Sally Leonards


Clinical Negligence


Sally Leonards is a partner in the JMW Clinical Negligence department and has almost 20 years’ experience in the field. She undertakes all areas of clinical negligence work but has a particular interest and expertise in complex and high-value brain and spinal injury cases. 

This includes settling numerous multi-million pound claims for children born with cerebral palsy due to birth errors, with Sally securing £5.9 million for one young client in 2011 and £3.9 million in 2015. She also has extensive experience of cauda equina syndrome claims and handles a wide variety of gynaecological and delayed diagnosis of cancer cases. 

Sally is recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in legal industry bible Chambers and Partners. The 2015 edition comments that she is ‘hugely experienced with strong people skills’. Most recently Chambers and Partners 2016 describe Sally as “incredibly hard-working, very insightful and she knows how the client ticks".

Sally is described in The Legal 500 2015 as a "brilliant lawyer". 

Sally has a reputation for winning unusual and complex cases due her tenacity and attention to detail, which has been commented on by the barristers she has worked alongside on cases. 

Joining JMW’s Clinical Negligence department in 1996, Sally became a partner in 2001. She has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for over 15 years and is a member of the Acquired Brain and Spinal Injury Network and charity Action against Medical Accidents. 

Tel: 0161 828 1996



Recent Blogs from Sally
August 11th
Sally Leonards, a partner in JMW's medical negligence team, discusses failures at Pennine Acute Hospital Trust and the cases the team is handling.
July 20th
A report has criticised doctors and NHS services for failing to accept their role in a boy's death. Sally Leonards, a partner in JMW's medical negligence team, shares her thoughts.
May 5th
Sally Leonards, a partner in the JMW medical negligence team, discusses the junior doctors' dispute and potential ramifications for patients.

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