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Industrial Disease Seminar

Leigh Day and Devereux Chambers will be running this seminar on recent developments in asbestos claims.

Date: 11 April 2018
Venue: Devereux Chambers, Devereux Court, London, WC2R 3JH
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: This conference is free to attend but spaces limited
Registration: To book a place on this conference, please contact claridge@devchambers.co.uk

This seminar will be chaired by Harminder Bains of Leigh Day.  Panel members: 
  • Dr Robin Rudd 
  • Robert Weir QC 
  • Jonathan Butters 
  • Daniel Easton 
Cases for discussion will include the impact the following cases have on personal injury/asbestos claims:
  • Dring (for and on behalf of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) v Cape Intermediate Holdings Limited (The Cape documents case)
  • Bussey v Anglia Heating Limited
  • Hawkes v Warmex
  • Greenway v Johnson Matthey Plc

Dr Rudd will give an update on treatment for victims of mesothelioma, including immunotherapy.

Brexit and Fundamental Rights

Leigh Day and 1 Crown Office Row collaborated to host a 'Brexit and Fundamental Rights' seminar, chaired by Joshua Rozenberg.

Sean Humber, partner and head of human rights, introduced the event. Nigel Mackay spoke on the panel alongside Adam Wagner, Jeremy Hyam QCDominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce from 1 Crown Office Row.

Tackling the globalisation of child sexual abuse

Date: Monday 28th November 2016, 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, London, EC1M 4LB

Leigh Day hosted a panel discussion on the numerous challenges of tackling international child abuse on a criminal and civil level. We considered the psychological challenges faced by survivors and the increasing threats to child safety introduced by the growth of the dark web in recent years.

Speakers included:

Susannah Fairweather, Consultation Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
'The psychiatric effects of child abuse - a consideration of cultural impacts'

John Carr OBE, expert on internet safety  and security
'Online abuse:  The new frontier for international abuse'

Nichola Marshall, Partner at Leigh Day
'The effect of globalisation on litigating for child rights'

Kelvin Lay, Senior Investigating Officer, CEOP
'The challenges of tracking down child abusers overseas'

2016 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

14 - 16 November 2016, Geneva (Swizterland) 

Richard Meeran presented at two sessions during the 2016 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. 

The UN Forum is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with some 2,300 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, NHRIs, trade unions, academia and the media.

Over three days, participants take part in 60+ panel discussions on topics that relate to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights  (the "Protect", "Respect" and "Remedy" Framework), as well as current business-related human rights issues


Update on ASR hip replacement claims 

Specialist product liability lawyers from Leigh Day travelled around the UK to update their clients who are suffering from poor health following the early failure of their hip replacement implants.

The lawyers were on hand to offer free legal advice to people who believe that they too are victims of a failed hip replacement and had questions about taking legal action.

Leigh Day, the UK’s leading solicitors for claims against manufacturers including DePuy, Zimmer and Corin are representing hundreds of victims who allege that they had been fitted with a substandard hip replacement. The events took place at the following locations:

Monday 26th September 2016
Central Park Building C (MAN 35), Manchester M40 5BP 

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2016
Priory House, 25 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4LB

Stockton on Tees:
Monday 3rd October 2016
Jurys Inn Middlesbrough, Fry St, Middlesbrough TS1 1JH

Wednesday 5th October 2016
Hilton Cardiff, Kingsway, Cardiff CF10 3HH

Friday 7th October 2016
Jurys Inn Birmingham, 245 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HQ

The future of consumer law and alternative dispute resolution in the UK

Senior associate Chris Haan spoke at this event run by the Westminster Business Forum. The discussion was timed to consider policy priorities for consumer protection and enforcement mechanisms following the passage of the Consumer Rights Act which introduced new legal frameworks for selling goods, services and digital content. Sessions focussed on the future of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for consumers, looking in particular at the future of requirements for businesses that were established under the recent EU Directive on ADR, as well as the future use of the EU Commission’s newly created online dispute resolution platform. Delegates at this seminar assessed the impact of ongoing changes to the framework for consumer rights and dispute resolution in the UK.

Date: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Time: 8.30am - 1pm
Location:  The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DR

Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in practice 
Lessons from the Hillsborough Inquests 

Date: Tuesday 19th July 2016
Location: Goldsmiths Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD

Leigh Day and 1 Crown Office Row were delighted to host an evening of discussion on the Hillsborough Inquests.

