Sally Leonards


Sally Leonards

Partner Manchester Clinical Negligence

Sally Leonards is a partner in the JMW Clinical Negligence department and has 25 years’ experience in the field. She undertakes high-value clinical negligence work and has a particular interest and expertise in complex brain and spinal injury cases.

Sally has settled numerous multi-million-pound cerebral palsy cases for children with severe physical and learning disabilities due to maternity failures. Her last two settlements, the latest of which was in 2019, were for £25 million each. 

Sally has been ranked as a 'Leading Individual’ in legal industry guides Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for a number of years.

The 2021 edition of the Legal 500 describes her as outstanding and a superb example of a personable practitioner who readily commands the confidence of her disabled clients. Meanwhile, she was named as one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in the North West in the 2019 edition and was included in the 'Hall of Fame’.

The 2021 edition of Chambers and Partners comments that she is extremely able and very approachable, making specific reference to her experience in high-value and complex cases.

As well as settling numerous multi-million pound brain injury cases, Sally also has extensive experience of cauda equina syndrome claims. Sally settled one case for £1.3 million, enabling her client to cope with their lifelong disabilities and achieve financial security.  

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 with whom she has worked.

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 20 years and is a member of the Acquired Brain and Spinal Injury Network and charity Action against Medical Accidents. Sally also works closely with the charity the Child Brain Injury Trust.

In Sally’s spare time she enjoys yoga and Pilates. She is a lover of ballet and contemporary dance and is a regular attender at The Lowry theatre.


  • Member Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Ranked Chambers and Partners
  • Leading Individual Legal 500

What others say

Adopts a tenacious but realistic approach to each case.

The Legal 500

Is extremely hard-working and very efficient and clients love her.

Chambers and Partners

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