Leigh Day > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Leigh Day
M40 5BP

Employment > Employment: employee/union firms Tier 1

Frequently appearing before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Leigh Day deals with some of the most high-profile mandates on behalf of employees, often acting for unions and senior executives, as well as large group claims involving equal pay and discrimination disputes. Practice co-heads Lauren Lougheed and Linda Wong represent claimants in equal pay, sex and gender discrimination, and whistleblowing matters. Managing partner Chris Benson  is a key contact regarding multi-party group cases and has been involved in local authority equal pay claims. Mike Cain was promoted to partner in April 2022 and is noted for his work on senior executive discrimination claims. Additionally, associate Ryan Bradshaw has niche expertise in higher education and social welfare employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Lougheed; Linda Wong

Other key lawyers:

Chris Benson; Mike Cain; Ryan Bradshaw


‘The Manchester team is successfully building senior executive work nationwide which is a competitive offering with specialist advice particularly in discrimination issues to senior finance, legal medical and academia professionals. Mike Cain is driving this. He is technically very strong, great with clients and very sensitive to their requirements.’

‘The firm has an excellent record of client care and service, as well as strong regulatory check mechanisms to ensure clients obtain the best service possible. Given the nature of their work, the commitment to being straightforward and simple in their advice whether it be to an individual or thousands of people is particularly helpful.’

‘Mike Cain has a growing team made up fee earners working with insurance, union and high-net-worth clients. He has run cases of supranational importance to the ECJ and the UK Supreme Court. He is engaged at a level well above most, both macro in strategy and planning, and micro in terms of getting the best result for the client. His candour when providing advice sets him apart.’

Ryan Bradshaw is increasingly sought out by unions for his willingness to give them the advice they need rather than the advice they want. Has developed a niche in the field of worker status in academic institutions and recentering industrial disputes into the tribunals rather than other forms of industrial action where possible.’

‘Unparalleled knowledge and experience in advancing claimant-based mass litigation.’

‘Ryan Bradshaw is incredibly technically able and manages large cases with great skill and care.’

‘Two features of the firm stand out as being unique. First, their legal creativity. They are constantly pushing the boundaries with new and successful cases. Second, their breadth of ability. They are very cross-disciplinary and can offer a helpful mix of different expertise, such as in public and employment law.’

‘Lauren Lougheed and Linda Wong are a fantastic team, driving their claims forward and completely focused on securing the best outcome for their clients.’

Key clients

Asda workers Group Equal Pay Claim (ASDA Stores Ltd v Brierley & others)

Sainsbury’s workers Group Equal Pay Litigation (Ahmed & others v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited)

Nursing & Midwifery Council v Robin Somerville – Court of Appeal

Bamieh v Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office


National Aids Trust

Zuzana Windle

Goldsmiths v UCU

J v P

Holiday Pay Claims – Infrastructure Workers – Mega Multiple

Work highlights

  • Acted for over 46,000 mostly female ASDA supermarket workers in their long-running claims for equal pay, achieving a ground-breaking Supreme Court decision permitting comparison between wages earned by predominantly female staff in retail stores in one location and largely male employees in distribution centres and warehouses in another geographical area.
  • Acted for a former Foreign Office lawyer in her whistleblowing action arising from reporting EU corruption.
  • Advised Goldsmiths University and College Union lecturers on claims against the University based on their status as workers in an action which had a ripple effect on other university lecturer contracts.

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 1

Regarded as ‘a powerhouse in the claimant employment world’, Leigh Day often acts on high-profile precedent-setting cases on half of large groups of employees as well as individual workers. Most notably, the group has recently secured two major wins for a large number of Uber and ASDA employees in the Supreme Court. The practice is jointly led by ‘outstanding partner’ Emma Satyamurti, who is an expert in discrimination and equal pay matters, and Nigel Mackay, who has been particularly busy assisting gig workers in establishing new legal precedents regarding their employment status. Large multi-party group discrimination and pension claims are the area of expertise of Chris Benson and Kiran Daurka. Other key names in the group include barrister Elizabeth George, who often represent employees and trade unions in equal pay, bullying and sexual harassment cases, Paula Lee, Michael Newman, who has ‘exceptional knowledge of equal pay and discrimination’, and and associate Annie Powell.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Mackay; Emma Satyamurti

Other key lawyers:


‘They are at the forefront of major cases. The team are comprised of reliable and high-quality lawyers. They have an outstanding breadth of knowledge. Any client can have confidence in their ability to work hard to achieve the best result possible.’

‘Annie Powell is truly exceptional. She is incredibly sharp, will leave no stone unturned and her strategic choices wins cases well before they even get to the tribunal. She is always focused on ensuring that the best case is put forward.’

‘Michael Newman is a very talented lawyer, with exceptional knowledge of equal pay and discrimination.’

‘Nick Webster is my first-choice recommendation as an employment solicitor. He is tenacious, unflappable and supportive. His clients are in safe hands.’

‘I would also recommend Emma Satyamurti as an outstanding partner who brings on and supports her team brilliantly. I love working with her team because they work to a high standard and benefit from Emma’s input and advice whenever needed.’

