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Joel Leigh – hard-working, astute, charming to work for but steel runs through the veins, an excellent practitioner who gets results.

Legal 500 2021

Joel Leigh specialises in civil fraud and professional negligence claims. His considerable experience covers financial services, partnership, shareholder and sports disputes, often featuring an international element. Joel also acts in high value clinical negligence and fatal accident proceedings.

Joel is a partner acting on civil fraud claims and disputes arising from negligent accountancy, architecture, insurance, legal and financial  advice. These claims frequently involve a cross-border element.  

Acting on behalf of barristers, solicitors and other professionals, Joel has defended clients in some of the most high profile disciplinary proceedings  in recent years. These have included decisions at first instance, on appeal, and before both the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

Joel's experience covers banking, construction, partnership, shareholder, trade finance, and corporate and personal insolvency disputes, plus Judicial Review. He additionally acts for amateur and professional athletes, as well as their agents, clubs and employees.

With over 25 years' experience in clinical negligence and fatal accidents, Joel also helps clients in multi-million pound claims.  

Joel always aims to achieve a client's objective, whether it's through litigation or an alternative form of dispute resolution. While he tries to resolve disputes quickly for clients, where this isn't possible, Joel works efficiently and economically to achieve the best possible outcome. 

He handles complex disputes for clients on a conditional fee basis. He has a thorough understanding of third party funding and litigation insurance, and works with clients to make the process easy and seamless. 

Recent work
  • XRB v Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Foundation Trust (2019) - very high value and complicated infant brain injury claim. 
  • Jamous & Anor v Mercouris (2019) - grounds for interfering with order for strike out following non-compliance with disclosure requirements.
  • Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste & Anor v Endowment Fund For The Rehabilitation of Tigray & Ors  (2017) -  litigation concerning an attempt to secure English jurisdiction over an Ethiopian dispute valued in excess of $100m and resultant professional negligence claim against previous solicitors.
  • Sheikh v Page and Others (2017)  - Civil Restraint Order concerning alleged conspiracy to steal £64m profits from a property development.
  • Menon and Others v Herefordshire Council (2015) - duty to disclose documents, misfeasance in public office and wrongful arrest.
  • Reg (Russell) & Others v Bar Standards Board (2014) - test case focused on the adequacy of the Bar’s disciplinary process.

"Joel Leigh is a good disciplinary lawyer and overall an excellent solicitor." Legal 500 2021

"Joel Leigh is a fine lawyer and aggressive litigator. He has a good grasp of the law and commercial reality, and is an excellent communicator." Legal 500 2021

Joel is rated as a key lawyer in Legal 500 2020 for Civil Fraud and Personal Injury: Claimant.

Joel is listed in Legal 500 - Fraud: Civil, described by clients as "a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues".

Joel is mentioned in Legal 500 for Civil Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Professional Discipline, Personal Injury and Sport.

Did you know
Joel is the motoring correspondent for City Solicitor, the combined City of London Solicitors Company and City of London Law Society magazine. Jeremy Clarkson beware. 
London Bridge and The Shard at dusk.

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