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- London: Human resources > Employment: employees/unions
- London: Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant
- London: Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- London: Insurance > Product liability: defendant
- London: Private client > Court of Protection
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- London: Transport > Travel
London: Human resources
Within Employment: employees/unions, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,
‘Top’ claimant firm Leigh Day is ‘extremely impressive’, and ‘one of the best in its area’. The firm continues to advise on equal pay claims, and is currently acting in a group action brought on behalf of 174 ex-employees of a local authority, in Abdulla & Ors v Birmingham City Council. ‘High-flyer’ Chris Benson is recommended for his ‘innovative’ approach, ‘has an eye for novel legal arguments’, and is strong in disability discrimination and equal pay claims. A ‘skilled and successful negotiator’, Camilla Palmer is ‘adept at spotting and utilising the potential of test cases’, and is renowned for her experience in pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims.
Within Clinical negligence: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,
With a nine-partner team led by the ‘extremely strong’ Russell Levy, Leigh Day has ‘dominated the field for many years’, and takes a ‘very caring and supportive’ approach. Its recent caseload includes claims involving ectopic pregnancy, delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, catastrophic brain injury, and failure to diagnose tuberculosis. Claire Fazan has a ‘brilliant grasp of the medical issues’, and is ‘often regarded as the person to consult on difficult issues’. Sally-Jean Nicholes has ‘many years of experience’, and acts for individuals in ‘often challenging and high-value claims’.
Within Personal injury: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,
Leigh Day rates ‘extremely highly’ in terms of its capabilities and its commitment to getting ‘the best result for its clients’. It handles a large number of complex, often precedent-setting cases each year, and is particularly strong in industrial disease. It recently won a successful judgment for a mesothelioma victim against Tate & Lyle, in what was the first asbestos case to consider occupiers’ liability. Its sizeable team is led by Sally Moore, who is ‘always dedicated and professional’, and ‘exceptionally sympathetic’. Daniel Easton is ‘calm and dependable’; and Harminder Bains is ‘inspirational’, with a ‘superb track record’. Senior partner Martyn Day heads the firm's international claims department, and is acting in Mutua v Foreign & Commonwealth Office, a case relating to the torture of Kenyans during the Mau Mau rebellion.
Within Product liability: claimant, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,
Leigh Day is ‘outstanding in the field of product liability’. The team includes Bozena Michalowska-Howells, who ‘approaches cases with real creativity and panache’; Jill Paterson, who is ‘calm, utterly focused and brilliant’ in her approach, and newly promoted partner Michelle Victor. The firm is the lead adviser in the DePuy hip claims, and is working with Slater & Gordon Lawyers in advising hundreds of victims of thalidomide.
London: Private client
Within Court of Protection, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,
Leigh Day fields a three-partner team which is ‘one of the very best, combining medical, public law, and human rights experience’. The ‘tactical’ Frances Swaine is a ‘leader in the field, and sensitive to the client’s needs’. Richard Stein has a strong reputation for right-to-life and right-to-die cases; and Alison Millar is well regarded for healthcare, inquest and disability discrimination work.
London: Public sector
Within Administrative and public law, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,
‘Outstanding’ claimant firm Leigh Day provides ‘commercial standards for legal aid clients’, and is ‘one of the best public law firms in the country’. It has a strong reputation acting for individuals, interest groups and NGOs on a range of matters including education, healthcare, immigration and detention, and community care and housing. It continues to act for Reprieve, advising on challenges to the UK’s involvement in the arrest of overseas individuals who now face the death penalty. Richard Stein is an ‘exceptional, no-nonsense litigator’. Sean Humber, associate Benjamin Burrows and assistant solicitor Rosa Curling are also recommended.
Within Civil liberties and human rights, Leigh Day is a first tier firm,
With broad expertise, Leigh Day has a ‘well-deserved reputation for taking on cutting-edge cases’, and is ‘creative and wide ranging in its challenges’ while also remaining ‘realistic in terms of advice and litigation strategy’. The ‘inspirational, imaginative and committed’ Richard Stein and ‘tenacious and passionate’ associate Rosa Curling are representing a number of interpreters employed by UK forces in Afghanistan in their attempts to gain resettlement in Britain. Jamie Beagent is ‘knowledgeable’; Sean Humber is ‘committed’; and associate Benjamin Burrows is ‘careful, efficient, focused and effective’.
Within Education: individuals, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,
Leigh Day handles SEN appeals, discrimination claims and advisory matters, and has developed expertise in the traveller education community. Recent work includes advising members of the NUT and the Anti-Academies Alliance on challenges to the privatisation of education. Alison Millar and Richard Stein are key figures.
Within Healthcare, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,
Leigh Day’s ‘excellent’, five-partner team primarily represents individual claimants in health-related claims. Richard Stein and solicitor Rosa Curling are currently acting for clients including UNISON, UNITE and Patients First, in challenges to the privatisation of the NHS, access to NHS treatments, and waiting times. Alison Millar and ‘impressive’ solicitor Emma Jones are recommended.
London: Real estate
Within Environment, Leigh Day is a second tier firm,
Leigh Day does ‘whatever it can to provide a flexible, affordable, and high-quality service’, and has a ‘strong commitment to social issues and justice’. It stands out for its work on domestic and international environmental claims arising from contaminated land, pollution, and human rights abuses, and is active in judicial review challenges. It is representing over 80 Colombian farmers in suing BP for environmental damage caused by the construction of an oil pipeline in the late 1990s. Richard Stein is ‘innovative’, ‘strategic’ and ‘approachable’. Martyn Day leads on international work.
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Offices in London
- Human resources : Employment: employees/unions
- Insurance : Clinical negligence: claimant
- Insurance : Clinical negligence: defendant
- Insurance : Personal injury: claimant
- Insurance : Personal injury: defendant
- Insurance : Product liability: claimant
- Insurance : Product liability: defendant
- Private client : Court of Protection
- Public sector : Administrative and public law
- Public sector : Civil liberties and human rights
- Public sector : Education: individuals
- Public sector : Healthcare
- Real estate : Environment
- Transport : Travel