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Gold mining silicosis legal team

Leigh Day has worked together with Zanele Mbuyisa of Mbuyisa Neale Attorneys since 1998, initially on the asbestos miners’ litigation against Cape plc and since 2003 on the silicosis litigation.

The ultimate goal was to make the gold mining industry establish an industry-wide settlement scheme to benefit thousands of other silicosis victims.

While working on the group litigation against AASA and AngloGold, Leigh Day and Mbuyisa Neale have had staff based at various locations in the Eastern Cape, Free State and Lesotho, which were the main labour-sending regions for the gold mines during the second half of the 20th century.

Ms Mbuyisa has spent a substantial proportion of her time in these regions in connection with the silicosis litigation and has developed a detailed knowledge of the conditions in the former labour-sending areas.

Leigh Day silicosis clients

In addition to Richard Meeran and Zanele Mbuyisa, the legal team included a number of individuals whose long term and invaluable contributions to the silicosis litigation have made this landmark settlement possible:
  • Shanta Martin, former partner
  • Jonny Buckley, solicitor
  • India Macleod-Collins, legal executive
  • Richard Thimbleby, solicitor
  • Chris Esdaile, former Leigh Day solicitor
  • Ruth Barry, former Leigh Day solicitor
  • Damilola Mohammed, former paralegal
  • Helen Breese, former paralegal
  • Kieran Nagre, former paralegal
  • Liam Hawke, paralegal
  • Luke Nash, former paralegal
  • Marianne Dagenais-Lesperance, former paralegal
  • Tilly Kersley, former paralegal
  • Thabo Leputhing, paralegal
  • Boitumelo Rakgwane, paralegal
Interviewing silicosis clients in South Africa

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