‘Leigh Day is a powerhouse in the claimant employment world. They are involved in almost all the mass claims currently being pursued in employment tribunals, but they also do excellent work on an individual level.’

‘Paula Lee has huge enthusiasm for her work and clients, particularly in the field of equal pay. Jasmine Patel has a meticulous approach to litigation combined with real empathy for her clients, delivering excellent results. Michael Newman is unflappable when dealing with the biggest mass litigation cases. Emma Satyamurti is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, with excellent tactical skills. Thomas Hewitt really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to equal pay and mass litigation. Kiran Daurka is very experienced in dealing with discrimination and mass claims.’

‘Kiran Daurka is 100% committed to every case and has a great tactical mind and will fight every step of the way for her clients.’

Key clients

Asda workers

Uber Drivers

Morrisons workers

Circuit Judges

Amazon Delivery Drivers

Next workers

15,000 police officers

Victims of Modern Slavery

Tesco workers

The Fawcett Society

Work highlights

  • Acted for over 46,000 mostly female ASDA supermarket workers in claims for equal pay.
  • Represent over 5,200 drivers in a case against Uber, which confirmed that Uber drivers have the right to paid annual leave, the national minimum wage, a workplace pension and other additional benefits attached to the status of worker.
  • Assisted 13,500 police officer in achieving a settlement of over £40m for discriminatory changes to the police pension scheme.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

‘Inspirational leader’ and ‘absolute marvel’ Suzanne White heads up the clinical negligence team at Leigh Day. The practice stands out for its foundation of female-only partners; the team’s ‘Women’s Rights in Healthcare’ event – which is aimed at pushing policy change – is in its fourth year and brings such prominent issues as domestic abuse, endometriosis, perineal injury and abortion to the forefront of professional conversation. The team’s expertise spans the most complex and difficult cases, including brain injury; spinal injury, led by Olive Lewin; birth complications; and catastrophic and fatal claims, often worth multi-millions in value. In addition, practitioners are active in a uniquely high number of inquests. Emmalene Bushnell specialises in maternity scandal cases, while Maria Panteli notably acted for ten claimants in the high profile Ian Paterson case recently. Other recommended partners include Despina Kavadas and Sanja Strkljevic. The team is developing – the recently promoted Matt Westlake is one to watch, as is recent recruit Amy Chater, who joined from Freeths LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne White

Other key lawyers:

Emmalene Bushnell; Maria Panteli; Sanja Strkljevic; Olive Lewin; Sally Jean-Nicholes; Henry Dyson; Despina Kavadas; Angharad Vaughan; Kirsten Wall; Anna Brothers


‘Angharad Vaughan is superb with clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. Anna Brothers has the ability to see the way to success in the most difficult cases.’

‘Olive Lewin is tenacious and will leave no stone unturned.’

‘Henry Dyson has bags of experience and excellent nous whilst Emmalene Bushnell is well-regarded and an extremely professional solicitor.’

‘The whole team at Leigh Day show unfailing dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for their clients who have acquired avoidable injuries in a clinical context. Their work is their vocation, yet they balance this with the necessary objectivity to ensure that they are always highly professional in everything they do.’

‘Suzanne White is an absolute marvel and an inspirational leader of the medical negligence team. She has boundless energy to ensure that her cases are thoroughly investigated and prepared and she also excels in managing clients’ expectations where required. She adopts a sensitive but pragmatic approach which clients appreciate and she is so accessible to counsel and clients alike. She keeps so many plates spinning, with a positive and upbeat disposition.’

‘Leigh Day has been, in my opinion, probably the premier claimant clinical negligence firm for the last 20 years and maintains this position today. One of its great advantages is the diversity of the work which the firm does as a whole, which is helpful when clinical negligence claims overlap with other areas of law.’

‘Leigh Day are the premier claimant-focused clinical negligence firm in London. They have the winning formula: an excellent reputation; true expertise in the field; experience in all types of clinical negligence claims; passion for their work; complete dedication to their clients; and a fantastic team ethos. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who has suffered injury as a result of clinical negligence.’

‘Suzanne White is a formidable solicitor whose passion for the clinical negligence field – and improving healthcare standards more generally – is evident in all that she does. Her vast experience and tactical approach permeates her entire team. It is clear that her assistant solicitors and associate solicitors work very well with her. It is no surprise that she leads, and continues to shape, one of the best clinical negligence teams in the country.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the family of a 28-year-old man who died from the sickle cell crisis at his inquest.
  • Acted on a case against the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust concerning the negligent administration of Misoprostol, which caused the death of a mother and her unborn baby.
  • Represented a claimant in a case concerning the delayed diagnosis of a popliteal artery aneurism, which led to him needing a transfemoral amputation.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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 area' Martyn Day continues to be a leading presence in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sally Moore; Richard Meeran; Daniel Easton; Harminder Bains

Other key lawyers:

David Preston; Laura Murphy; Bethany Sanders; Daniel Easton; Patrick Walsh; Ewan Tant; Robin Selley; Rory McCarron; Sapna Malik; Sophie Turner; Oliver Holland; Martyn Day; Vijay Ganapathy; Michelle Victor


‘Harminder Bains dealt with my husband’s claim, and has much experience in dealing with asbestos claims against companies. She was totally understanding of our situation, nothing was ever too much trouble for her, and her knowledge of the law was extensive.’

