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Rose Ashwood

Associate solicitor

Rose Ashwood is an associate solicitor in the international department

Abuse Child abuse

Rose has worked at Leigh Day since 2017 when she joined the firm as a paralegal in the human rights department working on claims for neglect and abuse in familial and institutional settings.

A large part of her work involved acting as the main point of contact for over 20 survivors of non-recent abuse in Lambeth children’s homes and progressing their applications to the Lambeth Redress Scheme. She also worked on claims for compensation for Islington care leavers and supported the team’s work advising the Islington Survivors Network with their campaign for redress for survivors of the Islington children’s homes abuse scandal.

Legal expertise

Rose took up a training contract with the firm in 2020 and spent her first seat in the personal injury department working on high value serious injury claims, including brain and spinal injuries, amputee claims and fatal accidents.

She joined Daniel Leader’s team in the international department in 2021 during the second seat of her training contract and continued in the role as a newly qualified solicitor in 2022. Rose has worked on human rights and environmental cases on behalf of claimants in countries including Zambia, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Key cases she has worked on include a legal action brought against the London Bullion Market Association alleging that it is wrongly certifying gold from a mine in Tanzania as being free from serious human rights abuses, and a case on behalf of diamond miners from the Shinyanga region of Tanzania arising out of serious human rights abuses.

Rose is currently seconded to work in the human rights department, where she is assisting with a number of claims against Spectrum, a former provider of care facilities for learning and disabled and autistic people in Devon and Cornwall. The claims relate to allegations of abuse, neglect, unlawful deprivations of residents’ liberty, and concerns about the use of residents’ finances.

Further experience

Prior to working at Leigh Day Rose was an active member of the Labour Party and served for two years as an Exeter City Councillor. She was also a volunteer for Citizens Advice.


Rose holds a First Class undergraduate degree in law from the University of Exeter and an LPC-LLM, with Distinction, from the University of Law.