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India Cooper

Trainee Solicitor

Actions Against Police and State

India is a trainee solicitor in our Public Law team.

She assists with a wide range of civil claims for compensation and other relief arising from police misconduct and the failures of other state agencies. This includes claims for assault, false imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, malicious prosecution, and discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. India also has experience of assisting with the following cases:

  • Group claims concerning rights to protest, arising from the arrests and criminal prosecution of political and environmental activists.
  • Inquests, representing bereaved families of those who have died following contact with the police or in prison or a psychiatric setting.
  • Victim’s Rights to Review (VRR) cases, with a particular focus on victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Judicial Review (JR) challenging the lawfulness of state decisions through the court.

Before moving to the Actions Against the Police team, India was a trainee in our Public Law and Human Rights team where she assisted with a wide range of judicial review, human rights and public procurement work, with a particular focus on strategic litigation. India worked regularly with high-profile individuals, charities and NGOs. She was part of the legal team representing the Good Law Project in several cases challenging government bias in procurement undertaken during the pandemic.

India is interested in the investigation and prosecution of gender-based violence and discrimination in the criminal justice system. She is committed to supporting survivors of domestic abuse, domestic homicide, trafficking and sexual violence who seek accountability from the state. 

Education and career
  • India graduated in 2019 with a First Class LLB Law with Politics degree from the University of Manchester
  • She then achieved a Distinction in both the Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws at BPP in 2020
  • Before joining Bindmans, India worked at another London firm where she represented asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking on a range of trafficking, asylum, deportation and unlawful detention cases. She also worked for the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ), where she had a complex and diverse case load, including private and public law challenges against public authorities, criminal appeals and inquests
  • India joined Bindmans in 2021
Professional memberships
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers 
  • Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG)
  • Young Public Lawyers’ Group
  • Femicide Working Group
  • Police Actions Lawyers’ Group (PALG)