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The Leigh Day Podcast

The Leigh Day podcast is for everyone interested in the law, especially on human rights issues which affect us all.  

In each episode Leigh Day lawyers discuss a topic with a special guest.

These include the former member of the band Communards and now vicar, Richard Coles who discusses LGBT rights, and Dawn Butler MP and her fight against the perceived  institutional racism of the Home Office over the Windrush scandal.

The speakers unpick each subject, exploring the impact on people’s lives, the role the legal system plays in addressing with these issues and what can be done to bring about positive change.

We aim for each episode to be a conversational, accessible exploration of important issues affecting people’s human rights and the law in general. 

 

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Episode 6 - LGBT+ rights, the Church, the law and everything else

October 2018

In the 70s and 80s gay activists fought against discrimination and inequality in all aspects of society. Although enormous strides have been made, there’s still more to do, and we can’t take hard-fought gains for granted.

Guest speakers

Reverend Richard Coles


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Episode 5 - The greatest threat in your home is plugged into your wall

October 2018

You expect the appliances in your home to be safe. However, many people have been injured or have even died because of faulty white goods such as fridges, freezers, and dishwashers.

So what can you do to ensure your home is safe and what is being done to force manufacturers to ensure all these appliances are safe before they reach the salesroom floor?


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Episode 4 - Sorry is not enough

September 2018

It has become clear that successive Governments have sanctioned operations by the UK intelligence service in breach of human rights law. The recent case of Abdel Hakim-Belhaj led to a full apology from the prime minister for the role of the UK in his illegal rendition, alongside his pregnant wife, back to Libya.

Guest speakers

Cori Crider

Maya Foa


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Episode 3 - The OMG test and why ‘care must be fair’

September 2018

NHS commissioning groups are responding to budget cuts by capping injured people’s Continuing Health Care packages. This is preventing many people with severe disability from receiving the care they need at home.

Guest speakers

Daniel Burden


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Episode 2 - There’s no such thing as a traffic accident

August 2018

Nearly 2,000 people die on our roads every year. Road deaths are sudden, violent and premature, and families rarely have a chance to say goodbye. The victims of road traffic crime should be treated as victims of crime, and their families given support and information.

Guest speakers

Cynthia Barlow


Episode 1 - Windrush:

Episode 1 - Windrush: "The fallout from a toxic policy"

July 2018

HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in June 1948, carrying Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies from Jamaica, and signalled the start of the post-war revival in which the hard work of new arrivals proved vital.
 
Now those very same people and their families, are suffering the repercussions of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy towards immigrants. 

Guest speakers

Dawn Butler


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Episode 7 - Peer on peer abuse

October 2020

In this podcast, Andrew Lord an Associate solicitor at Leigh Day specialising in abuse claims, explores the story of a six year old girl known publicly as “Bella” to protect her identity. Bella's parents* recall the devastation when she disclosed being sexually assaulted by other children at school on a number of occasions. They recall experiences of the reporting process; Bella's diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder; and trying to move on.
 

Andrew also speaks with Rachel Krys, former director of EVAW, who talks about the implementation of the Department for Education’s guidance, “Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges”, and the need for clearer guidance for schools on how to handle allegations of abuse amongst children.

This is an issue that we cannot afford to be squeamish about. The bravery required of a child to make a disclosure cannot be underestimated, whether the perpetrator is an adult or another child, and I hope that we, collectively as a society, are able to learn to acknowledge, effectively tackle and ultimately prevent any abuse amongst children.

*Bella's parents have had voice distortion applied to protect her identity.

Guest speakers


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Episode 6 - Friends of the Earth: No Third Runway

July 2020

Back in February, the Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s decision to expand Heathrow Airport is unlawful on climate change grounds, in one of the most important environmental law cases in this country for over a generation. This followed a successful legal challenge by environmental organisation Friends of the Earth, represented by Leigh Day, in a victory for local campaigners who have been battling against the third runway for years.

In this podcast, Katie de Kauwe from Friends of the Earth's legal team chatted with Rowan Smith solicitor in the environmental law team at Leigh Day to discuss what the result means for the future of climate action.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #nothirdrunway and #takeclimateaction.


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Episode 4 - George Peasgood on the road to 2020

January 2020

Paratriathlete George Peasgood came by our London office to talk winter training and the preparation for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

Guest speakers


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Episode 3 - Wild Justice General Licences Legal Challenge

July 2019

Earlier this year the legal campaigning group Wild Justice secured a landmark victory for UK wildlife in its first legal case, which challenged Natural England’s decision to issue licences for the lethal control of birds.
 


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Episode 2 - Look after yourself: An interview with CEO Elizabeth Rimmer

May 2019

Listen to Regulatory & Disciplinary Associate, Emma Walker, speaking to LawCare’s Chief Executive, Elizabeth Rimmer, to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.  In this (1/2 hour) recording, Elizabeth and Emma talk about LawCare’s work promoting and supporting good mental health and well-being in the legal community, how members of the community can get support if they need it and they discuss some recent developments affecting the legal profession.


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Episode 1 - James’ story: seeking justice following abuse in a sexual health clinic

May 2019

In this podcast Alison Millar, a partner at Leigh Day specialising in abuse claims, explores the story of James, a former client who was sexually assaulted by a nurse at a sexual health clinic. James recalls his experiences of the NHS complaints process; the criminal justice system; and how the civil law helped.

Alison also speaks with Alan Robertson, an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate at Survivors UK, who talks about the particular issues faced by those who have been abused in healthcare settings and why we need more specialist support services.
 


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