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Environment

We are widely regarded as one of the leading law firms specialising in environmental work acting on behalf of individuals, concerned local groups, charities and NGOs

Leigh Day is widely regarded as one of the leading law firms specialising in claimant environmental work in the UK and around the world.

We act for individuals, concerned local groups, charities and NGOs.

Our specialist teams deal with a wide range of planning, wildlife and environmental issues in the UK and globally. From planning enquiries, statutory appeals and Judicial Reviews to environmental litigation before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, the European regional courts and the African regional courts.

Our International environment work

Leigh Day's international team brought the first cases which defined the law for how multinational corporations based in the UK could be held accountable for pollution and massive environmental degradation

Our international team brought the first cases which defined the law for how multinational corporations based in the UK could be held accountable for pollution and massive environmental degradation, particularly in the extractive industries of mining, oil and gas, caused by their activities outside the UK.

The cases brought by the team have held internationally recognised companies to account for their activities in countries which often have weak environmental protection, with lower production costs, and the power within a local jurisdiction to influence the development or environmental regulations for their own means.

The team has represented thousands of individuals from local communities across the world to have the legal representation to obtain compensation for damage to their health or livelihood, by taking legal action in the UK courts.

Case Study
Boat Bodo Creek Feb 2014
Corporate accountability Environment Shell Nigeria Pollution

Shell - Bodo

Leigh Day took the case of the Bodo villagers to the High Court in London, four months before the case was due to go to trial, Shell agreed a landmark settlement for £55 million

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Shell 1
Nigeria Shell Pollution Corporate accountability Environment

Shell - Ogale and Bille

In October and December 2015, the Ogale and Bille Communities in the Niger Delta filed claims in the English Courts against Shell. The cases involve devastating oil pollution caused by Shell’s operations.

Case Study
Vedanta Zambia
International Corporate accountability Environmental Damage

Vedanta

Leigh Day represented 2,577 Zambian villagers who took action against UK based Vedanta Resources plc and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines

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What the directories say

A leading claimant-side practice with an excellent track record in major environmental claims.

Chambers and partners 2019

We are here to help

If you want to use the law to help protect the environment and slow down the impact of climate change, our specialist lawyers can help. We routinely take on strategic and innovative challenges to proposals that threaten to damage and destroy the environment. Our “ground-breaking work” and “commitment to ensuring justice for clients” means that we are consistently ranked as a leading firm for environmental and public law cases in the two main legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

We are passionate about access to justice for all and are experts in the bespoke costs regime for environmental cases.