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"She is incredibly passionate, very hard-working and tenacious, and has absolute integrity," states a client, adding: "She doesn't stop when the day ends." – Chambers and partners 2014
She is incredibly committed and brilliant, both tactically and substantively. She brings such valuable insight, and amazing strategic oversight on cases. – Chambers and partners 2017
Rosa Curling is a solicitor in the human rights department at Leigh Day. She specialises in public law, particularly judicial review and human rights cases.

She has been instructed in many legal challenges to UK national bodies, for example, government departments, regulators, the NHS, local authorities, as well as international bodies, for example, the European Council and the Turkish government.

She acts for claimants on a variety of issues including public international law, international criminal law, health, education, community care, corporate responsibility, the environment, discrimination, unlawful detention, freedom of information, ‘the right to life’ and ‘the right to die’.

She has represented clients in the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as well as the UK’s High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Court of Protection and First Tier Tribunals.

Some of her previous cases include:
  • A and others v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (No. 2) in which the House of Lords found evidence obtained by torture was not admissible in the UK courts.
  • Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign v. Secretary of State for Health, in which the High Court found the Secretary of State had acted unlawfully in deciding to close and downgrade services at the Hospital.
  • WWF and Cornerhouse v. Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which challenged the decision taken by the Secretary of State to provide financial support and assistance to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) for a project which had already caused significant environmental damage and endangered the habitats of the Western Pacific Gray Whale. A few months after issuing proceedings, SEIC withdrew its application for support and assistance from the UK government.
  • Khadija Al-Saadi v. Metropolitan Police, which successfully challenged the failure by the Police to investigate the involvement of government ministers and members of the UK secret services in the unlawful rendition of eight Libyans from the Far East to Gaddafi’s Libya.
  • Noor Khan v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which is challenging the use of UK intelligence in the CIA drone attacks in Pakistan.
  • UK Uncut Legal Action v. HMRC, which challenged the decision of HMRC to let Goldman Sachs off £20million worth of tax owed.
  • Lindsay Sandiford v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which is challenging the refusal by the FCO to ensure Ms Sandiford has access to legal representation in Bali where she is facing the death penalty.
  • Representing over 80 individuals and families who suffered and/or lost loved ones at Stafford Hospital, at the First Independent Inquiry into the NHS Foundation Trust.

Career: BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Human Rights. Worked at several NGOs and charities including Liberty, the European Roma Rights Centre, ChildLine and the British Institute of Human Rights. Joined Leigh Day as a trainee in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

Key cases


  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2016 Recommended lawyer

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