Christina Lambert QC, Matthew Hill and Paul Reynolds of 1 Crown Office Row were appointed as the Coroner’s team counsel in the Hillsborough Inquiry which concluded on 26 April. They provided invaluable insights into one of the most important inquests of our time and the implications for the future. 

Past abuses and remaining challenges: new paths in Business and human rights

Date: 24 June 2016
Location: Human Rights Council, Geneva
Panel: Gabriela Kletzel –  CELS, Richard Meeran – Leigh Day, Anna Biondi – ILO, Gaëlle Dusepulchre- FIDH
Moderator: Carlos López – ICJ

As States and international organizations seem to take action now to tackle some of the governance and normative gaps related to accountability and remedy for business-related human rights abuse, it is necessary to highlight some of the most enduring challenges.

The processes within the UN and ILO should be informed by concrete experiences, achievements in the field and present concerns.

The panel looked at these issues from the perspective of civil society and practitioners’ work, drawing from concrete experiences, recent achievements in the feld and enduring concerns.

Download the 'Past abuses and remaining challenges' flyer.

Galdikas & Ors Roundtable
Post-NRM Support Duty for EEA Victims of Trafficking

Leigh Day and Doughty Street Chambers hosted an update and discussion to consider the implications of the judgment in Galdikas & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Ors (Rev 1) [2016] EWHC 942 (Admin) (26 April 2016).

The case concerned 4 Lithuanian men trafficked for the purpose of forced labour. Their mainstream benefits were stopped due to changes to the EEA Regs and the GPOW test. The Home Office refused any duty to support these vulnerable clients outside of criminal proceedings and because they exited the NRM several years ago. We argued that they should be supported and the Guidance to Competent Authorities contained many gaps as to the duty of support. Silber J found that the Home Office owes a duty to support EEA victims of traffickinggafter the end of the NRM but that the Home Office Guidance and practice, on a discretionary ad hoc basis, did not contain gaps (except in police investigation cases).

Date: 4pm on Monday 20th June 2016
Location: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS
Speakers: Tessa Gregory, Leigh Day and Martin Westgate QC and Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers


Jill Paterson, Partner at Leigh Day, to speak at the Consumer law and alternative dispute resolution in the UK

Date: Thursday, 16th June 2016
Location: Central London

Guests of Honour: Peter Lovitt, Policy Adviser, Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and a speaker confirmed from DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

This timely conference assessed the impact of ongoing changes to the framework for consumer rights and dispute resolution in the UK.

For further information please visit http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1076

The Use of Physical Intervention and Restraint: Helpful or Harmful?

Date: Monday 13th June 2016 - 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1DD 

Leigh Day held a seminar, in conjunction with 39 Essex Chambers, on the use of physical intervention and restraint in specialist educational and residential settings.

We were delighted that Bernard Allen (Principal Tutor for 'Team Teach'), Dr Theresa Joyce (National Professional Advisor on learning disabilities at the CQC), David Jack (Parent and Trustee for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation), John Williams (Commentator, Comedian and Author of the blog 'My Son's not Rainman'), Dr Peter Carpenter (Honorary Consultant in Learning Disabilities at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust) joined Alison Millar (Partner and Head of the Abuse Law Team at Leigh Day) and Victoria Butler-Cole (Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers) for an expert discussion of current and future policy and practice, including personal insights from parents and carers of children with special educational needs and learning disabled adults. 
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South Africa's Silicosis Epidemic : Justice and Accountability for Gold Miners

Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016 - 17:30 - 20:00
Venue: Somerset House Easy Wing Strand Campus, King's College London, WC2R 2LS

An epidemic of the lung disease, silicosis, has afflicted tens of thousands of black South African gold miners who worked unprotected in high levels of dust. This has been accompanied by very high rates of TB, a disease to which silicosis sufferers are especially vulnerable and which is endemic in the former migrant-labour sending regions of South Africa.

The 4,365 claimants in these proceedings sued the mining companies on the basis that they had contracted dust-related lung diseases, silicosis and silico-tuberculosis  from working in unsafe conditions in the mines. Their long-running legal battle finally resulted in justice in March of this year with a ground-breaking settlement that established the Q(h)ubeka Trust to compensate those of the 4,365 claimants who meet the qualifying criteria.

