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Partner Manchester Clinical Negligence
Sally Leonards is a partner in the JMW Clinical Negligence department and has over 20 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 cases; the most recent being in 2018 when Sally obtained £25 million in compensation for a child with severe physical disabilities due to cerebral palsy that was caused by maternity failures.
Sally has been ranked as a 'Leading Individual’ in legal industry guides Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for a number of years. She was named as one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in the North West in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500 and was included in the 'Hall of Fame', which described her as very experienced and adopting 'a tenacious but realistic approach to each case'. The 2020 edition of Chambers and Partners comments on her significant expertise in wrongful birth and birth injury claims and particular focus on cerebral palsy cases. One client told the guide, "she is thorough and she never misses a point”.
As well as settling numerous multi-million pound brain injury cases Sally also has extensive experience of cauda equina syndrome claims, her most recent settlement being £1.3 million in 2017.
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 2019
- Leading Individual Legal 500 2019
What others say
Adopts a tenacious but realistic approach to each case.
Is extremely hard-working and very efficient and clients love her.