The Legal 500

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

Leigh Day wins praise for its ‘innovative approach’, and has a healthy practice acting for trade unions off-panel, alongside its work for individuals, a traditional strength of the firm. Department head Chris Benson, who is ‘excellent on equal pay claims’, acted for over 20,000 Asda employees and ex-employees in an equal pay claim. Testament to the team’s pioneering reputation acting for claimants on groundbreaking cases is its work challenging zero-hours contracts; the firm represented over 300 claimants on zero-hours contacts, who were denied share bonuses as a result of their employment status. Emma Satyamurti, Michael Newman and Elizabeth George are all recommended.

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London: Insurance

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

Leigh Day

Headed by ‘leading expertRussell Levy, Leigh Day is ‘one of the top clinical negligence firms in the country’. Claire Fazan handles claims ranging from permanent brain damage to neurological spinal injury, and Suzanne White has particular radiology expertise. Sarah Campbellworks tirelessly for clients to achieve outstanding results’, and Olive Lewin, Nicola Wainwright and Anne Winyard are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals: clinical negligence (general)

Claire Fazan - Leigh Day

Russell Levy - Leigh Day

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

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’s ‘market-leading’ practice attracts outstanding praise from clients and counsel, and is ‘justifiably the most innovative PI firm in the country’. Sally Moore and Martyn Day co-head the department, which has strong expertise in industrial disease, amputation and fatal claims. Moore has ‘a deep knowledge of brain and spinal injuries, and is superb with clients’, Daniel Easton is ‘personable and energetic, with first-rate forensic judgement’. Helen Clifford is now at McMillan Williams.

Leading individuals: personal injury (general)

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

Sally Moore - Leigh Day

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

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

Sally Moore - Leigh Day

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

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s breadth of leading cases, client volume, and strength in depth give it the edge over nearest rivals. The team ‘exudes confidence without a hint of arrogance’, gets the ‘balance between ‘die-hard’ fighting spirit and pragmatism bang-on every time’, and ‘pushes the boundaries of the law’. Standout individuals include Martyn Day; ‘fearless advocateBozena Michalowska-Howells; Jill Paterson, who has ‘razor-sharp intellect’; ‘rockMichelle Victor; and Gene Matthews. Senior associate Thomas Jervis is ‘exceptional’. The firm achieved a large settlement in 2014 for a client previously rejected by the Thalidomide Trust.

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 ‘expertise is matched by its professionalism and great collaborative skills’. Clients include the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts, charities as interveners, and individuals through their litigation friends. The team has particular expertise in healthcare law. Frances Swaine leads, and Sean Humber is also recommended.

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

Leigh Day is ‘clearly a leader in the area’ and ‘maintains its excellent reputation by taking on and winning truly groundbreaking cases’. The firm continued to advise claimants in challenges involving issues such as prisoners’ rights, mass surveillance, healthcare and the right to protest. The team also boasts a strong reputation in environmental challenges. Richard Stein, whose ‘tactical skill is unsurpassed, has ‘huge experience’; Rosa Curling is ‘a hugely impressive solicitor who pushes the boundaries of the law’; and Jamie Beagent is ‘excellent at converting a hard case into a winnable one’. Sean Humber, and solicitors Benjamin Borrows and Ugo Hayter are also recommended.

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 ‘unrivalled experience and knowledge, alongside a reputation for tenacity and taking on truly ground breaking litigation that pushes the boundaries of human rights’. Right-to-die specialist Richard Steinhas the best insight and tactical judgement in the market’, and ‘gives balanced and practical advice’. The practice is led by ‘excellent’ prison law expert Sean Humber, and includes ‘star in prison law and creative solicitor’ Benjamin Burrows. Jamie Beagentworks tirelessly for immigration detainees’, and Alison Millarprovides measured and invaluable advice’ on abuse matters.

Leading individuals

Richard Stein - Leigh Day

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Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s ‘very efficient and dedicated team’ regularly handles cases with human rights issues, and is instructed on claims concerning violations of Articles 2, 5 and 8. The team advised on post-19 education matters following the introduction of the EHC plans. Richard Stein and solicitors Rosa Curling, Merry Varney and Charlotte Skouby, who is valued for her ‘great attention to detail and strong personal skills’, are all recommended. Alison Millar now heads the abuse team.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s ‘outstanding’ team, which provides an ‘exemplary level of service’, has a strong human rights practice. The ‘very cleverRichard Stein and solicitor Ugo Hayter are frequently instructed to challenge NHS procurement contracts. Practice head Sean Humber focuses on healthcare in prisons, and has a strong track record handling judicial review challenges. Associates Emma Jones, Merry Varney and Benjamin Burrows are also recommended.

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London: Real estate

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Well known for its ‘first class’ contentious work on behalf of individuals and groups suffering from environmental disasters, Leigh Day was the firm that brought the Niger Delta oil spill case against Shell. The team is headed by Sean Humber, while Martyn Day is one of the ‘market leaders in claimant litigation’. Barristers Daniel Leader and Shubhaa Srinivasan are singled out by clients as being ‘excellent practitioners’.

Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

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Overview

While nominally a real estate-related practice area, the environment space is rewardingly variegated. Some firms, such as Baker & McKenzie LLP, specialise in product-related environmental compliance and (increasingly ubiquitous) regulatory work for multinational corporations, while others – most notably Leigh Day – focus on representing claimants concerning prospective or actual detrimental environmental circumstances. Work continued in traditional areas, such as contaminated land and water pollution, but some newer areas, such as carbon trading, are in the ascendant. Allen & Overy LLP performed outstandingly in 2014, engaging in cutting-edge environment work, and the matters undertaken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP displayed an impressive breadth.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Sally Moore heads Leigh Day’s ‘professional’ team, which is based in Manchester and London, and is ‘experienced’ in international personal injury instructions for claimants. Christine Tallon and Clare Campbell (‘talented’) are also recommended.

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