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Joel Leigh

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Joel is a partner in the dispute resolution department with service areas including professional negligence, civil fraud, the defence of professionals (accountants, barristers, doctors, solicitors and other professionals in disciplinary proceedings), judicial review proceedings (including unlawful arrest and misfeasance in public office against the Police, Local Authorities and other public bodies), banking and financial services, trade finance, issues arising from bankruptcy and corporate insolvency and educational law.

Joel also has considerable experience in the field of personal injury, specifically clinical negligence and fatal accidents, including proceedings in the Coroner's Court.

He has acted in a variety of high value claims arising in both domestic and international jurisdictions, spanning the High Court, Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal and Administrative Court.

Joel has particular experience handling complex disputes on a conditional fee basis. He frequently engages in methods of alternative dispute resolution, which have proven highly successful in resolving a large variety of claims.

In addition, Joel is a member of our sports sector team, HK Sport, having acted for a variety of both amateur and professional sportsmen, as well as their agents, clubs and employees.


Trained Shindler & Co; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Shindler & Co 1993-95; assistant CKFT 1995-98; consultant/partner CKFT 1998-2014; partner Howard Kennedy LLP 2014 to date. Current directorships: trustee of the Lenkiewicz Foundation.


Law Society; R3; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, London Solicitors Litigation Association, City of London Solicitors Company.

Joel sits on the editorial board of and is the motoring and motorsport correspondent for City Solicitor, the combined City of London Solicitors Company and City of London Law Society magazine.


Hasmonean Grammar School; Leeds Metropolitan University (1989 LLB Hons).


The arts, including his role as a Trustee of The Lenkiewicz Foundation, a registered educational charity created to preserve and disseminate the library, paintings and other works of his late uncle, the artist Robert Lenkiewicz ( Following his beloved Arsenal.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Howard Kennedy LLP¬†deals with civil fraud matters involving multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation and handles ‚Äėvery complicated international fraud very well indeed‚Äô. ‚ÄėFirst-rate performer‚Äô Louise Bennett¬†heads the department, Joel Leigh¬†is ‚Äėa first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues‚Äô. Tim Bignell¬†has ‚Äėhuge experience and is thoughtful and resourceful‚Äô. Craig Emden¬†and Fiona Hinds¬†are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

The 'forward-thinking, efficient' Howard Kennedy LLP 'provides an excellent levels of service'. It advises on contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, complex international litigation and arbitration, and contentious insolvency; the practice is also experienced in director and shareholder disputes and civil fraud. It obtained a series of injunctions for a payment and foreign exchange services firm, whose banking services were suspended following alleged money laundering and fraudulent activity by a number of its customers. Commercial litigation head Louise Bennett 'gets to grips with complex financial issues to see the bigger picture'; dispute resolution head Simon Taylor is 'an excellent strategist and superb negotiator'; Tim Bignell 'cuts through detail to commercial issues and practical solutions'; and Fiona Hinds is 'an excellent, pragmatic commercial lawyer'. Other key litigators include managing partner Craig Emden, Steven Morris, Joel Leigh and Mark Stephens CBE; while senior associate Ayesha Salim is 'always in command of the details'.

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Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP 'has good industry knowledge and insight in this area, meaning the advice is balanced and appropriate; and the firm provides a high level of partner attention supported by associates who have a firm grasp of detail'. The practice is focused on representing solicitors in investigations launched into their conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; defending barristers against various allegations of misconduct; and defending accountants and other financial service professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Business crime and regulatory head Ian Ryan ('calm, but with a steely side') is experienced in acting both for and against professional regulators. Other key contacts include Joel Leigh and senior associate John Martyn.

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London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Howard Kennedy LLP's client list notably includes those from the entertainment and media sectors and the medical professions. In addition to work relating to injuries and fatalities at work, it also has a focus on claims relating to workplace stress. The team members are valued for being 'very clear communicators' and for being 'firm when needed'. The department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a 'no-nonsense solicitor with excellent negotiating skills' who 'thinks clearly and quickly and gets to the heart of the problem'. Another key member of the team is Joel Leigh, who specialises in fatal accident claims.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Howard Kennedy LLP's 'high-calibre' sports practice 'tailors its service to its clients' needs', and is 'well connected in the worlds of football, rugby, golf and horseracing'. Lois Langton, who has 'a long history of acting for sports individuals', heads the group jointly with the 'fearless' Fiona Hinds, who has 'great technical skills and good judgement'. Litigator Joel Leigh is 'quick to reach the heart of the matter' and 'experienced in acting for premiership footballers'; he has 'the skills of the pure sports lawyer as well as the expertise and approach of a generalist'. 'Very experienced' litigator Craig Emden has 'a cool head and a strategic approach'. Clients of the department include The Club Company. Employment and governance expert Sam Murray-Hinde arrived from Hewitsons in May 2017.

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