CALLUM WALTERS
Trainee Solicitor

Callum graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History. He completed his GDL at BPP Law School and is now undertaking the LPC part-time at the same institution. 

Callum decided to make the transition into a legal career after completing an in-house placement at the defence contractor, General Dynamics UK. During his time at BPP University, Callum undertook pro bono work for the homeless and housing charity Shelter UK. Here, he assisted clients on matters concerning poor housing conditions and disputes with landlords. 

Since joining PGMBM in January 2019, Callum has spent a month in Brazil working on a £5bn lawsuit against the mining company BHP. The trip involved travelling to affected areas throughout the country, meeting with victims of the 2015 Fundão Dam Disaster and learning about how their lives have been affected by its collapse. 

The highlight of the trip was being offered a unique opportunity to spend two days with the Pataxó, an indigenous tribe. It helped him to learn more about indigenous culture, their persecution and how the collapse affected their livelihoods. 

LAVINIA SPIESS
Litigation Paralegal

Lavinia Spieß completed her master’s degree in Law at University of Graz, Austria and subsequently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a LLM In Human Rights Law.

After graduating, she volunteered for charities focusing on the SDGs, the protection of vulnerable refugees, and the support of LGBT+ groups.

Prior to joining PGMBM, Lavinia worked for a London-based NGO providing legal research on armed conflicts and human rights violations in the MENA region.

VENDULA DEVODIER
Paralegal – Czech Language Specialism

Vendula is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Charles University Law School in Prague alongside her work as a Paralegal at PGMBM.  

She started her own law practise with the help of WOOD & Company Group, the largest investment bank in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015, she joined a Prague-based law firm where she discovered her passion for international litigation. At PGMBM she is working on the firm’s NOx Emissions portfolio. 

ERIN SEXTON
Trainee Solicitor

Erin graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law and is currently coaching the University’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. 

During her summers as a student, Erin was herself able to experience a vast spectrum of legal work. Examples of her exposure includes social welfare and housing law as a Triage Volunteer at the Liverpool Law Centre, child sexual exploitation during a University-funded research apprenticeship, international legal drafting in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint-Ventures Department of an international law firm and special education needs as a Student Advisor at the University of Liverpool Law Clinic. 

Currently, Erin is enjoying working in the firm’s Medical Product Liability Department after receiving a distinction in her LLM/LPC at the University of Law. 

VICKI REES
Paralegal

Vicki graduated in both Business & Administration and Principles of Business & Administration. 

She is an experienced administrator who had worked within the NHS for 10 years, gaining extensive experience liaising with members of the public. 

She joined PGMBM in 2020 and is driven to achieving justice for our clients.

MARTINA QUADRADO
Paralegal

Martina Quadrado graduated with a degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and has over eight years’ experience practicing law as an Attorney registered with the Bar Association of Brazil. In 2014, Martina started her own practice where she developed her passions for working in claimant-based litigation and promoting social justice. 

To further her career and studies, Martina moved to the United States where she completed Miami Dade College’s Paralegal Studies Program, an American Bar Association approved course. 

In June 2020, Martina joined PGMBM as a member of the Miami office where she works as a Paralegal. 

Martina aims to further develop her international career as an Attorney with a keen interest in private international law and social justice.

FRANKA PUES
Paralegal

Franka received her bachelor’s degree in Law and Chinese from SOAS, University of London, and went on to complete her master’s degree in Human Rights and Ethics at King’s College London. 

Prior to joining PGMBM in 2021, she worked for NGOs focusing on criminal and economic justice. As an advisor to the German Foreign Office, she has conducted extensive research on arms control and emerging technologies. 

CHIARA PRIOVOLOU
Paralegal

Chiara built upon her LLB in General Law from the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas by graduating from Queen Mary University of London with an LLB in English and European Law.  She also holds an LLM in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London, a master’s degree in Corporate and Business Law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree in Private Procedural Law from the University of Vincennes. 

Since joining PGMBM in 2020, Chiara has been assisting to conduct extensive legal research, claim-filing and the translation and drafting of documents.   

Chiara enjoys working across multiple jurisdictions and the intellectual challenge of distilling down black letter law into a client friendly format. 

ISADORA CARTOCCI MARLOW
Trainee Solicitor

Isadora received her master’s degree in Law from the Insubria University of Como, Italy and has expertise in criminal law, restorative justice and transitional justice. 

She worked for law firms in Italy and Germany before relocating to London to pursue her career in the law. A particular achievement of Isadora’s was her research on the 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement under the tutelage of Professor Grazia Mannozzi and on Afro-descendants representation in Latin America for the LA Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Isadora maintains her commitment to social and environmental justice through her volunteer work for local women’s rehabilitation centres and non-profit organisations M2R and XR International. 

BETHAN LEWIS
Trainee Solicitor

Bethan graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Law and joined the firm in 2018 after graduating. She is currently studying for the LPC/LLM at Liverpool John Moores University.  

Bethan has a longstanding interest in claimant litigation and previously worked for the Welfare Rights Unit of Leeds City Council, where she supporting client claims. At PGMBM, Bethan is working on the Essure Litigation. 

She is a keen advocate for women’s rights and an acting ambassador of the Women Breaking Barriers Network at the University of Leeds’s Law School. Bethan is also a blogger for women’s reproductive health matters and is an active member activist of PCOS (Cysters in the UK) and Endometriosis UK support groups.  

