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Leigh Day

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Vijay Ganapathy

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Leigh Day


Vijay is a partner specialising in industrial disease (particularly mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses) and other complex injury cases including those involving child injury and public accidents. He has carved out his own reputation as a successful litigator and as a consequence, in 2014, was awarded the title Lawyer of the Year in Industrial Disease by Corporate LiveWire magazine. He is accredited as a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as well as being one of the few lawyers holding specialist accreditation for Occupational and Asbestos Disease claims. As a result of his reputation and experience, he was recently appointed by APIL to act as an Assessor for other solicitors seeking similar accreditation. Vijay is knowledgeable on the current state of the law and has written and contributed to various legal journals including The Lawyer, The New Law Journal, The Journal of Personal Injury and APIL’s PI Focus magazine. He has been writing the quarterly personal injury update for the Solicitors Journal since August 2007. He has also given numerous talks. Last year, he took part in a discussion in the House of Lords on reforming the law of limited liability. In terms of his case successes, he is best known for having acted for the Claimant in Chandler v Cape plc [2012] EWCA 525 CA which set a new precedent in tort and company law for establishing liability against parent companies despite the limited liability principle. In 2013, he negotiated a six figure settlement on behalf of the victims of a fatal gas explosion and has since obtained various other high settlements particularly in asbestos disease cases. Last year he represented a former NHS employee in a spinal injury case which settled for nearly £600,000 despite there being complex issues on diagnosis and causation. He has succeeded in numerous other difficult cases including those involving low levels of asbestos exposure.


Trianed Hodge Jones & Allen; qualified 2006; partner 2015. Publications of note include: Solicitors Journal PI quarterly update from August 2007 to present; Knowing your limits: The Impact of Limitation Rules – Personal Injury Practice: An Experts’ Guide, 4 November 2014; ‘Stretching the Boundaries of Duty of Care’ – The Journal of Personal Injury, March 2013; A New Avenue of Corporate Responsibility – APIL PI Focus Magazine, July 2012.


APIL Senior Litigator , APIL Accreditation for Occupational and Asbestos Disease Claims, Member of various APIL special interest groups and Member of the Asbestos in Schools group.


Kings College London & College of Law London; Laws LLB (1997), BVC (1998) and QLTT (2006).


Mix of sports including cycling, tennis and going to the gym. Otherwise, he enjoys spending time with his family.

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