‘I was happy to follow Daniel Easton’s excellent advice at all times as I knew he had tremendous experience and prior success in mesothelioma cases. He was extremely thorough and prepared me for the difficulties the defence sometimes presents. Daniel was considerate, helpful and understanding of my difficult personal circumstances over the four year case, offering me effective support.’

‘Patrick Walsh’s knowledge of the case subject was outstanding. He has excellent task management skills and scheduled each stage of the case precisely. I completely put my trust in Patrick; he was honest with his advice and was very flexible and positive in his approach. He worked at connecting all aspects of the case, bringing together all information and expert reports whilst compiling the claim. He investigated all avenues of inquiry to build the claim.’

‘Our experience of Leigh Day was that throughout the process from start to finish, it felt to my wife like the main priority was her health and wellbeing, underpinned by the legal process which Leigh Day managed exceptionally well. They just shared with us the right amount of information and discussion on decisions where they needed to be made, without making any assumptions on how we felt, or what we should feel or decide. A really good balance of skills and communication engagement with the lead and support roles, we felt really well supported throughout the process.’

‘Sally Moore leads an industry-beating team of personal injury lawyers. She inspires her team, who have a commitment to pro bono and charity work, which complements their litigation work. As solicitors for British Cycling, the firm has a deep knowledge of sport, recreational and utility cycling.’

‘Sapna Malik is incredibly conscientious and thorough and always goes the extra mile. Martyn Day is a legend in this area who continues to break new ground with the cases he takes on.’

‘They are the best team in industrial disease litigation by miles; their knowledge and experience are unparalleled.’

‘Sally Moore is a force of nature. She tackles the toughest and most complex cases with ease. She has huge experience, fantastic analytical skills and great judgment. She knows when to push and when to compromise.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a cyclist who collided with a tractor and was dragged under the trailer resulting in serious injuries leading to a below the knee amputation.
  • Acted for a claimant alleging asbestos exposure for the 35 years they’d worked at Maida Vale’s Delaware Road London BBC studios between 1979 and 2015.
  • Acted for 95 Tanzanians who alleged that they had been the victims of serious human rights violations, including killings, sexual assault, rape, shootings and physical assault.

Insurance > Product liability: claimant Tier 1

Leigh Day is an industry leader in matters of collective redress, acting for both individuals and groups. The team is also known for its work with diesel vehicle emissions, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and chemical products. Notably, the team has taken a leading role on the litigation of the ‘dieselgate’ vehicle emissions scandal. Team leader Bozena Michalowska-Howells specialises in complex group litigation, and is joint leader of the UK group action against Volkswagen and VW. Jill Paterson is an accompished personal injury lawyer and a passionate campaigner for consumer and patient rights. Other important names on the team are Thomas Jervis, Shazia Yamin and Thomas Jervis.

Practice head(s):

Bozena Michalowska

Other key lawyers:

Jill Paterson; Michelle Victor; Thomas Jervis; Tina Patel


‘The leading claimant product liability team by almost any metric, it is no coincidence that Leigh Day tend to be involved in the most significant cases and holding manufacturers to account over unsafe products. The defining factor of the team is that no stone will ever be left unturned and they will do everything possible to get the best result. That, combined with the compassion they bring to their work, makes this team special.

‘Thomas Jervis is internationally recognised in the field for his expertise in consumer law and product liability. He is extraordinarily thorough in his preparation for and knowledge of his case load and he combines this with a humble and approachable manner that makes him an absolute delight to work with. He is an outstanding team player and highly capable.’

‘The team is top class in its knowledge and experience relating to product liability. They are very innovative and are fully focused on delivering the best possible solutions for their clients.’

‘Shazia Yamin is incredibly personable, knowledgeable and experienced within the sector. She produces such a high standard of work – an exceptional lawyer.

‘Leigh Day are the leaders of this type of group litigation. They have developed a most impressive practice. They know how to take on the large institutions and win. They can’t be phased or bullied – they are relentless in the search for justice for their clients.’

‘Boz Michalowska is at the top of her game and a brilliant group action litigator. She never misses a point and pursue everything vigorously.

‘They are, without any doubt, the leading and best firm for claimants in the product liability field. They have more experience and better quality lawyers than any of their rivals.’

‘Extremely collaborative. As counsel, their work product and input on complex cases is of enormous value. They have a diverse team that is available at all hours, without complaint. Further, their ability to liaise with large client bases and manage expectations along the way, especially in the light of constantly changing circumstances, has always been impressive to me.’

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

As a ‘truly top tier player‘, Leigh Day fields both a core set of practitioners working exclusively on administrative and public law matters – primarily judicial review – and a roster of dedicated lawyers in fields including healthcare, immigration and refugee law,  who regularly bring public law cases in these areas. The team exhibtis ‘courage combined with tactical know-how‘ when litigating at all levels of the court system and across a wide range of subject areas, from cases arising out of armed conflict and environmental protection challenges, through to right to life and right to die issues. Jamie Beagent heads up the practice, which also fields such notable names as Tessa Gregory and Benjamin Burrows. In terms of particular specialisms, Waleed Sheikh is noted for immigration matters, while Merry Varney is the key name for bereaved families and victims of domestic human rights violations.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Beagent

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Gregory; Benjamin Burrows; Emma Jones; Waleed Sheikh; Merry Varney; Stephanie Hill; Tom Short


‘Leigh Day’s team is highly efficient and creative. They regularly handle very large and high profile cases and have the expertise to back it up. They really do have the whole package – people, billing, diversity, technology! A truly top tier player.’

