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Oliver Holland

Associate solicitor

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Oliver is an associate solicitor in the international department specialising in international business and human rights actions primarily assisting Martyn Day. 
 
Oliver joined Leigh Day in 2011 and has worked on the following cases: 
 
  • The Bomu-Bonny Oil Pipeline Litigation - Claims against Shell Nigeria on behalf of over 15,000 Nigerian fisher folk for the loss and damage they suffered as a result of two oil spills that occurred in late 2008 in Bodo Community in the Niger Delta.  Bodo had been fighting Shell for years after an oil spill had destroyed their livelihoods and devastated the environment of the Delta.  Shell had offered a meagre £4,000 in compensation to the whole community. Leigh Day began legal action at the High Court in March 2012 after talks broke down over compensation and a clean-up package for the community. In December 2015 Shell agreed a landmark compensation package of £55m to compensate the Claimants. 
  • Lungowe & Others v Vedanta Resources plc & Konkola Copper Mines – claims on behalf of over 1800 Zambian villagers who allege that their land and livelihood has been destroyed by the pollution from the Nchanga Copper Mine owned by Vedanta Resources Plc through their subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines. In 2015 the villagers took legal action against Vedanta and KCM to the High Court and in May 2016 the High Court handed down judgment that the Claimants had a legal right to bring their claims against the Defendants in the English courts. The judgment was upheld in November 2017 by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court is due to hear a further appeal in January 2019.
  • Kadie Kalma & Others v African Minerals Ltd & Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL) Ltd - Claims on behalf of 142 Sierra Leoneans in a legal action against Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd (formerly a subsidiary of African Minerals Ltd) regarding claims the company was complicit in the activities by the police of false imprisonment, assault and shooting during two incidents in 2010 and 2012. The claims went to trial at the beginning of 2018 which included the Judge hearing evidence from witnesses in Sierra Leone for two weeks of the six week trial. The claimants are awaiting judgment.
  • Mohammed Edris v Zodiac Maritime Ltd - Claim on behalf of a Bangladeshi man who lost a leg and some of the sight in one eye whilst dismantling a ship on behalf of Zodiac Maritime, a London-based shipping company, in the “shipbreaking” industry in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The claim resolved in December 2017.
  • Iraq Civilian Litigation – claims on behalf of Iraqi civilians against the Ministry of Defence as a result of alleged abuses suffered during the British army’s operations in Iraq. 
 
Prior to joining Leigh Day, Oliver worked at Reprieve in their Secret Prisons team on human rights issues relating to the war on terror. Oliver has also volunteered with Bail for Immigration Detainees, Medical Justice and participated in a fact finding trip to Colombia to document human rights abuses against Colombian lawyers and trade unionists with the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group.

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