Firm Profile > Leigh Day > Manchester, England
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Leigh Day > The Legal 500 Rankings
Headed by Chris Benson, the employment team at Leigh Day has considerable expertise in advising union members in claims for equal pay against both public and private sector employers, occasionally supporting union causes in high-stakes litigation. The team also acts for non-union clients, including senior executives and high-level employees, who approach the firm on an individual basis. The 'formidable' pairing of Lauren Lougheed and Linda Wong, who have been spearheading the team’s high-profile equal pay claims against Asda and Sainsbury’s, were both promoted to partner in April 2020. Associate solicitors Mike Cain and Ryan Bradshaw are also highly regarded.
‘The employment team is groundbreaking in its pursuit of gig worker claims and also in respect of holiday pay claims. It acts for groups of claimants and for trade unions pushing the scope of the law.’
‘Ryan Bradshaw who shows fantastic judgement, a commercial approach and marshalls large cases with devastating attention to detail.’
‘The northern office is the powerhouse behind the supermarket litigation. It combines an excellent knowledge of the key legal issues with an unrivalled ability to manage the logistics of huge pieces of litigation. They are far and away the standout claimant firm in the country.’
‘Lauren Lougheed is a terrific and dedicated lawyer who is able to drive a team forward whilst juggling a vast number of competing requirements. Linda Wong is a marvellous and committed lawyer who is absolutely unrelenting on behalf of her clients. As a pair, they are formidable.’
‘Leigh Day are incredibly knowledgeable in this area of law having conducted some notable cases which focus on equal pay and police pensions, to name a couple. Their thirst for justice is what makes Leigh Day stand out.’
‘Mike Cain is incredibly knowledgeable and has a passion for employment law that is very refreshing and reassuring to see. This is what, to us, makes Leigh Day stand out from other firms. Their passion means that cases are dealt with promptly and with precision.’
‘The team have a very good knowledge of my issues and keep me informed of any progress in my case. They treat me like an individual and not just another case to work on. With other companies we have had dealings with, we felt that once the phone had gone down, they forgot about us.’
‘Ryan Bradshaw is by far the best solicitor we have had. He will even phone me on his days off just to keep me in the loop.’
‘I have found their dedication to clients outstanding. First-class technical expertise coupled with always being willing to go the extra mile made me glad to have chosen them.’
Asda Equal Group Pay Claim
Sainsbury’s Group Equal Pay Claim
Insurer: Group Holiday Pay Claims
GMB: Group Holiday Pay Claims
GMB: Union recognition
National Aids Trust
The team at Leigh Day is well-known for handling serious injury and maximum injury cases. The team has significant experience in serious matters including acting for children with cerebral palsy who were injured at birth; spinal claims; neonatal death; acquired brain injury; and amputation claims. 'Tactically astute' Stephen Jones heads the team. Andrew Bradley handles cycling and sports personal injury claims; Clare Campbell heads the travel team and acts for claimants injured abroad. Helen Ashton is recommended for claims related to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
‘Stephen Jones has a brilliant mind, is tactically astute, and explains things clearly in a way that clients understand. It is clear he cares passionately about his clients.’
‘I can’t praise Brendan Hope highly enough. I have found him to be very professional, warm and friendly and very very supportive. He give the impression of having unlimited time to steer me through my case. He takes pains to explain things very clearly at every stage of the proceedings.’
‘Stephen Jones and his team are thorough and knowledgeable. They kept me informed and ensured that I was able to make informed decisions by explaining the risks and benefits of future action in a clear manner, without ever being patronising when it came to points of the legal system. I always felt able to trust them and take their advice. As a result of this trust and guidance I was able to achieve a very satisfactory resolution to my case.’
‘There is one thing that makes Leigh Day in Manchester unique and it can be summed up in two words: Steve Jones. He is at the heart of the department and is such an outstanding individual that is reflected in the rest of his team.’
‘Knowledgeable, professional, competent, personable and trustworthy. Very good communication and always punctual.’
‘The team at Leigh Day are the most impressive I’ve worked with. Their lawyers are very bright and technically exceptional, and yet they communicate in a down to earth way. As a team they are very knowledgeable and great communicators.’
