CBIT Corporate Sponsor Award
Leigh Day & Co won the best corporate sponsor award from the Child Brain Injury Trust in March 2009.
The Times Legal Panel
The Times established its inaugural list of the most powerful and influential individuals in the law today in 2008. Martyn Day, senior partner at Leigh Day & Co was selected for the list because of his reputation for leading high profile group actions. These cases include the tobacco litigation, the Sellafield leukaemia case and the Japanese prisoner of war claims. More recently, Martyn has led successful claims on behalf of Colombian farmers against BP and 1,300 Kenyans who were injured by British Army munitions.
AvMA Award for Outstanding Contribution for Claimant Clients
Sarah Leigh, joint founding partner of Leigh Day & Co, won an award for her outstanding contribution as a claimant solicitor from Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) who celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. AvMA said of Sarah: “Now retired, Sarah was known for working successfully and with great humanity with individual clients and is also known for having helped change the whole way that clinical negligence litigation is conducted. She contributed to Lord Woolf’s review and was a founder member and secretary of the Clinical Disputes Forum, which brings together stakeholders from all constituencies and developed the pre-action protocol.”
Index on Censorship Award
Leigh Day & Co partner and human rights lawyer, Sean Humber, was shortlisted for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award in 2005 in the Law Award category. This was set up to recognise the role of the legal profession in promoting and defending freedom of expression. Sean was nominated for his work on behalf of prisoners by Lord Dubs.
Lawyer Awards – Litigation Team of the Year
The pioneering human rights work of the International Claims Department won the Kenya Team the Litigation Team of the Year award at the 2003 Lawyer Awards. The team won compensation from the British Army for hundreds of Masai and Samburu bomb victims in Kenya. The British Army has trained on Kenya sites for some 50 years and it is estimated that around 10% of the shells used do not explode. The victims of bombs, which explode later as local people use their land, are primarily children, hundreds of whom have been killed or injured.
Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award
Leigh Day & Co partner, Richard Meeran, was awarded the Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on the Cape Plc case. The award was given to Richard by the journalist Sheena McDonald, who hosted the event: "For his commitment to protection of workers' rights to decent working conditions and a safe environment, through ensuring access to justice for workers injured by UK multinational corporations abroad. This year alone he has worked towards ensuring that 7,500 South African miners receive compensation for suffering sustained while working for Cape. UK multinationals can now be held to account for injuries to workers and damage to the environment in developing countries."