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Yvonne Kestler

Senior associate solicitor

Yvonne Kestler is a senior associate solicitor in the human rights department.

Abuse Actions against the police Human rights Judicial review

Yvonne is a senior associate solicitor 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.

What people say

"From my first phone call to the end of the case Leigh Day and my solicitor Yvonne were amazing. They found ways to make the process easy for me, finding solutions to the many barriers raised by large institutions and ultimately overcoming all the difficulties with a high level of professionalism and expertise to achieve a great outcome. - Muhammad Mian via Trustpilot

"Our solicitor, Yvonne Kestler, who was acting on our behalf was extremely professional from start to finish. She fully understood how difficult and distressing our case was but showed great compassion throughout." - client of Yvonne, via Trustpilot.

What the directories say

Yvonne Kestler provides an excellent service. She's very confident, professional and extremely knowledgeable.

Chambers and partners 2024

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.

Yvonne Kestler in the news

  • NHS hospital patient, 41, 'choked to death eating sandwich in her room' Daily Mirror 2.3.24
  • Traumatised victim of monster cop David Carrick set to sue Met Police for damages Daily Mirror 22.1.23
  • Family of 16-year-old girl who killed herself after being mercilessly bullied sue the police and school in landmark High Court claim Mail online 30.1.22


What the directories say

Yvonne Kestler is an exceptional police actions lawyer. I have had the privilege of working with her since I started practising, and I have found her consistently brilliant in terms of legal acumen, completely committed to her clients, and a delight to work with.

Legal 500 2023

News and blogs

News Article
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Human rights Inquests

Death of Paul Davis, aged 33, was contributed to by failures of South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust concludes inquest jury

The death of brain injured patient Paul Davis, aged 33, in November 2018 was contributed to by failures of South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, an inquest jury has concluded.

News Article
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Human rights Social care Mental health

Patient died from choking on a sandwich after failings at mental health hospital in Gloucestershire delayed emergency response, inquest finds

Failings at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester delayed the emergency response to a 41-year-old woman who died after choking on a sandwich, an inquest has found.

News Article
Jordan Clare
Human rights Inquests Actions against the police

Inquest into the death of Jordan Clare, 22

Coroner Adrian Farrow found that the delay by the police in re-grading an incident to an emergency response, on being notified of 22-year-old Jordan Clare's intent to take his own life, possibly contributed to his death.