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Tom Short is a solicitor in the international department. Tom specialises in cases relating to environmental damage and human rights abuses involving UK-based multinational corporations.

Tom trained at Allen & Overy LLP and qualified into the firm’s Environmental & Regulatory Law group. He worked as an Associate in the firm’s London and New York offices on a range of corporate environmental and human rights-related matters, advising on issues such as contaminated land liability, environmental import-export issues, climate change & EU ETS, bribery and sanctions, Equator Principles and environmental information. Tom then worked in Kenya with Peace Brigades International setting up a new Human Rights Defenders project before moving to Malawi where he was a Legal Fellow of Reprieve. Supervised by Professor Sandra Babcock of Cornell University Tom worked on a large-scale capital mitigation investigation and re-sentencing project. Tom is co-author of a mitigation investigation guide produced in conjunction with the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Directly prior to joining Leigh Day, Tom worked as a public law solicitor at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite.

Tom joined Leigh Day to work on the UK first’s successful High Court case against a British company in relation to modern slavery, Galdikas v DJ Houghton [2016]. The case was settled in favour of our clients in 2016. To find out more about Leigh Day’s work on Modern Slavery, please click here.

Tom works primarily on international cases with an environmental aspect. He is currently investigating a potential claim in Brazil

Before converting to law, Tom studied Philosophy and German at University College London, graduating with a first class honours degree and going on to studying for a master’s degree in Philosophy at Oxford University where he was a St Anne’s Graduates Ethics Scholar and funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council.

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