Bethan hopes that her role at PGMBM will support her women’s rights advocacy in areas such as medical product liability. 

DARIA KSANF
Trainee Solicitor

Daria joined PGMBM in October 2019 having completed her law degree in June 2019. Since starting at PGMBM, Daria has mostly been focused on assisting with the Fundão Dam Litigation. 

She previously interned at both Norton Rose Fulbright and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, as well as at PGMBM which led to her being offered a full-time position at the firm. Daria speaks fluent English and Russian, and intermediate French and German. 

At the University of Oxford, Daria was the President of Lincoln College’s Law Society and was actively involved in promoting access to university for children from disadvantaged backgrounds through a variety of initiatives such as tutoring and workshops. She graduated with a 2:1 in Jurisprudence. 

In her free time, Daria enjoys cooking, swimming and learning new languages. 

TACY MATIAS CORREIA
Paralegal

Tacy Matias Correia graduated with a degree in Law, from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Furthermore, she has spent a year abroad at the University of Barcelona, where she was able to focus on Corporate and International Private Law. During her studies in Barcelona, she received an Academic Excellence award in Corporate Law.  

Tacy also holds a masters’ degree in Corporate Law and Legal Practice, specialising in Arbitration from the University of Lisbon. As part of her dissertation Tacy conducted research on resolving Pharmaceutical disputes through arbitration, for the obtention of Authorisation of Introduction in the Market (AIM).  

Upon the conclusion of her masters, she worked for a Portuguese law firm, before relocating to London to pursue her career in law. 

Her interests lie in International law, Arbitration, and cross-jurisdictional cases, as well as Business and Human Rights. 

LARA CAHILL
Paralegal

Lara graduated with a degree in Psychology from Liverpool Hope University. She also holds a master’s degree in Health Psychology from Liverpool John Moore’s University. 

She joined PGMBM’s Client Care Team in 2020, having previously worked in the healthcare industry. 

KATHERINE BYRNE
Paralegal

Katherine graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Law and German. In 2020, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law. She is currently preparing to sit the New York Bar exam.  

Alongside her work with PGMBM, Katherine is an immigration consultant with a Paris-based firm and volunteers with various NGOs which specialise in international human rights law and providing assistance to asylum seekers and refugees.   

She joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently working on the “Dieselgate” case.  

ELEONORE BUISSON
Trainee Solicitor

Eleonore holds a BSc in Technology and Management from University College London (UCL) and a master’s degree in Economic Law from Sciences Po Paris. She joined PGMBM after working as part of Sciences Po’s Legal Clinic on the Fundão Dam Litigation in Brazil, undertaking private international law research for a Brazilian professor who acts as an expert for the firm. 

Eleonore also completed the GDL at BPP Law School and will start the LPC in February 2021. Her interests lie in both public and private international law, corporate social responsibility as well as cyber law. 

ADÈLE BOURGUIGNON
Trainee Solicitor

Adèle graduated from Toulouse 1 University Capitole with a degree in French and English Law, which also featured a year abroad at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds master’s degrees in General International Law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, European Union and World Trade Organisation Law from the University of Rennes 1 and an International Trade and Foreign Investments Law from the University of Ottawa. 

Since joining PGMBM in 2018, Adèle has spent two months in Brazil working on the Fundão Dam Litigation. This involved travelling throughout Brazil meeting both local victims and indigenous tribes affected by the disaster. 

Adèle has always been interested in international law and human rights. She has a long-standing involvement in supporting at-risk children in Europe and West Africa and, in 2015, volunteered at the minor’s detention centre in Lomé, Togo where she offered mental and legal support, working closely with the Togolese Ministry of Justice to improve rehabilitation programs and prison conditions.

MEABH KIRBY
Trainee Solicitor

Meabh graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first-class Bachelor of Laws degree. In 2020, she completed the Bachelor of Civil Law at University of Oxford, graduating with distinction. 

Prior to joining PGMBM, Meabh acted as Judicial Assistant to Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald at the United States Federal Court (Los Angeles), interned at the office of the Attorney General of Ireland and worked as Research Assistant to Professor of Law, Laura Hoyano. 

Meabh has a keen interest in social justice and private international law. In 2019, she worked for a humanitarian organisation in Moria Refugee Camp; she has also published legal research for Oxford Pro Bono Publico in their report ‘‘Best Interests of the Child’ Assessment in Immigration Detention Proceedings’. As a result of these interests, she brings enthusiasm to her work on Fundão Dam Litigation.

THAÍS FERREIRA
Legal Counsel

Thaís graduated from the Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR) with a degree in Law. She holds a M.A. in Human Rights (suma cum laude) from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), where she was awarded the Deutschlandstipendium, a German scholarship program to award the most gifted students from FAU.

Thaís has experience in Brazilian law in the areas of criminal, civil and administrative law, as well as in International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. She worked at the Rondônia State Court of Justice (TJRO), initially as a legal clerk in the Criminal Section and later as a legal advisor to judges in the Appeals Chamber. She was officially praised in the Court Gazette for the services provided in the Appeals Chamber. Thaís also worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for almost a year, where she provided legal advice to Judge Alapini-Gansou on issues of human rights and international law.

During her bachelor’s degree, Thaís worked a research assistant in the research group Ethics and Human Rights at UNIR, where she conducted research on the foundation of human rights and criminology, a research project funded by the Scientific Initiation Scholarship Program of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). She has published articles on the philosophy of human rights.