Leigh Day were delighted that  Zanele Mbuyisa (Mbuyisa Neale, Jbg), Tony Dykes (ACTSA), Peter Bailey (National Union of Mineworkers) and Sophia Kisting (Chair of the Q(h)ubeka Trust and National Institute for Occupational Health & National Cancer Registry) joined Richard Meeran (Leigh Day) to provide an in depth discussion on the case, including its history and the future implications of the settlement. Thanks to Cian Murphy (Kings College London) for chairing the event.
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Judicial Review Essentials: Part 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 2015

Date: Wednesday 24th February 2016 - 18:30
Venue: Leigh Day, 25 St John's Lane, Priory House, London EC1M 4LB

Leigh Day hosted a Public Law Forum event on the significant changes that have been made to judicial review practice and procedure. 

Including provisions on funding challenges, the power of the court to refuse to hear claims and costs for third party intervenors. 

Cerebral Palsy and Child Brain Injury Information Day

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016 - 10.00 - 14.30
Venue: Goldsmiths Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD

Leigh Day held an information day for families of children with brain injury, to provide information and advice plus the chance to get together and form a support network with other parents in the same position.

The day featured talks from experts on topics including:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Managing the neuropsychological consequences of brain injury at home and school
  • Welfare Benefit
  • Assistive Technology

Throughout the day there were demonstrations of sensory equipment.

Legal issues affecting victims of trafficking: A chicken catcher's journey

A seminar which discussed and raised awareness of the multiple legal issues victims of trafficking face on their journey to achieving access to justice and the support they need to recover from exploitation.

Date: Wednesday 2 December
Time: 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Location Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ
The panel discussed their work and considered the case of a group of Lithuanian men trafficked to the UK to work as chicken catchers who are currently suing DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited, a Kent-based gangmaster operation, and the officers of the company. This is the first case in which a British company has been taken to the High Court by victims of trafficking and modern slavery seeking compensation for their alleged abuse and mistreatment.

Chair: Emma Jones, Leigh Day
  • Shanta MartinLeigh Day  - The case of Antanas Galdikas and Others v DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited and Others and the availability of private law remedies for victims of trafficking.  
  • Simon Cox, Open Society Justice Institute  - The role of law enforcement in creating trafficking and how state and civil society practice must change to reduce exploiters’ opportunities and empower victims.
  • Catherine Kenny, Kalayaan - The reality of victims’ lives in the immediate post-escape period, prior to formal recognition as a victim of trafficking by the UK authorities.
  • Shu Shin LuhGarden Court Chambers and Catherine MeredithDoughty Street Chambers - Public law remedies available to victims of trafficking.

A matter of life and death: a discussion and update on patients' rights and choices

Date: Tuesday 17th November 2015
Time: 18.00 – 20.30
Location: Priory House, 25 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4LB

Leigh Day were delighted that Silvan Luley (DIGNITAS) and Jeremy Hyam (1 Crown Office Row) joined Rosa Curling and Merry Varney (Leigh Day) to debate and provide information about what rights patients have to prolong life and/or die with dignity. Philip Havers QC (1 Crown Office Row) will be chaired this event.

JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference

Date: Monday 12th October
Time: 09.00 - 17.00
Venue: Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, Tudor Street, London EC4Y 1HT
Speaker: Rosa Curling, Leigh Day

The JUSTICE Annual Human Rights Conference offers a key opportunity to update your legal knowledge and gain valuable insight into the human rights issues of the year. The programme for this year’s event will focus on the challenges facing practitioners and the wider public policy debate on human rights law in the UK.

Rosa Curling will be speaking at an afternoon breakout session on 'Security, Privacy and Surveillance.'

View the full JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference programme.

Richard Meeran United Nations panellist 8.7.15

Richard Meeran was invited to be a panellist at the United Nations 5th Meeting 1st Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations Panel IV where he contributed to a discussion on the Obligations of States to guarantee the Respect of Human Rights by TNCs and other business enterprises, including extraterritorial obligation

'The impact of work related cancers on the employer and employee'

ExCel London,Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway London E16 1XL
Date: Wednesday 17th June
Time: 14.45 - 15.15
Track: Track D
Title: The impact of work related cancers on the employer and employee
SpeakerHarminder Bains, Partner, Leigh Day

As a recognised expert in asbestos legal claims, Harminder will demonstrate – through the use of case studies and her own experience (her father suffered from mesothelioma) – the risk and legal outcomes of asbestos in the workplace. 

Top travel tips for NGO staff
Leigh Day, Priory House, 25 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4LB, Tuesday 28 April

Christine Tallon, partner, Leigh Day Solicitors
Marie-Louise Kinsler, barrister, 2 Temple Gardens
Travelling abroad on NGO business can be fraught for many reasons but a number of recent cases have highlighted the real risks in the event of injury or illness.

