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Leigh Day

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

London: Human resources

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

Leigh Day

Leigh Day's employment team is 'at the forefront of important test cases affecting the UK workforce' and its expertise includes equal pay and complex group claims as well as solely acting for claimants and unions. Practice head Chris Benson is renowned for acting in high-profile and challenging employment and discrimination matters, with sector strengths in financial services, technology and health care. The team has acted on a number of landmark cases that have redefined the employment landscape; Nigel Mackay and associate and 'future star' Annie Powell led the high-value challenge for Uber drivers. Other noteworthy members of the team include Kiran Daurka, who has considerable experience in the sector and is currently advising Tesco.

Practice head(s):Chris Benson

Other key lawyers:Nigel Mackay; Annie Powell; Kiran Daurka

Testimonials

'Chris Benson sees the whole field. He is pragmatic to his fingertips and impossible to unsettle.'

'Annie Powell is an exceptional legal mind and strategist. She will leave no stone unturned and her commitment to her clients is admirable. Her skill wins cases long before they ever need to see the inside of an employment tribunal.'

'Nigel Mackay is absolutely amazing. He was caring and compassionate, and expressed the necessary outrage when needed, but was also a top-notch lawyer. His advice was always very practical and he did an excellent job of keeping me, as the client, involved.'

'Kiran Daurka is fiercely committed to her clients and the causes she champions.'

Key Clients

Uber Drivers

Addison Lee Drivers

Deliveroo Riders

Over 120 part-time judges

Simon Henry

Over 230 judges including District, Employment, Circuit, Upper and First Tier Tribunal Judges and High Court Masters

Kay Collins

Over 30,000 shop workers in the largest private-sector equal pay claim against Asda

Over 13,000 police officers in the largest discrimination claim against the government and the police commissioners

Protect

Tesco Equal Pay

Cherie Rogers, Sandra Darby & Muhamet Osmani

DPD Drivers

Work highlights

  • Represented Uber drivers in their claim for workers’ rights, supported by the GMB.
  • Representing Addison Lee drivers in a high-profile worker status case, successful at both tribunal and appeal tribunal levels.
  • Represented 50 Deliveroo riders in their claim for employment rights.
  • Continuing to act for multiple Asda employees in the largest private-sector equal pay claim.
  • Acting for Protect in an intervention in a Court of Appeal case regarding liability for losses resulting from whistleblowing.
Leading individuals

Chris Benson - Leigh Day

Next Generation Partners

Kiran Daurka - Leigh Day

Rising stars

Annie Powell - Leigh Day

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Leigh Day

The team at Leigh Day frequently acts on behalf of executives and senior professional clients in relation to a variety of matters including equal pay, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, whistleblowing, and all aspects of discrimination. High-profile recent work has included advising more than 230 judges on their discrimination claims against the Government over changes to their pensions. The department is active in a wide range of sectors, advising large private sector commercial enterprises, banks, law firms and industrial corporations, to public and government authorities. The experienced Chris Benson leads the team and focuses on discrimination claims and high-value multi-party litigation relating to pay and pensions.

Practice head(s):Chris Benson

Key Clients

Jon Brown v Colt Technology Services

Over 230 full-time judges

About 120 part time judges

Chief Client Officer of Global Insurance firm

Ram Venuprasad

Work highlights

  • Complex discrimination claim for a senior HR executive before the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Representing over 230 judges from varying jurisdictions in their discrimination claims against the Government concerning changes to their pensions.
  • Representing about 120 current and former fee-paid, part-time judges in their claims against the Government for part-time worker discrimination concerning their lack of access to pensions and other benefits.
  • Advised on high value age discrimination claim for senior insurance executive, involving career long loss.
  • Represented a high ranking international civil servant and secured the largest compensatory award in the organisation’s history.

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London: Insurance

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

Leigh Day

The 'exceptionally meticulous team' at Leigh Day draws on a wealth of experience in complex medical cases involving life-changing injuries, such as amputations, spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal claims. The department has seen a shift in leadership, when dual-qualified Suzanne White, whose specialist knowledge encompasses birth injury claims, succeeded the now retired Russell Levy. Claire Fazan has recently been active handling high value claims for children who suffer from cerebral palsy due to midwifery and/or obstetric negligence. Maternal birth injuries involving perineal tears and misdiagnosis of cancer are also among the team's service offering.