At PGMBM, Thaís works in transnational cases, with a focus on environmental protection and human and collective rights.

PAUL HUDSON
Trainee Solicitor

After reading International Politics, Economics and Law as an undergraduate, Paul attended BPP Law School where he undertook an LLM as his qualifying law degree.  

Before joining PGMBM in 2020, Paul spent two years at a global arbitral institution where he featured prominently as part of an internal record-breaking disputes team. His vacation scheme at Bench Walk Advisors LLC compounded his interest for the intricacies of class action case funding.  

Paul draws upon his strong commercial acumen and rigorous attention to detail to bring a focused and strategic approach to his work across the firm’s case portfolio.  

JANICE TANG
Associate

Janice is a Hong Kong qualified (pending admission) Solicitor with multi-jurisdictional legal experience (E&W, Hong Kong, P.R.C., Cayman Islands, B.V.I., U.S., Russia etc.). She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a double degree in Laws and Social Sciences (Government). 

Following completion of her Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at the University of Hong Kong, Janice trained at Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office for two years. During this time, she spent six months on secondment in the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Department in London, with a primary focus on civil fraud and bank disputes. Apart from contentious matters, Janice also has experience in a wide range of transactional work, ranging from investment funds, debt capital markets, acquisition finance to IPOs and M&A. 

Janice relocated to London and joined PGMBM in October 2020. Since joining the firm, she has been working on the NOx Emissions portfolio against various automobile manufacturers. 

Growing up in Hong Kong, Janice is trilingual in Cantonese, English and Mandarin. 

CELINE O’DONOVAN
Associate

Celine read Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, after which, she achieved a distinction level LLM in Commercial Legal Practice. She qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in March 2021.  

Celine has experience practicing dispute resolution in the UK, the USA and the UAE, ranging from commercial litigation and arbitration to treaty arbitration. Having started her career as a Fellow in a boutique Los Angeles litigation firm, she then trained in the UK at an international commercial law firm. She is now pursuing her passion for human and environmental justice by joining PGMBM’s international team.    

Celine is currently working on group litigation regarding the Brazilian orange juice cartel. 

SARAH VOULAZ
Trainee Solicitor

Sarah graduated from King’s College London with a BA in European Studies and French. She completed the GDL in 2018 and holds an LLM in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). As part of her LLM dissertation, Sarah wrote about the Nigerian Shell cases in connection to the Business and Human Rights Framework.   

Prior to joining PGMBM, Sarah worked in the environmental practice of White & Case’s London office where she assisted with advisory work on environmental and social compliance issues for project financings. She also interned at Advocates for International Development and the United Nations Association UK.  

Sarah is passionate about environmental law, business and human rights, access to justice and the rise of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.    

SHAHIRAH COOWAR
Legal Assistant

Shahirah graduated in 2012 in the discipline of International Relations, she decided to study as a Legal Secretary in 2018 and worked supporting a QC Property Barrister for two years before joining PGMBM as a Legal Assistant to the senior team. 

GLADUELA LAWRENCE
Associate

Gladuela graduated from the University of Liverpool with an LLB. She qualified as a Solicitor in November 2016 and continued to pursue her passion of advocacy, attaining a Solicitor Advocate qualification in February 2017. 

Gladuela has extensive experience in handling matters from inception to trial. She has successfully conducted advocacy before Circuit Judges in both Fast-Track and Multi-Track matters.  

Coming from a background primarily comprised of litigation, Gladuela has successfully litigated numerous catastrophic injury and clinical negligence matters of up to £8.8M in value; including cases concerning spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, cauda equine syndrome and severe brain injuries. Gladuela also has experience of property litigation where she acted for corporate companies both in residential and commercial property matters. This experience has enabled Gladuela to develop a vast knowledge and understanding of the CPR and relevant case law, as well as excellent client care and communication skills which she utilises daily in her work at PGMBM. 

With a keen interest in pursuing justice, Gladuela prides herself on maintaining integrity during the perpetual pressures of litigation, she boldly challenges erroneous thinking during the process and demystifies legal jargon to aid the understanding of the lay person. 

KIERA BASI
Paralegal

Kiera completed her undergraduate law degree at City, University of London. After completing her degree, she went on to complete her LPC LLM at the University of Law, Moorgate.  

Kiera has always had a passion for a career in law. She had undergone various work experience placements at both high street and city law firms. Kiera has been exposed to areas such as employment, commercial litigation, commercial/residential property and probate. Kiera hopes to one day qualify as a commercial solicitor.  

KUDA DUBE
Paralegal 

Kuda graduated from the University of Sheffield with an LLB degree in Law with European & International Law. As part of her degree she spent time at Sciences Po Paris. 

She has gained experience in Competition Law having worked in the Middle East and Brussels with the French law firm Bredin Prat. Kuda has dealt with Mergers & Acquisitions within the European Union and as far as COMESA. As such, she has developed an interest for emerging and developing Competition Law within African jurisdictions. 

Kuda joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently working on the “Dieselgate” case. She is fluent in Shona as a Zimbabwean native and has learned French to an advanced level. 

LAUREN DONALDSON
Paralegal

Lauren graduated in 2020 with an LLB from the University of Glasgow.  

After completing her undergraduate degree, Lauren undertook Pro Bono work at a Scottish Law Centre with a specialism in Disability Law. Here, she gained experience helping to promote accessible and affordable legal services for all in areas of employment law, family law, and social security.  

