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Jules Carey

Partner

Head of Actions against Police and State

Jules Carey is a partner at Bindmans and Head of the Actions against Police and State team. Since becoming a solicitor in 1996 he has represented individuals, journalists, politicians and action groups.

Jules is known particularly for his work involving complex claims for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, discrimination, deaths in custody and judicial review. He has a formidable reputation for challenging over-zealous and pre-emptive policing operations, and obtaining full redress for those affected. Whilst success for Jules and his team is often achieved at the pre-litigation stage, he has also had a number of high profile successes in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

In the Chambers and Partners legal directory, Jules is ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ (the highest awarded) in the field of Police Law; and is in the top band for Civil Liberties and Human Rights. The Legal 500 directory ranks him as a leader in the fields of Civil Liberties and Human Rights and lists him in the ‘Hall of Fame’, which highlights preeminent lawyers at ‘the pinnacle of the profession’ who have ‘received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence’. Jules has been shortlisted three times for The Law Society’s Excellence Award as ‘Solicitor of the Year-Private Practice’ and twice for ‘Human Right’s Solicitor of the Year’ including in 2020. Jules is also a past winner of the JUSTICE – Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award.

Career
  • Jules qualified in 1996.
  • He was made a partner at a large London firm in 2008.
  • He then joined Bindmans LLP as a partner in 2014.
Experience

Jules’ cases include:

Covid 19 Regulations – Extinction Rebellion
  • Successfully overturned police restrictions on protest with the threat of judicial review. Then assisted XR each day of the September 2020 Rebellion navigate the web of regulations; enabling Covid aware protesters to proceed and avoid 100s of arrests.
TBS v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
  • Was fathered and abandoned by an undercover police officer who duped his mother into a sexual relationship. TBS only discovered the true identity of his father as an adult. Succeeded in securing an apology and damages.
Julian Cole
  • Julian a university student was left brain damaged and paralysed for life following an incident in which Bedfordshire police officers restrained him outside a nightclub in 2013.  Represented Julian’s family in disciplinary proceedings where three of the officers were dismissed in 2018 for gross misconduct. Representing the family in civil claims against the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire.
Big Brother Watch
  • Represented Big Brother Watch in an application to the Court of Appeal to intervene in the case of Dolan v Secretary of State for Health concerning the legal standing of regulations imposed in response to the Covid -19 pandemic.
Bianca Williams and Ricardo Dos Santos v Metropolitan Police Commissioner
  • Represents GB sprinter Bianca Williams and Portuguese sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos, in relation to allegations of dishonesty and discrimination against Metropolitan Police officers following a stop and search in July 2020.
Paul Gambaccini
  • Successfully represented Mr Gambaccini in obtaining an apology and substantial damages following a claim against the Metropolitan Police Service for the misuse of Mr Gambaccini’s private information. Previously represented Mr Gambaccini in claims against the Crown Prosecution Service; also for misuse of private information; which also resulted in an apology and compensation.
Paddy Armstrong – Guildford Pub Bombing
  • Paddy is one of the ‘Guildford Four’; the name attributed to the four people who were convicted and later acquitted of the Guildford Pub Bombing murders in 1974. Represented Paddy in an application to be recognised as an “interested person” at inquest proceedings into the deaths that commenced in 2020.
The Grenfell Inquiry
  • Representing families of the bereaved, as well as survivors and residents of Grenfell Tower at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, following the fire on the night of 14th June 2017.
The Undercover Police Inquiry
  • Representing victims of undercover policing, and in particular women duped into sexual relationships by undercover police officers; and families whose dead relative’s identities were taken and used as cover identities by undercover officers.
Darrell Simester
  • Obtained apologies and damages from two police forces who had failed to intervene; when the opportunity arose; in the modern-day slavery case that saw Mr Simester detained and subjected to forced labor for thirteen years.
Extinction Rebellion – Right to Protest

Baroness Jenny Jones , David Drew MP, Eleanor Chowns MEP, Adam Alnutt, Caroline Lucas MP, Clive Lewis MP and George Monbiot v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

  • Represented XR supporters in two successful judicial review cases against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for imposing ‘bans’ on protests in London. The successful challenges rendered unlawful many hundreds of the arrests of the protesters.
AJA, ARB, Sarah and others.
  • Successfully represented five people in the High Court in relation to being duped into sexual relationships by undercover police officers.

Other notable cases:

9/11 – Lotfi Raissi
  • Lotfi Raissi was wrongly accused of masterminding the 9/11 terror attacks in New York in 2001 and was arrested by the Metropolitan Police at his home in London. Successfully challenged the Home Secretary’s refusal to permit Mr Raissi to claim compensation under the ex gratia scheme following the successful defence to the extradition proceedings.
Hillsborough
  • Represented Joan Hope and her family at the Hillsborough Inquest where the jury returned a verdict in 2016 that the 96 football fans had been unlawfully killed.
First case in the Supreme Court  – R (Mohammed Al-Ghabra) and others v Her Majesty’s Treasury
  • Represented Mr Al Ghabra in the first case heard by the UK Supreme Court. These appeals were selected to be first case heard because of what Lord Phillips, the President of the Court, described as their ‘obvious public importance’. They involved a successful challenge to anti-terror legislation which the government introduced by Orders in Council rather than by primary legislation.
Ian Tomlinson
  • Represented the family of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, who was killed by Metropolitan Police Officer PC Harwood on 1 April 2009 during the G20 protests. Succeeded in securing an unlawful killing verdict at the inquest, the sacking of the officer for gross misconduct and damages and an apology later in civil proceedings after against the force.
Royal Wedding Challenge
  • Represented a claimant pre-emptively detained to prevent a breach of the peace ahead of the royal wedding in April 2011. R (Hicks, Middleton & others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis)
Recognition

My reputation and indeed life was restored thanks to the dogged determination of my lawyer [Jules Carey] who forensically dissected the false allegations about me and settled for nothing less than my complete exoneration.