Practice head(s):Suzanne White

Other key lawyers:Olive Lewin; Claire Fazan; Sally-Jean Nicholes

Testimonials

‘From top to bottom, quality runs through Leigh Day's clinical negligence team. They have a huge wealth of experience and have been involved in some of the most complex and valuable claims that I have encountered. They are extremely good with client care and fight tirelessly for the clients' interests.’

'Leigh Day is the pre-eminent claimant clinical negligence firm not only in London but in the whole of the UK.  The team has great strength in its cross-section of people, with a vast depth of experience.The team is driven by a desire for the underdog patient to achieve justice against the establishment.'

'They are thorough in investigating potential claims, knowledgeable in their assessment of strengths and weaknesses of those claims and fearless when pursuing cases assessed to have genuine merit.’

'Suzanne White exemplifies the firm's commitment to achieve the best possible results for its clients. She has great tactical acumen and is able to step back and look at the bigger picture of a catastrophic case.'

'Claire Fazan is head and shoulders above the field, with an unrivalled caseload of high profile, complex clinical negligence cases for catastrophic injuries. Her judgement is second to none.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a family in an inquest regarding a fatal case involving the death of a young mother during an angiogram.
  • Representing the claimant in JRM v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during delivery, leaving him ventilator and wheelchair dependent for life.
  • Successfully acted for a patient who suffered tetraplegia following spinal surgery and failure by the surgeon to obtain informed consent (£4.4m recovered at trial).
  • Represented claimant who suffered tetraplegia following failure to make an early diagnosis of TB meningitis (capitalized value in excess of £16 m).
  • Acted on behalf of a claimant in a hard fought and complex £15m wrongful birth claim.
Leading individuals

Claire Fazan - Leigh Day

Suzanne White - Leigh Day

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

Leigh Day

Leigh Day is 'a leading light in the PI industry'and offers advice and legal 'guidance to claimants at every stage' of litigation. The department works across the complete range of personal injury, combining traditional high-value severe injury and disease cases with the international group claims' caseload, which brings corporations and governments to account for injury and abuse in foreign jurisdictions. Richard Meeran leads on this type of work, which frequently intersects with human rights issues and encompasses ground-breaking cases against UK-domiciled multinationals. Martyn Day is a specialist in international multi-party claims. Department head Sally Moore's expertise spans brain, spinal, amputation and fatal accident claims; she is also the main point of contact within the specialist cycling injury team. The firm also fields one of the largest asbestos and industrial disease groups, where Harminder Bains stands out for her work in precedent-setting mesothelioma cases.

Practice head(s):Sally Moore; Richard Meeran

Other key lawyers:Daniel Leader; Harminder Bains; Grant Incles

Testimonials

'The cycling team at Leigh Day is extremely well versed in cycling claims and applies this knowledge consistently well to support its clients from British Cycling.'

'They are all trained in putting the client's needs first and pride themselves on achieving positive and speedy outcomes on claims.'

'The compassion and determination of its key individuals and the depth of their specialist knowledge make it the stand-out claimant asbestos litigation firm in England.'

'This is a superlative firm responsible for some of the most groundbreaking work in the fields of personal injury, civil liberties and human rights. The team of lawyers are hugely capable, dedicated, ethical practitioners.'

'Extremely professional team that always made me feel that I was their number one client and treated me as a person not just another case, with my own interests very much at the top of their list of priorities.'

'Without Martyn Day's exceptional judgement and risk taking, some of the most important cases that have changed the face of litigation in this country over the last twenty years would never have been taken. He alone is responsible for taking claims that hold multinational corporations to account for abuses perpetrated by their subsidiaries on vulnerable and impoverished populations in the global south.'

'Sally Moore and her team came into our family in the early stages of recovery and were immediately highly professional, sensitive and most of all respectful of the complexities of trauma.'

'Harminder Bains is known throughout the industry as someone who will never be intimidated or back away from a fight.'

'Dan Easton has a phenomenal depth of knowledge and puts his client's interests above all else.'

'Grant Incles was careful to explain points of law and the process, which I wasn't familiar with. With incredible attention to detail, he was very quick to move my case forward and to secure outcomes which were always in my best interest.'

