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Stephanie Hill

Senior associate solicitor

Stephanie Hill is a senior associate solicitor in the human rights department at Leigh Day.

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Contact

shill@leighday.co.uk

0161 393 3530

Manchester

Stephanie is a senior associate solicitor in the human rights department. She acts in a variety of public law matters, with a particular focus on migrants’ rights. In September 2023 she moved to Leigh Day’s Manchester office. 

Stephanie Hill is really very good indeed – we worked on a messy detention claim and having her there was absolutely invaluable

Legal 500 2022

What people say

 “Stephanie Hill is really very good indeed – we worked on a messy detention claim and having her there was absolutely invaluable.” Legal 500 2022 

“It's an honour to say thank you to Leigh Day solicitors especially Stephanie Hill for outstanding work throughout. They have shown their professionalism and above all caring for justice!”  

“Excellent from beginning to end. Meticulous attention to detail…  Great understanding of what it is like to suffer the loss of a close relative, for whom I had tried to get psychiatric help... In all our communication she understood the details and evidence of the case, asked relevant questions, from the beginning to the end, and as quick as a flash could bring even more considerations to light. Communicating with the opposing solicitors she obtained good results. She kept me fully informed and well supported throughout.” 

“Wonderful, personable from start to finish. Stephanie (Hill) was the rock and infinite gatherer of detail and rememberer of information. All the way to the Supreme Court and our victory. Who would have thought that from such a small community and small beginnings we could and would go on to change the law. There is a film script in there somewhere.”

Legal expertise

Stephanie specialises in migrants’ rights and has substantial experience representing claimants in a wide range of judicial review challenges and compensation claims. Her work includes claims relating to unlawful detention, asylum support, protection for people who have been trafficked, and a variety of other cases for breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Stephanie also acts for applicants to the Windrush Compensation Scheme and has successfully obtained compensation in complex, high value cases. She is also instructed in judicial review challenges to decisions under the scheme. 

She recently represented Asylum Aid (with Tessa Gregory and Carolin Ott) in challenging the Rwanda removals process on grounds of procedural fairness.  

Stephanie also has a broader public law and human rights practice and acts for individuals and local community groups in challenging a wide range of public authority decisions. In 2023 she acted in a successful Supreme Court appeal challenging the grant of planning permission on land that had been held under statutory trust.

She also represents bereaved families in inquests involving mental health care, including for detained and non-detained patients, often engaging Article 2. 

In 2023 Stephanie was shortlisted for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in the Public Law category.

Stephanie qualified in 2016 having trained at Leigh Day. She worked in the London office from 2013 to 2023 before moving to the Manchester office on 1 September 2023.

Read Stephanie's blogs

Supreme Court confirms Home Office falsely imprisoned people by imposing unlawful curfews 30.3.20

Stephanie Hill in the news

  • ‘I feel rejected’: Windrush Scandal victim granted judicial review after Home Office refused compensation Independent 4.2.24
  • Supreme Court rules on Rwanda policy LSG 17.11.23
  • Greenfields park row: Sensational win for Shrewsbury residents in David v Goliath court battle Shropshire Star 1.3.23
  • Supreme court rules in favour of halting housebuilding in Shrewsbury park Guardian 1.3.23
  • Dame Joan Bakewell threatens Government with legal action over second Pfizer jab Jersey Evening Post 12.1.21

What our clients say

It's an honour to say thank you to Leigh Day solicitors especially Stephanie Hill for outstanding work throughout. They have shown their professionalism and above all caring for justice!

Babu Morita

Accreditations

Blogs and news

News Article
Empire Windrush
Windrush Immigration Human rights;

Windrush Scandal victim granted Judicial Review of the Home Office refusal to award him compensation

A member of the Windrush Generation who was denied entry to the UK and sent to Jamaica has been given permission to bring a judicial review of the Home Office’s decision to refuse him compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

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Rwanda Human rights abuses Supreme Court

Supreme Court rules on Rwanda policy

On 15 November the Supreme Court determined the Rwanda removals policy to be unlawful. The unanimous judgment of lords Reed and Lloyd-Jones (with whom lords Hodge, Briggs and Sales agreed) is remarkably clear, and relatively short.

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Rwanda Human rights

Asylum Aid appeals ruling on fast-track Rwanda removals process

Legal protection charity Asylum Aid has a Court of Appeal hearing from Monday 24 April to Thursday 27 April to challenge the High Court ruling that the Home Office fast-track Rwanda removals process is lawful.