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘Leigh Day have the stand-out public law team of any claimant firm in the country. The firm’s commitment to this area of work means they can act for clients and take on issues where others would not be able to do so, and get great wins for them. They never cease to impress!‘
‘Leading lights in the public law world, particularly good at the crossover with human rights.‘
‘A responsive team with excellent experience in public law and human rights issues.‘
‘Very tenacious, enthusiastic and bright team of public lawyers. They act mainly for claimants and have a fantastic track record in holding public authorities to account.‘
‘Rosa Curling is the best of her generation without a doubt. One of the cleverest and most thoughtful lawyers I have met.‘
‘Rowan Smith is absolutely a future star- perfect temperament, conscientious and also excellent with the law. He’ll go far. Merry Varney is also excellent and Kate Egerton and Anna Moore are good solid performers.‘
‘Waleed Sheikh for his broad experience and knowledge of public law issues; Stephanie Hill for her responsiveness, commitment and knowledge of human rights issues; Tessa Gregory is a brilliant and bright public lawyer and a great team player.‘
‘Rowan Smith is excellent and very experienced in judicial review.‘
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Prison Reform Trust
Campaign Against the Arms Trade
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.
The 'premier team of clinical negligence lawyers' at Leigh Day bring their 'unrivalled breadth and depth of experience' to an 'exceptional caseload', which spans birth, brain and spinal injuries, as well as fatal claims. In recent highlights, the firm was successful in obtaining the largest known settlement for a child suffering from cerebral palsy. Suzanne White is the 'brilliant ' head of the practice, and is also the firm’s inquest partner, and has extensive experience representing families at inquests. Olive Lewin's dual qualification sees her taking on the most complex medical cases, including cardiac surgery cases where patients have become brain damaged. Also notable is 'excellent tactical thinker' Sanja Strkljevic, whose work covers obstetric and surgical care, as well as delayed diagnoses and amputations.
‘The firm deserves its leading position in London. It has an exceptional caseload, has leading practitioners in the field, together with a large and very strong team.‘
‘Suzanne White is a brilliant head of the clinical negligence team.‘
‘Probably unrivalled breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the sector.‘
‘Sanja Strkljevic is a standout partner at the firm – she is exceptionally bright and an excellent tactical thinker.‘
‘They have experts at every level, from juniors to partners, and in-depth knowledge of the nuances of each practice area.‘
‘Leigh Day is the premier team of clinical negligence lawyers in the UK with unparalleled expertise in the field.‘
‘Sally-Jean Nicholes is dogged in pursuit of justice for her clients.‘
Employee/unions Tier 1The employee and trade union team at Leigh Day is headed by Chris Benson , who is hailed as a 'truly inspirational leader'. The team only acts for claimants, and regularly takes on cases turned down by other firms, working with unions and supporting regional and national officers. The team also acts for union members on individual claims and complex group actions, frequently representing thousands of claimants. Particular areas of expertise are equal pay cases, as well as cases concerning the gig economy, representing drivers and couriers challenging their exploitation by large tech companies. The team has been very successful in pension discrimination claims, paving the way for other public sector employees to challenge discriminatory changes to their pensions. Kiran Daurka chairs Leigh Day’s BAME Network and has contributed to a number of government consultations including race pay reporting. Nigel Mackay and Annie Powell are also recommended.
‘Leigh Day are without doubt the most important employee firm. The impact the team has had upon modern employment litigation is unrivalled. They have driven the most important test cases in the UK for the last few years and that pattern will continue.’
‘Chris Benson is at the heart of this term. His impact on UK employment law cannot be overstated. A truly inspirational leader with an eye for the big point.’
‘The team I deal with are very approachable and friendly as well as being invaluable knowledgeable. They always inform with detail and if they need any information from myself are excellent in expressing what they need and any timeframes.’
‘Kiran Daurka is exceptional.’
‘They are extremely dedicated and passionate in their work and very professional.’
‘Of all the firms I work with, they have the most striking team ethic, are very relaxed and friendly and have a real passion for the cases they pursue, particularly the equal pay work.‘
‘Chris Benson is laid back but wholly in control. Kiran Daurka is also very involved in her cases and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘The team is excellent, engaging and brave – they take stuff on that would make lesser firms flinch.’