‘Waleed Sheikh – really creative and persistent. Can handle large and complex matters efficiently.’

‘This is a very capable team. They are judicious in the cases and issues they select and are extremely well-run. They have an eye for a good issue to argue and their work is done to a very high standard.’

‘Tessa Gregory is a force of nature. Strong, composed and articulate, she is a great lawyer and a great advocate for her clients.’

‘Waleed Sheikh – very experienced, calm, capable, knowledgeable. Stephanie Hill – sharp, tenacious, knowledgable.’

‘Courage combined with tactical know-how, solid resourcing and heft of broad and deep experience in claimant work – shrugs off government sniping and press criticism in pursuit of justice.’

‘Amazingly dedicated and creative in their work, driven and very client focused. Thorough and with an excellent eye for strategy.’

‘Tessa Gregory – superb lawyer, brilliant with clients, pleasure to work with, incredibly thorough with endless energy.’

Key clients

Freedom From Torture

Wild Justice

UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

Carolin Lucas MP, Chris Bryant MP, Lord Strasburger, Ben Bradshaw MP, Baroness Wheatcroft, Alyn Smith MP, and all the citizens

Campaign Against Arms Trade

John’s Campaign

Open Rights Group

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Cycling UK

Over 320 Core Participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Acting for claimants in in judicial review proceedings concerning alleged breach of Article 2 ECHR during the unlawful killings of civilians by British Special Forces in the course of night raids in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.  
  • Successfully conducted a series of judicial review claims challenging discrimination against two severely disabled men over the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ failure to provide adequate transitional payments to protect them and others from a cliff-edge loss of income following their move on to Universal Credit.  
  • Acting on judicial review proceedings, and most recently an application to the European Court of Human Rights, challenging the UK Government’s failure to investigate Russian interference in UK electoral processes.  

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Beagent; Richard Meeran

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lord; Sean Humber; Alison Millar; Sapna Malik; Tessa Gregory; Waleed Sheikh; Stephanie Hill; Yvonne Kestler


‘One of the leading teams in the country, often dealing in the most complex and high profile cases. They have deep expertise in the area and some of the most skilled litigators in the field.’

‘Alison Millar and Andrew Lord are amongst the stand out practitioners that I would mention. I think both of them have exceptional client handling skills which really complements their professional expertise.’

‘Hands-down the best claimant firm for civil liberties and human rights in the country. They have strength at every level of seniority and know the law back to front. They are also fearless lawyers and very creative thinkers. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘In my view, Leigh Day is at the very top of the London (and UK generally) firms that work in the civil liberties and human rights sector. They are innovative, very client-friendly, and always willing to go the extra mile, including in challenging politically sensitive work.’

‘Yvonne Kestler is an exceptional police actions lawyer. I have had the privilege of working with her since I started practising, and I have found her consistently brilliant in terms of legal acumen, completely committed to her clients, and a delight to work with.

‘The team comprises truly outstanding lawyers who provide clients with an exceptional service.’

‘I have worked with Sapna Malik for more than 10 years and I never cease to marvel at her brilliance as a lawyer, strategist, team leader and instructing solicitor. She manages her team striking a perfect balance between overall command and delegation.’

‘Tessa Gregory is a real standout star in this area. She is responsible for overseeing a multitude of complex and cutting-edge human rights claims. It is impossible to say a bad thing about Tessa: she is dedicated, fearless, strategically astute and immerses herself in the factual and legal detail of her cases.’

Key clients

Kabwe Lead Poisoning Class Action

Milasi Josiya & Others v British American Tobacco PLC, British American Tobacco (GLP), Imperial Brands PLC & 5 others.

AAA & Others v (1) Camellia Plc (2) Linton Park Plc (3) Robertson Bois Dickson Anderson Ltd

Magret Thomas & 30 Ors v PGI Group Ltd

AAA & others v (1) Petra Diamonds Limited & (2) Williamson Diamonds Limited

Various; health and social care

Various; inquests

Various; abuse and exploitation

Various; children and vulnerable adults

Various; privacy and data breaches

Various; discrimination

Various; inquiries

Various; immigration

Various; prisons and police

Various; judicial review

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Hepatitis C Trust and over 500 individuals in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Acting for multiple individuals who have suffered severe physical assaults at the hands of security guards employed by British multinationals abroad.
  • Instructed by relatives of Agnes Wanjiru, a 21-year-old Kenyan woman, who was stabbed and dumped in a septic tank near a British army base in 2012.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Meeran; Jamie Beagent

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Day; Daniel Leader; Oliver Holland; Carol Day; Tessa Gregory; Paul Dowling; Rowan Smith; Ricardo Gama; Matthew Renshaw; Benjamin Croft



‘The environment team at Leigh Day is second to none. For claimants engaged in environmental litigation, the team offer a wealth of knowledge on both substantive environmental law and litigation procedure for environmental claims. Over the past few years, the team have been involved in numerous high profile environmental judicial reviews, including a number on climate change related issues.’

