Saimo Chahal QC (hon)

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is a partner at Bindmans LLP and joint head of the Public Law team.  She has had numerous successes before the Laws Lords, in high profile cases, for example obliging the DPP to publish guidelines on prosecutions on assisted suicide and establishing that the Courts have jurisdiction to hear cases on assisted dying. 

She was awarded the title of Honorary QC for her determined and innovative use of the Human Rights Act to help ordinary and often vulnerable people, to achieve success before the highest Courts in cases that many would have considered unarguable.  She has recently produced two documentaries /films, one about Jeffrey Spector and the second about Simon Binner, (Simon has MND and intends to end his life on 2 November 2015 at Lifecycle in Switzerland). 

She is a well known speaker on Civil Liberties and Human Rights and has given many interviews in the media.  She sits as a Mental Health Tribunal Judge and has contributed to the work of many non-governmental organisations, e.g. Peace Brigades International, the Legal Action Group, & the Migration Museum.

She is considered to be one of the most influential lawyers in the country according to the Times Law 100, a Trailblazer according to the British Institute of Human Rights and a top campaigning lawyer – Lawyer Magazine.  She has won many awards, including solicitor of the year, Public Law and Human Rights lawyer and Legal Aid lawyer of the year – Mental Health.  She is included in Who’s Who for her outstanding and distinguished legal contribution to the law. 

On Twitter @SaimoChahal
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