‘Elizabeth George has a strong professional and empathetic approach that is very reassuring.’
‘Elizabeth George is clearly incredibly experienced and competent. Able to interpret complex legislation for non-lawyers. Very patient despite us asking the same question several times to ensure we understood what we were signing up to! Very personable and approachable. Empathetic – able to step into our shoes to understand how we might be impacted personally by various restrictions.’
Bob Matheson (Protect – Gilham)
Asda Equal Pay – over 40,000 shop workers
Over 14,000 police officers in the largest discrimination claim against the Government and the Police Commissioners
Over 200 teachers
McCloud & 250 others v Ministry of Justice
Multiple employees of Tesco
Multiple employees of Morrisons
Environment Tier 1
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.
‘The outstanding Claimant team for environmental claims. Unrivalled expertise and experience.’
‘At partner level, in addition to Martyn Day (the doyen of this area), Dan Leader is an outstanding player: he is a highly intelligent lawyer who combines a detailed appreciation of the intricacies of the legal issues as well as the complex factual parameters in which they often arise in this field. Oliver Holland’s recent promotion to partner is thoroughly deserved and appropriate: he is a shrewd lawyer who is brilliant with clients. At the associate level Matt Renshaw is excellent. The whole team is inspiring and a real delight to work with.’
‘They are the best legal team in this area in the UK and probably worldwide. They are knowledgeable on the law, innovative in legal thought, brilliant in their dealings with clients and very firm in their legal procedures and tactics. They are definitely the legal firm to use as a claimant.’
‘Richard Meeran, Dan Leader and Martyn Day are superb. Clever, skilled and knowledgeable, as well as engaging and open to new ideas. They form a formidable leadership of an excellent team.’
‘They are 100% committed to every case they work on and leave no stone unturned in seeking the best outcome for their clients. They also work dynamically as a team, offering a seamless service to clients, as well as the counsel who work with them.’
‘Carol Day – her knowledge of environmental law is unrivalled; “Ms Biodiversity” in terms of her passion for, and understanding of, the Habitats Directive and the legal framework protecting the natural environment. She always gives 100% to clients on all issues – ranging from costs protection to complex legal argument.’
‘Dan Leader has a rare and powerful combination of first rate black letter legal skills and a mastery of legal strategy and tactics.’
The Ogale and Bille Communities, Nigeria
Kabwe Lead Poisoning Class Action
The Bodo Community, Nigeria
Cerrejon coal mine victims group, Colombia
Marine Conservation Society
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Personal injury: claimant Tier 1
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.
‘Leigh Day have assembled what is probably the most experienced team of asbestos lawyers anywhere in the UK.‘
‘A very committed team who take on difficult and unusual cases with great courage and success.‘
‘Sally Moore is one of the best PI lawyers in the country.‘
‘Leigh Day is the market leader that all the other personal injury firms specialising in industrial disease look at with envy.‘
‘There truly is no other lawyer like Martyn Day.‘
‘Leigh Day is peerless in dealing with complex multi-party litigation against government departments and multi-national corporations.‘
‘Their strength in depth is extraordinary.‘
Product liability: claimant Tier 1
Leigh Day is one of the leading claimant practices in the market with a strong reputation in cases relating to medical devices and pharmaceuticals products. The team has also seen increasing activity in the consumer goods and food and drinks space, across civil and group litigation. Bozena Michalowska-Howells heads up the practice; she has more than 20 years of experience spanning a variety of disputes. Jill Paterson is well versed in consumer rights issues, while Gene Matthews is a key name for clinical trials and product safety matters. Other prominent practitioners are Michelle Victor, recently promoted partner Thomas Jervis and associates Sarah Moore and Tina Patel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Leigh Day’s product liability team are involved in all major medical and pharmaceutical product liability cases, usually with multiple claimants. Their experience is without equal. They have a good team of partners with real ability to take a realistic view of cases and to exercise shrewd tactics.’
‘Bozena Michalowska-Howells. Partner. She was consistently impressive and advanced her clients’ interests doggedly.’
‘Sarah Moore is incredibly analytical and clear in her approaches to issues. Claimant are lucky to have her in support.’
