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Josephine Whitehouse

Trainee solicitor

Josephine is a trainee solicitor in the abuse team

Abuse claims

Josephine is a trainee solicitor working in the abuse team, assisting Alison Millar and Catriona Rubens in the human rights department.

Josephine assists Alison and Catriona to bring claims on behalf of adult survivors of sexual abuse and physical abuse, and mistreatment claims for child and adults at risk of harm in health and care settings. Josephine works across a range of cases, representing clients who were abused in private and public settings, including institutional settings. She has experience assisting on claims brought under the Human Rights Act, the Equality Act, actions against the police and personal injury claims.

Before joining Leigh Day, Josephine worked at the British Institute of Human Rights  and as a Parliamentary Assistant. Josephine joined Leigh Day in July 2021, initially assisting Gene Matthews.


Josephine graduated with a 2.1 LLB in English and European Law from Queen Mary, University of London in 2019. She went on complete her LPC part-time, achieving a Distinction in 2022.


Josephine is an active member of the Disability and Allies Committee and the LGBTQ+ Committee.

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Anonymous Person Abuse
Human rights Abuse Abuse in schools

Survivor of childhood sexual abuse by former choirmaster secures substantial five-figure settlement

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse by former choirmaster Mark Burgess has settled his civil claim against the Parish of Portsea for a total settlement sum of £90,000.

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Anonymous Person Abuse
Human rights Abuse Settlement

Josephine Whitehouse and Amy Chater explain the value of personal injury trusts to survivors of abuse

Survivors of abuse may find themselves in receipt of money following a successful civil compensation claim or application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Setting up a personal injury trust to hold the funds can be a helpful way to manage the money.

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Abuse Settlement Human rights

Woman who suffered severe workplace sexual harassment and assault receives £200,000 settlement

A woman who experienced serious sexual violence by a senior colleague which caused her psychiatric injury has settled her claim for £200,000.