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Daniel Leader

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Leigh Day

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International department.


Dan Leader is a barrister and partner at Leigh Day with over 13 years litigation experience. He specialises in international human rights and environmental litigation with a particular focus on group actions by claimants from the developing world. The principle areas of his practice include international human rights law, private international law, personal injury and environmental law. Recent significant cases include: Mutua & others v the Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2013] (The ‘Mau Mau litigation’. Colonial era torture of 5,000 Kenyans); The Bodo Community v Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd [2014] (A claim by a community of 30,000 Nigerians for compensation and remediation of their land arising out of extensive oil spills in the Niger Delta); Fishback v Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi [2014]. (A claim against a member of the UAE Royal family for Mr Fishback’s incarceration and torture in the UAE); Al Rawi and others v Security Services [2011] (Claims brought against the security services for complicity in torture by UK citizens and residents detained in Guantanamo Bay); Locally Employed Civilians v Ministry of Defence, DFID and FCO [2008-10] (Claims brought by more than 50 Iraqi civilians employed by the British Government during the occupation of Iraq for failure to protect them against attack by insurgents); The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry [2010] (A public inquiry, chaired by Sir William Gage, into the death and torture of an Iraqi civilian and the torture of nine other Iraqi civilians in the custody of the British Army in Basra, Iraq); Binyam Mohamed v Jeppesen UK Ltd [2009-10] (A civil action against an aviation company alleged to have been complicit in his extraordinary rendition); Iraqi Civilian Litigation (2008), claims for damages by over 200 hundred Iraqi civilians arising out of allegations of torture by British troops, including a claim for Baha Mousa, tortured to death by soldiers.


Trained City University and Inns of Court School of Law; research assistant, Gordon Brown MP 1995-97; assistant programme officer, International Human Rights Law Group, Democratic Republic of Congo 1999-2001; barrister, 36 Bedford Row, London, Chambers of Richard Wilson QC and William Harbage QC 2001-08; barrister, international department Leigh Day 2008 to date; external member to oversee the work of the National Contact Point, British government’s steering board 2012.


Fluent French, spoken and written.


The Bar Human Rights Committee; Administrative Law Bar Association; International Bar Association; Liberty.


Ipswich School, Ipswich; Oxford University (politics, philosophy and economics, 1st); City University, London (diploma in law); Gray’s Inn (Karmel Scholarship); The City University Prize; Inns of Court School of Law (Bar vocational course); Gray’s Inn (The William Shaw Award). Called to the Bar 2001.

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