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Gideon Habel

Associate solicitor

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Gideon is an associate solicitor in the regulatory & disciplinary team working with Frances Swaine and Emma Walker
Gideon joined Leigh Day in September 2008 as a trainee solicitor. He qualified in September 2010 and was made an associate solicitor in April 2016. Between 2008 and 2015, Gideon worked primarily on high-profile civil claims against government and multi-nationals in challenging international contexts.  
From February 2015 until August 2016, and again between September 2017 and August 2018, Gideon was the lead solicitor on the firm’s internal team responding to and defending the SRA’s prosecution and appeal in connection with the Al Sweady Inquiry. 
Gideon combines his litigation practice with advisory work on regulatory and compliance matters. He has recently provided advice on issues relating to compliance with the GDPR. He is also currently responsible for developing the firm’s new regulatory & disciplinary team. 
Gideon is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Law Society’s Risk & Compliance division.
He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 before training as a solicitor at City University, London and BPP. He has also volunteered with Reprieve, the Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit.
Notable cases:
  • Between 2008 and 2012, acted for former Iraqi interpreters who worked with the British Government in its operations in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. The claimants alleged that they (or their relatives) had been left defenceless by their British Government employers against reprisal attacks by militia opposed to the British Government’s presence in Iraq. 
  • In 2010, assisted Frances Swaine in seeking a new inquest into the death of the former government weapons expert, Dr David Kelly.
  • Between 2012 and 2014, acted in claims against the Ministry of Defence for a number of Iraqi civilians who alleged that they had been unlawfully detained and abused by British Armed Forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.
  • From August 2016, was the lead solicitor for two Iraqi men, KSU and MRE, whose unlawful detention and abuse claims against the Ministry of Defence were tried by the High Court in March/April 2017. The claims resulted in the first judicial findings against the Ministry of Defence arising out of the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq.

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