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Leigh Day
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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

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 > 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.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Leigh Day fields a ‘very committed team who take on difficult and unusual cases with great courage and success‘ and whose ‘strength in depth is extraordinary‘. Highly specialised departments complement the firm’s work on amputations, brain injuries and fatal accidents. Richard Meeran leads on international work, including ground-breaking cases against UK-domiciled multinationals, and abuse claims brought in foreign jurisdictions. Martyn Day is also a key name to note for this type of work. Daniel Easton and Harminder Bains jointly head up an industrial disease team which has assembled ‘the most experienced team of asbestos lawyers anywhere in the UK‘, and takes cases up to the Supreme Court. Grant Incles is at the helm of the specialist cycling and sports injuries department, and Sally Moore receives frequent instruction from the British Cycling Federation.