16 March 2012
Leading human rights
and personal injury
lawyer and senior partner of Leigh Day & Co, Martyn Day
, has been named by the Times as one of the country’s most influential lawyers. The list was compiled by a team of 12 judges whose expertise spanned politics, the judiciary, academia, the media and the law.
“I see my listing as a reflection of the quality work undertaken by so many people doing human rights and personal injury work at Leigh Day. I am proud of the work the firm does, and am so glad to see it recognised this week by the Times.”
Martyn has led many challenging cases since Leigh Day was formed, successfully battling to achieve justice on behalf of people who have been injured because of the actions of large multinational corporations or bodies such as the British Army. He has developed a particular expertise, unsurpassed in the UK, is representing huge groups of overseas claimants in personal injury actions.
Examples of his successful claims for compensation include:
- negotiating settlements for approximately 1,300 Kenyans injured or killed by British Army munitions;
- securing compensation for 52 Colombian farmers in a claim against BP relating to the damage caused to farms in the north of the country following the installation of an oil pipeline;
- achieving justice and compensation for thousands of former Japanese prisoners of war.
- leading what is believed to be the largest group claim on behalf of 30,000 residents of the Cote d’Ivoire against multinational oil trader Trafigura. This claim was successfully settled out of court in September 2009.
He is an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Labour Lawyers, a Director of Greenpeace Environmental Trust and a member of the Association of Professional Injury Lawyers.
He is Co-Author of 'Toxic Torts', 'Personal Injury Handbook', 'Multi-Party Actions' and 'Environmental Action: A Citizens Guide'. He regularly addresses lectures, seminars and the media on environmental issues.
Martyn has consistently been ranked as leading lawyer in the two main legal directories for the last decade. In Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2012, Martyn is identified as a star individual and described as "without question one of the most knowledgeable and experienced environmental lawyers in the country." He is also identified as "a real fighter for his clients – he is very shrewd and does it with great charm" and "very clever and very smart with the science."
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