Leigh Day

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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The team has expertise in international public law, planning and environmental law, health and social care, best interest cases, education,  prisoners’ rights, unlawful detention and election law.

Emma Jones is instructed in a number of public law challenges including on behalf of 300 core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry.  Yvonne Kestler specialises in actions against the police.

Merry Varney and Anna Moore act in judicial review claims predominantly in the healthcare and coronial fields, and in cases affecting children and vulnerable adults.

Rosa Curling has led ground-breaking public law litigation including  a successful challenge to the Government’s decision to continue to licence the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Sean Humber and Benjamin Burrows act for prisoner clients in a range of cases.  Sean also specialises in healthcare, discrimination, information law and data protection. He brought a successful challenge to the Government’s failure to make necessary arrangements to allow blind and partially sighted people to vote. 

Tessa Gregory has a high-profile public law practice. She has been at the forefront of legal challenges to Universal Credit. Head of department Jamie Beagent and Waleed Sheikh specialise in all aspects of immigration detention work. Jamie’s wide-ranging public law practice  includes planning and environmental law.


Beagent, Jamie (Head of Department)

Burrows, Benjamin

Curling, Rosa

Gregory, Tessa

Humber, Sean

Jones, Emma

Moore, Anna

Sheikh, Waleed

Varney, Merry