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Joel Leigh

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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: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Howard Kennedy LLP fields β€˜excellent people who give good, sensible advice’. The practice’s scope of commercial litigation work covers international contractual and commodities disputes; financial services matters and civil fraud; professional negligence; IP; and insolvency disputes. It is also well known for sports and media sector litigation. Louise Bennett is commercial litigation head; Tim Bignell is β€˜able to handle testing situations’; and Craig Emden is β€˜a brilliant litigator’. Steven Morris, Fiona Hinds, Joel Leigh, Mark Stephens CBE and Simon Taylor are key contacts. Former commercial litigation head, Sue Thackeray, joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

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Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Ian Ryan heads the β€˜superb’ practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, which specialises in defending professionals in the legal and financial sectors, with experience in regulatory matters arising from criminal investigations. It also acts for clients on compliance and risk avoidance. The practice represented an accountant in an investigation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales arising from unlawfully accessing confidential information while on secondment at a bank. Other work includes acting for two solicitors in a Solicitors Regulatory Authority investigation into alleged misconduct and judicial review proceedings before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal arising from defective appointments to barrister disciplinary tribunals. The β€˜extremely thorough’ and β€˜quick-witted’ Joel Leigh has β€˜tremendous client-care skills’ and can β€˜translate complex concepts into simple English’.

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