Key Clients

British Cycling Federation

British Triathlon Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for client who  was knocked off her bike by a hit-and-run driver, and as a result suffered serious brain and other orthopaedic injuries (settled for £1.15m to include damages for loss of earnings and support for life).
  • Representing 1,800 Zambian villagers, in an appeal brought by Vedanta in the English Courts, regarding a claim where the villagers allege that their water sources and farming land were contaminated by the copper mining operations of a subsidiary of KCM, causing them to fall sick and lose their crops.
  • Representing a client who sustained below the knee amputation as a result of a road traffic accident (lump sum-only damages award of around £4m).
  • Represented former Libyan dissident Mr Belhaj and his wife Ms Boudchar in their claim against the UK Security Services (MI5 and MI6), for alleged complicity in the couple’s extraordinary rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004 and their torture on the CIA rendition flight (£500,000 in damages).
  • Acting on behalf of a mesothelioma victim who was employed as a foreman at the time of diagnosis in a high-value case.
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

Leigh Day stands out for its ability to handle claims relating to medical devices, pharmaceutical products, household appliances and electronics as well as toys, among others. The team saw an increase in demand to handle food and allergy-related matters following its involvement in high-profile work relating to fatalities pertaining to inadequately labelled food from Pret A Manger. The team is led by the highly regarded Bozena Michalowska-Howells and also includes Jill Paterson, Michelle Victor and Gene Matthews. Thomas Jervis, Sarah Moore, Chris Haan and Tina Patel are the names to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):Bozena Michalowska-Howells

Other key lawyers:Jill Paterson; Michelle Victor; Gene Matthews; Thomas Jervis; Sarah Moore; Chris Haan; Tina Patel

Testimonials

'A great team from top to bottom, knows the area inside out and has a great feel for where a case's strengths or weaknesses lie, and is absolutely on top of the law.'

'Leigh Day is almost unique in shouldering the burden of group action claimants taking on giant pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers and regularly goes beyond the call of duty on behalf of its clients.'

'Bozena Michalowska-Howells has good overall management of the relevant claims and is very knowledgeable in this area.'

'Jill Paterson is incredibly down to earth, and is always completely in control of every aspect of her cases. She is able to cut directly to the heart of a case, and knows exactly what needs to be done for her clients.'

'Thomas Jervis approaches cases in a highly thorough and methodical way, and he is always able to spot the best way to move a case forward.'

'Chris Haan is an exceptional senior associate, who displays independent and creative thinking, strong mastery of detail, and is easy to work with.'

'Tina Patel is a rising star.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the families of the victims in inquests and potential civil claims following their deaths as a consequence of consuming inadequately labelled food from Pret A Manger.
  • Continue to act in a group claim relating to the provision of NHS blood contaminated with the Hepatitis C virus, which seeks to force the Department of Health and Social Care to pay compensation.
  • Representing various clients against white-goods manufacturers following fires resulting in damage to property and/or loss of life.
  • Acting in a group claim against Volkswagen concerning the claimants' purchase of vehicles that were fitted with the emissions cheating software.
  • Acting for claimants against various eye clinics in the UK, which used oculentis intraocular lenses that allegedly caused vision problems.
Leading individuals

Jill Paterson - Leigh Day

Rising stars

Sarah Moore - Leigh Day

Thomas Jervis - Leigh Day

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day’s human rights department includes its specialist Court of Protection team that has an established practice in 'best interest' cases. The work ranges from advising on the withdrawal of treatment, DNR, deprivation of liberty cases through to care matters. The team has been receiving an increased number of referrals from the Official Solicitor in matters relating to deprivation of liberty, contact, residence and sexual relations. Key clients include the Official Solicitor, professional property and affairs deputies, relatives of protected individuals and charities (as interveners). Sean Humber heads the team. Managing partner Frances Swaine is recommended and Anna Moore is 'highly professional and very competent'.

Practice head(s):Sean Humber

Other key lawyers:Frances Swaine; Anna Moore

Testimonials

'Leigh Day offers a formidable blend of expertise in health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection coupled with a broader understanding of the public law issues that crop up in the health and social care sector'.

'Anna Moore is a highly professional and very competent Court of Protection practitioner, able to handle a busy caseload and who approaches cases in a thoughtful and practical way'.

'Anna Moore has exceptional maturity and judgement that belies her relatively junior status. She is very good at building a rapport with vulnerable adults, particularly adults with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder'.

