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Leigh Day celebrates excellence with five partner promotions in Manchester

Law firm Leigh Day is pleased to announce five new partner promotions in its Manchester office.

Posted on 08 April 2024

This significant expansion of the firm's northern leadership team reflects Leigh Day's unwavering commitment to excellence and its dedication to developing talent within the organisation.

Lauren Tully (medical negligence), Louisa Saville (personal injury), Colin Murphy (personal injury), Ryan Bradshaw (human rights) and Stephanie Hill (human rights) have been made partners, as the firm continues to strengthen its North West presence. 

The promotions represent a significant step forward in the firm's strategy to build a powerhouse legal team in the north of England.

Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy, who was named Insurance Rising Star of the Year at the 2024 Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards, has worked exclusively in International Travel Litigation since he qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Joining Leigh Day in 2018, Colin acts for clients who have suffered serious personal injuries whilst abroad, including those who have suffered significant brain and spinal injuries. Colin is frequently instructed in claims involving workplace accidents, holiday accidents and road traffic accidents and has extensive experience dealing with complex jurisdiction and applicable law disputes as well as multi-party litigation. More recently, Colin has been involved in the claims presented by hundreds of Liverpool FC fans who were affected by the events surrounding the Champion’s League final at the Stade de France in May 2022. 

Ryan Bradshaw

Ryan Bradshaw is joint head of Leigh Day’s Manchester Human Rights department. He trained at a regional firm working predominantly in areas connected to social justice and joined Leigh Day in 2015, attracted by the quality of the work being produced and the way that it was approached. Ryan currently has a varied case load spanning both human rights and employment with a focus on discrimination, worker status and holiday pay. He has several institutional clients, such as charities and trade unions. Ryan was nominated for Rising Star of the Year at the 2023 Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards. 

Leigh Day's five new partners in Manchester. Left to right: Colin Murphy; Lousia Saville; Stephanie Hill; Lauren Tully; Ryan Bradshaw.
Left to right: Colin Murphy; Lousia Saville; Stephanie Hill; Lauren Tully; Ryan Bradshaw.

Lauren Tully

Lauren Tully joined Leigh Day in 2018, specialising in medical negligence claims. Lauren advises individuals who have experienced poor medical care and lasting harm. She also acts for family members who have lost loved ones and represents them at inquests and has acted as assistant solicitor to HM Coroner for Manchester. Lauren’s work involves helping clients get answers and acknowledgement as well as compensation. 

Louisa Saville

Louisa Saville joined Leigh Day's Manchester office in 2018, specialising in representing victims of asbestos disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. Louisa has brought claims for those exposed in high-risk industries, such as laggers, plumbers and electricians, and has successfully litigated for claimants who have been exposed to asbestos through less well-known occupations, such as teachers or office workers.

Stephanie Hill

Stephanie Hill joined Leigh Day as a paralegal in 2013. She became a trainee solicitor at the firm and now leads the Manchester Human Rights department, with Ryan Bradshaw. Stephanie works on a range of public law cases - representing individuals, charities and community groups in challenges against decisions of public authorities. Having worked in human rights and public law for over seven years, Stephanie also represents individual in private law compensation claims for human rights breaches. She currently focuses on migrants’ rights, in particular claims for unlawful detention. Most recently, she represented the charity Asylum Aid in the high-profile judicial review claim challenging the Rwanda removals policy. Stephanie was one of three lawyers nominated in the Public Law category at the 2023 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.   

Managing Partner Chris Benson said: 

"These promotions are a testament to the exceptional talent and dedication of our Manchester team. They have consistently delivered outstanding results for our clients, and their commitment to social justice aligns perfectly with Leigh Day's core values. I am confident that they will continue to play a pivotal role in the continued growth and success of our Manchester office and the firm as a whole."  

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