- Senior Partner: Martyn Day
- Managing Partner: Frances Swaine
- Partners : 28
- Assistants: 54
- Number of other UK fee-earners: 61
- Total number of fee-earners: 115
THE FIRM Leigh Day & Co is a leading human rights and personal injury claimant firm based in London. Leigh Day & Co specialises in many aspects of national and international personal injury and accident work, human rights, clinical negligence and multi-party actions. Lawyers at Leigh Day & Co are committed to offering an exceptionally high-quality service to all clients. The firm was set up by Sarah Leigh OBE and Martyn Day in June 1987 to represent individual claimants and their families. This remains the firm’s core value as it continues to grow across all departments.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Accident & Personal Injury: The firm deals with a full range of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work and transport disasters. The firm has specialist legal expertise in injuries to sportsmen, in particular cyclists and actions against the MoD, asbestos-related disease and latex allergies.
Administrative & Public Law: This department undertakes a large number of high profile judicial reviews of decisions taken by public bodies. Its clients include individuals, non-governmental groups and objectors to local authority decisions.
Clinical Negligence: The firm has a leading and excellent reputation for specialist clinical negligence work, concentrating on cases involving serious disabilities and death.
Employment: The Employment and Discrimination Department is made up of recognised leading experts in employment, equal pay and discrimination law. The firm is a member of the Equality and Human Rights litigation panel and only provide specialist advice and representation to employees and individuals.
Environment: The firm is at the cutting edge of environmental law, specialising in claims as a result of exposure to pollution (radiation, chemicals, pesticides, sewage in the sea) together with industrial disease and nuisance claims.
Healthcare: Healthcare is a specialist focus within human rights. The team has an outstanding reputation for its work on medical ethical issues and ‘best interests’ cases. The firm often challenges decisions made by health service bodies, including NHS trusts and the GMC, and has been ground-breaking in its consideration of the impact of human rights on health and social care law.
Human Rights: The Human Rights Department offers expertise in areas where human rights are of growing importance, such as health and community care, medical ethics, special needs education, child abuse, nuisance, confidentiality and planning.
Multi-party Actions: Under Martyn Day, the firm has pioneered legal developments in multi-party cases on behalf of claimants in the UK and overseas. Issues include asbestos-related disease, claims against the Ministry of Defence, the disposal of toxic waste, the involvement of the British army in the Mau Mau uprising and more recently, with Iraqi interpreters.
Product Liability: Leigh Day & Co has extensive experience in handling product liability cases, many of which are undertaken as class actions. Leigh Day & Co is currently the lead firm on failed hip replacement components. The firm has been concerned with products such as medical devices, latex and pharmaceutical products.