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Joel Leigh

Joel Leigh:

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Joel is a litigator in the Dispute Resolution department with core service areas including professional negligence, the defence of barristers and solicitors in disciplinary proceedings, judicial review proceedings, banking, trade finance and a variety of issues arising from corporate insolvency. Many of these claims have included elements of fraud, insolvency and the mis-selling of various financial and tax mitigation products. He also has considerable experience in the field of clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

He has acted in a variety of high value claims arising in both domestic and international jurisdictions, spanning the High Court, Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal and Administrative Court.

Joel has particular experience handling complex disputes on a conditional fee basis and frequently engages in methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which have proven very successful in resolving a large variety of claims.

In addition, Joel is a member of our sports lawyers team,  HK Sport, having acted for a variety of both amateur and professional sportsmen, as well as their agents, clubs and employees. He sits on the editorial board of and is the motoring and motorsport correspondent for City Solicitor, the combined City of London Solicitors Company and City of London Law Society magazine.

Recent work

  • Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste & Anor v Endowment Fund For The Rehabilitation of Tigray & Ors (2017) [2017]EWCA Civ 1326 – Whether the English Courts had correctly refused to lift a stay of complex and long running English proceedings, notwithstanding allegations that the original Ethiopian Judgments had been obtained due to an inability to secure a fair trial in that jurisdiction, as a result of one of the Judge's having been married to the first respondent's chief executive officer, or otherwise by fraud.
  • Sheikh v Page and Others [2017] EWHC 1772 (QB) – Renewal of a General Civil Restraint Order, concerning lengthy litigation arising from a complex property dispute, where numerous allegations of wrongdoing had been levelled over many years against a vast array of lawyers and judges, asserting a conspiracy to steal title to a property development and share the £64m profits among themselves.
  • Menon and Others v Herefordshire Council [2015] EWHC 2165 –  the extent of the duty of a local authority to disclose documents advising on the legality of its employers and agents actions. Issues included whether the individuals concerned were in a lawyer-client relationship, if legal advice privilege applied only to communications between decision-makers and whether a party was entitled to rely on privileged material, inadvertently disclosed through a failure to redact documents previously adduced before the First Tier Tribunal. The substantive claim also concerned serious allegations of misfeasance in public office and wrongful arrest, arising from the de facto closure of a care home, where no emergency order under section 20 of the Care Standards Act 2000 had been made or sought.
  • Reg (Russell)& Others  v Bar Standards Board  [2014] EWCA Civ 1630 -  the most complex barrister disciplinary claim undertaken in recent years, culminating in the leading test case before the Court of Appeal, focused upon the adequacy or otherwise of the Bar’s disciplinary process.
  • Relicpride Building Company Ltd v Cordara [2013] EWCA Civ 158 – acting for the successful Appellant in establishing the widely applicable principle that the correct construction of retention agreements requires sums to be held as part of the purchase price and as security against any proven breach of contract. Retentions are not repayable to the employer in addition and cannot be held in perpetuity
  • CKFT v Minkin [2012] EWCA Civ 546 – acting for the successful Appellant in what was described by the Law Society Gazette as a “landmark retainer case win”, finding that Solicitors are entitled to suspend work for clients who refuse to pay interim bills, even where that bill may for good reasons have exceeded the sum initially quoted
  • Goldspan Limited v AJ Patel [2012] EWHC 1477 (Ch) – acting in a wide ranging insolvency claim, focusing on the appropriate test to be applied in claims alleging dishonest assistance and knowing receipt. Whilst of particular interest in lender claims arising out of mortgage fraud, the case touched upon a variety of other insolvency related issues
  • Chvetsov v Matuzny [2011] EWHC 248 (QB) Acting for one of the parties in a complex international dispute relating to the entitlement to shares and interest under a loan agreement

Random fact

His great grandfather was Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to the so called Mad King, Ludwig II of Bavaria.  Whilst Joel has inherited none of his families painting skills, he is a Trustee of The Lenkiewicz Foundation, a registered educational charity created to preserve and disseminate the library, paintings and other works of his late uncle, the artist Robert Lenkiewicz.