Sandra works as a paralegal for Martyn Day in the International and Group Claims Department and will be starting a training contract at the firm in September 2022.
Since joining Leigh Day in 2017 she has assisted partners on complex cases across multiple jurisdictions including:
- Claims against Vedanta Resources Plc and its Zambian subsidiary brought by over 2,500 Zambian individuals that alleged harm caused to their land and waterways by pollution emanating from the Nchanga copper mine. This case led to a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in 2019, establishing important principles of parent company liability.
- Josiya & Ors v British American Tobacco Plc & Ors – representing Malawian tobacco farmers and their wives and children alleging that BAT and/or Imperial have been unjustly enriched because the tobacco has been produced in conditions that amount to child and forced labour.
- Government accountability cases including claims by Iraqi civilians against the Ministry of Defence.
- Claims on behalf of Lithuanian chicken catchers for alleged severe labour exploitation - Galdikas & Ors v DJ Houghton Catching Services & Ors (the UK’s first successful High Court case against a British company in relation to modern slavery) and Antuzis & Ors & Necajus & Stirblys v DJ Houghton Catching Services & Ors (a second group of claimants with claims against the same defendants).
- Diesel emissions litigation – claims relating to allegations that certain diesel vehicles contain “cheat devices” that enable them to mislead emissions tests.
Before joining Leigh Day she interned at the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin in their Business and Human Rights Department on matters including labour exploitation in the textile industry and pesticide abuse. She also interned at Al-Haq in Ramallah working on issues including natural resource exploitation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by Israeli and International companies.
She has a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and speaks fluent Spanish, having spent a year studying Spanish Law at the Complutense University in Madrid.