‘Really have their finger on the pulse of what the environmental community needs from litigation.’

‘Rowan Smith is very personable and great at building relationships with clients. Has strong knowledge of environmental law, especially in relation to climate change where he is a real leader of litigation in the field.’

‘They are experts in the field of environmental law and they really go the extra mile for their clients. Passionate about the subject and about achieving the right outcome. Not afraid to take risks and pursue novel and creative arguments before the Courts but also willing to take a strategic view where a legal challenge may not be the best approach. Impressive.’

‘Carol Day – she is an expert in the field and really knows her stuff.

Ricardo Gama – incredibly responsive and hands on. A team player.’

‘I am responding in relation to the Leigh Day International team. They are brilliant, clever and innovative.’

‘Richard Meeran and Daniel Leader are outstanding; easily the leading claimant solicitors in their field.’

Key clients

Andres Fernando Bravo & Others v Amerisur Resources Plc

The Ogale and Bille Communities, Nigeria

Kabwe Lead Poisoning Class Action

The Bodo Community clean-up claim, Nigeria

Diesel emissions group litigation

Wild Justice (Dr Ruth Tingay, Dr Mark Avery, Chris Packham CBE)

The Wildlife Trusts

Transport Action Network


Friends of the Earth

Georgia Elliott Smith

Sarah Finch

Northern Ireland Badger Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Friends of the Earth in a case concerning the UK Government’s financial support of a liquefied natural gas facility off the coast of northern Mozambique and its compatibility with commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • Acting for Wild Justice in a series of challenges concerning the use of general licences by regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to create derogations excusing what would otherwise be unlawful killing of wild birds (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981).
  • Acting for the Ogale and Bille communities in the Niger Delta, who allege that oil spills from Shell’s pipelines have caused long-term and serious contamination of their land and water.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Leigh Day’s clinical negligence team deals with cases of maximum severity, including child cerebral palsy, spinal injury, brain injury and fatal claims. The team has particular expertise in claims relating to women’s health, such as maternal birth injuries and delayed diagnosis of endometriosis. Stephen Jones leads the practice, noted for his work on cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. Brendan Hope is another key member, advising clients on matters across the sector. On the personal injury side, the team covers serious injury, accidents abroad, industrial disease and workplace accident claims. Andrew Bradley heads up the Manchester office and manages the cycling and sports injury team, while Clare Campbell leads the specialist travel litigation team. Andrew Zajac joined the practice from Slater and Gordon in 2021, with expertise in cases involving chronic pain. The Liverpool-based Kevin Johnson specialises in asbestos claims alongside the Manchester-based Helen Ashton and Steven Dickens .

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jones; Suzanne White; Andrew Bradley; Clare Campbell; Helen Ashton; Kevin Johnson; Steven Dickens

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is dedicated, practical, and client-focused. They combine a practical, efficient approach to communications, billing, decision-making and initial contracting; with an empathic approach to clients.’

‘They are the market leaders in industrial disease. Their experience is unparalleled and they are extremely good with clients. The more senior team leaders have mentored their juniors very well, so that there are no weaknesses from top to bottom.’

‘Kevin Johnson is a leader by example. The most diligent solicitor I have worked with.’

‘Kevin Johnson has outstanding legal knowledge of asbestos mesothelioma. He is caring and compassionate and supports the family and the individual through the difficult times.’

‘They rightly enjoy their reputation as the UK leading experts in the field, successfully helping the injured people in most difficult cases.’

‘Andrew Zajac is the best personal injury lawyer I know. He is very bright, has an excellent eye for detail and determined not to leave any stone unturned in securing the best outcome for his client.’

‘Ross Whalley is an extraordinary solicitor and partner. He is always incredibly available and is able to provide you with responses with a very quick turnaround. He is a highly skilled solicitor with immense knowledge about personal injury claims.’

‘For me there is 1 standout individual and that is Stephen Jones. He is head and shoulders above any other solicitor in clinical negligence in the North West.’

Key clients


Thomas Bradfield-Kay

Thong Nguyen



Sylvia Ninkovic

Matthew Smith

Abdul Hafiz Gellaledin

Graham Midgley

Nick Trevett

Michael Atkinson

Peter Murphy

Work highlights

  • Acted for JKL, a child with cerebral palsy, securing a settlement of a lump sum of £3,952,000 and annual periodical payments for the rest of his life of £39,000 from 15/12/21 increasing to £101,150 per annum from 15/12/29.
  • Acted  for a client with a spinal injury, securing a settlement of £13m.
  • Settled a claim relating to partial loss of vision for £1.3m.

