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Leigh Day

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Liverpool, London, Manchester

North West: Human resources

Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 1

Leigh Day

Led by Chris Benson, who divides his time between Manchester and London, the team at Leigh Day has a strong track record of advising union members in claims for equal pay against public and private sector employers and supporting union causes in high-profile litigation. The team has an established relationship with the GMB Union, providing head office and other high level legal advice. Associate solicitor Mike Cain is praised for 'coming up with imaginative ways of ensuring clients can obtain representation'. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of senior solicitor Claire Burton from Cumbria Law Centre in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Chris Benson

Other key lawyers:Mike Cain; Lauren Loughee; Linda Wong; Ryan Bradshaw


'The firm has an exceptional commitment to access to justice and client welfare. Their nose for important points of wider interest is second to none, as well as their commitment to getting the right result for their clients.'

'Mike Cain has a track record of coming up with imaginative ways of ensuring clients can obtain representation. He is focused on obtaining the best client outcomes, as well as ferreting out important points of law in cases that ensure wider access to justice.'

'The team are all dedicated, professional and practical. It is always a pleasure to work with Leigh Day.'

'Chris Benson is a fantastic lawyer. His work is always of the highest calibre and his dedication to achieving a successful outcome for his clients is unsurpassed. He has an extensive profile of complex employment cases, particularly in the field of equal pay.'

'Ryan Bradshaw is empassioned about people's rights and is a rare creature in that he maintains a working knowledge of the social security arena.'

'Mike Cain is incredibly efficient when dealing with any cases that we pass to him and he is very knowledgeable on various aspects of employment law. The majority of our clients have commented on how Mike puts them at ease and briefs them on the merits of their case in a way that they completely understand the legal perspective.'

Key Clients

GMB Union

Andrew Short QC

Nick Toms - counsel

Jo Chimes - Equality & Diversity Forum

Dan Manville Wolverhampton Welfare Rights

Matt Jackson  - counsel

Sue Hastings - Indepdendent Expert

Work highlights

  • Representing over 30,000 individuals on their claim for sex discrimination against ASDA.
  • Representing over 2,000 individuals o their claim for sex discrimination against Sainsbury’s.
  • Representing claimants in a TUPE dispute between GMB Union & Unite and several contractors at the Sellafield nuclear waste disposal site.
  • Pro bono representation of client in claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Representing 500 GMB members on claims regarding holiday pay.
Rising stars

Mike Cain - Leigh Day

Ryan Bradshaw - Leigh Day

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day has 'an excellent clinical negligence team with a growing Manchester presence'. Stephen Jones is 'a hugely knowledgeable and able leader of the Manchester office', and works in tandem with Brendan Hope  - a 'force to be reckoned with'. The team, which was recently boosted by the arrival of new associate Lauren Tully from Slater and Gordon, has substantial experience of high-value and complex cases including cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries a well as amputations.

Practice head(s):Stephen Jones

Other key lawyers:Brendan Hope; Lauren Tully; Stephen Clarkson


'Utterly reliable in dealing with complex claims, The partners have very wide experience of medicolegal matters, and no stone is left unturned in trying to understand the full facts of a claim. The firm is very responsive, the solicitors easily available for discussion.'

'Stephen Jones is very quick to understand complex medical issues - he checks out and follows up on the smallest of points, like a terrier for seeking out all the facts. He is  very sharp, very thorough and ensures every aspect of the case is thought about carefully - he is liked by clients as he is thoughtful and caring about their situations.'

'Brendan Hope deals with issues quickly and easily gets to grips with clinical detail. Astute and very thorough.'

'Stephen Jones is the consummate professional and has superb knowledge and experience which enables him to offer accurate and sensible advice.'

'Stephen Jones is the best clinical negligence solicitor I know currently in the North West. He makes things happen in difficult cases.'

'The team is led by two of the leading claimant clinical negligence practitioners in Stephen Jones and Brendan Hope. True experts and really nice people to boot'

'Stephen Jones is tough but fair. I have utmost respect for the way he advocates for his clients with overstepping the mark.'

'Brendan Hope knows his stuff, having practised in this area for years - he is firm but fair.'

'Brendan Hope is very impressive. He knows your file like the back of his hand and clearly cares about you as a client. He has excellent knowledge of both the legal and medical issues involved in a claim and is a force to be reckoned with. He is a first-class tactician.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £5m+ cerebral palsy claim.
  • Represented parents of a child at the inquest into his death, establishing that his was a neonatal death rather than a stillbirth and obtaining a conclusion that the death was due to neglect.
  • Represented client at inquest into his wife’s death, enabling the family to show that there had been negligence in care.  
Leading individuals

Stephen Jones - Leigh Day

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Leigh Day

Leigh Day covers a broad range of personal injury claimant work, including representing cyclists and others injured in road traffic accidents. Travel team head Clare Campbell has considerable expertise acting for claimants who have been injured abroad. Andrew Bradley is in charge of the Manchester office and manages the cycling and sports injury team. Kevin Johnson, whose 'dedication is phenomenal', together with Helen Ashton is part of 'one of the leading specialist asbestos exposure teams'. Solicitor Colin Murphy joined from Slater and Gordon in January 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bradley; Clare Campbell; Kevin Johnson; Helen Ashton

Other key lawyers:Rachel Botterill; Steven Dickens; Colin Murphy


'The support given by the whole team, led by Clare Campbell, involved with our case was exceptional - professional, compassionate, patient and thoughtful at all times. We really couldn't have asked for more. We had dealings with other solicitors regarding our case and found Leigh Day to be outstanding both with the legal support they could offer us, including the press and PR we needed, and on a personal level too. We just couldn't find this anywhere else and are so grateful to them for taking us through an incredibly horrendous time as gently as possible.'

'Clare Campbell is absolutely wonderful. She led us through the whole process with compassion, kindness and warmth, backed up with professional guidance, support and advice that was second to none. We felt completely reassured every step of the way, from the moment we first met, and were fully able to put our trust in her at a time when others were failing us. I am so very thankful that we met and that she was willing to take our case on.'

'Their depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and they work very well as a team.'

Key Clients

British Cycling

British Triathlon Federation

National Accident Helpline

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following an accident at work in which he sustained physical and psychological injuries.
  • Represented a  client in her personal injury claim following road traffic collision in which she sustained serious injuries.
  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following a construction site accident in which he sustained multiple injuries and psychological distress.
  • Represented the families of two young girls who drowned in South Africa whilst volunteering for English company Lattitude Global Volunteering.
  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following a road traffic collision in Russia.
Leading individuals

Andrew Bradley - Leigh Day

Clare Campbell - Leigh Day

Helen Ashton - Leigh Day

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