Joel Leigh > Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Joel Leigh specialises in complex commercial and professional negligence claims. He has an in depth knowledge spanning civil fraud, fiduciary duties, international and sports disputes and acts in high-value clinical negligence and fatal accident proceedings.

Joel is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience dealing with commercial disputes spanning a range of industry sectors. He is a partner.

His experience encompasses banking, construction, director, insurance, partnership, shareholder, trade finance, corporate and personal insolvency. These matters frequently involve a cross-border element.

Joel’s work in the professional negligence sector is principally claimant based, focussing on faulty accountancy, architecture, financial, insurance and legal advice.

Conversely, and in the disciplinary field, Joel has defended barristers, solicitors and other professionals. These have included high-profile decisions on appeal, Judicial Review and before both the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

Joel has also acted for a variety of amateur and professional athletes, as well as their agents, clubs and employees.

Finally, he helps numerous clients and their dependants win multi-million pound settlements, as a result of falling victim to serious clinical negligence and other personal injuries, including fatal accidents both in and out of the workplace.

Joel always aims to achieve a client’s objective, whether it’s through litigation or an alternative form of dispute resolution. Whilst he tries to resolve disputes quickly for clients, where this isn’t possible, Joel works efficiently and economically to achieve the best possible outcome.

He was an early adopter of conditional and alternative fee agreements. As a result he has a thorough understanding of third party funding and litigation insurance, working with clients to make the process as easy and seamless as possible.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Housing ‘seasoned litigators who know how to win‘, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s commercial litigation team has a significant track record in complex, cross-border disputes and High Court cases that set new precedents for novel legal issues. Dominic Offord is ‘an outstanding group head and litigator‘; Joel Leigh‘s practice covers claims arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and regulatory scenarios, and professional negligence-related litigation; Duncan Bagshaw is an expert in Africa-related energy disputes; and India group chair Arish Bharucha is ‘a polished performer‘. At legal director level, James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim both act in major commercial disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Solicitor disciplinary work is a key area for Howard Kennedy LLP, which routinely acts for solicitors and law firms in SRA investigations and prosecutions; while Bar disciplinary work is a growth area for the firm. Ian Ryan is ‘a legend‘, and Joel Leigh is particularly active in defence-side barrister matters.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Lois Langton draws on her experience of heading the family law team to lead Howard Kennedy LLP‘s sports group on matters concerning high-net-worth-individuals and high-profile athletes. Criminal, business and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is a key contact for client defences following regulatory breaches, namely in the eSports space. Joel Leigh – an expert in complex commercial and professional negligence claims – also deals with contentious issues in the eSports, horse racing and motorsports arenas. Employment practitioner Sam Murray-Hinde provides key support to the team.