Jamie Hanley

Partner & Head of Client Relations

Jamie Hanley specialises in representing Trade Unions and their members.  He has only ever acted for victims, never for employers or insurance companies.
Jamie has acted for a very diverse range of clients, from victims of major incidents such as the Selby Rail crash to the families of those killed in workplace accidents, and from those injured by asbestos to the victims of violent crime.  He has pursued claims across many different sectors, from passenger transport to construction and from education to local government. Jamie has acted for a number of high profile members of the sporting and entertainment sectors.

Jamie is very active in the wider Labour Movement.  He fought his home seat of Pudsey for the Labour Party at the 2010 and 2015 General Elections, and he has represented the Labour Party locally and nationally. His keen interest in international affairs has led him to work and tutor in places such as Palestine, Cuba and Serbia, and he has had the privilege of working with President Jimmy Carter as well as a number of international and domestic Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.

He is an active and committed member of his chosen Trade Union, both as a local Branch chair and sitting on regional and national committees.

Jamie is a fierce defender of workplace rights.  His many articles and commentaries have been published in regional, national and Trade Union press on issues, ranging from fighting for justice for asbestos victims, to the importance of maintaining high health & safety standards. He has also voiced his views on the shameful erosion of workplace rights under the recent Coalition Government and the current Conservative one. Jamie has been closely involved with a number of national high profile campaigns, including defending the link between Trade Unions and the Labour Party.

Jamie joined Pattinson & Brewer in 2012, following 16 years at another firm, much of which time was spent as a Partner and Head of their Trade Union department.

Jamie and his wife have two sons. He is a keen supporter of Leeds Rhinos RL and Leeds United FC.  He used to be a half decent squash player, but his love of good food, wine, and Tetley’s bitter, has ended any dream of playing competitively.