Since joining PGMBM as a Paralegal in the London Office, Lauren has worked predominantly on Emissions Claims against a number of major car manufacturers. Her interests lie in consumer and commercial law, and as such, she is passionate about PGMBMs mission of defending the rights of individuals against multinational corporations through group litigation. 

TOUN COLE
Paralegal

After graduating from Leicester University with an LLB, Toun worked as a Contract Paralegal for several international law firms. Her focus was on disclosure, e-discovery and legal research.  

Toun has a particular interest in intellectual property law as well as the laws governing cyber security. She based her legal research and reform module on the latter whilst studying for her LLM. Toun particularly enjoys applying this knowledge to work conducted by the firm’s Data Breach Department.  

Toun is currently studying the LPC at BPP Law School with a view to qualifying as a Solicitor. 

NAOMI CARVALHO
Paralegal

Before joining PGMBM in 2021, Naomi graduated with a Law degree at the University of Sussex and went on to complete her LLM at BPP University. 

 She has previously undertaken pro bono work as a Legal Advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau and as a Debt Advisor at South West London Law Centres.  

 Since joining the team at PGMBM, she has furthered her interest in group litigation law. Naomi also speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

SIMRAN BUDWAL
Paralegal

Simran graduated from the University of Westminster with an LLB before completing her LPC with an MA in Business Law and Management at the University of Law.  

Prior to joining PGMBM in 2020, she undertook pro bono work with the Westminster Law Clinic. This involved dealing with client claims in areas such as employment law, commercial law and environmental law. Professionally, Simran previously worked in law firms both in Leeds and London and draws upon this experience in her work on the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation. 

Simran has an interest in commercial law, employment law and legal technology. She has undertaken extensive research on technology in the legal sector and the possible skills required of future lawyers. She is passionate about working in a claimant-based litigation firm and is looking forward to developing her skills whilst working at PGMBM. 

THOMAS BIRCH
Assistente Jurídico – Atendimento ao Cliente

Tom se formou na Nottingham Trent University, recebendo a nota máxima em seus módulos de Direito do Trabalho e Comércio Internacional. Tom vai estudar para seu LPC em tempo parcial a partir de setembro. 

Antes de ingressar no PGMBM, Tom trabalhou como Consultor de Recrutamento para Profissionais Financeiros Sênior, contratando Diretores Financeiros e Controladores Financeiros para empresas multimilionárias. Tom também trabalhou como arrecadador de fundos de porta em porta, arrecadando mais de £ 200.000 para instituições de caridade respeitadas. Ele está procurando utilizar sua experiência em vendas para iniciar sua carreira como advogado. 

ARTIOLA BERISHA
Client Care Supervisor

Artiola has strong foundations and experience in family, Immigration and criminal law. She has now joined PGMBM to explore international litigation and to pursue her career as a solicitor for England and Wales.  

Artiola gained a first class honours degree in LLB law, she then went on to complete her masters and her LPC at the university of law.  

She is fluent in Albanian, Kosovan and English.  

Artiola has taken part in many prison visits and police station interviews for clients with language barriers, this has not only helped her grow but also helped the firm with our international clients.  

Artiola developed an avid interest in multi-jurisdictional matters, where she directly assisted international clients and their local counsel in the drafting and translation of legal documents. 

RABIA BHATTI
Paralegal

Rabia is a recent graduate of the LPC and LLM course from the University of Law. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire, she participated in client interviewing and trial advocacy and have extensive experience in this. 

During Rabia’s studies, she worked in various law firms in London to gain experience in different law fields. She also wants to specialise in Medical Law. 

ARD BABATINCA
Paralegal

Ard graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in law in 2019. In 2020, Ard successfully completed his LLM/LPC at BBP University in London, Holborn. 

During his University studies, Ard took on various administrative support and customer service roles. 

Ard is passionate about providing justice to individuals facing significant injustices from large corporations. 

Since joining PGMBM in February, Ard has been predominantly working in the BA team, playing his part in the smooth running of the client care service. 

EMMANUELLA EKWEGH
Legal Administrator

Emmanuella is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Business and Finance graduate.  

Fluent in 3 languages: English, Italian and Twi and with experience in the Legal and Administration industry.  

She is eager to put her linguistic skills, alongside her acquired legal and administrative skills into practice at PGMBM. 

FAIZA AYUB
Paralegal

Faiza is a law graduate from SOAS University of London and has recently completed her LLM/LPC at BPP Law School.She joined PGMBM in 2021 because she believes it is important to work in a company whose values correspond with those of her own.  

Her interests predominately lie in business law and corporate liability. 

Faiza is a Paralegal within the Client Care Team and is currently working on the Mercedes Diesel Emissions Claim. 

RENE ANTONIO
Paralegal

Rene graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an LLB Law degree in 2020, and embraced the position of Paralegal at PGMBM in 2021.  

During her final year of University, Rene volunteered for the University’s General Legal Advice Clinic once a week, where they advised clients on family and child law matters, landlords and tenant, commercial contracts and employment law. 

After securing legal internships in various practice areas, Rene has become particularly interested in Commercial & Consumer Law and Medical Law. She also hopes to obtain a training contract in the not too distant future and qualify as a solicitor. 

LUKE AMATRUDA
Client Services Complaints Lead

Luke graduated with a First Class Law degree from the University of Law, Bloomsbury, before joining PGMBM’s BA Data Breach team in 2021. 

