The Legal 500

Leigh Day

Work 020 7650 1200
Fax 020 7253 4433
Manchester, London


Top-tier recommendations


London: Human resources

Within Employment: employees/unions, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

The ‘excellent'Leigh Day is ‘highly responsive' and particularly recommended for its advice on discrimination claims. Department head Chris Benson, who is ‘very knowledgeable' and ‘always available', and the ‘very smart' Michael Newman, are instructed by the GMB in representing its members on a blacklisting claim in the construction industry. The ‘very client-focused' Elizabeth George represented the claimant, a trainee solicitor, in a pregnancy discrimination case against a law firm. Solicitor Emma Satyamurti is ‘outstanding'. Camilla Palmer departed the firm in 2013 for a position with a charity.

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London: Insurance

Within Clinical negligence: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,

The team at Leigh Day is ‘professional, compassionate, patient and determined'. It has a department of 11 partners acting solely on clinical negligence matters, and its workload in 2013 featured numerous cerebral palsy claims and brain injury matters. Russell Levy is ‘excellent, and dedicated'; Suzanne White has particular experience representing families at inquests; and Sally-Jean Nicholes and Claire Fazan are also recommended.

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Within Clinical negligence: defendant Leading individuals: clinical negligence (general)

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Within Personal injury: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,

Leigh Day is ‘one of the best firms in the marketplace', and ‘a leader in its field'. The practice acts only for claimants, with teams dedicated to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, claims involving amputation and fatalities. The firm has expertise representing cyclists, having acted for British Cycling’s memberships for over a decade. The ‘compassionate and committed' Sally Moore co-heads the department with Martyn Day. Bozena Michalowska-Howells is ‘passionate', and Daniel Easton is noted for his ‘thoughtfulness and empathy'.

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Within Personal injury: defendant Leading individuals: personal injury (general)

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Within Product liability: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,

Leigh Day is ‘pre-eminent in product liability'; ‘the sheer amount of drive and relish of a fight sets it apart', and it is ‘outstanding in its professional and humane approach'. The firm’s recent caseload includes representing over 500 claimants against DePuy ASR in relation to metal-on-metal hips; acting for victims of Thalidomide; and advising victims of allegedly faulty Beko white goods. The team of ‘hugely intelligent lawyers' includes leading figure Martyn Day; Bozena Michalowska Howells, who is ‘passionate about product liability'; ‘shrewd litigator' Jill Paterson; Michelle Victor, who has ‘excellent commercial instincts'; and Gene Matthews, who has ‘tactical nous'.

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London: Private client

Within Court of Protection, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

‘Up there with the best', Leigh Day fields a three-partner team with a strong mix of medical law, public law, and human rights expertise. Frances Swaine is widely acknowledged as a leader in her field and is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor; Richard Stein has a strong reputation for right-to-life and right-to-die cases; and Alison Millar is well regarded for healthcare, disability discrimination and best interests work.

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London: Public sector

Within Administrative and public law, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,

Leigh Day has ‘brought some of the most important public law claims', and provides ‘the highest quality of advice', which is ‘strategically and tactically informed'. The firm has expertise in handling a broad range of claims involving areas such as immigration, healthcare, right to privacy and the ‘war on terror’. Rosa Curling and Richard Stein‘both have a brilliant eye for an argument', and are ‘fantastic with clients' and ‘highly creative'. Jamie Beagent is ‘top-notch'. Merry Varney, Alison Millar, and Charlotte Skouby are also recommended.

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Within Civil liberties and human rights, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,

The ‘committed and talented'Leigh Day is ‘one of the clear leaders for difficult, cutting-edge civil liberties and human rights cases', and ‘undertakes pioneering work of the highest quality'. Sean Humber and Benjamin Burrows are ‘outstanding prison lawyers' who show ‘unrivalled attention to detail'. Rosa Curling and Richard Stein are ‘creative, knowledgeable and fantastic with clients'. Jamie Beagent is ‘excellent', Martyn Day is praised for his ‘passion, determination and knowledge', and Daniel Leader‘combines sharp forensic analysis with a deep passion for his cases and clients'. Alison Millar and Charlotte Skouby are both ‘thorough, committed, intelligent and dedicated'.

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Within Education: individuals, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

Alison Millar and Charlotte Skouby at Leigh Day acted for a child with severe autism and sensory processing difficulties in obtaining a specialist school placement. Richard Stein and Rosa Curling continue to advise on challenging the establishment of free schools and academies.

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Within Healthcare, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

The ‘excellent'Leigh Day is the ‘go-to firm for prisoner health care complaints’. Department head Sean Humber is valued for his ‘passion and tactical nous', and is leading on a judicial review challenge alleging unlawful religious discrimination and a breach of human rights on behalf of a Muslim prisoner, who was required to take his medication in daylight hours during Ramadan. Richard Stein, Rosa Curling, Frances Swaine and Alison Millar are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Within Environment, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

‘With very broad reach', Leigh Day is recommended for its ‘strong' claimant practice, acting in claims in areas ranging from pollution and contaminated land to human rights; it has ‘the skill, legal knowledge, experience and sheer bravery to take on huge, complex cases'. It is representing the Bodo Community in Nigeria in claims against Shell following two oil spills in 2008. Sean Humber heads the team. Martyn Day is ‘first class', and Richard Stein‘is a longstanding leader in environmental public law, with huge litigation experience'.

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London: Transport

Within Travel, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,

Clare Campbell handles travel claims at Leigh Day, having joined from Pannone, part of Slater & Gordon in July 2014.

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