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Municipio De Mariana v (1) BHP Group (UK) Limited; (2) BHP Group Limited

On 5 November 2015 Brazil suffered its worst ever environmental disaster when the Fundão Dam collapsed, releasing around 40 million cubic metres of tailings from iron ore mining. Russell Hopkins is acting on behalf of more than 200,000 Brazilian Claimants.The collapse…


Munícipio de Mariana & Oths v BHP Group Plc & BHP Group Ltd

Russell Hopkins acted for more than 200,000 Brazilian claimants (including individuals, municipalities, businesses, utility companies, churches, and indigenous communities) in proceedings brought against BHP Group following the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history, the collapse of the Fundão Dam in…


Viegas, Sanches & Others v Cutrale & Others

Russell Hopkins acted for some 1,500 Brazilian orange farmers in a high-value damages claim against alleged cartelists (individuals and a corporate defendant) involved in the international orange juice export market. The defendants’ jurisdiction challenge raised issues of domicile, service and/or…


R (G-A-Y Group Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health & Social Care

Nicholas Chapman, led by Sir James Eadie QC, represented the Secretary of State on the judicial review of the 10pm hospitality curfew, imposed by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The claimant, which owns and operates a number…


Sanchez v USA

Kathryn Howarth represented the Government of the USA before a Divisional Court comprised of Fulford LJ and Laing J. The Appellant was sought in respect of four serious drugs trafficking offences, each carrying potential sentences of life imprisonment without parole…


Zabolotnyi v Mateszalka District Court (Hungary)

On 23 February 2021 the Supreme Court will consider the first ever extradition appeal concerning prison conditions in a requesting state – Benjamin Seifert was instructed on behalf of Mr Zabolotnyi. It will deal with the viability of assurances which…


Home Secretary v Yagnesh Devani (Kenya)

Nicholas Chapman acted for the Secretary of State in the leading case concerning the circumstances in which a court can reject a foreign government’s assurances concerning treatment following extradition. The Republic of Kenya sought the extradition of Yagnesh Devani, a…


Shumba & Ors v France

Leading Divisional Court decision concerning the compatibility of prison conditions in France with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Émilie was instructed for the Requested Person and led by Alison Macdonald QC.


Uyghur genocide and crimes against humanity case

Rodney Dixon KC is acting for the East Turkestan Government in Exile and Uyghur victims in proceedings before the ICC in respect of the alleged genocide and crimes against humanity committed by Chinese authorities against Uyghurs in ICC States Parties…


BY v District Court in Paphos (Cyprus)

The Divisional Court (Rafferty LJ and J) found that the father of five children, all of whom have significant medical problems should not face prosecution in Cyprus for a fraud which is said to have taken place in 2016. Considering…





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