With a background as a podcaster, musician and producer, he hopes to combine his talents and interests with law and enter the Intellectual Property and Data Protection fields. Luke is looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor in the near future. 

SYEDA AISHAH
Paralegal

Aishah is a law graduate from the University of Westminster, having completed an Integrated Master’s in Law degree which also includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC). During her LPC she studied Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Employment Law and Clinical Legal Practice.  

Prior to joining PGMBM Aishah was a document review paralegal where she worked on high profile commercial cases, including a US based pharmaceutical case involving competition law and antitrust law. Aishah enjoys commercial work and intends to specialise in this area.  

Outside of her professional career, she enjoys challenging herself and taking part in new experiences. In 2018 she took part in a sponsored climb up the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, where she reached the peak (4,413 ft) and raised over a thousand pounds. Her efforts enabled the construction of four wells across Africa and Asia, allowing access to clean water and making a life-changing difference to disadvantaged communities. 

Aishah joined PGMBM in 2021 and is working on the Mercedes diesel emissions claim.  

SHADIA ABDARAHMAN
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator

Shadia graduated with a LLB Law in 2020 from Brunel University. Currently, she is undertaking a masters in International Corporate Governance at The University of Law, graduating in 2021.  

Shadia has a particular interest in Intellectual property law and company law. She’s now joined the PGMBM Client Care Team as a paralegal.  

She is planning to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in 2022, in hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the near future. 

JERUM TOKAAY
Client Operations Manager

Jerum graduated in 2017 from Hogeschool InHolland in The Hague, The Netherlands, with a degree in Communications. 

Jerum has been in sales & customer service in contact centre environments for over eight years in different positions, varying from Team manager, project manager, and sales manager. Besides this, he is specialised in delivering straight-to-the-point sales training, and coaching for outsourcing and face-to-face-organisations. 

Jerum joined PGMBM as a Client Care Supervisor in Putney in 2021.

JASMINE RUSSO
Client Care Supervisor

Jasmine built upon her BA in Human Rights and International Relations with an MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.  

Jasmine has experience in different areas, including the third sector and research industries. One of her favourite legal roles involved managing the re-trials of Stanisic and Simatovic for crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War within the IRMCT in The Hague. Jasmine also recently joined the Italian General Consulate in London for a temporary project relating to the registering of Italian residents abroad and a national referendum.  

Since joining PGMBM, Jasmine has been the point of contact for clients both within the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation and EasyJet Data Breach Group Litigation. Jasmine is passionate about international law, particularly in respect of how it engages human rights. 

CAMPBELL MACDONALD
Client Care Supervisor 

Campbell graduated from the University of Tasmania with a BA, majoring in International Relations and Politics. His focus was within the field of geopolitics and how it affects the world we live in. 

During his studies, he represented his college in numerous meetings with the local council. He worked with various sectors of the community to make sure that young people had input on decisions that have an impact on their daily lives. He brings this same determination to PGMBM to strive for what is right and fair. 

Campbell moved from Australia to the UK in early 2020 and is now a Client Care Supervisor in London.  

GUY JOHNSON
Client Service Quality Manager

Guy graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Psychology and Literature. 

An experienced manager, Guy has a background in dispute resolution, underwriting, and communication management within both the public and private sectors. 

He joined PGMBM as a manager for our Client Care Team in August 2020. 

ANNA MOON
Associate

Anna read Law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2015. Since then, she has obtained distinction-grade master’s degrees from the University of Warwick in 2017 (LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights) and from the University of Law in 2018 (MSc in Law, Business and Management).   

Anna trained at a boutique, public law firm in London where she worked for a variety of public bodies. At the same firm, she undertook a five-month secondment to an NHS Trust during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Anna is passionate about equality and human rights and has participated in various related internships – including working in the US on death penalty appeals and in Kenya, working on several access to justice projects in maximum security prisons. She also won the Public Interest Litigation Essay Competition at Warwick University and was awarded an internship based out of the Supreme Court of India and Delhi Commission for Women. 

Anna currently works on the firm’s actions relating to Transvaginal Mesh, Primodos and Essure, as well as the Orange Juice Cartel Litigation. 

FELIPE HOTTA
Associate

Felipe is a Brazilian Lawyer, admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association in 2018 and a European Lawyer, admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2019. He graduated with an LLB at the University of São Paulo and is an LLM Candidate in Environmental Law at Queen Mary University of London. 

During his time at the University of São Paulo, Felipe and his friends created the Environmental Law Clinic Paulo Nogueira Neto; a group focused on developing environmental and sustainability awareness inside and outside the University.  

Felipe joined PGMBM in 2018 and, since then, has been representing Brazilian victims of human rights abuse against multinationals companies. Before that, Felipe worked as a pro bono lawyer at the Departamento Juridico XI de Agosto of the University of São Paulo, providing legal assistance to those who cannot access justice. 

FATEMA FAIROOZ
Paralegal

Fatema is an LLB and LLM law graduate from Middlesex University.  

With a passion for bringing justice to clients, Fatema joined PGMBM Client Care Team as a paralegal in 2021 as the firm’s core values of defending the rights of individuals through claimant-based litigation is aligned with her passions as a legal professional. She is currently working on the Diesel Emissions Claims and is looking forward to using her knowledge and progress further within the legal career.  