Transport > Travel Tier 2

The ‘team of enthusiasts‘ at Leigh Day ‘brings an unsurpassed level of commitment and care to its international personal injury caseload‘; it is able to provide highly specialised advice in relation to cycle accidents abroad and is active in handling foreign enquiries for the National Accident Helpline. Clare Campbell leads the Manchester-based practice ‘with brilliant attention-to-detail and real flair‘, and associate Joseph Dawson ‘has an astute sense of what will work‘. Associate Colin Murphy is also singled out for his ability to ‘combine academic interests in the thornier aspects of cross-border practice with excellent client management skills‘.

Practice head(s):

Clare Campbell

Other key lawyers:


‘A team of enthusiasts who bring an unsurpassed level of commitment and care to their international personal injury case load. The team is full of talent: from those with real academic flair to excellent tacticians. They deliver results for their grateful clients.’

‘Clare Campbell leads the team with brilliant attention-to-detail and real flair. She handles her headline-generating caseload with calmness, efficiency and precision. A brilliant lawyer.’

‘Colin Murphy is superb: combining academic interests in the thornier aspects of cross-border practice with excellent client management skills.’

‘Joseph Dawson has an astute sense of what will work. Always well-prepared, he usually has the ear of the Court.’

‘Leigh Day is a firm that I would recommend to a friend. They have an excellent team with a combined experience which is impressive. They are prepared to take on difficult cases and often win them.’

‘There is nothing Clare Campbell doesn’t know about travel law and about the industry. She is an approachable partner but a formidable opponent, without being difficult. Colin Murphy is another one to watch in the area, and Joe Dawson also has a good deal of experience here.’

‘A greatly experienced specialist team who take on all types of travel work.’

‘Clare Campbell – well respected and very experienced in travel law. Her empathetic manner with vulnerable clients is notable.’

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Leigh Day handles a range of disputes for senior executives, from discrimination cases to claims brought under the Equality Act 2010. A key area of work is acting on behalf of senior female employees, ensuring pay parity for employees across a range of sectors from media to finance clients, government authorities and commercial enterprises. Nigel Mackay advises on restrictive covenants, team moves and high-value breach of contract claims before the High Court. He co-leads the practice with Emma Satyamurti, who focuses on equal pay litigation. Associate Nick Webster is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Mackay; Emma Satyamurti

Other key lawyers:

Nick Webster; Gabriel Morrison; Aman Thaker; Michael Newman


‘A formidable firm, and hands-down among the best claimant solicitors in the country. They have strength at every level of seniority and know the law back to front. They are also fearless lawyers and very creative thinkers. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘There are too many starred individuals to name, but I will try. Nick Webster – A fantastic lawyer with incredible judgment. Michael Newman – The leading solicitor in the country for equal pay claims, Gabriel Morrison – A rising star. Aman Thaker – A rising star.’

‘Fantastic team, committed to their clients, work brilliantly with counsel teams and bring energy and drive to all parts of the litigation.’

‘Nigel Mackay is a joy to work with, committed to his client and engaged with often complex legal and practical detail to ensure the very best results.’

‘My statement, as well as other documents submitted, covered almost everything that it could have possibly covered and my solicitor understood what I was trying to convey, something that not many people could begin to comprehend.’

‘The way in which my solicitor and barrister worked together filled me with confidence that I had the best representation. A case which was initially viewed as too complex was fought with such tenacity, integrity and poise, making it look almost effortless at the Hearing. This resulted in a good outcome for me. We also had the upper hand when dealing with the Respondent’s representatives, which meant the conversations were as amicable as they could have possibly been.’

‘This team stands out in its attention to detail. They are known for the comprehensive nature of their pleadings.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a remitted case to the Employment Tribunal on liability, whistleblowing, dismissal but also in relation to unpaid pension. The claim value is over £500K.
  • Advised a senior banker on a successful age discrimination claim who was awarded £2.7m.
  • Advised on breach of contract claim for a “gratuity payment” due on termination of employment. The claim value is around £84k.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

The human rights department at Leigh Day includes its specialist court of protection team. Anna Moore heads the group that has an established practice in best interest cases. The offering continues to be busy advising on issues ranging from withdrawal of treatment, choice of treatment, deprivation of liberty as well as other issues relating to residence, care and contact.

Practice head(s):

Anna Moore

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Wells


‘A team of all round human rights lawyers who are able bring their experience into the Court of Protection’.

‘Sophie Wells is a star of the future’.

Key clients

Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts

The Children’s Commissioner for England

Work highlights

  • Acts for AHK in linked proceedings involving AHK’s capacity to consent to life sustaining treatment. This case led to a linked claim involving AHK’s eligibility to receive a kidney transplant.
  • Instructed by the Children’s Commissioner for England to intervene in the Supreme Court case of T (a child) UKSC 2019/0188 involving the provision of unregulated accommodation for children in care.
  • Acts for AB in Court of Protection proceedings relating to her residence, care, capacity to enter into sexual relations, contact, ongoing medical treatment and education.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Led by Gideon Habel, who acts for regulated professionals in disciplinary investigations, Leigh Day‘s regulatory and disciplinary team has developed unique professional discipline experience.

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 has one of the leading claimant judicial review and public law practices in the country.   The firm undertakes a large number of high-profile judicial reviews for charities and civil society organisations including challenges to immigration policy, the roll out of Universal Credit, multiple major infrastructure projects, arms exports, trade policy and failures to prosecute bribery and corruption.  The firm also represents individuals seeking to address wrongs in fields ranging from immigration and health and social care to planning law.

