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Joel Leigh

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Joel Leigh specialises in civil fraud and professional negligence claims. His considerable experience covers financial services, partnership, shareholder and sports disputes, often featuring an international element. Joel also acts in high value clinical negligence and fatal accident proceedings.
Joel is a partner acting on civil fraud claims and disputes arising from negligent accountancy, architecture, insurance, legal and financial advice. These claims frequently involve a cross-border element.

Acting on behalf of barristers, solicitors and other professionals, Joel has defended clients in some of the most high profile disciplinary proceedings in recent years. These have included decisions at first instance, on appeal, and before both the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

Joel's experience covers banking, construction, partnership, shareholder, trade finance, and corporate and personal insolvency disputes, plus Judicial Review. He additionally acts for amateur and professional athletes, as well as their agents, clubs and employees.
With over 25 years' experience in clinical negligence and fatal accidents, Joel also helps clients in multi-million pound claims.

Joel always aims to achieve a client's objective, whether it's through litigation or an alternative form of dispute resolution. While 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 handles complex disputes for clients on a conditional fee basis. He has a thorough understanding of third party funding and litigation insurance, and works with clients to make the process easy and seamless.


Trained Shindler & Co; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Shindler & Co 1993-95; assistant CKFT 1995-98; consultant/partner CKFT 1998-2014; partner Howard Kennedy LLP 2014 to date. Current directorships: trustee of the Lenkiewicz Foundation.


Law Society; R3; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, London Solicitors Litigation Association, City of London Solicitors Company.

Joel sits on the editorial board of and is the motoring and motorsport correspondent for City Solicitor, the combined City of London Solicitors Company and City of London Law Society magazine.


Hasmonean Grammar School; Leeds Metropolitan University (1989 LLB Hons).


The arts, including his role as a Trustee of The Lenkiewicz Foundation, a registered educational charity created to preserve and disseminate the library, paintings and other works of his late uncle, the artist Robert Lenkiewicz ( Following his beloved Arsenal.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for advising solicitors and solicitor firms on SRA investigations and prosecutions, and it is a go-to firm for partners from Magic Circle firms, senior accountants and experienced barristers who are threatened with disciplinary proceedings. Ian Ryan is a business crime and regulatory specialist and Joel Leigh is particularly noted for defence work involving accountants, barristers, doctors, solicitors and surveyors; John Martyn is an experienced senior associate.

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London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Howard Kennedy LLP has a great reputation for advising clients in the entertainment and healthcare sectors who suffer serious injuries. Complex workplace stress cases are a key strength of the practice, which is led by Elizabeth Smith, whose expertise also covers upper limb disorder claims. Joel Leigh has a track record of assisting with a number of fatal accident cases at work, as well as sports injuries and claims arising from severe road traffic accidents and public liability issues. The team is particularly noted for its ability to handle complex quantum matters revolving around loss of earnings.

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