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Specialist Services

International Law

Bindmans lawyers are recognised and experienced in the field of Public International Law and International Protection. Our leading lawyers have represented clients in many of the most significant international law cases in the UK and abroad.

We have substantial experience in advising and representing individuals, political leaders, the military, corporations, NGOs, victim groups, and governments in international law cases. We have previously acted in high-profile cases including Pinochet and Livini, and pride ourselves on the expert legal support our international law team provides.

Our highly skilled lawyers have acted in cases before the United Nations, European Union, International Criminal Court, African Commission of Peoples and Human Rights. We have also been instructed to litigate public international law issues in the courts of the United Kingdom.

We advise and represent those facing extradition proceedings, often when such proceedings are politically motivated and challenge INTERPOL Red Notices and diffusions (often the first step to a formal extradition request), MLA requests and asset seizure/Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs).

Our international lawyers place human rights at the core of their work, which makes us uniquely placed as a law firm to assist groups with developing campaign strategies in meeting their objectives.

We are able to help with the following international law matters:

  • United nations remedies
  • International regional courts
  • International criminal courts
  • National jurisdiction
  • Development of political and diplomatic strategies
  • Interpol Red Notices & diffusions
  • Extradition requests

We have been retained by lawyers in national jurisdictions outside of the UK to assist them in formulating human rights and international law arguments in their own jurisdictions.

We are also able to assist political and campaign groups on how best to promote and protect human rights as part of their objectives.

As our international lawyers are recognised as industry leaders in this area of work, we have the advantage of being able to bring together senior lawyers, who are leaders in their own fields, to complement the work we do for our clients. We have in-house international law expertise in the following areas:

Criminal Law

Criminal investigations have become increasingly international, especially as evidence is often stored in electronic data where service providers are overseas and criminal activity has little respect for national borders. Some offences have international jurisdiction which means they can be prosecuted in the UK wherever the conduct occurs.

Our experience in international law means we are well placed to advise on cross-border investigations, overseas production orders, defend in criminal prosecutions with a multi-jurisdictional element and, in some cases, gather evidence for potential prosecutions of human rights abuses overseas.

Public Law

Our Public Law and Human Rights team represents individuals around the world who are fighting for their rights, both through the domestic courts in the UK and at an international level. We are also skilled in challenging decisions of the British government that engage complex legal issues involving international law and the laws of other countries.

Examples of our cases include:

  • Applications to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Deprivation of citizenship appeals
  • Assisting British nationals detained overseas, including in seeking consular assistance

For more information about our Public Law and Human Rights team, visit their web page here.

Reputation Defence

Acting for international client’s, our skilled legal advisors are available 24/7 to help you navigate the media storm.

The breadth of our expertise means that we can instantly marshal a bespoke interdisciplinary legal team so you can instruct one firm quickly and cost-effectively to navigate all the difficult issues. Whatever the nature of the situation, our leading experts in media, crime, family, employment, immigration, police actions, and public law can cover all the angles, act fast and help you to resume a normal life.

Find out more about our reputation management services here.

Immigration

Our Immigration Law team act for individuals and organisations around the world seeking to come to the UK, or to ensure their protection and the upholding of their rights. We fight for our client’s rights relying on international law and treaties in the domestic and international courts. These complex cases often see our teamwork collaboratively with other teams within the firm, including the Criminal Law and Family Law teams, ensuring our clients benefit from the firm’s leading expertise in different specialities.  

Examples of our cases include:

  • Applications for protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
  • Applications to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
  • Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices
  • Deprivation of citizenship appeals
  • Transnational spousal abandonment

Find out more about our Immigration Law team here.

Family Law

Our team has a wide offering of international specialists from partner to junior solicitor level. Our complex cross-border cases are often co-worked to enable our clients to access cost-effective representation with the benefit of partner-level oversight on strategy.

Our cases with an international element routinely cover the following areas:

  • Parental child abduction
  • Inherent jurisdiction
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • International relocation
  • Cross border transfer of care proceedings
  • Placement of vulnerable children and adults in institutional care in this jurisdiction
  • Transnational spousal abandonment
  • Forced marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation cases

We regularly work collaboratively to coordinate these complex cases with the immigration team, when overlapping issues arise.

For more information about our international family law services visit our web page here.

To get in touch with our specialist team please complete the enquiry form or call our specialist team on +44 (0)20 7833 4433.

Meet the team

Tayab Ali
Partner | Deputy Managing Partner BD

Crime, Fraud and Regulatory | Political, Diplomatic and International Law

Shirin Marker
Solicitor

Public Law and Human Rights

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