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Leigh Day

PRIORY HOUSE, 25 ST JOHN'S LANE, LONDON, EC1M 4LB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7650 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7253 4433
DX:
53326 CLERKENWELL
Email:
Web:
www.leighday.co.uk
London, Manchester

London: Human resources

Employment: employees/ unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

The ‘truly exceptional’ practice at Leigh Daystands out as one of the top teams in the area’ and ‘consistently pushes the boundaries for employees in innovative ways’. ‘Extremely hardworking’ practice head Chris Benson is continuing to act for over 20,000 Asda employees in an equal pay claim. Clients also single out Emma Satyamurti, who ‘leaves no stone unturned when fighting for her client’, and litigator Michael Newman, who focuses on trade union mandates; both were promoted to the partnership in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The ‘experienced, sensitive, knowledgeable and clear’ Elizabeth George is also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s team is headed by ‘top solicitorRussell Levy, and includes radiography specialist Suzanne White, ‘meticulous investigatorOlive Lewin, and Nicola Wainwright, who is currently handling a number of brain damage and birth injury claims. Claire Fazan is noted for her handling of ‘the heaviest cases with great intelligence’.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Claire Fazan - Leigh Day

Russell Levy - Leigh Day

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Claire Fazan - Leigh Day

Russell Levy - Leigh Day

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Leigh Day is considered by clients and counsel to be ‘one of the best firms in the field of personal injury’. Sally Moore (‘a powerhouse in the PI world’) and Martyn Day jointly head the department, which has strong expertise in industrial disease, amputation and multi-party abuse and torture claims. Other key figures include Daniel Easton, who is ‘a fantastic practitioner’, and Harminder Bains, who is ‘quite prepared to take on very difficult cases and issues’.

Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

Sally Moore - Leigh Day

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Personal injury: defendant
Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

Sally Moore - Leigh Day

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Pre-eminent in its field’, Leigh Day’s practice has particular strength in disputes relating to medical devices and white goods. On the medical devices front, Bozena Michalowska Howells (who is noted for her ‘impressive levels of calm, practicality and determination’) led the team representing approximately 350 claimants across the UK in the group litigation order alleging that patients implanted with prosthetic hips manufactured and marketed by DePuy suffered early revision and injury as a result. In an illustration of its work against white good manufacturers, Jill Paterson is representing the claimants in an inquest into a fire allegedly caused by a Hotpoint tumble dryer. Other key figures include Martyn Day, who ‘remains the leading light in product liability’, and Michelle Victor.

Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s key clients include relatives of protected individuals and charities (as interveners). It also regularly acts on behalf of the Official Solicitor, and has particular expertise in healthcare law. Frances Swaine and Sean Humber are recommended. Solicitor Kate Egerton is praised for her ‘responsive and measured approach’.

Leading individuals

Frances Swaine - Leigh Day

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

For some, Leigh Day has ‘the best claimant practice in the country’, which comprises ‘experienced, talented and creative lawyers’ such as Richard Stein (who ‘knows exactly which points to press and has a great network of contacts’) and Rosa Curling. The team, which advises NGOs and charities on litigation strategy and associated campaigning, is led by Sean Humber, who acted for Action on Smoking and Health in a judicial review challenge brought by four major tobacco companies against proposals to introduce plain, standardised packaging. Benjamin Burrows and Jamie Beagent are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Richard Stein - Leigh Day

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Leigh Day has ‘one of the strongest human rights teams’ in the market and is regularly involved in landmark domestic and international cases, such as Sean Humber’s representation of prisoners refused voting rights. Sapna Malik and Daniel Leader have active international practices, with Malik representing a Pakistani national pursuing a claim against the Ministry of Defence alleging liability for unlawful detention and mistreatment while in US custody. Also recommended are Richard Stein and Rosa Curling, who are ‘at the top of the tree in this field’; the ‘intelligent and authoritativeAlison Millar; and Benjamin Burrows.

Leading individuals

Richard Stein - Leigh Day

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Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s five-partner team routinely handles cases with a human rights angle and regularly acts in challenges to local authorities’ failure to maintain or amend statements of SEN and EHC plans. Human rights specialist Merry Varney made partner in April 2016. Richard Stein, Rosa Curling and Charlotte Skouby are also recommended.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Leigh Day

Leveraging its strong human rights specialism, Leigh Day’s team advises on prisoner healthcare matters and claims against hospitals with a human rights element. Richard Stein, Sean Humber and Emma Jones are the key names.

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London: Real estate

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Claimant specialist Leigh Day continued its involvement in major environmental litigation, with Martyn Day and Daniel Leader successfully acting for the Bodo community in a £55m settlement with Shell following an oil spill in Nigeria. Richard Stein is ‘excellent at high-profile environmental judicial reviews’, while Sean Humber has been active in cases relating to passive smoking.

Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Leigh Day

Based across its Manchester and London offices, Leigh Day’s personal injury team acts for claimants and impresses with its ‘tenacity and attention to detail’. Clare Campbell and Sally Moore head the team, which includes Christine Tallon.

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