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Leigh Day
27 Goswell Road
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Work Department

Personal injury.


Specialises in international claims, group actions and product liability. Pioneered the firm’s ground-breaking cases against UK multinationals: Connelly v RTZ (Namibian uranium miner); Ngcobo & Sithole & Others v Thor Chemicals (South African mercury poisoning victims); Lubbe & others v Cape PLC (7,500 South African asbestos victims). Between 2004 and 2008 he worked with Slater & Gordon in Melbourne, where he initiated the VIOXX class action litigation against Merck. In 2008 he returned to Leigh Day in London where ran the Peruvian alleged torture victims’ litigation against Monterrico Metals, which involved obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction before the case settled (without admission of liability) in July 2011. In September 2013, working in conjunction with the South African Legal Resources Centre, he obtained a landmark settlement of 23 test cases against Anglo-American South Africa. He is currently running a mass tort action against Anglo American South Africa. He is also acting for 11 Tanzanian villagers in a claim against African Barrick Gold plc. He was the 2002 winner of the Liberty/Justice Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award.


Qualified 1988; partner Leigh Day & Co 1991-2004; special counsel Slater & Gordon 2004-08; Leigh Day 2008 to date.


University College London (1983 BSc); Nottingham University (1995 LLM, advanced litigation). Admitted as a solicitor in 1988. Higher Rights of Audience certificate (Civil).


Disco, Jogging, cycling, DIY.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

At Leigh Day, ‘some of the most skilled litigators in the field‘ come together to form ‘one of the leading teams in the country‘. Jamie Beagent oversees the domestic human rights department, which handles high-profile mandates ranging from inquests and inquiries, to police work and immigration-related judicial reviews. Richard Meeran, meanwhile, heads up the dedicated cross-border offering. The firm is widely renowned for its experience bringing complex group actions, both against the British Government and multinational corporations; Sapna Malik is particularly well regarded in this field. The other ‘fearless lawyers and very creative thinkers‘ comprising the group range from founding partner Sean Humber to standout associate Andrew Lord.

London > Real estate > Environment

Leigh Day’s claimant-focused practice has a reputation for being at the forefront of environmental law reform, handling cases at the intersection of environmental and human rights law on an international and national basis. The team’s work ranges from UK and European public law challenges to multi-party actions arising from environmental damage in developing countries. The team has strength in depth, counting on the expertise of high-profile individuals such as Martyn Day, who is a renowned name in the area. The team is led by head of the international department, ‘outstanding’ Richard Meeran, and Jamie Beagent, whose main area of expertise includes judicial review challenges to planning decisions. ‘Extremely capable and highly intelligent’ Matthew Renshaw and Benjamin Croft were recently promoted to partners.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Leigh Day‘s injury offering is co-led by head of personal injury and ‘force of nature’ Sally Moore and head of international law Richard Meeran, while its disease team is jointly led by Daniel Easton and Harminder Bains. Major trauma is an area of particular expertise for the group; it is on the panel for three major trauma hospitals in the UK and continues to be the sole provider of legal services to British Cycling and British Triathlon members. Rory McCarron is developing a strong reputation in cycling injury work. The firm’s workload extends to niche areas of injury, including food poisoning and allergic reactions, which Michelle Victor in particular, is recognised for. Notably, the team has a global reach and regularly acts for foreign claimants who have suffered injury in the UK, with Sapna Malik being just one of the key names to note in this respect. In addition, the team is experienced in dealing with cases intrinsically linked with international human rights issues, a recent example being its representation of 75 claimants who suffered alleged extensive and traumatic abuse at work in Tanzania. ‘Legend in this areaMartyn Day continues to be a leading presence in the team.