Fatema is dedicated to following her career goals whilst making clients her top priority, by providing support, information and listening to their needs. 

She will be commencing her LPC in September 2021 with the view to qualifying as a solicitor in the future. 

Fatema is fluent in Arabic, Farsi, and English. 

CHRIS NEILL
Head of Litigation Management

Christopher received his LLB from Kingston University before going on to complete the LPC at the University of Law. A Senior Associate at PGMBM, he specialises in corporate accountability and group actions.  

Joining the firm in 2019, his primary focus was to support the firm’s groundbreaking Fundão Dam Litigation. The 2015 collapse resulted in Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster, with BHP now facing a $5bn claim for damages. He also leads a number of PGMBM’s other high-profile cases. 

An experienced litigator, Christopher has a wealth of experience acting for claimants in group and multi-party litigation, as well as complex commercial, product liability, clinical negligence and personal injury disputes. During the early stages of his career, he successfully managed a team specialising in pursuing irregularity claims against financial institutions arising from the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance and other financial products – an endeavour which recovered millions of pounds for his clients. 

Christopher’s formidable commercial instincts are second to none and he is relentless in the pursuit of his client’s interests. He has a reputation for consistently forging strong stakeholder relationships and prides himself on being someone that his clients can rely on. Having drawn high levels of praise from a variety of sources, he was shortlisted for ‘Rising Star Award’ at the Modern Claims Awards 2017. 

ALISON JACKSON-CARTER
Head of Corporate Communications

Alison has been working with businesses to help them to build their brand and communicate effectively with their stakeholders for more than ten years. A specialist in reaching consumers through broadcast, she has won industry awards for her work on media campaigns, internal communications, and most recently for a podcast. 

She has worked extensively in crisis communications, risk management and reputation recovery, but gets most pleasure out of helping businesses to tell their stories through the media. Before working as a PR she worked as a journalist for Sky News, Five News and on ITV’s This Morning programme. 

As Head of Corporate Communications, Alison will be responsible for the media and public affairs strategies at PGMBM.  

In her spare time she helps people develop their public speaking skills.

TONY WINTERBURN
Legal Director – Consumer and Medical Product Liability

Tony graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Law before completing his LSF at the Chester College of Law. 

He has over 30 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of commercial disputes, including procedures to avoid disputes, early settlements and trial expertise. Prior to joining PGMBM, Tony was Senior Litigation Counsel at a large property development and retail company after being a Partner at a number of national and international law firms. 

Since joining PGMBM in September 2018, Tony has been the Lead Solicitor on both the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation and the British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation. 

ANA CAROLINA SALOMÃO
Legal Director – Litigation Finance 

Ana is an LL.M. by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with her main studies at the fields of financial law. She also has a Master in Economic Law by the University of São Paulo (USP), the same institution where she graduated, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Tax Law. 

Ana Carolina is an experienced financial lawyer that has been working in financial markets as in-house counsel as well, as an associate to law firms, for over 13 years. She started her career young, focusing on taxation of financial products and corporate transactions before broadening her professional performance to act as a transactional lawyer in derivatives transactions, private and public equity deals, and, most recently, third-party financing of judicial claims. 

Within PGMBM, she manages the interaction between the firm and its funders, acting as an in-house transactional lawyer and as investors relations. 

Devoted to philanthropy, she seats at the board of Associação Projeto Gauss endowment fund, which offers scholarships and mentoring for disadvantaged Brazilian students who believe in education as transformational tool. 

CATHERINE QUARINI
Medico-Legal Director

Catherine graduated from the University of Oxford, Worcester College with a degree in Physiological Sciences in 2004 and a degree in Medicine in 2007. After qualifying as a doctor, she worked in General Practice as well as a variety of hospital specialties before specialising in psychiatry and public health. She then spent 5 years as Senior Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry journal. 

Catherine’s longstanding interest in medical ethics and the law led her to undertake the GDL at the University of Law, London, from which she graduated in 2019. Catherine joined PGMBM in February 2019 as Medicolegal Director. 

MARCELO MOURA
Legal Director – International Group Claims

Marcelo graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais with a degree in Law and is a qualified lawyer registered with the Brazilian Bar Association.  

Throughout his decade-long legal career, Marcelo has worked as a Solicitor, Professor of Tax and Constitutional Law, Legal Advisor to the Minas Gerais Attorney-General and Executive In-House Counsel of an internationally traded energy corporation with more than 150 affiliates. 

More recently, Marcelo entered the legal technology industry, leading the international expansion programme of a world-renowned British start-up specialised in predictive analytics. 

Parallel to his activities in law, Marcelo has co-founded and restructured several successful business enterprises in Brazil. 

LISA LUNT
Legal Director – Consumer and Medical Product Liability

Lisa graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Law. 

At PGMBM, she is the head of the Medical Product Liability Department which handles large group actions against manufacturers of defective medical products. Since joining the firm in February 2019, Lisa has worked closely with the American arm of PGMBM, who have successfully litigated cases against some of the world’s leading manufacturers. 

Lisa is currently instructed as the Lead Solicitor by the Chair of the Association for Children damaged by hormone pregnancy testing involving the drugs Primodos and Amenerone Forte. She currently represents around 200 victims and regularly speaks at their AGM, as well as working with Sky TV journalists who have taken a keen interest in the cause. Other current group actions relate to Transvaginal Mesh and the Essure contraceptive device, where she represents thousands of injured people seeking redress against huge corporations. Lisa is the ‘go-to’ solicitor for defective medical products. 