What precautions should NGOs take in advance of foreign trips? If you travel abroad, send colleagues or freelancers, then this seminar is aimed at you.
IBT and the law firm Leigh Day are co-hosting an evening seminar followed by a drinks reception.

'An Objectors Guide to Fracking' 

On Tuesday 19th May, the EPLS invites you to a special seminar to launch 'An Objector's Guide to Fracking'. A report that provides guidance on how to influence the planning process and challenge permissions through the high court.

The seminar will chaired by David Wolfe QC and speakers on the day will include Carol Day, Sue Taylor (FFBRA), Andrew Parkinson and other barristers from Landmark and Matrix Chambers. 


2015 Europe Forum
Transatlantic Deals and Disputes: What U.S. and European Lawyers
Must Know Today to Best Represent Their Clients
Westin Grand Berlin, Friedrichstrasse 158-164 10117 Berlin Germany, 26-28th March 2015

Rosa Curling will be speaking at the inaugural Europe Forum of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, which will be taking place in Berlin at the end of the month. Rosa will speak in the session on "Mass surveillance in the digital age: three levels of civil liberties transgressions?" on 27th March, from 2 to 3.30pm.

Information about the 2015 Europe forum can be found here.

Limb Power - Primary & Junior Games
Stoke Mandeville stadium, Saturday 21st March 2015

Leigh Day will be supporting the Primary & Junior Games organised by Limb Power and Wheel Power at Stoke Mandeville stadium on Saturday 21st March. 

The Primary Games provide young amputees and ambulant disabled children of all abilities with:
  • An opportunity to participate in sport
  • The chance to learn and develop coordination and motor skills
  • An opportunity to socialise with their peers
  • The inspiration to discover their potential through sport
You can find more information about the games on the Limb Power website.

Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights - European Perspective
Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, Geneva, Thursday 19th March, 12:00 - 14:00

Richard Meeran will be speaking at this side event at the UN offices in Geneva on 19th March. The event aims at creating space to discuss the EU agenda on Business & Human Rights.

Government Surveillance on Both Sides of the Atlantic
University of Notre Dame, Wednesday 18 March 2015

University of Notre Dame, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG
6-7pm (followed by drinks reception)

The HRLA, Notre Dame Law School and Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) present a comparative exposition of government surveillance of the electronic communication of individuals. The speakers will discuss, in their view, how governments (particularly the UK and US) can respect the privacy and civil liberties of individuals, while also protecting national security and advancing foreign policy. 

Chair: Chip Pitts, EPIC
Speakers: Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago and Rosa Curling, Leigh Day

Entry is free but places are limited so please RSVP to administrator@hrla.org.uk

The Purple Workforce:  a round-table on disability in the workplace
The Goldsmiths' Centre, Wednesday 25 February 2015

Leigh Day will be holding a round-table on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD, from 10am to 12.30pm.

The discussion will be chaired by Lord Low of Dalston CBE and the panel will include speakers from GK Research, the Spinal Injuries Association, Scope, and an employer organisation. 

Last November Leigh Day published The Purple Workforce report about the experiences of disabled people in the workplace, based on original research we commissioned. Although the research showed a generally positive picture, it also demonstrated that many of the 7 million disabled people of working age in the UK still experience significant disadvantages in the workplace. The response we received to the report has encouraged us to explore what practical steps can be taken to improve the access of people with disabilities to the workplace, and their career progression once there. 

"Litigating economic, social and cultural rights”
BPP Holborn, Thursday 12 February 2015

BPP and the Public Interest Lawyers Network’s (PILNet) are co-hosting a seminar on the topic of “litigating economic, social and cultural rights”, chaired by Matthew Evans, Director, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe).

PILnet panel members: Yu-Hsiu (Clarence) Chou (Taipei, Taiwan),  Anietie Ewang (Lagos, Nigeria), and Liu Wei (Henan, China)

UK panel members: Mark Willers QC (Garden Court Chambers), Sheona York (Kent Law Clinic Solicitor) and Leigh Day solicitors Liana Wood and Matt Renshaw.

Thursday 12 February
14:00 - 17:00
Lecture theatre, BPP Holborn
68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY
RSVP: humanrights@my.bpp.com 
3 CPD points available

Followed by a drinks reception: an opportunity to network with the panel members.

Multinational Corporations' Foreign Human Rights Conduct: Experiences and Avenues of Domestic Litigation
King's College, 20 January 2015

Richard Meeran, partner in the International and Group Claims department, addresses current approaches in what has long become known as "transnational human rights litigation". 

This event is part of the Transnational Law Colloquium series. 

Details can be found here.

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