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Yvonne Kestler

Associate solicitor

Yvonne Kestler is an associate solicitor in the human rights department.

Abuse Actions against the police

Yvonne is an associate solicitor working with partner Emma Jones in the human rights department. Yvonne acts in a wide range of cases involving human rights claims against the police. Yvonne also represents individuals in claims against public bodies for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and claims under the Equality Act 2010. Yvonne also represents families at inquests.

Yvonne Kestler ‘fights exceptionally hard’ for her clients.

Legal 500 2018

Legal expertise

Yvonne has significant experience in actions against the police having practiced in this area for several years prior to joining Leigh Day. 

Yvonne began her career as an immigration caseworker. Her work specifically focused on cases involving human rights abuses. She challenged the decisions of public bodies such as the Home Office and played a significant role in the preparation of the country guidance case BK (Failed Asylum Seekers) DRC CG [2007] UKAIT. Yvonne conducted multiple judicial review proceedings challenging the removal of her clients.
Yvonne has a keen interest in civil liberties and human rights. She returned from New Orleans, Louisiana in 2011 after undertaking a six month internship with Amicus (a UK charity working with individuals on death row). She assisted two criminal defence attorneys in pre-trial and capital post-conviction cases.
Yvonne studied for an undergraduate degree in English Literature & Creative Writing before going on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Vocational Course. Yvonne was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2010. Yvonne transferred to qualify as a solicitor and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 2 December 2013.

News and blogs

News Article
Hayley Smith
Anorexia nervosa Inquests Legal representation at inquests

Inquest into the death of anorexia nervosa patient Hayley Smith, aged 27

The jury hearing an inquest into the death of 27-year-old anorexia nervosa patient Hayley Smith has concluded that a series of failures contributed to her tragic death.

Blog Post
Human rights Coronavirus Covid-19

Legal rights and coronavirus: Police powers and your human rights

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact us all we aim to provide some useful discussions on legal matters during these uncertain times. Leigh Day human rights solicitor Yvonne Kestler and barrister Sam Fowles who specialises in public law at Cornerstone Barristers discuss the rights of individuals in relation to the lockdown.

News Article
Looking At Mobiles Together
Human rights

Family of Lauren Lelonek welcome recognition of failures by school and police

The family of Lauren Lelonek have welcomed the school and the police's recognition that there were failures to protect Lauren from bullying and harassment, three years after her death.