As a member of APIL dealing with high value and complex claims of maximum severity, Lisa was one of 5 solicitors in the country on the Steering Committee for the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Group Litigation. 

JEREMY EVANS
Legal Director – International Group Claims

Jeremy graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Law before completing his LPC with distinction. He qualified as a solicitor in October 2014 and specialises in litigation. 

Before joining PGMBM in August 2019, he was at Leigh Day and worked on the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Group Litigation concerning over 600 clients with failed hip components.  

Jeremy works principally on the firm’s international case portfolio, leading the Orange Juice Cartel Litigation and playing a pivotal role in the Fundão Dam Litigation. 

He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is accredited as a litigator. 

CÉLINE BARNWELL
Legal Director – International Group Claims

Céline graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) with a degree in Chinese and Law. 

She qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012 and specialises in litigation and arbitration. Before joining PGMBM, Céline acted in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she trained, and subsequently at Jones Day where she spent nearly 6 years. 

Céline brings valuable international experience to multi-jurisdictional disputes having acted in litigation and arbitration before courts and tribunals in many jurisdictions in areas including energy and natural resources. 

CHRIS PORTON
Head of Information Security

Chris graduated from the University of Oxford, Queen’s College with a degree in Mathematics. 

He has nearly 30 years’ experience in the retail, financial markets, government and insurance sectors. Throughout these sectors, he has gained broad experience in delivering complex projects alongside diverse teams across multiple departments. 

Following a background in consultancy with Accenture, Chris held positions in product development, change management and enterprise risk before specialising in information security. He is a Certified Information Security Manager and holds further certifications in both implementing and auditing the International Standard for Information Security, ISO27001. 

Prior to joining PGMBM, Chris took a UK retailer on their journey to compliance with the ISO27001 standard as well as achieving compliance with PCI-DSS, the information security standard for organisations that handle debit and credit cards. 

Chris is primarily responsible for defining, developing and implementing the information security strategy whilst protecting the firm from cyber security threats. 

KAROLINA PATZWALD
Legal Project Manager 

Karolina holds an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) from SOAS University of London and an M.A. in International Relations from the Erasmus Mundus programme between the University of Vienna, Macquarie University Sydney and Wroclaw University.  

Karolina has several years of experience working with top-executives of the international financial sector, including some of the leading banks around the globe. She developed her skills as an Adviser at an international banking association, where she was in charge of managing board relations. She started her professional career at renowned diplomatic institutions such as the United Nations, the German Foreign Office and the European Parliament, working for the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 8th legislative period.  

Having gained professional and academic experience in nine countries so far, Karolina is passionate about immersing herself in different cultures, with a particular love for Latin America.

JOÃO MALHEIROS
Global IT Director

João graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais with a degree in Computational Mathematics. 

Throughout his career, João has played a pivotal role in several start-up companies having worked as a Director in both technological and administrative positions. He is also an administrative technician and previously won 1st place in an entrepreneurship contest at the Merrill Lynch Global Business Challenge. 

Joining the PGMBM team in 2018 as Global IT Director, he is responsible for developing internal technology methods to ensure the operation, maintenance, and enhancement of information and security systems in all of our offices. 

RICHARD HILL
Chief Technology Officer

Richard graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Mathematics & Computer Science. 

With over eighteen years’ experience in the digital marketing, cinema and media industries, he has cultivated several early-stage start-up companies from inception through to exit. Richard enjoys leading and developing cutting edge software solutions through the effective leveraging of his commercial, product development, digital marketing, and technical background. 

Richard leads PGMBM’s global technology initiatives and is responsible for our information security, systems and the software development of innovative platform capabilities that help cement PGMBM as the global leader in group litigation. 

BENEDICT WILLIAMS
Chief Financial Officer

Benedict is a senior finance professional with a background in economics, finance, investment banking and management consulting. He has extensive experience in leading finance and cross-functional project teams across a wide range of different industries. 

Attending the University of Bath, Benedict graduated in 2007 with a degree in Economics. He went on to become a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), Chartered Tax Adviser (Chartered Institute of Taxation), and in 2018 was named in ICAS: Top 100 CA’s under 35. 

Prior to joining PGMBM in 2020, his most recent role was as the Head of Finance for the European Business Unit where he oversaw multiple complex construction projects for a globally recognised, publicly listed real estate developer. 

CRAIG KENWORTHY
Head of HR

Craig graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Business Studies.   

Craig has worked in Human Resources management for 10+ years across the hospitality, publishing, PR & marketing, private healthcare, and HR consultancy sectors. He has extensive experience operating within SMEs, supporting growth and implementing HR practices that complement the culture of an organisation.  

Craig believes that HR is most successful when they establish a foundation of trust, transparency, and accountability and hold himself to that same standard. 

TOM GOODHEAD
Managing Partner

Tom graduated from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Education Policy from the University of Cambridge, Clare College.

Tom subsequently qualified as a Barrister, graduating from City University, London and the University of Law. 

Since being called to the Bar in 2010, Tom has dedicated his career to representing the interests of individuals from all around the world in litigation against some of the world’s most powerful companies. 

He is currently litigating two of the largest group litigations in UK legal history (claims against BHP and Volkswagen) and, over the course of his career, he has successfully recovered tens of millions of pounds in settlements and verdicts. 

