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Leigh Day

PRIORY HOUSE, 25 ST JOHN'S LANE, LONDON, EC1M 4LB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7650 1200
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Fax 020 7253 4433
DX:
53326 CLERKENWELL
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Web:
www.leighday.co.uk

Shanta Martin

Tel:
Work 020 7650 1192
Email:
Leigh Day

Work Department

International and group claims.

Position

Shanta Martin is a partner in Leigh Day‚Äôs international department, specialising in corporate accountability for human rights abuses. Areas of practice: corporate accountability, human rights, international and group claims. Shanta has 12 years‚Äô experience in corporate human rights abuse cases. Prior to joining Leigh Day, Shanta was the head of amnesty international‚Äôs business and human rights team at the international secretariat in London. She was Oxfam Australia‚Äôs Mining Ombudsman and Extractive Industries Advocacy Coordinator and previously worked for local non-governmental organisations in Latin America. Since joining Leigh Day in 2011, her key cases include acting on behalf of: Peruvian farmers tortured at a mine site owned by Monterrico Metals plc. (Guerrero and others v Monterrico Metals). Proceedings initiated in 2009 in the High Court of England and Wales. Settled in 2011. South African former miners claiming against Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa in relation to silicosis. While claims on behalf of 23 claimants (Blom v others v AngloAmerican South Africa) settled in 2013, others are continuing in arbitration proceedings in South Africa. In 2011, proceedings were also initiated in the High Court of England and Wales, which in 2014 required determination in the Court of Appeal of the meaning of ‚ÄėCentral Administration‚Äô under Brussels I for the purposes of establishing jurisdiction; Tanzanian villagers claiming against African Barrick Gold (Kesabo and others v African Barrick Gold plc and North Mara Gold Mine Ltd ‚Äď identified as one of the top 20 cases of 2015 by The Lawyer). Litigation initiated in the High Court of England and Wales in 2013, anti-suit injunction obtained by the Claimants in 2014, settled in 2015; Lithuanian victims of trafficking and labour exploitation (‚Äėmodern slavery‚Äô) by a British company in the UK. Proceedings initiated in the High Court of England and Wales in 2014.

Career

1999-Articles (Mallesons); 2000-2003 ‚Äď commercial litigation solicitor (Mallesons); 2004-2005 ‚Äď international legal advisor at Coverco (Guatemalan NGO specialising in corporate accountability and labour rights) and Cedha (Argentinean NGO specialising in the environment and human rights); 2005-2008 ‚Äď Oxfam Australia mining ombudsman (focus on accountability of Australian mining companies for human rights abuses and environmental impacts abroad); 2009-2010 ‚Äď head of business and human rights, Amnesty International‚Äôs international secretariat; 2011‚Äď2013 ‚Äď solicitor, Leigh Day, international and group claims department; 2014-present ‚Äď partner, Leigh Day, International and group claims department. Director of the corporate responsibility coalition, the leading UK civil society network on corporate accountability.

Languages

English, Spanish.

Member

Law Society Human Rights Committee.

Education

MacRobertson Girls High School (Melbourne, Australia); Monash University (LLB (Hons), BSc, Grad Dip Arts), University of Melbourne (LLM).

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