Firm profile submitted by Leigh Day
The Firm The firm works only for individuals, not the government or big business. Its experts are leaders in their chosen fields and are not afraid to take on difficult and challenging cases involving medical accidents, serious personal injuries, human rights abuses, defective products, and large group cases worldwide. Lawyers at Leigh Day are committed to offering an exceptionally high-quality service to all clients.
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, asbestos-related disease, travel injury and construction industry injury claims.
Administrative & Public Law: The firm undertakes a large number of high-profile judicial reviews of decisions taken by public bodies. The firm’s clients include individuals, non-governmental groups and objectors to local authority decisions.
Clinical Negligence: The firm has 30 lawyers with over 300 years’ experience in specialist clinical negligence work, concentrating on cases involving serious disabilities and death.
Employment: The Employment and Discrimination Department has 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 provides specialist advice and representation to employees and individuals. In 2015, the department won the Lawyer Magazine’s Employment team of the year for the second time in three years for its work on zero hour contracts.
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, the disposal of toxic waste, environmental pollution by multinational oil companies, and more recently, with Iraqi interpreters.
Product Liability: Leigh Day has a large specialist product liability team, many of whose cases are class actions. Leigh Day is currently the lead firm on failed hip replacement components. The chambers also help clients affected by unsafe products such as household electrical goods, medical devices, latex and pharmaceutical products.
In 2014, Leigh Day opened a new office in Manchester close to its important client British Cycling. Since then the office has grown to include employment, travel injury, and asbestos claims teams.