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Tom Short

Associate Solicitor

Tom Short is an associate solicitor in the human rights department.

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Tom Short is an associate solicitor in the human rights department. Tom specialises in cases relating to environmental damage and human rights abuses involving UK-based multinational corporations.

Tom Short is bright, efficient and hardworking, and is building a really interesting practice in public and environmental law.

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Legal expertise

Tom trained at Allen & Overy LLP and qualified into the firm’s Environmental & Regulatory Law group. He worked as an associate in the firm’s London and New York offices on a range of corporate environmental and human rights-related matters, advising on issues such as contaminated land liability, environmental import-export issues, climate change & EU ETS, bribery and sanctions, Equator Principles and environmental information. Tom then worked in Kenya with Peace Brigades International setting up a new Human Rights Defenders project before moving to Malawi where he was a Legal Fellow of Reprieve. Supervised by Professor Sandra Babcock of Cornell University Tom worked on a large-scale capital mitigation investigation and re-sentencing project. Tom is co-author of a mitigation investigation guide produced in conjunction with the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Directly prior to joining Leigh Day, Tom worked as a public law solicitor at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite.

Tom joined Leigh Day to work on the UK first’s successful High Court case against a British company in relation to modern slaveryGaldikas v DJ Houghton [2016]. The case was settled in favour of our clients in 2016. 

Tom works primarily on international cases with an environmental aspect. He is currently investigating a potential claim in Brazil. 

Before converting to law, Tom studied Philosophy and German at University College London, graduating with a first class honours degree and going on to studying for a master’s degree in Philosophy at Oxford University where he was a St Anne’s Graduates Ethics Scholar and funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council.

Tom in the news

Tom has recently spoken on environmental issues and corporate accountability at:

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Wildlife Bees Pesticides

The Wildlife Trusts challenge ‘unlawful’ go-ahead for bee killer pesticide on sugar beet

The Wildlife Trusts send legal letter to the Government questioning use of pesticide banned for use outdoors in Europe because of the risk it poses to bees

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Big Ben And Whitehall Sign
Declassified Discrimination

Blacklisting of Declassified UK was 'institutional reflex' says independent review

Review into the 'blacklisting' of investigative journalism website Declassified UK has revealed that it was labelled “a hostile website” on which the MoD “should not waste any time”.

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Planning Court of Appeal

Campaign group seek to appeal judgment on changes to planning law

Campaign group will seek permission to appeal a High Court decision handed down today which turned down the group's application for judicial review of the sweeping changes to planning laws introduced by the Government

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London House of Commons
Democracy Russia

Legal challenge to Government's failure to investigate Russian threat to UK democratic processes

A cross-party group of Parliamentarians and democracy campaign group, the Citizens has issued court proceedings.