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Sam Velody

Senior associate solicitor

Sam Velody is a senior associate solicitor in the employment department.


Sam is a senior associate solicitor in the employment and discrimination department.

Legal expertise

He has advised on a wide range of matters, including age, sex and race discrimination, equal pay, disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and redundancy, and has particular experience dealing with large multi-party actions. He has worked on employment cases in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and has assisted on civil cases in the High Court.

Sam is currently advising one of the UK’s largest national trade unions to bring equal pay claims in the Employment Tribunal on behalf of thousands of its members. He recently represented over 250 judges in claims against the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor for unlawful age, sex and race discrimination.

Sam joined Leigh Day as a paralegal in 2013, where he spent time in both the consumer law and product safety department, and the international department. He began his training contract in 2016, and qualified as a solicitor in the employment and discrimination team in 2018.


After obtaining a philosophy degree from the University of Manchester in 2011, Sam completed the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2012, and achieved a distinction on the Legal Practice Course in 2016.


Sam is a member of the Discrimination Law Association, Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.

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More than 80 interpreters and translators in legal claim against agency DA Languages

Interpreters and translators working for DA Languages are taking legal action against the agency over claims that they are being denied rights such as holiday pay and National Minimum wage.

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Employment Fair pay

Interpreters and translators providing public sector services take legal action for fair pay

A translator agency that has contracts with several public sector services including NHS Trusts, police forces and local councils is denying thousands of its workers the rights they are entitled to, according to law firm Leigh Day.