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Ryan Bradshaw

Senior associate solicitor

Ryan advises on human rights, discrimination and employment law

Ryan joined Leigh Day, in 2015, and is based in Manchester. His primary areas of expertise are in discrimination, human rights and employment. He has a particular commitment to tackling the discrimination endured by disabled people, both in the workplace and in their day to day lives, and regularly provides training on how to use the Equality Act to challenge everyday discrimination. 

He conducts litigation on behalf of individual clients, groups, charities, professional bodies and Trade Unions, and provides regular advice to several charities on the application of the Equality Act to their service users. He sits on the Manchester Law Society Pro Bono Committee and the Equally Ours Forum (as a representative of the Discrimination Law Association). 

What the directories say

Ryan Bradshaw is increasingly sought out by unions for his willingness to give them the advice they need rather than the advice they want. Has developed a niche in the field of worker status in academic institutions and recentring industrial disputes into the Tribunals rather than other forms of industrial action where possible.

Legal 500 2024

What people say

“I really can’t thank you enough but I hope I can convey how much this has meant to me. I know you understand the struggles disabled people face on a daily basis and the communications difficulties I encounter being profoundly deaf”.

"Ryan has been wonderful throughout the whole process. He dealt mainly by email as I cannot hear on the telephone. We have been able to contact him quickly and efficiently."

"I have consulted Ryan on a number of matters related to my work. I am retired now, however I worked as a psychiatric social worker (forensic) I was impressed by his knowledge and acumen. Mr R.Marsden. B.A.(Hons) C.Q.S.W."

"Ryan was very approachable, attentive and empathetic when I first spoke to him. I instantly felt confident that he would negotiate the best possible outcome, and he did. He is very knowledgeable and gave me sound advice from the outset and dealt with matters very swiftly. I couldn't have been more pleased with the result."

Legal expertise

Ryan advises on all areas of employment, discrimination and public law. He has acted for clients in the County Court, Tribunals and Court of Appeal. He has successfully brought a number of civil discrimination claims against large Government departments. 

Ryan has contributed to various government consultations on:  

He also regularly provides case updates and insights in the Discrimination Law Association’s Briefings journal. 

Notable cases

Ryan Bradshaw in the news

  • Charging for MOD housing by age behind the times, says housing claim solicitor Forces News 15.11.23
  • Magistrates granting energy firms prepayment meter warrants in ‘private back rooms’ at court Inews 05.11.23 
  • Academics sue Oxford University over ‘Uberisation’ of teaching contracts  The Guardian 23.01.23 
  • Revealed: UK fast fashion staff deprived of pay by jobs agency  Observer 27.8.22 
  • Goldsmiths lecturers win worker rights battle  Employee Benefits 27.10.21 
  • Thousands of disabled universal credit claimants owed £170 each due to migration flaw Mirror 10.6.20 
  • The DWP is facing Universal Credit court action from over 150 people  The Canary 20.2.20 
  • Universal Credit: Disabled claimants planning to fight DWP in court for cash  The Mirror 16.5.19 
  • Government urged to lift barriers to legal aid in discrimination cases  LNB News 19.6.19

What the directories say

Having someone strong and committed to my case was extremely reassuring.

Chambers and partners 2024

Ryan's cases and blogs

News Article
Ministry Of Defence
Human rights

Thousands of military personnel could be owed compensation from the MOD for discrimination over housing costs

Up to 80,000 serving members of the military are believed to be eligible for compensation from the Ministry of Defence after being unfairly overcharged for housing in the last six months because of their age and potentially their marital status.

News Article
Oxford University

Oxford University lecturers on personal services contract claim employee status

Two Oxford University academics are challenging the university in the Employment Tribunal after being ousted from the course they have taught for 15 years following a long campaign for better contract rights for themselves and their colleagues.

News Article
Lecture Hall
Employment Employment rights Workers' rights University lecturers Employment contract Worker status

University lecturers win their claim for worker status against Goldsmiths University of London

University lecturers have won their fight for worker status at Goldsmiths University of London.