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He is "very approachable and very experienced," as well as "very up-to-date on the relevant legal principles."  – Chambers and partners 2020
We would all like to thank you as a family for the hard work you done to achieve such an amazing figure for my grandfather. I couldn’t have wished for a more friendly, kind person than yourself to deal with this and you have been brilliant. – Client's family
Vijay is a serious injury lawyer who specialises in industrial disease and complex injury cases.

Vijay studied law at King's College London and is trained as both a barrister and solicitor.  He undertook his solicitor training at Hodge Jones & Allen and joined Leigh Day in February 2007 undertaking industrial disease (mainly asbestos disease cases on behalf of those diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases) as well as other complex injury claims including those involving public accidents and child injury.

He is accredited as a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as well as being one of the few lawyers holding specialist accreditation for Occupational Disease and Asbestos Disease claims. 

He was recently appointed by APIL to act as an assessor for other solicitors seeking similar accreditation. Vijay was awarded the title of Lawyer of the Year for 2014 in the field of Industrial Disease by Corporate LiveWire magazine.

Vijay is knowledgeable on the current state of the law and has written and contributed to various legal journals including The Lawyer, The New Law Journal, The Journal of Personal Injury and APIL’s PI Focus magazine. He has been writing the quarterly personal injury update for the Solicitors Journal for the last 7 years.

As a result of his experience, he is frequently invited to give talks which include lectures given to doctorate students at Oxford University and undergraduates at Kent University. In late 2013, he was invited to take part in a debate on reforming the law on limited liability (which is a legal principle that frequently hampers an individual’s ability to sue companies) in the House of Lords and recently gave a talk to London University students titled "Litigating for Asbestos Justice".

Vijay has carved out a reputation of achieving success in difficult cases. He is best known for having successfully represented Mr Chandler in the landmark case of Chandler v Cape plc [2012] EWCA 525 CA which set a new legal precedent both in tort and company law because it was the first case of its kind to hold a parent/group company liable for one of its subsidiary company’s operations.  This case attracted widespread attention for having made new law and is frequently quoted and discussed in numerous textbooks and articles. 

His recent successes in asbestos cases include the following:
  • Mr L [2014] - £240,000 in a case on behalf of a mesothelioma sufferer where, despite there being a significant dispute on liability, the Court was willing to enter judgement against the defendant before trial.
  • Mr S [2014] - Just under £200,000 for a mesothelioma sufferer which was obtained within 6 months of first instructions.
  • Mr R [2013] - £300,000 for a former pharmaceutical company employee diagnosed with mesothelioma. 

His other successes include the following:
  • Spinal injury claim [2014] – Just under £600,000 on behalf of a former NHS employee who sustained a severe spinal injury at work.  There were numerous difficult medical issues.  In fact, one of the medical experts we instructed commented that this was one of the most complex cases he had ever come across. 
  • Mr Q & Mr O [2013] – six--figure settlement on behalf of the victims of a gas explosion involving inquest proceedings.

His clients have commented on his ‘professional calm and kind manner’ and a senior barrister recently stated, ‘Vijay’s experience speaks for itself as a reason for other specialists in the field to defer to him.’

Vijay Ganapathy in the news

A “sea change” in procedure Solicitors Journal 14.8.17 Vijay Ganapathy considers recent cases on the risks of expert shopping and the problem of identifying the correct defendant where the tort occurred many years ago.
Once more unto the breach Solicitors Journal 25.4.17 Vijay Ganapathy considers the high threshold in common law negligence claims involving dangerous activities and the apportionment of damages for asbestos-related illnesses.

The boundaries of liability Solicitors Journal 24.1.17

Determining an employer's liability for injury Solicitors Journal 24.5.16

Calculating damages in claims for asbestos-related conditions Solicitors Journal 23.2.16

Key cases


  • APIL
  • APIL accredited asbestos disease specialist
  • APIL accredited occupational disease specialist
  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession
  • Corporate live wire lawyer of the year 2014
  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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