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John Crowley


John Crowley is a solicitor in the human rights department.

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John is a solicitor in the human rights and judicial review department. He qualified in 2019, having trained at Leigh Day. 

John assists Jamie Beagent in a wide range of human rights and public law cases. He has been involved with such landmark cases as the “right to rent” challenge, concerning one of the Home Office’s flagship hostile environment policies, and an appeal in the Supreme Court on behalf of two victims of trafficking in relation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Legal expertise

He regularly accepts instructions from clients who are, or have been, detained under immigration control. His clients include those who are seeking to challenge the lawfulness of their ongoing detention through judicial review, as well as clients who wish to obtain compensation for false imprisonment, discrimination and/or abuse of their human rights.

In addition, John acts for clients in the context of planning and environmental matters, and in public law claims more generally. For example, he has acted on behalf of a number of local environmental groups wishing to challenge the lawfulness of local developments including polytunnels and waste incineration plants.

Prior to joining Leigh Day, John volunteered with a number of prominent refugee and human rights charities. He also became a figurehead in the campaign for Premier League football clubs to pay the Living Wage. He has spoken in the House of Lords and with a range of media outlets on these matters. He completed a BA degree in Politics and English at York University (1st Class Hons), before completing the GDL and LPC courses at City University (both with Distinction). 

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Human rights WIndrush Right to rent

European Court of Human Rights asked to consider ‘right to rent’ challenge

A new challenge against the UK’s Right to Rent legislation has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights. The legislation has been a key plank of the government’s ‘Hostile Environment’, which has been found to cause racial discrimination by two court rulings.

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Student challenges public body over imbalance in funding for mental health research at universities

A student is challenging the public body which oversees the distribution of funds to universities in the UK.

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Human rights Windrush

Windrush scandal: changes to compensation scheme

Changes to the Windrush Compensation Scheme have been welcomed, but further, fundamental changes are needed for the Scheme to be fit for purpose, Leigh Day lawyers have told the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee this week.

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Hearing to be held into decision to grant permit for one of Europe's biggest waste incinerators

A judicial review permission hearing will be held at the high court on Tuesday, 13 October