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Leila Benyounes

Called 2005

Leila is a specialist Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury barrister. She represents both Claimants and Defendants which include private clients, public authorities and government departments. Leila has a special interest in coronial law and regularly represents interested persons in inquests including Article 2 jury inquests. She has advocacy experience in a wide range of litigation and is happy to accept instructions on a conditional fee basis. Leila is currently the President of the Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society and is appointed to the Attorney General Counsel Regional Panel A.

Specialist Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence barrister who is President of the Leeds and District Medico-legal Society.

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Leila is instructed by Claimants and Defendant to advise on prospects and quantum, conduct conferences with medical experts, and draft Schedules and Counter Schedules of Loss. 

Case Examples 

-Drafted proceedings and the Schedule of Loss in a claim arising out of negligent breast augmentation surgery in which liability was denied until proceedings were issued and served. 

-Advised on quantum and drafted the Schedule of Loss in a dependency claim arising out of a failure to make an urgent referral for treatment. 

-Advised on prospects and quantum after representing a family at an inquest in a claim arising out of the development of deep vein thrombosis following routine knee replacement surgery (60 year old man). Narrative conclusion at the inquest which found that there was a failure to provide anti-coagulant therapy which was causative. 

-Drafted proceedings in a claim involving negligent dental treatment when a dental instrument broke and a piece was left within the Claimant’s root canal which caused a chronic infection and required surgical extraction of the tooth.

Inquests
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Inquests

Leila has been appointed to the Attorney General Counsel Civil Regional Panel A since 2010. She has a special interest in coronial law from representing interested persons at inquests. 

Leila frequently conducts inquests arising out of medical treatment, road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease cases. She represents families, individuals and public bodies and conducts numerous Article 2 jury inquests. Leila regularly appears on behalf of the HM Prison Service in inquests arising out of deaths in custody.

Leila recently gave her Presidential Lecture to the Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society from her extensive experience appearing in inquests entitled ’A Practical Guide to Inquests’.

Recent Examples

-Represented the family of a 15 year old girl that was killed during a joy riding journey in a vehicle driven by her 17 year old boyfriend. A conclusion of unlawful killing was secured. 

-Represented the family of a 60 year old man who had sustained a head injury following an unwitnessed fall and a subsequent head injury after a second fall at hospital. A narrative conclusion was secured with findings that the hospital had failed to provide appropriate care.

-Represented the Prison Service in an Article 2 death in custody inquest in which the deceased died from a rare medical condition which had been treated whilst in prison.  Found that the prison and health authority had provided appropriate care to treat the condition. 

-Represented the Prison Service in an Article 2 death in custody inquest in which the deceased suddenly collapsed after being searched upon returning to the prison. Found that the death was due to natural causes and the prison officers had carried out skilful attempts to resuscitate.

-Represented a Care Home in an Article 2 jury inquest where the deceased, who was subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding Order (DoLS), died from choking on food. Narrative conclusion was given and no Regulation 28 report to prevent future deaths. 

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Road Traffic 

Leila represents Claimants and Defendants at all stages of claims arising out of road traffic accidents and has specific experience in the following: 

  • Low Velocity Impact
  • Fraud, including staged accidents and phantom passengers;
  • Patient Settlements following severe injuries.
  • Credit Hire, in particular claims involving issues of enforceability of contracts; 

Holiday Claims 

Leila is instructed to advise on claims involving The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations and breach of contract. 

Public, Product and Occupiers’ Liability 

Leila represents Claimants and Defendants in cases brought pursuant to the Occupiers’ Liability Acts, the Consumer Protection Act, the Highways Act, the Defective Premises Act and the Animals Act. 

Noise Induced Hearing Loss 

Leila is instructed by Claimants and Defendants at all stages of litigation. She has experience conducting Costs and Case Management Conferences dealing with issues of limitation and medical evidence on breach of duty and causation. 

Catastrophic Injury 

Leila advises and drafts Schedules of Loss in cases with severe orthopaedic and psychological injuries and fatal injuries. 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority 

Leila is regularly instructed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority as presenting officer in their appeals. 

Case Examples 

-Led in the High Court case of Lovell v. Leeds City Council [2009] EWHC 1145 QB which involved a subrogated claim for a contribution following a settlement of £1,672,500 in which the Claimant was rendered paraplegic in a road traffic accident. 

-Led in an appeal to the Court of Appeal following a finding that the Claimant did not suffer pre-existing Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder but suffered a Chronic Pain Disorder attributable to injuries sustained to his back in a road traffic accident. 

-Successfully obtained permission to resile from a pre-action admission of liability in a high value personal injury claim where no new evidence had been obtained. 

-Advising on liability and quantum on behalf of the estate of a young father who committed suicide as a voluntary patient.

Appointments
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President of the Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society (2015 to 2016 and 2018 to 2019)

Attorney General Civil Panel Counsel A (2010 to present)

Former Junior of the North Eastern Circuit

Articles & Publications
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Editor of APIL Model Pleadings and Applications 2nd Edition (2012)

Publications
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  • Evidence and Trial Preparation
  • Clinical Damages Update
  • “Walking on Thin Ice”- a Case Law Update
  • Pre-Action Disclosure Applications
  • Inquests and Coronial Law
  • Clinical Negligence Case Law Update
  • ‘A Practical Guide to Inquests’
Scholarships/Awards
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Lincoln’s Inn Lord Haldane and Cassel Scholarships

Personal Details
Education

English with French BA Honours (University of Leeds 2003)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Manchester Metropolitan University 2004)

Bar Vocational Course (Manchester Metropolitan University 2005)

Lincoln's Inn Lord Haldane and Cassel Scholarships.

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society (LDMLS)

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

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