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Kavita Modi

Senior associate solicitor

Kavita Modi is an senior associate solicitor in the international department.

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Kavita is a senior associate solicitor in the international and group litigation department with expertise in multi-party actions.

She has over 15 years’ litigation experience across a broad range of domestic and international claims including personal injury, human rights and environmental litigation.

Legal expertise

Kavita has worked on a number of cases at Leigh Day including:

  • Leading the Leigh Day team in Kenya in the Mau Mau litigation, in which over 5,000 victims received compensation and obtained a statement of regret by HMG for alleged torture and/or mistreatment by the British colonial administration in Kenya.

  • As lead associate in the first Iraqi Civilian Litigation trial (Alseran v Ministry of Defence [2017] EWHC 3289). The claimants in all four test cases were found to have been unlawfully detained and subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, in breach of the Human Rights Act/ European Convention.

  • As lead associate in the settlement of more than 400 claims on behalf of Iraqi civilians detained by British forces.

  • Acting in claims against Shell on behalf of more than 2,000 individuals in Nigeria. The claimants allege that their environment has been devastated by oil pollution. 

Kavita is particularly interested in international human rights and equality issues.


News Article
Crater To Store Oil, Dug By Shell At Ogale

High Court rules Nigerian communities can bring landmark human rights claims against Shell for oil pollution

The High Court has ruled that 13,000 Nigerian fishermen and farmers at the centre of a major oil pollution case against Shell can bring claims for breaches of their right to a clean environment under Nigerian constitutional law. If the case succeeds at trial, it will be the first time in legal history that a UK multinational will have been found to have breached a communities’ right to a clean environment.

Blog Post
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World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2020

Kavita Modi discusses what can be done in the UK to prevent human trafficking and forced labour

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What responsibilities do multinationals have to those in their supply chains?

Kavita Modi, solicitor in our international department, discusses the responsibilities of multinational companies to those in their supply chains - particularly during the current coronavirus crisis.