Leigh Day

Harminder Bains

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Partner specialising in catastrophic injuries and asbestos cases. She has taken numerous cases to trial, including a six-week trial relating to a complex multi-party action. She has a formidable reputation as one of the country’s leading litigators. Due to her reputation, she was instructed by the leading charity on behalf of asbestos victims in the renowned cases: Coventry v Lawrence [2015] UKSC 50; Judicial Review where she successfully challenged the Lord Chancellor’s enhanced court fees [CO/2097/2015]; Judicial Review preventing mesothelioma sufferers paying 25% of compensation for legal costs [2014] EWHC 3044. Her cases have set precedents: Zambarda v Shipbreaking [2013] EWHC 2263; Baker v Tate & Lyle Sept 2012 Westlaw & Lawtel; Najib v John Laing [2011] EWHC 1016; Beesley v New Century Group [2008] EWHC 3033; Goldstone v Witton 2016 Westlaw & Lawtel; Andreou v S. Booth Horricks & Sons Limited [2017] EWHC 174/QB; Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (non-party) & Concept Ltd & Ors v Cape Intermediate Holdings Plc [2017] EWHC 811 (QB) in which she obtained an injunction to prevent destruction of documents.

Professional Memberships

APIL, Fellowship status


Qualified as a Legal Executive 1993; partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse 2010; partner at Leigh Day 2012.


Regularly lectures and writes articles.


Harminder enjoys exploring, lobbying and raising money for charity.