‘Thomas Jervis fights tirelessly for his clients but combines that with an invaluable realism which means that he can provide the best solution for the client.’
‘The firm is the undoubted market leader in this field. It has vast experience of group litigation in product liability cases, and huge resources to enable these large scale group actions to be fought. The firm is resolutely committed to representing the Davids in David v Goliath litigation, with a hugely impressive work ethic and commitment to its core values.’
‘Bozena Michalowska-Howells has bags of enthusiasm for her cases. A real drive to press them through to the end, with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and an absolute pleasure to work with. Sarah Moore is also very talented with an impressive work ethic and a determination to get the best results for her clients.’
‘Jill Paterson is highly accomplished and highly experienced partner. She has led some of the most complex and challenging product liability litigation in recent times-including claims against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal implants. She couples a high degree of skill with great emotional intelligence, and is rightly trusted by her clients. She has a steely resolve and is a formidable opponent. And she fights very hard to secure compensation for her clients.’
‘The individuals I have worked most closely with are Michelle Victor, Jill Paterson and Tom Jervis. Those three are all highly experienced in product safety/liability claims and they lead a very well run team of solicitors. Michelle works harder and longer hours than anyone I know and she fights extremely hard to get the best results for her client and is not put off by intransigent defendants. Jill is also a fighter and has a very good with clients. She has an excellent reputation particularly in domestic product safety.’
Court of protection Tier 2
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.
‘The lawyers are real fighters but excellent lawyers at the same time. Their case preparation is very good and they show real commitment to clients, whom they treat as individuals’
‘I am highly impressed with the firm as it is a true representation of its ethos – to get justice for those who would otherwise not have a voice‘
‘Anna Moore is simply excellent. Her case preparation is exceptionally thorough and she is one of the most committed solicitors around, yet she manages to retain sufficient detachment to have good judgement. Her legal analysis and clarity of expression also make her stand out‘
‘In the area of Court of Protection health and welfare, Anna Moore is a highly competent and experienced solicitor. She brings to her work thoughtfulness and an ability to understand the detail and nuance of the case which makes her an effective litigator in this area. She is an excellent communicator with clients and families, other parties and other professionals involved in the case alike’
‘Merry Varney is an excellent and supportive lawyer. The firm is well resourced with many departments that complement each other‘
‘Anna Moore is excellent – very thoughtful, intelligent and with good judgement. She has a nose for a good case‘
‘Anna Moore is a pleasure to work with, being both friendly and a true professional. She is evidently very experienced and has a wealth of knowledge given how thorough she is in her work‘
‘The team was very thorough, explained everything to me and set out what was required very clearly‘
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Senior executives Tier 3
Specialist claimant firm Leigh Day undertakes a wide range of work for senior executives, including complex injunction proceedings and high-value discrimination cases. Recent work has included an increasing number of sexual harassment and equal pay cases. Team head Chris Benson has a specialism in cases involving breaches of performance targets and professional standards. Nigel Mackay and Emma Satyamurti are other notable names in the team.
‘In my experience, Leigh Day’s employment team demonstrate a combination of integrity, tenacity and fastidiousness.’
‘Formidable team, formidable fight, formidable talent.’
‘Kiran Daurka and Nigel Mackay are standout partners, an absolute delight to work with; ultra dedicated, with great team spirit – they are brilliant and creative lawyers, and they fight hard for their clients. Fantastic to work with both of them. Kiran is also one of the most creative and intuitive discrimination lawyers I have every worked with. Nigel has a strong grasp of detail and a commitment to his client that is unmatched.’
‘A team of dedicated, committed and creative lawyers who genuinely care for their clients and have a great track record of acting for individuals. Undoubtedly the leading specialist claimant firm in the field.’
‘Paula Lee is a really passionate and committed solicitor with excellent client care skills and a thoughtful and wise approach to her work. She has a particular expertise in claims in international arbitral tribunals.’
‘Leigh Day is rightly regarded as one of the go-to firms for senior executives looking to bring claims. They are particularly good in relation to discrimination law issues, and are utterly fearless even in challenging cases.’