– Lotfi Raissi
Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Jules is ranked Band 1 in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
  • “A universally respected police law expert, Jules Carey heads the firm’s actions against the police and state department. He brings a wealth of experience to his work, in both domestic and international matters”.
  • “Jules is the godfather of civil liberties and human rights”.
  • “Jules is the leading lawyer for police matters”.
  • Jules is also ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. He is described as “a very experienced litigator in the area of police law”.
  • “Jules Carey heads the firm’s Actions Against Police and State department. He has a formidable reputation for his handling of high-profile cases against the police, with notable expertise representing victims in the Undercover Policing Inquiry”.
  • “Jules is an extremely capable practitioner, who is friendly and has the ability to address complex action in an approachable way”.
  • Jules is ranked Band 1 in Protest Law.
  • “Jules was one of the first people to be pushing the right to protest during the lockdown”.
  • “Jules Carey is renowned for his expertise in the field of protest law. He frequently represents activists in a range of high-profile civil actions, particularly in relation to COVID restrictions”.
  • Jules is recognised in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Chambers and Partners UK 2022
  • Jules is ranked Band 1 in Civil Liberties and Human Rights. 
  • Feedback says”Jules Carey’s ability to talk to every type of client in a way that is humorous whilst managing to cut through to the absolute key points is second to none.”
  • “He is very well respected and established, with excellent experience in the area.”
  • Jules is also ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. Sources say he “has incredibly energy, verve and vigour, and an uncanny ability to spot an important case and the drive to see it through.”
  • “He is a total expert in police law.”
  • “He is a real star in terms of actions against the police.”
  • Jules is recognised in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Sources comment “Jules Carey stands out as a senior partner and Head of the Actions against the Police and State Team. His team is currently involved in some of the most high profile matters”.
Chambers and Partners UK 2020
  • Jules Carey is ranked in Civil Liberties and Human Rights (Band 1). Chambers and Partners note that  his “human rights practice is informed by his status as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on police law. He has secured many victories for clients on high-stakes claims regarding deaths in custody, malicious prosecutions and a range of unlawful police operations.”
  • Jules is also ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. He is “a complete leader in the field” and is renowned “for complex civil actions against the police, concerning serious assault, mass arrests at protests and abuse of power. Commentators commend his “incredibly strategic” approach, as well as his impressive client care and negotiation skills.”
  • Jules Carey is ranked as a leading individual in Civil liberties and Human Rights.
  • Legal 500 note that the “the team is overseen by heavyweights Jules Carey, John Halford and Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), and is involved in the most high-profile and complex civil liberties matters pertaining to extradition and torture, inquests, anti-terror legislation and prisoner rights.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2019
  • Jules Carey is ranked in Civil Liberties and Human Rights (Band 1). He has a “stellar reputation among claimants”, who praise his “assertive and forthright approach.”
  • Jules is also ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in Police Law: Mainly Claimant. He is described as being a “visionary in the way he has created legal cases out of problems that do not immediately have a legal solution.”

Awards

  • In 2010 Jules was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award received the JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award “for unflagging energy and enthusiasm in demonstrating all the best qualities of a solicitor dedicated to innovative and difficult work in defense of civil liberties.”
  • Jules has been shortlisted three times (most recent 2013) for The Law Society’s Excellence Award as ‘Solicitor of the Year-Private Practice.’ In 2011 he received a commendation from the Law Society and was described in the following terms:

Jules has represented individuals aggrieved by the state in some truly groundbreaking cases – the first case in the Supreme Court, Lotfi Raissi’s exoneration and now the Tomlinson family. He is a fighter and works with tireless energy, creativity and sensitivity, which he combines with a vibrant good humour.

  • In 2012 Jules was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 which he is “Long-Lauded as a human rights lawyer extraordinaire, and has had another stonking year.”
  • Jules was shortlisted for the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2015.
  • In 2016 Jules and his Bindmans’ Hillsborough Team colleagues jointly with other Hillsborough Family Legal Teams won an Outstanding Achievement Award at LALY Awards.
  • In 2020 Jules was shortlisted for Human Rights Solicitor of the Year in the Law Society’s Excellence Awards. 
  • In 2022, Jules was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year (London) in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom guide.
Professional memberships
  • Law Society
  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • NETPOL Lawyers
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Liberty
Publications
  • Jules has written articles published in the Times and The Guardian newspapers. He contributes to legal journals such as Justice Gap, and is often invited to appear on panels and news programmes to comment on policing issues.
  • In 2021, Jules was invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights evidence on the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill with reference to the right to protest in the UK.