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Chambers and Partners UK guide to the legal profession

Chambers and Partners 2018

Leigh Day has once more received a glowing recommendation from the Chambers and Partners UK guide to the legal profession 2018, with a top-band ranking in eight areas of practice. In addition, twenty-five Leigh Day partners have been recognised as leading individuals in their fields of expertise, four of whom, Martyn Day, Claire Fazan, Russell Levy and Stephen Jones, have been ranked as ‘Star Individuals’.

Administrative and public law

Sources describe Leigh Day as "a fantastic firm, which does cutting-edge work with complete dedication to clients."
Another interviewee notes that the lawyers "work really well with a high level of quality."
Jamie Beagent is "absolutely amazing," according to market sources, who add: "He's really committed and very bright." He maintains a diverse public law practice, which encompasses data protection, human rights, planning and environmental law.
Head of department Sean Humber handles a wide array of judicial reviews on behalf of individual claimants and NGOs. He has particular expertise in claims arising in the context of prisoners' rights. Sources praise his "clear insight and judgement. He can predict how a case will pan out to a T." Moreover, he is "really proactive and sensible."
Rosa Curling is consistently involved in landmark public law cases challenging legislation and government policy. Her recent mandates include welfare benefits, international arms trading, police and immigration law. One source says: "I have been incredibly impressed with her strategic and tactical nous and her excellent judgement. She works day and night and shows outstanding commitment."

Civil Liberties

The team is known for its ability to engage in high-profile cases and is praised for "working at the cutting edge."
Jamie Beagent is an experienced lawyer capable of acting on high-profile human rights challenges stemming from immigration, detention, planning and environmental issues. He is acclaimed by sources for producing work at a "high level of quality." His practice also covers corporate accountability matters and cases arising from the war on terror.
Sean Humber has a broad human rights and civil liberties practice and is particularly recognised for his work in prison law. "He is vastly experienced with a wide knowledge base which he draws on creatively to achieve the best outcomes for his clients," reports a source.
The "excellent" Benjamin Burrows is noted for his prison law practice, in which he handles human rights cases concerning discrimination, health and social care matters as well as wrongful imprisonment. Commentators describe him as "a very thorough and careful lawyer who leaves no stone unturned."
Merry Varney is praised for being "efficient, organised and perceptive." Her practice focuses on Article 2 cases on behalf of bereaved families as well as representation of vulnerable adults and children in negligence and Human Rights Act claims.
Rosa Curling is "very proactive, very committed to cases, and is a lovely person to work with," say commentators. She has a wide-ranging practice with considerable expertise across areas including issues related to the war on terror, the death penalty and refugee rights.

Clinical Negligence - claimant

"The thoroughness of their preparation, their commitment to client care and their experience across the whole range of clinical negligence is incomparable."
Manchester: Another source values that the team is "meticulous in looking into every aspect of a claim, pays very close attention to detail and is always curious to understand the full facts of a situation."
Claire Fazan maintains a stellar reputation for clinical negligence work, which includes claims for severe obstetric negligence resulting in severe brain injury and permanent disability in children. A source notes: "She is absolutely superb. She has wonderful judgement and a very good approach to clients."
Department head Russell Levy has over 30 years' experience representing claimants in complex clinical negligence matters. He regularly handles claims of the utmost severity, including representing the families of individuals who have died as the result of negligent surgical procedures. Sources describe him as a "legend" who has an "encyclopaedic knowledge of clinical negligence."
Henry Dyson is a clinical negligence specialist who regularly undertakes highly complex cases concerning severe brain injuries in both adults and children. Sources describe him as "very good analytically" and add that he "takes great care with detail."
Nicola Wainwright is an experienced clinical negligence practitioner who handles a range of claims concerning children, including serious brain injuries and infectious diseases such as meningitis. Clients say: "She is on top of every detail, dogged in getting all facts considered and she spots issues very quickly."
Suzanne White handles a range of challenging clinical negligence cases including severe injuries sustained due to negligent obstetric and surgical procedure. Sources say that "she is superb with clients" and also note the benefit of her medical background.
Olive Lewin formerly qualified as a nurse, and has a wealth of experience in clinical matters. She routinely handles complex infant brain injury claims and cases relating to cardiac surgery. Sources say she is "a fighter" who is "very tenacious."
Stephen Jones handles a broad range of cases, including failure to diagnose and cerebral palsy claims. He has recently represented a family in an inquest into a neonatal death. One impressed interviewee states: "He has incredible attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He has a remarkable grasp of medical matters and is able to bring this very effectively to his analysis of clinical negligence issues." Clients also appreciate that he "explains legal terms in normal language if we don't understand."
Brendan Hope is described as a "very knowledgeable and thoughtful solicitor" by commentators. He regularly handles complex cerebral palsy and wrongful birth issues.

Employment: Employee & Trade Union

"They are helpful, approachable, warm and excellent at what they do," according to clients.
Chris Benson continues to be recognised as one of the leading names for employee and trade union representation. He has particular expertise in discrimination and harassment claims, and is adept at handling multi-party claims. Clients say: "Chris is calm, pragmatic and exceptionally hard-working."
Kiran Daurka has a broad employment practice, with particular strength in complex litigation and discrimination matters. Sources describe her as "an absolutely brilliant, dedicated and tough employment and equalities lawyer who goes into battle for her clients."
Emma Satyamurti advises on whistleblowing and discrimination matters. Sources praise her integrity and remark that "her empathy, understanding, and ability to get down to the nitty gritty to bring out key issues and write in plain English is superb."
Michael Newman assists claimants on a full range of workplace disputes, with recent work on cases involving allegations of blacklisting. Sources say: "He is a brilliant lawyer with superb analytical and strategic skills."
Associate Shubha Banerjee is recognised for her experience working with trades unions, but also handles discrimination and pay-related matters for individual employees. Clients say: "Shubha is attentive, responsive and most importantly she is effective."


