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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

Jamie Beagent

Tel:
Work 020 7650 1200
Email:
Leigh Day

Work Department

Human rights department.

Position

Jamie specialises in judicial review and public law. Jamie works for a range of clients including individuals, groups, NGOs and charities. He undertakes judicial challenges to the decisions and failings of public authorities from quangos to central Government departments. He has particular expertise in the fields of planning and environmental law and unlawful detention but has a wide-ranging judicial review practice. He has worked closely with NGOs such as Bail for Immigration Detainees, Detention Action and Medical Justice to identify systemic unlawfulness by the Home Office and UKBA and bring strategic litigation to assist the large and growing marginalised group of immigration detainees. Jamie has a strong interest in corporate accountability and worked the Corner House and Campaign Against Arms Trade in their challenge to the decision of the Serious Fraud Office to drop their investigation into BAE and Saudi Arms deals. He also helped a group of complainants (including Corner House and the Kurdish Human Rights Project) bring the first successful complaint to the UK’s OECD National Contact Point. The NCP upheld the complaint finding that a consortium led by BP had breached the OECD Guidelines by failing to consult properly with the local population in Turkey when developing the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. Jamie has also been involved in some of the leading cases relating to the ‘war on terror’. He worked on the case of Binyam Mohamed in the judicial review that helped secure his release from Guantanamo Bay and has worked with Reprieve on the cases of other victims of ill-treatment and unlawful detention, including the application for habeas corpus brought by Bagram detainee Yunus Rahmatullah. An area of particular interest for Jamie is access to justice. He was involved in the leading case on Protective Costs Orders (Corner House v the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry), intervened on behalf of the Public Law Project in the leading case on claimant’s costs (Bahta & Ors-v-SSHD) and has brought challenges to the Legal Services Commission where they have cut legal funding without proper consultation.

Career

Obtained CPE and LPC at College of Law, Guildford (1998-2000). Trained at Sharpe Pritchard with particular emphasis on public law and planning (2001-2003). Joined Leigh Day on qualification in 2003 and worked since then in the Human Rights Department as a public law specialist. Made partner in 2014.

Member

Administrative Law bar Association; Refugee Legal Group.

Education

Bedford School, Somerville College, Oxford (Classics - 1998).

Leisure

Current affairs, international affairs, sport (rugby and cricket).


London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jamie Beagent - Leigh Day

Within: Administrative and public law

Sean Humber heads a group of specialists at Leigh Day  that assist claimants, NGOs and charities in impressively diverse areas ranging from healthcare, prisoner rights, immigration and refugee law through to challenges related to planning and environmental law. It also handles international public and criminal law matters. Jamie Beagent represented the Friends of Evenlode Valley and West Oxfordshire Cotswolds in a successful judicial review of the grant of planning permission for a substantial development in an area of outstanding natural beauty. He is also handling cases concerning inquests and a trafficing/sexual exploitation matter. Rosa Curling's broad practice includes acting for the Campaign against the Arms Trade in a  challenge to the licensing and sale of arms from UK companies to Saudi Arabia. Tessa Gregory has a focus on human rights and is representing refugee families who have been denied entry to the UK.  In other work it is acting for an NGO in a judicial review against the Cabinet Office challenging the failure to  designate a private company as a “high risk” strategic supplier for government contracts relating to the operation of number of immigration removal centres, prisons and young offender institutes.

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Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jamie Beagent - Leigh Day

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

Leigh Day 's areas of expertise include matters involving immigration, international human rights, prison law, welfare reform, actions against the police, and data protection law. The 15-lawyer team is ‘knowledgeable on the law and closely engaged in the issues’. 'Determined' partner Sean Humber successfully acted for over 30 patients of an HIV clinic whose names were mistakenly disclosed to 780 other patients, and is acting for three Muslim prisoners in religious discrimination claims.  Yvonne Kestler ‘fights exceptionally hard’ for her clients. The 'outstanding' Rosa Curling  has led many groundbreaking human rights cases before the UK’s High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as well as the European Court of Human Rights and the African Regional Courts of Human Rights. Other names to note include Jamie Beagent  and Benjamin Burrows

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