‘Annie Powell handled my case and was outstanding. I believe she went above and beyond in terms of honesty, transparency and kindness. Annie always managed my expectations and made me consider worst case scenarios. She empowered me to make decisions on what action I would take by walking me through all possible scenarios. I had complete confidence in Annie and always new I was being advised in a completely ethical way. I never felt pressured into taking action I didn’t want to take.’
‘Paula Lee is an exceptionally talented lawyer. Supremely knowledgeable in the areas in which she was acting for me – equal pay and sex discrimination. At the same time she has a lovely, approachable and down to earth personality. I particularly appreciated her patience and honesty throughout my time of dealing with her.’
‘Annie Powell is fantastic. Has ability way beyond her years. Totally on top of her game and would recommend her to everyone.’
Headed up by 'very experienced' cross-border personal injury lawyer Clare Campbell, the 'tenacious and creative' Manchester-based team at Leigh Day acts exclusively for claimants, handling a range of international injury claims. Fielding specialists in the field of cycle accidents, the team’s workload also comprises claims involving road traffic accidents abroad with complex jurisdiction and applicable law issues, claims under the Package Travel Regulations, workplace accidents abroad, and maritime and aviation accidents. Associate solicitor Joseph Dawson, who clients claim 'lives and breathes international travel law', is a key name to note.
‘Leigh Day justly has a really good reputation as a tenacious and creative firm which puts its clients front and centre. It is strong on creative use of the law in the interests of its clients.’
‘Clare Campbell is a very experienced operator and an empathetic team player. Her team is very good and supports her very well.’
‘Clare Campbell and Joe Dawson in the Manchester office are very capable in dealing with the regular diet of foreign accident claims. Leigh Day (Manchester) are in my view on a par with the more regular foreign accident players in the field despite being a relatively small operation.’
‘Leigh Day has an international reputation for tackling challenging transnational cases that places it in the forefront of the practice.’
‘Clare Campbell treated us with absolute professionalism and compassion throughout our case. We trusted her implicitly and she was always readily available to discuss our concerns and questions which she dealt with sensitively, patiently and thoroughly. The support from her and her team was invaluable, we really can’t fault them on any level, they were all superb and I highly recommend them.’
‘Joseph Dawson lives and breathes international travel law. A first rate practitioner: charming, extremely hard working, excellent judgment, huge knowledge, great with clients. One to watch!’
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Leigh Day > Firm Profile
Leigh Day is a leading human rights and personal injury claimant firm based in London.
The firm: Leigh Day specialises in many aspects of national and international personal injury and accident work, human rights, clinical negligence, and multi-party actions. Lawyers at Leigh Day are committed to offering an exceptionally high-quality service to all clients. The firm was set up by Sarah Leigh OBE and Martyn Day in June 1987 to represent individual claimants and their families. This remains the firm’s core value as it continues to grow across all departments.
Types of work undertaken
Personal injury: The team acts for clients who have suffered severe and often life changing injuries. This includes cases of severe orthopaedic fractures, life changing injuries such as limb loss and brain and spinal injuries and representing a very large number of bereaved families. The cycling team handles hundreds of claims every year and is the exclusive provider of legal support to British Cycling and British Triathlon members.
Industrial disease: The industrial disease team at Leigh Day not only represent clients who have developed an illness, usually from negligent exposure to asbestos in the workplace, but they also have shaped the law through landmark rulings, including from the Supreme Court, which improve the rights of all negligence victims.
Administrative and public law: The firm undertakes a large number of high-profile judicial reviews. The team has successfully challenged the Government over the implementation of Universal Credit and it represented The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in its successful challenge against the UK Government for granting licences for arms to Saudi Arabia.
Clinical negligence: The firm has 30 lawyers representing clients who have been injured, or the families of the deceased, through negligence in a healthcare setting. New head of department Suzanne White is a trustee of the Patients Association and the team works with many other organisations campaigning for patient safety across the NHS and in private practice.
Employment: The employment team at Leigh Day is currently acting for over 40,000 supermarket workers in one of the largest equal pay group claims in history, against the big four supermarkets. The team has also pioneered legal challenges to discriminatory pension schemes in the public sector and is acting for thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges. The team is also involved in claims against Uber and most of the other gig economy employers.
