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Jamie Potter

Senior Consultant

Public Law and Human Rights

Jamie is a senior consultant in our Public Law and Human Rights team. He has a wealth of experience across all facets of public law, in particular, in respect of judicial review, human rights, information law, regulatory and disciplinary matters, parliamentary practice and procedure, public policy and public procurement.

Jamie acts for a range of businesses, pressure groups, charities and individuals addressing public issues including the environment, pensions, health and pharmaceuticals, education, special educational needs, information rights (including GDPR), public policy, regulatory obligations and advertising. He also advises individuals facing disciplinary action from political parties. He specialises in complex and high profile cases, finding innovative and creative means to achieve his clients’ objectives.

Recently, Jamie has acted in significant cases involving the limits on the powers of a political party to discipline its members, government interference in ethical pensions policies, the government’s inadequate response to climate change, securing a commitment to a public inquiry into the government’s response to the pandemic, government bias in procurement during the pandemic, special educational needs provision, healthcare and continuing care for children.

Chambers UK 2021 ranks Jamie in Band 2 for Administrative and Public Law because ‘his combination of warm interpersonal skills and exceptional knowledge of the law sets him apart from many of his peers’ and ‘he is greatly experienced in public law and is without a doubt among the best solicitors I have ever worked with.’ 

The Legal 500 UK 2021 recognises him as a Leading Individual in Administrative and Public Law, while also recognising his work in Professional Discipline, Health Care, Education, Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

Education and career
  • Before joining Bindmans, Jamie was a Senior Associate in leading city firm Hogan Lovells’ EU & UK Public Law and Policy team, where he trained. He is dual-qualified, also being admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, after having graduated with first class honours in his Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Melbourne.
  • Jamie has previously worked as an intern for Reprieve at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, as well as an Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapist for Children with Autism.
  • Alongside his law degree, he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology.
Experience
Jamie’s cases include:

Judicial Review and Human Rights

  • Representing the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in a range of matters, including in judicial review proceedings against the government’s attempts to prevent Local Government Pension Schemes from disinvesting contrary to UK foreign and defence policy. The case was ultimately successful in the Supreme Court.
  • Representing The Shrewsbury Pickets in respect of a successful judicial review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s refusal to re-open their trail despite evidence that witness statements were destroyed, and the subsequent Court of Appeal proceedings that quashed their convictions.
  • Representing four children with special educational needs and or disabilities in successful judicial review proceedings against a local Council’s failure properly to make provision for alternative services following funding cuts.
  • Successfully representing applicants in appeals to Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission seeking of alleged terrorist organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Public Procurement

  • Representing Good Law Project in several cases challenging aspects of the procurement undertaken during the pandemic.
  • Leading the legal team representing multiple legal aid law firms in the largest procurement litigation of its kind, challenging the results of the competitive tender for criminal legal aid services. The Secretary of State abandoned this controversial policy during the litigation.

Regulatory and Disciplinary

  • Representing a number of Labour Party members in respect of their engagement with the disciplinary and other processes of the party, including Christopher Williamson MP in his successful challenge to the lawfulness of the Party’s disciplinary processes.
  • Advising a number of individuals in respect of allegations of anti-Semitism made against them in various disciplinary proceedings.
  • Advising a councillor in disciplinary proceedings before his local Council.
  • Successfully representing a teacher on an appeal of a lifetime ban from teaching.
Recognition

What Clients Say

I would like to thank you both for all your help with this. Throughout you have provided us with advice in a very clear and straightforward manner, that has been a refreshing change from what we are so often faced with. Your professionalism and friendly manner has also meant that I have been able to ask even the daftest of questions. You must at times have been under considerable time pressures of your own but you have always accommodated our deadlines. Thank you for all of this.

Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Jamie is ranked Band 1 in Administrative and Public Law. 
  • Jamie is also ranked Band 2 in Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant. Feedback describes him as “thoughtful, consistent, thorough, very pragmatic whilst not operating in a legal vacuum.”
  • “Jamie Potter is a senior consultant to the public law and human rights team at Bindmans. His expertise encompasses judicial reviews, human rights and public procurement.”
  • “I always find Jamie highly knowledgeable, considerate of requirements and restrictions and extremely honest in his appraisal of potential avenues of action.”
  • Jamie is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in  Administrative and Public Law. He is described as “a real star for claimant judicial review work. Exceptionally bright, capable and also very pleasant to work with.”
  • “Bindmans is the number one firm for claimant public law cases. Their public law solicitors are top quality throughout, and are guided with skill and technical excellence by Jamie Potter and John Halford.”
  • “I can highly recommend Jamie Potter and solicitor Shirin Marker. The quality of the legal letters they produced was excellent, and their clever crafting of these documents had the desired effect.”
  • “Jamie Potter has a fantastic client manner and engenders trust.”
Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Jamie is ranked Band 1 in Administrative and Public Law. Feedback describes him as “very passionate about what he does and getting the right results for clients.”
  • “He provides rapid responses and very well-considered advice in difficult areas.”
  • Jamie is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Administrative and Public Law. 
  • Feedback says “Jamie Potter – huge experience, great breadth of knowledge, wonderful sense of litigation strategy and realities, client focus, and extremely easy to work with.”
  • “Jamie Potter and John Halford are both genuine leaders in public and administrative law. They provide excellent support to their team members while at the same time taking forward the most important litigation themselves.”
  • “Jamie Potter is truly a delight to work with: very knowledgeable regarding both substantive law and procedure, highly organised and with exceptional people skills. He is truly objective, and does not shy away from giving clients clear and impartial advice, but is also exceptionally committed to fighting a corner where that is needed. He manages his team exceptionally well.”
Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Chambers UK 2021 ranks Jamie in Band 2 for Administrative and Public Law because “His combination of warm interpersonal skills and exceptional knowledge of the law sets him apart from many of his peers” and “He is greatly experienced in public law and is without a doubt among the best solicitors I have ever worked with.” 
  • The Legal 500 UK 2021 recognises Jamie as a Leading Individual in Administrative and Public Law, while also recognising his work in Professional Discipline, Health Care, Education, Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Chambers and Partners 2020
  • Jamie Potter is ranked in Administrative and Public Law (Band 2).
  • Jamie is noted for being “so knowledgeable about judicial review, but also the substance of public law and its human rights aspects.”
  • Jamie Potter is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner.’
  • Jamie is described as being particularly “skilled in judicial reviews”.

Jamie is recommended in Administrative and Public Law .
Jamie Potter’s “expertise includes regulatory and information rights, as well as judicial reviews and who is considered ‘outstanding with excellent judgment’.

Chambers and Partners 2019
  • Jamie Potter is ranked in Administrative and Public Law (Band 2)
  • Jamie acts for a wide variety of clients, including private organisations, regulators and other public sector bodies on judicial reviews and challenges. Sources say that ‘he knows the area inside out” and is “an excellent strategist and tactician.’

Awards

In 2016 Jamie and his Bindmans colleagues won the first Solicitors Journal ‘Legal Aid Team of the Year’ award.

The public law team is regularly recognised by The Times as a leader in the area.

Professional memberships
  • Jamie is a founding member of the Public Law Solicitors’ Association and an associate member of the Administrative Law Bar Association. He is also a trustee of Causeway Education.
  • He often provides bespoke training to a range of organisations, including in respect of the fundamentals of judicial review.