Shanta Martin is a partner in Leigh Day's International and Group Claims Department, working on a number of corporate accountability cases.
Shanta has over 10 years' experience in cases relating to corporate human rights abuses, having worked in different parts of the world with communities impacted by extractive industry operations, and with workers in the textile and agricultural sectors.
Since joining Leigh Day, Shanta has worked on key international corporate accountability cases including claims against Monterrico plc brought by community members who were tortured in Peru, claims against Anglo American South Africa brought by former gold miners with the debilitating lung disease silicosis, and claims against African Barrick Gold (Acacia mining) regarding injuries and deaths in Tanzania.
Shanta led one of the cases identified by The Lawyer 19.1.15 as one of the top 20 global disputes cases of 2015.
Prior to joining Leigh Day, Shanta was the Head of Amnesty International's Business and Human Rights team at the International Secretariat in London. She was Oxfam Australia's Mining Ombudsman and Extractive Industries Advocacy Coordinator and previously worked for local non-governmental organisations in Latin America. Shanta practised as a commercial litigation solicitor for four years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Melbourne, Australia.
She holds a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.
On 19 October 2016, Shanta Martin and Richard Meeran gave evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Human Rights as it examines the UK’s compliance with international guidance on business and human rights. The full recording is on the Parliament live TV website. Leigh Day’s written submission to the JCHR Inquiry on Business and Human Rights was submitted in August 2016.