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India Macleod

Senior associate solicitor

India Macleod is a senior associate solicitor in the international department.

Corporate accountability

India specialises in cases relating to human rights abuses and environmental damage involving multinational corporations based in the UK and South Africa and large group actions.

Legal expertise

India has worked at Leigh Day since 2007, when she joined the international department as a paralegal. Since then, she has assisted on a number of high profile corporate accountability cases, including a large group action involving over 30,000 claimants from Cote d’Ivoire against oil trader Trafigura over the dumping of allegedly toxic waste in the city of Abidjan, and claims against African Barrick Gold (Acacia Mining) regarding injuries and deaths at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. Between 2009 and 2015, India worked on litigation in the South African courts on behalf of 4365 former gold miners who contracted silicosis during their employment on Anglo American mines in South Africa, resulting in a landmark settlement establishing the Q(h)ubeka Trust in 2016.

India also assisted Richard Meeran in representing five anti-asbestos campaigners whose network was allegedly infiltrated by an industry-engaged corporate spy employed by K2 Intelligence Ltd, which resulted in the payment of substantial damages to the claimants by K2 in 2018. She is currently working with Richard Meeran and South African attorney Zanele Mbuyisa on a class action against Anglo American South Africa Ltd in the Johannesburg High Court on behalf of Zambian communities living in the vicinity of the Kabwe lead mine who are suffering from lead poisoning. She is also part of the team acting on behalf of people who invested in the Woodford Equity Income Fund.

India speaks fluent French.

News Article
International Lead poisoning

Zambian lead poisoning claimants win permission to appeal class action against Anglo American

The Johannesburg High Court has granted permission to appeal an earlier ruling denying class action certification for 140,000 women and children in Kabwe, Zambia.