Professor Leslie Thomas KC, is a human rights/civil liberties barrister in the UK. He is also an attorney in the Eastern Caribbean. He specialises in actions against the police and the state. He has appeared in many high profile cases representing the families of those who have died in custody. Notable cases include the Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquests, Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry, the police shootings of Azelle Rodney, Mark Duggan, and Anthony Grainger.
In 2012 he was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year (LALY) and again in 2016 for his work on the Hillsborough Football stadium disaster. In 2020 he received the award for Outstanding Contribution to D&I in the UK Chambers Bar Awards. A former Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers. In 2020 he became the first Black Professor of Law at Gresham College.
He is a visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmith College, University of London. Leslie sits on the Equality Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee for the Inner Temple and the Bar Standards Board Race Equality Task Force. He is the author of ‘Do Right and Fear No One’ his autobiography published in 2022.