Environment: The firm specialises in claims as a result of exposure to pollution, including radiation, chemicals, pesticides and sewage in the sea. On behalf of Wild Justice, a group led by the naturalist and broadcaster, Chris Packham, the team brought a successful challenge against Natural England over general licences allowing for the mass killing of several species of birds.
The team is at the forefront of the legal fight against climate change on behalf of its clients. It is currently instructed in a challenge to Heathrow’s third runway on grounds that the government failed to consider the Paris Agreement, as well as in a direct action against the Council for the European Union in respect of the damaging CO2 impact of the burning of forests as biomass. They continue to bring judicial reviews of grants of planning permission on air pollution grounds, and we are at the cutting edge of scrutinising the lawfulness of the UK government’s subsidies for fossil fuel projects abroad.
Human rights: The human rights department offers expertise in special needs education, child abuse, confidentiality and planning. The firm represents the family of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old girl who took her own life in 2017 and the human rights team has been representing Molly’s father in his battle against the social media networks for more disclosure following Molly’s death. The team has an outstanding reputation for its work on medical ethical issues and ‘best interests’ cases. The firm has been ground-breaking in its consideration of the impact of human rights on health and social care law.
International: The firm has pioneered legal developments in multi-party cases on behalf of claimants in the UK and overseas, ensuring that large corporations based in the UK face justice in the UK over the actions of their subsidiaries in developing countries. The firm has also been at the forefront of litigation against the UK Government for alleged human rights breaches arising from the UK’s involvement in overseas military operations and the global ‘war on terror’. In addition, the firm has been at the vanguard of modern slavery litigation. The department’s cases emanate from across globe, in particular Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, with the team providing access to justice to thousands of people who would otherwise go without redress.
The work of the international team has established numerous legal precedents, including Supreme Court authority, on issues as diverse as parent company liability and jurisdiction, the remit of English courts to adjudicate on the UK’s actions overseas, the interplay of UN Security Council Resolutions and the UK’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and the duty of care owed to those serving in the British military abroad. The team’s successes go beyond securing compensation, such as in 2018, obtaining an unprecedented public apology from the UK Government for its role in the ‘detention, rendition and suffering’ of its clients Abdul Hakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar.
Product liability: The department has been involved in some of the most important product liability cases of the last 25 years. Claims include those against manufacturers of home appliances, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food products. They have also acted on behalf of claimants injured in clinical trials. They acted for the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died following an allergic reaction. The high-profile case led to a change in the law on ingredient labelling which is now known as “Natasha’s Law”. The team are currently acting as the joint-lead lawyers, in the emissions defeat device group litigation against Volkswagen in the UK believed to be the largest group action in the UK.
|Senior Partner||Martyn Day|
|Managing Partner||Frances Swaine|
|Administrative and Public Law||Jamie Beagent|
|Personal Injury: claimant||Sally Moore|
|Clinical Negligence||Suzanne White|
|Civil Liberties and Human Rights||Jamie Beagent|
|International Group Claims||Richard Meeran|
|Product Liability||Boz Michalowska Howells|
|Court of Protection||Sean Humber|
|Clare Campbell||Road traffic accidents abroad, aviation accidents, cruise accidents, workplace accidents abroad, group…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 44 Qualified Lawyers (including partners and legal execs) : 168 Fee-earners (including paralegals and qualified fee earners) : 297
CLIENT: Paul Willis
TESTIMONIAL: I have the highest regard for Kevin and his team. Kevin’s knowledgeable support, his professionalism and efficiency throughout the whole process was exceptional and deeply appreciated. The personal attention I received and the comprehensive feedback through each step of this process to the final very successful settlement was exemplary. I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending Leigh Day but in particular Kevin and his team to any other persons who may find themselves in the unfortunate position of having contacted this terrible disease and who are in need of legal help and support.
TESTIMONIAL: I was very impressed with the sensitive and professional way you have handled my mother’s case. The advice we received was clear and delivered in a timely fashion. I felt that your representative always had my mother’s best interests at heart and the personal touch meant a lot to my mother and made a very difficult and painful situation far more bearable than it might have been.
