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Hugh Johnson-Gilbert


Hugh Johnson-Gilbert is a solicitor in the international department.

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Hugh is a solicitor assisting Martyn Day in the international department.

Hugh studied Law and Anthropology at the London School of Economics before joining Martyn Day's team as a paralegal in 2014. He undertook a training contract with the firm between 2017 and 2019, completing seats in the clinical negligence and human rights departments.

Hugh qualified into the international department in September 2019.

Since joining Leigh Day, Hugh has worked on the following cases:

  • Lungowe & Others -v- (1) Vedanta Resources Plc & (2) Konkola Copper Mines Plc. Claims on behalf of over 1,800 Zambian farmers who allege that their land and livelihood has been destroyed by pollution emanating from the Nchanga Copper Mine in Zambia's Copperbelt region. The claims are currently ongoing.

  • Kadie Kalma & Others -v- (1) African Minerals Ltd & (2) 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 allegations that the company was complicit in human rights abuses perpetrated by the Sierra Leonean Police during two incidents in 2010 and 2012. The High Court dismissed the claims, with judgment being handed down in December 2018. That judgment is currently the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

  • 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.

  • 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. In December 2014, Shell agreed a landmark compensation package of £55m to compensate the claimants.