"The firm has a dedicated team with the skills and capacity to handle large-scale international environmental litigation. They have become real experts in an incredibly complicated field."

Head of department and founding member of the firm Martyn Day acts on sizeable group actions, often against well-known companies. One source says: "He's extremely street smart and agile in the way he approaches a case, always thinking one or even two steps ahead."

Daniel Leader offers a highly experienced hand in cross-border disputes and international group claims. Sources note his "real forensic focus" and praise his "very sharp, incisive legal arguments and great deal of insight into the development of a case."

Shubhaa Srinivasan is an expert in complex environmental litigation, regularly representing claimants in large international group actions. One source notes: "She's a very dedicated and hard-working solicitor with a capacity to carry an enormous amount of knowledge and information into the case."

Richard Meeran is praised by sources for his "brilliant intellect and real tenacity" and is noted as having "a lot of capacity and experience in this field.” He has extensive experience of group litigation claims against energy companies and other multinationals.

Personal Injury - claimant

"They get very good results in difficult and novel situations.”
Martyn Day is senior partner at the firm and head of the international group claims department. Sources note his "unparalleled experience” in handling large multiparty personal injury claims around the world. He is renowned for his robust representation of claimants in cases brought against major corporations as well as the UK government.
Sources describe Sally Moore as "really top-notch," and are particularly impressed by her empathetic manner with clients, who appreciate that she "never makes you feel like your case is just another number." She regularly handles high-value catastrophic injury cases including head trauma, amputation and fatal accident claims, and has specialist knowledge of cycling-related cases.
Daniel Easton "provides a calm and reassuring presence" according to clients, who also speak highly of his "very well-researched and excellently presented" written work. He is noted for his expertise in both asbestos and occupational health matters, as well as handling substantial individual catastrophic injury claims.
Sapna Malik is noted by sources for her "fantastic legal brain," and has extensive experience handling complex personal injury and associated civil liberties claims. Her work often takes in high-profile cases brought against public and international bodies.
Bethany Sanders is regarded by sources as an "excellent" and "very able" associate. She has considerable knowledge of catastrophic injuries and fatalities arising from road traffic collisions, including cycling accidents.

Personal Injury - industrial disease

"The client service was flawless. Their particular strength was in predicting the timeframe and achieving results within the short period of time available."
Vijay Ganapathy maintains a robust personal injury and industrial disease practice, and specialises in cases arising from asbestos exposure. A client says: "He handled a delicate matter absolutely brilliantly - he was very considerate and understanding, and always kept me up to date. Nothing was too much trouble."
Highly regarded litigator Harminder Bains is an experienced personal injury specialist with dedicated knowledge of asbestos disease cases. She regularly represents individuals affected by mesothelioma as well as their families, while also taking on complex multiparty actions. One client says: "I found her to be compassionate, tenacious and dedicated. Extremely kind, but also thorough and detailed with her questions."
Joint head of the of the asbestos team Daniel Easton handles complex asbestos disease litigation in addition to other kinds of catastrophic personal injury. Sources strongly emphasise his ability to guide clients through challenging claims. One says: "He is a very caring person, as well as a conscientious and capable lawyer who kept us advised at every step."
Kevin Johnson heads the team in Liverpool. Sources attest to his "top-notch" standing for major industrial disease work. He is routinely instructed on claims concerning asbestos exposure, including those that concern individuals based abroad.

Product Liability - claimant

"They have a lot of resources, have built competent teams and they have the depth to take very complex and long cases."
Bozena Michalowska Howells specialises in handling group actions concerning pharmaceutical and medical device claims. She regularly handles high-profile cases, particularly those relating to defective orthopaedic implants. Sources describe her as a "super lawyer" who is "on the ball and committed to the case."
Head of department and firm co-founder Martyn Day is one of the most highly respected claimant lawyers in the market, noted by peers as a "legend" for the strength of his international practice. He is renowned for his ability to take on challenging group litigation against major multinational companies, including significant product liability claims.
Jill Paterson handles an array of product liability cases, including major medical device group actions and claims relating to defective consumer goods. One source says: "She is excellent - she has a very down-to-earth manner and very good judgement," with another adding: "She is good at separating the wheat from the chaff, focusing in on the important points and disregarding the unimportant ones."
Michelle Victor has noted expertise in consumer rights, which she brings to bear on a range of product liability cases. She advises clients who have suffered injury due to defective products, including medical devices and food supplements. One source describes her as "incredibly able and hard-working."
Chris Haan has notable experience in substantial group actions, including those relating to defective products. He is qualified to practise both in the UK and in Australia. Sources describe him as a "smart and very impressive guy."
Thomas Jervis is an assistant solicitor with considerable experience in complex claims relating to faulty medical devices and consumer goods. A client says: "He was outstanding from start to finish - he kept us well informed and was very polite and considerate of our situation."

Travel - claimant

Manchester-based Clare Campbell heads the firm's travel team and is recognised for her handling of complex claims concerning severe injuries sustained in accidents abroad. Sources consider her to be "an excellent practitioner who is very switched-on and has very good judgement."

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