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Jessica Harrison

Paralegal

Jessica is a paralegal in the personal injury team

Medical devices Food safety

Jessica is a paralegal in Leigh Day’s specialist personal injury department.

Jessica joined Leigh Day in February 2021, having previously worked for a Top 100 law firm as an executive. She now works closely with Jennifer Ellis and Michelle Victor on complex group claims and multi-party personal injury and consumer rights actions.

Jessica is passionate about using litigation as a vessel for accountability and legal change, ensuring that those who have caused harm to others are prevented from doing so again and securing recourse to claimants who have suffered injury.

Jessica is a member of the food safety team at Leigh Day, working on high profile cases representing clients who have suffered from fatal and catastrophic injuries as a result of food poisoning or food allergies. Jessica’s experience also encompasses Inquests and notably is part of the legal team representing the family of Celia Marsh in an upcoming inquest after the mother of five suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction after consuming Pret-a-Manger super-veg rainbow flatbread containing a CoYo yoghurt, which was reported to be dairy free.

Jessica also has experience assisting on a variety of complex and catastrophic personal injury claims concerning defective medical devices. She is part of a team representing over 600 claimants who sustained complex and serious injuries after being implanted with metal-on-mental hip devices manufactured by DePuy.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Leigh Day, Jessica represented trade union clients, dealing with an extensive range of personal injury cases including industrial accidents, public liability claims and road traffic accidents. Whilst in this role, Jessica assisted with political campaign work for the Labour movement.

Jessica previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau as an initial advisor, where she assisted vulnerable members of the community in Staffordshire with problems surrounding debt, social security benefits, housing, discrimination and family. Jessica has also undertaken an Audit, Finance and Legal Internship with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Education

Jessica graduated with a master’s degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham in 2018. Prior to this she graduated with an LLB in Law from Nottingham Law School in 2017. Jessica is currently studying independently to undertake the SQE examinations, of which she aims to be in the top percentile.

Membership & Committees

Jessica is a member of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), is a member of Leigh Day’s Disability Committee and is deeply committed to social justice.