Pogust Goodhead > London, England > Firm Profile

Pogust Goodhead
70 Mark Lane
London
EC3R 7NQ
England

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

Pogust Goodhead’s environment team focuses on representing claimants in enviromental litigation against large corporations, acting for clients including individuals, charities, municipalities and businesses. The group is led by Tom Goodhead, who focuses on environmental law breaches in a cross-border context, Pedro Martins, who plays a leading role in the representation of over 200,000 claimants affected by one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazil’s history, and Tomás Mousinho, who leads the firm’s international class actions. The team’s work often includes seeking redress against UK corporates, with a particular focus on environmental cases arising in Brazil.

Practice head(s):

Tom Goodhead; Pedro Martins; Tomás Mousinho

Other key lawyers:

Céline Barnwell; Tony Winterburn

Testimonials

‘Highly committed and driven team. Very punchy. They are invariably toe-to-toe with some of the biggest firms out there, in litigation of the highest-stakes. They have a deep understanding of the jurisdictions their international cases relate to, in particular Brazil. A genuinely innovative firm whose rapid growth over the last years has been impressive’.

‘This firm outperforms its rivals. For a relatively new firm, it has deservedly made a name for itself. It embraces the opportunity to take on precedent setting litigation, taking a refreshingly commercial approach to environmental actions. The team is not afraid to take on large multinational corporations to obtain justice for its clients.’

‘No matter who you speak to, the team are friendly and open to anyone. They listen to you and if the individual you speak to can’t help you they ensure that you are followed up very quickly (same day). They have used modern technology to gather information in order to build a more solid case.’

‘Stand out individuals include Pedro Martins, Tómas Mousinho, Marcelo Moura and Jeremy Evans. Pedro Martins – manages large litigation teams brilliantly. Tómas Mousinho – hugely committed to achieving justice for clients. Marcelo Moura – fantastic lawyer who has an ability to explain complex issues of law with simplicity and clarity. Jeremy Evans – a very punchy litigator with a phenomenal work ethic.’

‘The members of the team I have spoken to are very pleasant, and able to pitch their answer to questions at the appropriate level. They are not like some legal firms who try to show off that they speak a different language. They communicate in layman’s terms, but you know they have the right background and understand. You get a very confident feeling from the conversations you have that things will be done. They live up to their promise of getting back to you promptly.’

‘Dedicated team, detail-oriented, persevering.’

‘They are unafraid to take on challenging and game-changing cases. Their attitude in this alone makes them stand out. They have also finessed the art of utilising different specialists, including data teams, mathematicians – whatever skill is required to perfect the case and give the clients the best service. They are ambitious, driven, commercial, and strategic, ensuring the best results for clients.’

Work highlights

  • Representing over 200,000 claimants in a landmark litigation against two entities of the BHP group which at the time of writing is still dually listed in England and Australia. At the heart of this matter is the 2015 ‘Fundão Dam collapse’ in South-eastern Brazil, involving 50 million cubic metres of iron ore tailings being washed into the Doce River with massive human, environmental, and economic cost.
  • Issuing proceedings against Dutch petrochemical giant Braskem over significant environmental destruction (including an earthquake) caused by its controversial mining activities in the city of Maceio, Brazil, severely affecting the livelihood of local families. Representing 15 individuals in relation to devastation caused by this disaster.
  • Representing over fifteen thousand claimants in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation. The firm is part of the Steering Committee appointed by the Court to conduct the Litigation pursuant to a Group Litigation Order. The Steering Committee together represent circa.86,000 owners and lessees of VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT vehicles.

Insurance > Product liability: claimant

Founded in 2021, the burgeoning product liability team at Pogust Goodhead (formerly PGMBM) specialises in high stakes, high profile group litigation, particularly those relating to diesel emissions and medical product liability claims. Tom Goodhead manages the team, which recently added Matthew Newbould from Irwin Mitchell.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

Under the leadership of Tom Goodhead, Pedro Martins and Tomás Mousinho, the claimant-side litigation team at Pogust Goodhead (formerly PGMBM) specialises in handling large-scale, human rights and environmental breaches committed by the international subsidiaries of globally dominating corporations.

Pogust Goodhead is a recommended firm in the Green Guide UK 2022. Learn more about this recognition.