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David is a solicitor in the international and group claims department, specialising in international human rights and environmental claims against multinational companies and claims against the British Government.

David presently assists Shubhaa Srinivasan and Gideon Habel on the Iraqi civilian litigation.

David joined Leigh Day in 2009 as a paralegal in the international and group claims department. As a trainee at the firm, David undertook his first seat with Frances Swaine in the human rights department and then returned to the international and group claims department to undertake his second seat with Martyn Day and Sapna Malik.  

Since joining Leigh Day, David has assisted on number of different matters, including:
 
  • The Ivory Coast claims, Leigh Day successfully represented 30,000 claimants from Cote d’Ivoire against an oil trader which allegedly dumped toxic waste in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan.
  • The Mau Mau claims, Leigh Day successfully represented 5,228 Kenyan victims of colonial torture who alleged that they were subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the British colonial administration during the Kenya Emergency in the 1950’s.
  • Extraordinary Rendition, Leigh Day successfully represented Binyam Mohamed in civil proceedings against the British Security Services, Foreign Office and Home Office for alleged complicity in his extraordinary rendition and torture by the US.
  • Iraqi civilian claims, Leigh Day has settled over 300 claims, and continues to bring further claims, on behalf of Iraqi civilians against the British Ministry of Defence for alleged assaults, unlawful detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, torture and executions by British forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.
  • The Bodo claims, Leigh Day brought a claim against Shell Petroleum on behalf of 15,000 Nigerian fishermen and women for the environmental damage suffered by their community as a result of two large oil spills.


David was heavily involved in the Mau Mau claims, working closely with Martyn Day and Daniel Leader during both the first and second preliminary hearings. David also formed part of the team that led Leigh Day’s investigations in Kenya in 2012 and 2013.

Prior to joining Leigh Day, David interned at WWF-UK.

David studied Biodiversity Conservation and Management at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and completed an LLM in Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Kent.

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