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Clients describe him as a "passionate and inspired" practitioner who "uses the law creatively and looks at it from an entirely new perspective." – Chambers and partners 2014
He is very approachable and knowledgeable, and highly experienced in handling judicial reviews – Chambers and partners 2013

Richard Stein’s practice covers judicial review and human rights.  He specialises in cases dealing with health issues, including medical ethics and hospital closures, education, planning/environment and community care as well as those of a more general political/human rights nature.

He acts principally for campaigning/community groups and individuals challenging decisions of local authorities, quangos and government departments.

Richard acted in the high-profile cases of Diane Blood; Re S, (forced caesarean); exp Belgium, (Pinochet); Ms B, right to die; exp Watts, (NHS treatment abroad); exp FPANI, (Northern Ireland abortion rights); Charlotte Wyatt; Corner House 1 (Protective costs orders); Corner House v Director SFO (Saudi & BAe corruption investigation); Smith v NE Derbyshire PCT (patient involvement in health changes).

He joined Leigh Day in 1993.  Richard is a frequent legal commentator in the media. He appeared in Channel 4 docu-drama – ‘Born with two mothers’.

He is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association and the Public Law Project Management Committee.

Richard Stein in the news

Honourable friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change Camden Review 23.4.15

I’ve been loyal for 30 years – but now I’m leaving Labour for the Green party Guardian 2.12.14

Key cases


  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2016 Leading individual

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