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

Howard Kennedy LLP

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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

With ‘all the skill of a Magic Circle firm‘, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s commercial litigation practice covers contractual disputes, misrepresentation, warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, M&A conflicts, joint venture-related contentious issues, and corporate governance issues. Commercial dispute resolution head Dominic Offord specialises in contractual disputes, cross-border fraud matters and contentious insolvency; Joel Leigh is an expert in complex professional negligence and civil fraud claims; and Duncan Bagshaw has niche expertise in Africa-related energy disputes. India group chair Arish Bharucha joined as partner from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP during 2021, while Ayesha Salim and James Wingfield are experienced legal directors.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP is sought out by senior individuals from professional services firms who have been threatened with disciplinary proceedings; and solicitors’ disciplinary work is another key area of strength for the team. Practice leader Ian Ryan is ‘at the top of his game‘, while Joel Leigh is a barrister defence expert.