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Human rights department.


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.


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.


Administrative Law bar Association; Refugee Legal Group.


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


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Leading individuals)

Jamie BeagentLeigh Day

Leigh Day is a prominent firm in the public law space, having acted on some of the most high-profile and wide-ranging recent judicial review claims. Jamie Beagent is a leading figure in the fields of planning and environmental law and immigration detention issues. He recently handled a number of successful judicial review applications into grants of planning permission and is currently bringing a challenge against the Home Office’s treatment of immigration detainees (new recruit Stephanie Hill and Waleed Sheikh are also developing practices in this field) and victims of sex trafficking. Rosa Curling is acting for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in its challenge to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ decision to license the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. Tessa Gregory leads on refugee rights and domestic human rights challenges, including successfully challenging numerous elements of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ roll-out of universal credit. Associate Benjamin Burrows acts exclusively in the field of prisoner rights, including in judicial reviews into the treatment of trans prisoners. Sean Humber has a wide-ranging practice which includes data protection and Freedom of Information applications.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

(Next Generation Partners)

Jamie BeagentLeigh Day

A ‘standout firm‘ for civil liberties and human rights, Leigh Day handles an arsenal of big-ticket international human rights matters, which include illegal rendition and torture and actions against the state, as well as domestic claims involving prison reform and immigration. Sapna Malik is undertaking an array of high-profile cross-border matters, including a case against the UK government, and practice head Sean Humber is working on a privacy law matter. Core members of the team include Richard Meeran, who heads the international team; Daniel Leader, who has a focus on environmental litigation; Jamie Beagent; and Rosa Curling.