Jennifer is a solicitor in Leigh Day’s specialist personal injury department.
Jennifer joined Leigh Day in October 2014. Having initially worked in the international group claims department, Jennifer now works closely with Michelle Victor on complex large group claims and multi-party personal injury and consumer rights actions.
Jennifer’s work focuses primarily on upholding the rights of individuals who have suffered harm arising from negligent or careless acts of another person, entity or multi-national organisation and holding them to account for their wrongdoings.
Jennifer is passionate about helping and supporting those who have suffered life-changing physical injuries and / or debilitating psychiatric harm arising from trauma caused by the negligence of another. Jennifer is pro-active in seeking adequate rehabilitation and treatment on behalf of clients. She takes time to understand each client’s objectives on a case-by-case basis and approaches negotiations with a pragmatic and logical mind, working tirelessly to achieve early settlement.
Jennifer is an accomplished litigator, assiduous in her pursuit of justice and has experience representing families and individuals in high profile, public interest cases in the High Court.
Jennifer is part of the Food Safety Team at Leigh Day. She represents clients who have been harmed by unsafe food in the context of food allergy and food poisoning incidents. Many of Jennifer’s clients have experienced profound and life-altering injuries including cognitive and neurological impairment.
Jennifer’s experience includes representing bereaved families at Inquests where unsafe food has resulted in fatality. Notably, Jennifer is part of the team representing the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. Natasha was just 15 years old when she tragically died from anaphylaxis after consuming a Pret-a-Manger baguette. The family have now achieved a change in the law which came into force in October 2021 affording greater protection to allergy sufferers. Jennifer has acted for the family of Owen Carey in their pursuit of justice after the 18 year old suffered a fatal allergic reaction following consumption of an undeclared buttermilk product in a restaurant setting. Jennifer is also part of the team representing the family of Celia Marsh, in a forthcoming Inquest after the mother of 5, suffered a fatal anaphylaxis after consuming a Pret-a-Manger super-veg rainbow flatbread containing a CoYo yoghurt purported to be dairy free.
Jennifer’s experience also encompasses a variety of complex and catastrophic personal injury claims concerning defective medical devices. Jennifer is part of the team representing over 600 claimants who sustained disastrous injuries after being implanted with DePuy’s ASR metal-on-metal hip devices which has been described as “the biggest disaster in orthopaedic history”. Jennifer’s experience of orthopaedic injury includes acting for clients with complex underlying co-morbidities and catastrophic injuries including those requiring Girdlestone procedures.
Jennifer is a member of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Prior to joining Leigh Day, Jennifer was appointed Team Leader for the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking (UN:GIFT) project in which she conducted research on behalf of the United Nations and UK charity, Stop the Traffik.
She has also volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau assisting migrants as part of the Reform Advice Westminster (RAW) Project in conjunction with the Migrant Resource Centre.
Jennifer Ellis publications
Jennifer has co-authored a number of legal articles concerning the The Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 which established “Natasha’s Law”.
- Victor. M & Ellis. J, 2020, “The Reformation of Allergy Law”, Journal of Personal Injury Law (J-PI Law 2020, 2, 99 – 108); and
- Victor. M & Ellis. J, November 2019, “Recipe for Trouble”, APIL's PI Focus Magazine (Volume 29 Issue No.9).
Jennifer is passionate about promoting equality and is an active member of Leigh Day’s Disability Committee.