Clinical negligence: The firm has 36 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 represents individuals in the most complex and high value claims covering all aspects of employment and discrimination law. It also acts for around 80,000 supermarket workers in some of the largest equal pay group claims in history, as well as bringing claims challenging discriminatory changes to public sector pensions. The team has also pioneered legal challenges against gig economy employers and continues to represent thousands of gig economy workers.

Environment: The firm specialises in public law challenges to decisions impacting upon the environment as well as tortious claims resulting from exposure to pollution, including radiation, chemicals, pesticides and sewage in the sea.  The firm regularly acts in challenges to major infrastructure projects including Heathrow, Bristol and Southampton Airports,  major road projects including the Stonehenge and rail projects including HS2.  The firm successfully challenged the government’s Net Zero Strategy in 2022. The firm represents Wild Justice, a group led by the naturalist and broadcaster, Chris Packham, frequently litigating to protect wildlife and ecosystem.   The firm also represents communities abroad who suffer environmental damage as a result of the acts of UK based companies, including oil spills in the Niger delta and mining in Zambia.

Human rights: The human rights department offers specialist expertise in a wide range of human rights and civil liberties issues including:  claims against the police, immigration, support for migrants, unlawful detention and false imprisonment, healthcare & social care rights, inquests and bereavement, welfare rights, prisoners’ rights, the abuse of children & vulnerable adults, data rights & confidentiality, planning & the environment. The team has an outstanding reputation for its work in all these areas and 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.  Over the past 30 years Leigh Day has provided access to justice to thousands of individuals who would otherwise have gone without redress. The work of the international team has established numerous landmark 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 Chris Benson
Administrative and Public Law Jamie Beagent
Personal Injury: claimant Sally Moore
Clinical Negligence Suzanne White
Employment Emma Satyamurti and Nigel Mackay
Civil Liberties and Human Rights Jamie Beagent
International Group Claims Richard Meeran
Product Liability Boz Michalowska Howells
Environment Carol Day
Travel Clare Campbell
Court of Protection Sean Humber
Mike Cain photo Mike CainMike  is a Partner in  the Employment Department at Leigh Day. Mike…
Joseph  Dawson photo Joseph DawsonJoseph is an Associate Solicitor in the International Travel Personal Injury team…
Steven Dickens photo Steven DickensSteven has been acting for victims of asbestos exposure since 2006.  He…
Kevin Johnson photo Kevin JohnsonPartner in the asbestos department and manages the firm’s Liverpool office. Has…
Stephen Jones photo Stephen JonesStephen has specialised in clinical negligence work since qualification, with particular expertise…
Stephen Jones photoMr Stephen JonesStephen has specialised in clinical negligence work since qualification, with particular expertise…
Colin  Murphy photo Colin MurphyColin is a solicitor specialising in International Travel Litigation. He acts exclusively…
Michael  Newman photo Michael NewmanMichael is a litigation specialist, focusing on discrimination and employment rights for…
Andrew   Zajac  photo Andrew Zajac Andrew is a Partner within the serious injury team in our Manchester…
Number of UK partners : 65
Qualified Lawyers (including partners and legal execs) : 291
Fee-earners (including paralegals and qualified fee earners) : 241

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Industrial Disease)
TESTIMONIAL: My husband was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in February 2019. We live in Australia and after being referred to a company that helps people to deal with the legalities of associated asbestos diseases we were eventually forwarded to Leigh Day for the purpose of making a claim. Most of our dealings were with one lady employed by them. She could not have been more helpful to us throughout the lengthy process which involved my sons as well when my husband died in January 2020. There was so much empathy shown to us all, many phone calls, all done with such care. I am so grateful for that. The claim is now resolved. So yes, I would recommend Leigh Day very highly.

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Industrial Disease)
TESTIMONIAL: I worked with Leigh Day Solicitors and Kevin Johnson in particular for a period of 9 months due to my fathers Mesothelioma and I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending them whole heartedly. They were considerate and completely professional in everything they did and their communication was excellent even through the COVID pandemic. At no time did I, my father or mother feel pressured and I was always totally at ease with their assistance and guidance they were truly a godsend at a very difficult time….Thank you Kevin and all at Leigh Day

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Cycling)
TESTIMONIAL: Clear, well explained legal advice and an attention to detail on the physical, neurological and psychiatric medical side that vastly exceeded my initial conception of my claim. Leigh Day’s expertise on cycling accidents is second to none. I hope I will never again be in the position where I have been involved in a cycling accident and need to make a legal claim, but, if the situation arises, I will know who I would be asking to represent me.

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Cycling)
TESTIMONIAL: After a cycle accident which wasn’t my fault, in which I sustained injuries that required hospital, Leigh Day acted for me to pursue damages against the person who hit me. They were professional throughout and achieved a settlement that I was very happy with.

