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Alistair is a solicitor in the international department.
 
He is currently assisting Martyn Day with the litigation arising out of the alleged mistreatment and unlawful detention of Iraqi civilians during the war. A series of judgments in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have determined contested questions of law, including about the interrelationship of international humanitarian law and human rights law as they apply to the detention of civilians in war. The first Iraqi civilians have given evidence in the English courts and judgement in the lead cases was handed down at the end of 2017 (Alseran and others v Ministry of Defence [2017] EWHC 3289 (QB)). 
 
Alistair has also worked on international private law cases on behalf of groups or individuals, against transnational corporations in the extractive industries, which involve environmental damage with a detrimental impact on livelihood. He worked on the dispute about jurisdiction between Royal Dutch Shell, its Nigerian subsidiary, and a group of rural Nigerians who were seeking to sue the companies in the English courts (Okpabi and others v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another [2017] EWHC 89 (TCC)). (Permission is being sought for an appeal to the Supreme court.) The case has important implications for the liability of parent companies for the activities of their subsidiaries and access to justice. Alistair has also been part of teams investigating factual allegations of serious pollution against extractive companies operating in Zambia and Nigeria.

Before joining Leigh Day, Alistair worked as a paralegal in a firm which specialised in inquests into deaths in prison or other custodial settings and in civil actions against the police.  In the past, he has also represented prisoners or those in immigration detention at BID and the Howard League.

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