Sally Leonards


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. 

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. She also obtained £3.9 million in 2015 for an adult who sustained a brain injury as a child. Sally also has extensive experience of cauda equina syndrome claims and secured £925,000 for a sufferer in 2016. 

Sally is recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in legal industry bible Chambers and Partners. The 2017 edition comments that she ‘knows her cases inside out and knows all of the experts well, so she knows who would be a good expert for which case," according to a source. She often leads major claims concerning spinal injuries and cerebral palsy.' 

Sally is described in The Legal 500 2017 as a "leading lawyer" and a lawyer "who is ‘thorough, experienced and approachable but steely when it comes to dealing with defendants when needed’.

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
February 16th
Sally Leonards, a partner in JMW's medical negligence team, discusses £30 million of funding for failing Pennine Acute Trust and why addressing leadership failures is most critical issue.
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.


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