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Travel)
TESTIMONIAL: We had a difficult situation, seeking compensation for a very bad service from a holiday company that had not only ruined our family holiday but also jeopardised our health. Our solicitor from Leigh Day, through her diligence and skilled enquiry, discovered our experience was part of a much wider problem, affecting other people. She negotiated over a long period with the relevant parties who were reluctant to conclude the matter. Professionally persistent, she kept us fully informed and secured for us in the end an offer we were happy to accept. We are very grateful to her, found her very positive to work with and have no hesitation in recommending the company.

CLIENT: with Personal Injury department (Travel)
TESTIMONIAL: We picked Leigh Day at random believing they were a local firm. However, their representative travelled from London to visit us to explain the procedure, take instruction, advise us and to meet us so in the months that followed we had a ‘face’ we were actually communicating with and were soon conversing on first name terms. We had never had any legal representation before and the whole idea was quite daunting but as weeks progressed and all the maze was sorted through for us we came to rely on him and his firm totally. Any query, no matter how small or stupid it might sound we received a reply immediately either by email or telephone if it was more complicated. He had endless patience with us and our Coroner commended him and his firm for stepping in and averting a situation that could have had serious implications when it had been overlooked by everyone else. We have no hesitation in recommending this firm, I don’t know how we would have fared without them.

CLIENT: with Employment department
TESTIMONIAL: I was told just before Christmas that I was being made redundant. It came as a shock and I didn’t quite know where to turn as I had never been through a consultation process before. A friend had recommended Leigh Day and put me in touch with a lovely solicitor by the name of Charlotte Pettman, who handled the situation with the utmost professionalism and expertise. Being told you’re no longer wanted is quite a hard pill to swallow, but thankfully Charlotte had my back every step of the way. She went through everything with a fine tooth comb, pushed back on clauses she felt were unnecessary and confirmed I understood what was happening every step of the way. I really felt she was in my corner. I was super proud of the representation she gave me and I left the organisation with my head held high.

CLIENT: with Employment department
TESTIMONIAL: I am very satisfied regarding the assistance I received from Leigh Day when dealing with my legal matter. Their professionalism has been fantastic and have not enough words to express my gratitude during that experience.

CLIENT: with Clinical Negligence department
TESTIMONIAL: Medical negligence cases are very sensitive and stressful, Leigh day’s partner Suzanne White allayed the stress and gave constant reassurance over the duration. Updating me all the way through, via phone calls and meetings. With confidence she led the case, advised and was honest about all the possible scenarios. Suzanne walked with me every step of the way, and she had an amazing team, all of whom were honest about the realities of going through a case and the emotional strain. Suzanne and her team won and that has changed my life for the better. The win has given me the opportunity to gain control over my life and choices again. A new beginning and for that I am grateful beyond explanation.

CLIENT: with Clinical Negligence department
TESTIMONIAL: Understanding, efficient team run by professionals always willing to be helpful every step of the way. To begin a claim is daunting and they showed empathy and compassion. This helped me decide that this was the team I wanted for my claim.

CLIENT: with Human Rights department
TESTIMONIAL: This is the second time that I have used Leigh Day solicitors, and I have been left very impressed with the service they provide. They are professional, supportive and will always provide the best advice. We needed support with a Court of Protection matter and our solicitor – Ms Anna Moore – was very knowledgeable and experienced in this field, as well as being a kind and understanding individual. If you need support in this field, I would highly Anna Moore and, of course, Leigh Day in general.

CLIENT: with Human Rights department
TESTIMONIAL: We appointed Leigh Day to represent me and my family regarding a very sensitive matter following the death of my daughter. This was so important to have the right representation and I can now tell you, now the case is finalised, that Leigh Day was the right choice. Our solicitor who was not only calming but highly professional, a great communicator with unsurpassable advice and preparation. IF you are having making the choice we had to make, I can’t recommend Leigh Day more highly.

CLIENT: with International department
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: with Product Safety department
TESTIMONIAL: After suffering with food poisoning which was caused by a wedding meal. The whole process from start to finish with Leigh Day was handled well with good communication and customer service.

CLIENT: with Product Safety department
TESTIMONIAL: I cannot thank Tom Jervis and his team enough for the work they have done in my case. It has taken a number of years to reach a conclusion but they got there in the end with a successful outcome. I found Tom to be professional and approachable. He made the whole process as easy as it could be for me. He always used ‘plain English’ and didn’t try to blind me by legal jargon. Always there at the end of the phone if I needed to talk things over. Thank you Tom.

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 tolerate discrimination, bullying or harassment 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 our recent diversity and inclusion initiatives and achievements include:

  • Thriving and active staff-led networks – Disability and Allies / LGBTQ+ / Race, Intersectionality and Structural Equality (RISE) / Women’s
  • Being a signatory to the Law Society Women in Law Pledge
  • A wide range of diversity policies that are regularly reviewed and updated, including a Menopause Policy and a Trans & Non Binary Inclusion Policy
  • Creation of a Parents’ Forum and introduction of a number of initiatives to support working parents and other carers
  • Celebration diversity events such as Black History Month and LGBTQ+ Pride, with events and resources open to all employees
  • A diverse programme of initiatives, training and events to support the mental health of all members of the firm through the challenges of hybrid working
  • Continuing to work with Stonewall as part of the Diversity Champions Programme
  • Use of Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System to support social mobility within our graduate recruitment process