Based in London and Manchester but caring for mothers across the UK, the legal team at Leigh Day are ranked tier 1 in the independent legal directory the Legal 500. They are praised for having ‘a large pool of shared knowledge and expertise’ in complex claims involving life-changing injuries or difficult question of law and ethics. Find out more about the team’s work on perineal tears here.

“They are very accessible, very thorough in their preparation and determined to achieve the very best outcome for their clients. They are objective about key issues, immensely hard-working and very knowledgeable.” – Chambers and partners 2019


Sally-Jean Nicholes

Sally-Jean acts for claimants in cases resulting in brain damage, severe disabilities or injury arising from negligent obstetric treatment. Chambers guide to the legal profession 2019 says: “Sally-Jean Nicholes is a ‘shrewd lawyer with great judgement’ and is ‘committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable’.”

Call: 020 7650 1281
email: sjn@leighday.co.uk


Suzanne White

Suzanne has a particular interest in birth injury claims and injuries to mothers during childbirth. Chambers guide to the legal profession 2019 says: “Market sources highlight Suzanne for her “forensic ability and commitment to clients,” while one client highlights her for her “ability to communicate diligently to clients in difficult circumstances.”

Call: 020 7650 1216
email: swhite@leighday.co.uk
Follow Suzanne on Twitter: @White_Suz


Maria Panteli

Maria is a member of the clinical negligence department and is an APIL accredited litigator, a member of AvMA and the Clinical Negligence, Brain Injury, Child Injury and Child Abuse Special Interest Groups of APIL. Her cases include obtaining £90,000 for a young woman whose third degree tear was missed when she gave birth for the first time.

Call: 020 7650 124
email: mpanteli@leighday.co.uk
Follow Maria on Twitter: @m_panteli


Emmalene Bushnell

Emmalene is an experienced clinical negligence lawyer who joined Leigh Day in November 2004. She handles a wide range of cases, but has particular interest in birthing and gynaecology claims arising out of cerebral palsy, third and fourth degree tears, shoulder dystocia, ectopic pregnancy and surgery.

Call: 020 7650 1262
email: ebushnell@leighday.co.uk
Follow Emmalene on Twitter@emma_bushnell


Sanja Strkljevic

Sanja specialises exclusively in clinical negligence claims. Sanja has a particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has significant experience acting for women who have been injured during childbirth and has settled a number of perineal tear cases, securing six-figure sums of compensation for clients. Read Sanja’s blog, Let’s talk about incontinence.

Call: 020 7650 1221
email: sstrkljevic@leighday.co.uk
Follow Sanja on Twitter: @SanjaCN