CLIENT: Anil Singh
TESTIMONIAL: The process and support I received was second to none. Ross Whalley who was with me for most of my case, helped with getting me back on my feet with therapy and all the medical attention I required, but in the background building a solid case for compensation. Having a solicitor that has a full understanding of the other side’s stance and being able to negotiate for you is key. Ross helped me achieve the maximum compensation for my injuries and I would not have any hesitation in recommending him for any injury claim.
CLIENT: Tom Townsend
TESTIMONIAL: We had heard that Leigh Day were they best when it comes to cycling legal cases and they definitely do not disappoint. Our lawyer was uber methodical, professional, full of empathy, detailed, thorough- we could not praise her highly enough. In fact, she changed our son’s life and minimised the distress at a very difficult time following his terrible accident. Thanks is not enough.
CLIENT: Geraldine Pearson
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent service, very clear and helpful. Highly recommend, Leigh Day do all the work, you just have to give them your information. I have used Leigh Day twice to fight my corner. They also explain everything to you, if unsure of anything they go over it with you.
CLIENT: L. Kirkham
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent firm to deal with, who made a difficult and stressful legal problem very simple For me by explaining the details in a way I could understand, discussing best options, challenging specific parts that were not to my benefit and agreeing acceptable changes so that I was in the strongest position I could be. Highly recommend the staff of this firm to anyone who needs legal Assistance.
CLIENT: Verity Bradley-Barker
TESTIMONIAL: It has been a long road to get to this point but Emmalene and her team have shown us nothing but compassion, commitment and kindness throughout. It came as no surprise that the hospital trust failed to provide us with any apology or admission of guilt, but knowing that Leigh Day worked tirelessly to ensure a positive outcome provided much comfort to my husband and I. No amount of financial compensation will ever bring back our precious son but knowing that (with Leigh Day’s help) we have done all we can to prevent this happening to other families is comforting.
CLIENT: Karl Newton
TESTIMONIAL: A close relative died as a result of mistakes made at our local hospital. After a year of letter writing and internal inquires, I engaged Suzanne White at Leigh Day. The care, personal attention and expertise that Suzanne and her team brought to our case was first rate. We worked with Leigh Day for 5 years and all members of the family were impressed at their professionalism and humanity. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
CLIENT: Christie Dyball
TESTIMONIAL: INQUEST gave my contact details to Leigh Day in January 2018, this was because my mother choked to death whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Straight away Leigh Day saw the injustice and legitimacy of my case. They worked hard to gather information so that I could understand the circumstances of her sudden and violent death and to make sure a strong conclusion was achieved at the inquest. Following on from this, we were successful in bringing a civil case against the NHS. Every member of the team at Leigh Day that I was in contact with was friendly and efficient.
CLIENT: Keith & Paula Watts
TESTIMONIAL: For the last three years we committed to using the service of Leigh Day, represented by Merry Varney, on a very sensitive matter. It has been a journey, which has had many, challenges, highs and lows and utter frustrations, Merry and her team were an amazing front line for our case, persistent, totally committed and incredibly informative with advice and direction. Aside of the legal aspect, we were comforted with respect and understanding, which is important in a long term situation and more importantly the clarification on every point of the process was explained in detail.
CLIENT: Lynne Holman
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you very much for all your hard work in bringing the case to a successful conclusion. We have received an excellent and caring service from you. Excellent communication all through the case. Leo ensured I was updated in all aspects and ensured that I understood the required technical details. Would thoroughly recommend Leo and Leigh Day.
CLIENT: Daniel Nash
TESTIMONIAL: We had a dishwasher fire in our home and thankfully Leigh Day agreed to act on our behalf in taking on a white goods supplier when the item did not work as it should and because of this caused a lot of damage to my home. And thanks to Jill and Thomas for taking the case and putting us on a level playing field with a big company who we could never take on without the help of Leigh Day.
CLIENT: Claire Hibbert
TESTIMONIAL: Leigh Day have been fantastic. Sarah and her team supported me the last year and worked so hard on my case and other ladies diagnosed with BIA ALCL. I can not thank them enough.
CLIENT: Irene Morris
TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Leigh Day for 13 months, they are pursuing a legal case for myself. Sarah Moore is my solicitor, I have found her knowledgeable, accessible, professional, friendly and always prepared to go that extra mile. Leigh Day also bring case topics into the media through interviews, newspaper reports, television and radio, which helps to put injustices right and bring awareness of these issues to everyone. I would highly recommend Sarah Moore from Leigh Day.
