and professionalism were indicative of the caring, yet ruthless efficiency that Bindmans perpetuates."

"Everything was great: service, communication etc. Hopefully I won’t have to use criminal have to use any criminal lawyers again, but if I did I would use Bindmans."

"Your professionalism, knowledge, attention to detail, advice, accessibility, kindness and support has not only been a great source of strength to us all but the resulting verdict in court was everything we hoped for."

"While you were caring and reassuring towards me, you got the job done. It is because of your shrewd course of action that I did not spend Christmas in a black despair. For this I will never forget you."


Legal Directories

Sources say "Her clients absolutely love her and trust her completely because she has a fantastic manner with them. She inspires confidence in dealing with every aspect... She is very easy to work with and very detailed."
Kate Goold is "very good with her clients, she is very thorough and she provides a proper analysis of cases"
Chambers UK (2016)

Crime: ranked as 'Up and Coming' Kate Goold is described as having "good judgement" and "extraordinary energy".
Crime Extradition: Kate is "a very intelligent and able solicitor who gives a lot of useful input". Recommended as 'Up and Coming'.
Chambers UK (2015)

Crime: According to commentators, Kate Goold is “superb with clients” and “extremely dedicated”. Her recent standout cases include acting on behalf of Anxiang Du, alleged to have murdered four members of the Ding family.
Crime Extradition: Kate Goold's expanding extradition practice covers a variety of sensitive matters. She is representing a businessman from Azerbaijan whose extradition request relates to fraud charges.
Chambers UK (2014)

Kate Goold is recommended in Crime.
Kate Goold Is described as “Hardworking”.
Legal 500 (2013)

Kate Goold impresses with her client care skills, with sources noting that "she works every hour God sends." Her strengths lie in defending murders with a mental health element, including the recent R v Choudhury case.
Chambers UK (2013)

Kate Goold is "very efficient and easy to deal with." She has experience of numerous homicides, some of which have involved defending minors.
(Chambers 2012)

Kate Goold "works 24/7."
Legal 500 (2012)


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