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Shubhaa Srinivasan displays "phenomenal handling of pressure," according to one source, while another notes: "She always seems to be so calm and in control." An experienced environmental litigator, she regularly advises on large international group claims against sizeable corporates. – Chambers and partners 2017
Barrister Shubhaa Srinivasan is singled out by clients as being an ‘excellent practitioner’ – Legal 500 2015

Shubhaa Srinivasan is one of the leading specialists in the field of international and environmental litigation often brought as multi-party actions. She also has expertise in complex personal injury claims.
 
Shubhaa represents both UK and foreign claimants against corporations and the British government. She is one of the few leading lawyers with expertise in human rights and corporate accountability litigation having acted in a variety of such cases.

She has extensive litigation experience in this field and has successfully won compensation for her clients in a number of high profile cases. She also has over a decade of experience bringing private law actions against public bodies.
 
Between September 2014 to March 2015 Shubhaa was engaged in a five month trial in the Technology and Construction Court, representing 73 Colombian farmers against BP plc who claim the oil company has caused devastating environmental damage to their farm land and water sources. This is one of the first corporate accountability cases to go to full trial in the UK and is almost certainly set to break new ground and develop jurisprudence in this complex field.
 
She also currently represents Debi Allbutt, widow of Cpl Stephen Allbutt and former British soldiers Daniel Twiddy and Andy Julien in their case against the Ministry of Defence for deaths and injuries they suffered during the Iraq war. She secured legal victory in a landmark judgment in their case in the Supreme Court [Smith & Ors v the Ministry of Defence [2013] UKSC 41].

The cases concern whether legal action can lie against the Ministry of Defence for alleged inadequate training and standard of equipment provided to UK troops deployed to the battlefield. At the Supreme Court she argued that the MoD can be legally liable in such circumstances and such claims are not barred by the application of combat immunity. The Supreme Court agreed with the Claimants and ruled that the question of whether the MoD is in fact liable is to be determined at trial. This ground breaking legal victory has the potential to profoundly affect the way in which Britain plans for war in the future. Shubhaa continues to fight for justice on behalf of Debi, Dan and Andy.

Shubhaa’s notable successes include:

  • Securing negotiated compensation for 52 Colombian farmers against BP plc for environmental damage to their farm land as a result of the construction of an oil pipeline

  • Achieving mediated settlement on behalf of the family of Baha Mousa (deceased) and nine Iraqi men who were tortured by British soldiers in 2003 in Iraq. The men also received an official apology from the Armed Forces Minister and the British Army.

  • Leading a mediated settlement on behalf of several Iraqi civilians who alleged they were tortured in a UN aid camp by British soldiers during the Iraq war

  • Participating in a negotiated settlement for 26 UK patients against DePuy for the alleged insertion of defective hip joints. This was one of the first successful hip group action settlements which paved the way for further hip litigation in the UK

 
Shubhaa is incredibly committed to her clients and always looks for creative ways to help her clients reach their objectives. She joined Leigh Day as a solicitor in 2003 and was made a partner in 2009.

Shubhaa's presentations and publications on business and human rights

  • In November 2017 Shubhaa was invited to speak at the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. She was invited to be part of a panel discussion on the topic of “Settlement Agreements and International Standards on Right to Effective Remedy: Lessons from the Mariana Dam Disaster”.
  • In 2014 Shubhaa was part of a group of highly respected panel of experts in the field of business and human rights brought together by the American Bar Association which culminated in the publication of the book “Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Impacts” in the same year. Shubhaa contributed a chapter entitled “Current Trends and Future Effects in Transnational Litigation against Corporations in the United Kingdom”. She argues that providing a remedy to victims of corporate wrongdoing is a shared responsibility and has to include access to justice through the courts of the Western world where most multinationals are based and where there is a greater chance for victims of corporate wrong to be heard. She analyses how Britain has played a unique role in this field largely attributable to its judiciary which has shown a singular willingness to make available British justice to those harmed by British corporate conduct.  
  • Shubhaa has given extensive presentations on business and human rights issues in the UK and Europe. These include presentations to Amnesty International, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (attended their worldwide workshops on business and human rights strategic litigation), Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) (including participation in their Access to Judicial Remedies project), Centre for Research Architecture (on arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh), University of Cambridge (invited by Prof James R Crawford), Norwegian Refugee Council (roundtable discussion on civil litigation on housing, land and property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory).

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Accreditations

  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2015 Recommended lawyer

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