Key Clients

Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts

Penningtons Manches LLP

Work highlights

  • Successfully argued to repatriate MCS back to Colombia after she suffered a brain injury.
  • Acted in Court of Protection proceedings relating to a woman with schizophrenia who allegedly suffered abuse from family members.
  • Acting in Court of Protection proceedings about the use of social media and how it can be used to contact strangers for sexual relationships.
  • Acted for the parents in proceedings relating to the withdrawal of medical treatment for a terminally ill baby.
  • Acting in Court of Protection proceedings to secure accommodation for an exceptionally vulnerable young man with autism.
Leading individuals

Frances Swaine - Leigh Day

Rising stars

Anna Moore - 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 a prominent firm in the public law space, having acted on some of the most high-profile and wide-ranging recent judicial review claims. Jamie Beagent is a leading figure in the fields of planning and environmental law and immigration detention issues. He recently handled a number of successful judicial review applications into grants of planning permission and is currently bringing a challenge against the Home Office's treatment of immigration detainees (new recruit Stephanie Hill and Waleed Sheikh are also developing practices in this field) and victims of sex trafficking. Rosa Curling is acting for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in its challenge to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ decision to license the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Tessa Gregory leads on refugee rights and domestic human rights challenges, including successfully challenging numerous elements of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' roll-out of universal credit. Associate Benjamin Burrows acts exclusively in the field of prisoner rights, including in judicial reviews into the treatment of trans prisoners. Sean Humber has a wide-ranging practice which includes data protection and Freedom of Information applications.

Practice head(s):Sean Humber

Other key lawyers:Jamie Beagent; Rosa Curling; Tessa Gregory; Benjamin Burrows; Waleed Sheikh; Stephanie Hill

Testimonials

'The team has an enthusiasm for the law and for what it can do to hold the powerful to account'

'Leigh Day's multi-disciplinary public law team is made up of committed and skilled individuals who are well resourced and have a great deal of corporate experience to draw down on'

'The firm has vast experience acting for the widest range of clients on innovative and cutting-edge legal challenges'

'Leigh Day has a fantastic public law team. Extremely creative, thoughtful, courageous and diligent'

'Jamie Beagent and Sean Humber are both well known and respected in the field of public law'

'Waleed Sheikh is conscientious, thorough, knowledgeable and committed to speaking truth to power'

'Rosa Curling is supremely clever and a tactical expert with huge emotional intelligence'

'Rosa Curling's energy and dynamism makes the Leigh Day public law team one of the strongest in the country'

'Rowan Smith is a clever, courageous lawyer who is building a strong practice in public, planning and environmental law'

'Tessa Gregory is a stand-out public lawyer who brings tenacity, intelligence and a wealth of experience to her cases'

'Tom Short is bright, efficient and hardworking, and is building a really interesting practice in public and environmental law'

Key Clients

Reprieve

Privacy International

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Help Refugees

Mencap

Prison Reform Trust

Amnesty International

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

RSPB

WWF

Work highlights

  • Regularly instructed in unlawful detention claims by individuals who have been detained for lengthy periods of time despite evidence that they are suffering from mental health conditions or are victims of torture.
  • Acting in a judicial review of the Secretary of State for the Home Department's "right to rent" scheme.
  • Acting for two trans women in judicial review cases concerning their treatment while in prison.
  • Instructed on behalf of 300 core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Successfully represented local community campaign Save Wornington College in its attempts to keep open a local further education college in the North Kensington area.
Leading individuals

Jamie Beagent - Leigh Day

Next Generation Partners

Rosa Curling - Leigh Day

Tessa Gregory - Leigh Day

Rising stars

Benjamin Burrows - Leigh Day

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

Leigh Day

A 'standout firm' for civil liberties and human rights, Leigh Day handles an arsenal of big-ticket international human rights matters, which include illegal rendition and torture and actions against the state, as well as domestic claims involving prison reform and immigration. Sapna Malik is undertaking an array of high-profile cross-border matters, including a case against the UK government, and practice head Sean Humber is working on a privacy law matter. Core members of the team include Richard Meeran, who heads the international team; Daniel Leader, who has a focus on environmental litigation; Jamie Beagent; and Rosa Curling.

Practice head(s):Richard Meeran; Sean Humber

Other key lawyers:Sapna Malik; Jamie Beagent; Tesa Gregory; Emma Jones; Alison Millar; Rosa Curling; Martyn Day; Daniel Leader

Testimonials

'Rosa Curling is a great solicitor, easy to work with and very able.'