Leigh Day is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. We value the diversity of our colleagues, our clients and the third parties with whom we work. We seek to create an environment where everyone feels included and valued for their unique characteristics, skills and abilities and supported in their needs and responsibilities.
Leigh Day does not discriminate on grounds of sex, age, race, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, gender reassignment, sex characteristics, religion or belief.
We have policies in place to support our commitment to equality and diversity and ensure that it is acted upon on a day to day basis. We also monitor the way that we employ and manage our staff and the way that we interact with clients, third parties and suppliers to ensure that our dealings are consistent with our principles.
Some examples of initiatives and achievements include:
- Thriving and active BAME/ LGBT+/ Women’s/ Disability & Allies Committees/Networks
- Solicitor Apprenticeship schemes for individuals from under-represented backgrounds
- Top 100 ranked Stonewall Diversity Champion as part of the Workplace Equality Index
- Active Bystander training for all staff
- Unconscious Bias training for senior staff
- Diversity & Inclusion training for new staff
The LGBT+ & Allies network aims to promote a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages respect and equality for LGBT+ staff members. The activities of the network include:
- seminars and events of LGBT+ interest
- working with external charities and grass roots organisations
- social events for LGBT+ staff and allies
- running an LGBT+ book club
- ensuring the firm’s policies and practices support LGBT+ staff
- attending National Pride events
- providing a peer support network for LGBT+ staff
Leigh Day’s BAME Network was created to promote racial diversity in all its forms. It has the following primary aims:
- Improve the recruitment and progression of all BAME staff within the firm.
- Actively encourage diversity amongst our suppliers and networks
- Education and reflection around the wider race debate including providing a programme of events with guest speakers.
- Increase accessibility to the legal profession through connections to schools and higher education providers.
This committee’s motto is “An equal world is an enabled world”. Its principal objectives are to:
- Work towards and support the firm in becoming a signatory to the Law Society Women in Law Pledge.
- Raise awareness and educate everyone on issues facing women in the workplace and work together towards overcoming them.
- Empower and support women and girls to achieve their full potential.
- Actively encourage diversity amongst our suppliers and networks.
DISABILITY & ALLIES
This network’s definition of disability is broad and non-legalistic, encompassing any mental, physical or neuro-diverse health condition that has a significant ongoing impact on a person’s life.
The aims of the network are to:
- encourage an open, inclusive, accepting, supportive and accessible working environment where everyone feels comfortable to be themselves;
- raise awareness amongst managers about how to support staff with health conditions effectively;
- tackle stigma;
- celebrate human diversity.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictA 'drive to fight for the vulnerable and marginalised' and 'commitment to ensuring access to justice' are Leigh Day's unique selling points. The 'willingness to take on cases others would have shied away from' also attracted recruits to the claimant-only London firm. 'The work I am involved in is captivating and personal to people's lives' said one trainee, 'it has an impact in a way that I can see directly': a sentiment which was echoed across the board. Training at Leigh Day is 'very hands-on' and recruits feel that they get 'trusted with very significant work and receive a lot of personal feedback'. 'Doing advocacy in the High Court' was a clear highlight, as was 'being flown to Colombia to take witness evidence from farming communities to be used in a class action lawsuit'. Even some of the worst moments were glamorous: 'being late for a trial and fighting my way through paparazzi who were waiting for Jonny Depp' is an example. Impressively the firm has scooped up eight Lex 100 Winner awards, including job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact and inclusiveness. It's not all sunshine and roses though; some recruits begrudge the lack of LPC funding, whilst others complained that the IT systems are 'slightly outdated'. Opinion was also divided over the year-long seats, which see trainees spend time in only two departments during their training contract: 'this is a huge advantage if you get at least one department you are interested in, but greatly frustrating and limiting if you do not'. For the opportunity to 'play a part in rare and high-quality cases' in a firm where everyone is 'genuinely passionate about their work', research Leigh Day.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment: employee/union firms
- Administrative and public law
- Civil liberties and human rights
- Clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal injury: claimant
- Product liability: claimant