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Ella Cornish

Associate solicitor

Ella is an associate solicitor in the medical negligence team

Ella is an associate solicitor in the medical negligence department.

Ella (she/her) works on a wide variety of clinical negligence cases including claims arising from amputation, failures or delays in diagnosis of cancer, and claims on behalf of mothers and children who have sustained an injury during childbirth. She also has experience working on fatal accident claims. Having previously worked in the legal team at one of London’s largest NHS hospitals, Ella has unique insight into the NHS structure, practices and procedures.

After gaining her Law degree from King’s College London, during her time working in-house for a London NHS Trust, Ella gained experience in medical negligence, personal injury, inquests and court of protection. Ella then proceeded to study the LPC at the University of Law, graduating in 2020 prior to joining Leigh Day.

Ella qualified as a solicitor in September 2022 after completing her training contract at Leigh Day. During her first seat, Ella trained with Sanja Strkljevic and Despina Kavadas in the medical negligence department acting on behalf of patients and their families. Ella also assisted on cases representing families at inquests following the death of a family member in a hospital setting.

In the second year of her training, Ella worked in the international department where she assisted Oliver Holland on international cases involving multinational corporations where human rights abuses have been alleged. She also assisted Zoë Mernick-Levene in the competition practice working on complex collective actions, including a standalone opt-out case against large water and sewage companies.


Ella has a LLB in Law from King’s College London and achieved a distinction her LPC from the University of Law.


Ella is an active member of Leigh Day’s LGBT+ Network.

News and blogs

News Article
Tracey Farndon
Medical negligence Sepsis NHS

Inquest finds Mum died aged 56 of natural causes contributed to by neglect and delay in sepsis diagnosis

An inquest has concluded that there were ‘significant failures’ and missed opportunities when treating mum and grandmother Tracey Farndon, who died hours after admission to the A&E department at a Birmingham hospital.

Blog Post
Twin Babies
Medical negligence Pregnancy

Saving Babies’ Lives campaign: Working towards better outcomes for twin and multiple pregnancies

Leigh Day has partnered with Twins Trusts in support of its Saving Babies’ Lives campaign on 12 and 13 March 2023. Sanja Strkljevic and Ella Cornish, solicitors in the healthcare team, discuss the importance of the Twins Trust’s campaign and the complications that can arise in twin and multiple pregnancies

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Forced labour International human rights Malaysia

Forced labour in UK companies’ supply chains: is a UK due diligence law the answer?

Oliver Holland and Ella Cornish discuss what the UK can do to catch up with global moves to halt the import of goods manufactured by the use of forced labour.