'The team is full of great lawyers who are able and passionate about the work that they do. Sapna Malik is obviously very good, and Rosa Curling is a creative lawyer who is also strategic.'

'Daniel Leader combines a remarkable work ethic with a highly tuned legal brain.  He sees the "big picture" and has first-rate legal analysis. At the same time, his attention to detail is second to none. '

'Martyn Day masterminds cases - he has been at the forefront of cutting-edge cases for decades.'

Key Clients

Mr Abdul Hakim Belhaj

Kamil Najim

Abdullah Alseran. Abd Ali

Hameed Ali. Al- Waleed

Work highlights

  • Acting for Abdul Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar in claims relating to alleged UK complicity in illegal rendition and torture.
  • Representing numerous claimants in claims against the Ministry of Defence relating to unlawful mistreatment, detention and abuse committed by UK forces in Iraq.
  • Acting for villagers and miners in claims against Gemfields Ltd arising from allegations of severe abuse, mistreatment and unlawful killings by the mine’s security forces in Mozambique.
  • Acting for farmers and traders in claims against iron ore producer Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd (formerly a subsidiary of African Minerals Ltd) relating to the mine's alleged complicity in severe abuse, mistreatment and unlawful killings carried out by state security forces in Sierra Leone.
  • Acting for a number of claimants who were trafficked to the UK from Lithuania in claims against a British company relating to forced labour (modern slavery).
Leading individuals

Sean Humber - Leigh Day

Next Generation Partners

Jamie Beagent - Leigh Day

Sapna Malik - Leigh Day

Rising stars

Rosa Curling - Leigh Day

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London: Real estate

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Leigh Day advises claimants domestically as well as internationally on contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. The practice assists with class-action lawsuits concerning chronic land and water contamination caused by oil and gas companies. Martyn Day is experienced in advising on the right to access water and claims arising from toxic waste dumping. Other areas of expertise involve wildlife and nature conservation as well as environment-related advice on infrastructure planning. Clients include local farming and fishing communities as well as indigenous communities living in proximity to mines and oil fields.

Practice head(s):Richard Meeran; Sean Humber

Other key lawyers:Martyn Day; Daniel Leader

Key Clients

Dominic Lungowe & Ors

The Ogale Community, Nigeria

The Bille Community, Nigeria

The Bodo Community clean-up claim, Nigeria

Cerrejon coal mine victims group action, Colombia

Friends of the Earth

Talk Fracking and Harthill Against Fracking

Emily Shirley v Canterbury City Council

Dr Mark Avery

Wild Justice

Work highlights

  • Advising 1,800 members of four communities in the copper belt region of Zambia on pollution caused by the mining activities of Konkola Copper Mines
  • Advising the Ogale Community on a claim brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC relating to land and water contamination
  • Advising the Bille fishing community consisting of 2,300 members on environmental damages caused by Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC
  • Advising 15,000 individuals of the Bodo community on the destruction of the mangrove habitat arising from two oil spills in 2008 caused by Royal Dutch Shell
  • Advising two indigenous communities living in the vicinity of the Carrejon opencast coal mine in Colombia on water pollution and air contamination caused by UK mining companies
Leading individuals

Martyn Day - Leigh Day

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Leigh Day

Acting exclusively for claimants, Leigh Day handles a range of complex international injury claims. It advised the families of two girls who drowned in the sea whilst volunteering for an English company in South Africa. It also stands out for its expertise in cross-border claims involving cycling accidents. Manchester-based Clare Campbell is a 'very experienced partner'.

Practice head(s):Clare Campbell; Sally Moore

Other key lawyers:Colin Murphy; Joseph Dawson

Testimonials

Sally Moore is an absolutely top-quality lawyer and a delight to work with.

Clare Campbell has excellent knowledge of the industry and is really prepared to fight for her clients.

Colin Murphy is an up and coming associate with a razor sharp intellect.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a collision with a car in Italy.
  • Acted for the husband and executor of the deceased who drowned whilst on a cruise holiday.
  • Advised a journalist who suffered serious injuries as a result of a road traffic collision whilst working at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
  • The team is advising a client who suffered a significant back injury whilst working for her employer at an exhibition in Turkey.
  • Representing the father of a young man who died as a result of head injuries sustained in a fall whilst on holiday in Cyprus.
Leading individuals

Clare Campbell - Leigh Day

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