Leigh Day has a longstanding history of working in Kenya. In 2001 Leigh Day represented over 220 Masai who had been seriously injured or killed by unexploded bombs at the British Army’s practice ranges in central Kenya.
These claims were concluded in 2002 when a deal was reached with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD accepted limited liability for the injuries and deaths that occurred and agreed to pay the claimants £4.5m in compensation
This was followed in 2003 by a second action against the MOD. This claim was brought on behalf of hundreds of Kenyan tribeswomen who claimed that they had been raped by British Army soldiers
between 1972 and 2002. The claims did not proceed due to criminal investigations by the Kenyan Police which were never concluded.
In June 2009 Leigh Day formally began the ‘Mau Mau claims’ against the British Government. These claims were brought on behalf of five elderly Kenyans who had been detained and tortured by the British colonial administration in Kenya during the Kenya Emergency
(1952 – 1960).
Since beginning these claims Leigh Day has continued its investigations in Kenya in conjunction with the Kenya Human Rights Commission and has now identified over 5,000 further victims of colonial era torture administration whom the firm now represents.
In addition to the firm’s legal work in Kenya, Leigh Day has been partnered with the HOME Trust, an educational charity working in a remote area of northern Kenya, since 2001. Thanks to the firm’s support there are now over 70 children receiving full educational sponsorship