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Leslie Thomas

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments

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Police Law: Mainly Claimant - All Circuits

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Leslie Thomas QC
A formidable trial advocate who is renowned for acting in high-profile claims against the police, and for representing families at inquests. He is picked out for his considerable expertise in cases concerning deaths in custody or following police shootings, and his broad practice also includes claims pertaining to the police's failure to investigate.
Strengths: "Leslie is well respected for his calm, methodical case preparation, sound legal knowledge and judgement, but most impressively for his fearless and at times devastating cross-examination." "He's a go-to as a leader for difficult and controversial death in custody cases."
Recent work: Appeared at the inquest into the death of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, who was fatally shot by police on the M62. The case particularly concerned the appropriateness of the hard stop procedure.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

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Leslie Thomas QC
He lends his civil liberties and human rights expertise to vulnerable clients, routinely handling sensitive matters that involve claims against the police. He is an expert in Article 2 inquiries and is adept at handling public law challenges as well as judicial reviews of the powers of public bodies.
Strengths: "He's a brilliant advocate."
Recent work:Appeared for the claimant in Dyer v HM Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire (Western), successfully challenging the provision of a screen to 16 police officers, preventing them from being seen in an inquest into the death of Andrew Hall, who died while in police custody.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

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Leslie Thomas QC
Strong track record representing bereaved families in highly contentious inquests and major public inquiries, including Article 2 proceedings. He has particular expertise in inquests that concern police conduct, such as deaths by police restraint or police shootings. He also advises on related human rights and public law issues.
Strengths: "He is a top-notch barrister, who is completely knowledgeable about all areas he specialises in. My favourite quality is that he's a great tactician and he's always got a gem of wisdom to share. He's also always a step ahead of the opponent." "Leslie is a very skilled inquest advocate."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a number of bereaved family members and survivors in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
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