Professor Leslie Thomas QC, is a human rights/civil liberties barrister. He has appeared in many high profile death in custody cases representing the families of the deceased, (Azelle, Rodney, Mark Duggan, Christopher Alder and Sean Rigg). In 2012 he was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year (LALY) and again in 2016 for his work on the Hillsborough 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 Goldsmiths (Uni 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.