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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 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 > Private client > Court of protection

The human rights department at Leigh Day includes a specialist Court of Protection team with an established practice in ‘best interests’ cases. The team receives regular referrals from the Official Solicitor in matters relating to deprivation of liberty, contact, residence and sexual relations. Jamie Beagent leads the practice. Another key contact is associate Anna Moore, who acts in a variety of health and welfare cases before the Court of Protection and is instructed both by family members and by the Official Solicitor on behalf of protected parties. In addition, she is an accredited legal representative under the Law Society’s mental capacity accreditation scheme. Frances Swaine is another recognised practitioner in this area.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

(Next Generation Partners)

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Described as ‘synonymous with human rights‘, the practice at Leigh Day stands at the forefront of civil liberties and acts in landmark cases pertaining to international human rights, sexual violence issues, actions against the state, and immigration mandates. Jamie Beagent oversees the group, which is skilled in undertaking a range of domestic human rights work and representing NGO’s. Core members of the group include Daniel Leader. who is experienced in complex multi-party actions; privacy law expert Sean Humber, and Rosa Curling. On the international side, co-head Richard Meeran and Sapna Malik are the key contacts for cross-border human rights matters; the team has a specialism in acting in international abuse cases that cut across the fields of personal injury and human rights issues. Founder and senior partner Martyn Day is also a recommended contact.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Leading individuals)

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Leigh Day is frequently engaged by non-commercial public law claimants in cutting-edge judicial review challenges against government bodies. Prison law team head Benjamin Burrows is heavily invested in representing the rights of transgender prisoners, while Stephanie Hill and Waleed Sheikh handle challenges concerning immigration detention. Practice head Jamie Beagent has a notable practice in planning and environmental law; Tessa Gregory has brought numerous challenges to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ implementation of universal credit; Rosa Curling has a diverse practice ranging from arms trade challenges to protestors’ rights; and Sean Humber gained a successful ruling regarding voting arrangements for blind and partially sighted people. Public inquiry and inquest work is handled by Emma Jones and Yvonne Kestler.

London > Real estate > Environment

Focusing exclusively on representing claimants, Leigh Day has ‘unparalleled expertise in pursuing large group claims concerning mass pollution events such as oil spills and leaks of toxic chemicals from industrial facilities in developing countries‘. The team specialises in class action lawsuits against oil and gas companies, as well as other international multi-party actions arising from environmental damage and domestic applications opposing planning decisions. Clients include local farming, fishing and indigenous communities living in proximity to mines, oil fields and toxic water supplies. A key name in the department is the experienced Martyn Day, who was instructed by over 1800 individuals in Zambia who allege that their lands and waterways have been seriously polluted by a copper mine owned by Vedanta PLC. Richard Meeran and Jamie Beagent jointly lead the practice.