Passionate about business and human rights, Tom believes that whilst capitalism is the world’s most powerful tool to lift people out of poverty, transnational corporations must be held to account for violations of the environmental, social, and competitive orders. 

Tom has a love for the country of Brazil and its people. He initiated the Fundão Dam litigation and has been travelling to Brazil numerous times to meet with current and potential claimants. He finds the state of Minas Gerais, with its landscape scattered with the scars of the extractive industries, reminiscent of his upbringing at the foot of the SIrhowy Valley in Pontymister, Wales. 

ZOE COTTER-MORTON
Chief People Officer

Zoe has been working in Human Resources for 14 years and has had a varied background running International HR departments at the BBC, start-ups, and more recently at an Omnicom agency where she headed up their diversity, equality, and inclusion programmes.  

Zoe’s passion is helping create inclusive and supportive workplaces. She firmly believes that HR cannot do their job without the constant feedback of the people they support, so her door (virtual or otherwise!) is always open to new ideas on how to improve our culture. 

KATE DAVIES
General Counsel

A former commercial litigator in leading national and international firms, Kate subsequently spent a number of years as in-house legal counsel to the audit regulator and accountancy and actuarial professional oversight body, most recently heading up their legal team as Director of Legal Services and Data Protection Officer.  

She is an extensively experienced lawyer, leader and Board advisor and brings a blend of disputes practitioner as well as heavyweight regulatory and compliance expertise.  

As General Counsel, Kate advises PGMBM on the whole range of legal, regulatory, commercial and governance issues arising out its representation of clients and its decisions and strategies as a business and global leader in group litigation. 

TOMÁS MOUSINHO
Partner

Tomás graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais with a degree in Law and holds a master’s degree in International Tax Law from the University of Coimbra. He also developed his research on the freedom of establishment regulations within the European Union at the Humboldt University of Berlin. 

He is a qualified lawyer registered with the Bar Associations of Brazil and Portugal. Specialised in navigating international tax and private law, Tomás has over ten years of legal experience. Prior to moving to the UK, Tomás was the founder of his own Brazilian law firm, in-house counsel to one of Brazil’s most successful technology start-ups, and a serial entrepreneur. 

Since moving to London in 2018, Tomás has worked hard with the other founding partners of PGMBM. He was instrumental in aggregating clients in the Fundão Dam Litigation and personally managed the conduct of the litigation for over 500 businesses against BHP. 

Tomás is a native of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais and his family have very deep and historic roots in the state. 

PEDRO MARTINS
Partner

Pedro graduated from Fundação Getulio Vargas with a degree in Law and holds master’s degrees in Law from the Insper Institute for Education and Research and King’s College London. 

He is a dynamic and dedicated dispute resolution professional who has over ten years’ experience working for leading law firms in Brazil and the United Kingdom. Prior to moving to the United Kingdom to further his studies and to work for Herbert Smith Freehills, Pedro was an Associate at Demarest Advogados and worked separately as a mediator. His experiences as a mediator compounded his interest in alternative dispute resolution. 

Upon moving to London, Pedro undertook an LLM in International Dispute Resolution at King’s College with a focus on negotiation and the use of technology applied to conflict resolution. Whilst a blossoming career in corporate litigation beckoned, Pedro became increasingly attracted to representing claimants in ‘David v Goliath’ cases. He left a City law firm to join PGMBM, playing a critical role in its creation. He immediately then began work on the Fundão Dam Litigation. 

Within the Fundão Dam Litigation, Pedro has led the representation of over 200,000 individual claimants and worked with leading class action administrators to aggregate and administer claims. Further, he has undertaken a critical role in working with expert witnesses on issues relating to jurisdiction and access to justice.

HARRY FOX
Head of Client Services

Harry brings a wealth of experience in managing teams, contact centres and start-up operations across a range of financial products and services in areas such as Payment Protection Insurance, pensions and mortgage endowments.  

With a passion for customer-centric solutions, Harry joined in 2020 with extensive knowledge of claims, complaints and compliance having spent 15 years at the Financial Ombudsman Service.  

At PGMBM, Harry is responsible for heading up the recently established Client Care Team based in Putney, London. Here, expert paralegals provide front line advice, guidance, and support to clients across a broad spectrum of the firm’s cases. 

JORDAN LEE
Chief of Staff  

Jordan graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first-class honours degree in Law (LLB) and is currently undertaking an Executive LLM in Litigation Management at Baylor University.

As Chief of Staff, Jordan focuses on providing support to the Partnership in ensuring strategic business initiatives and projects are successfully executed in a joined-up fashion. He works closely with our C-Level leaders, Legal Directors and Senior Associates in order to develop a bird’s eye view across PGMBM and to contribute to the long-term success of the firm. Alongside these responsibilities, Jordan is also working towards qualifying as a solicitor in England & Wales and has completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, London.

Joining PGMBM in 2018, he brings formidable work ethic and exceptional commercial awareness to his role.

EMILY HEWLETT
Associate

Emily graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Law before completing her LPC with an LLM in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law in Guildford. 

She joined PGMBM as an Associate in May 2020 and is currently assisting with cross-jurisdictional matters, such as the Fundão Dam Litigation. 

Prior to joining PGMBM, Emily completed her training contract at a firm in Kent where she assisted with a variety of litigious cases concerning personal injury, medical negligence and cross-jurisdictional disputes.  

Emily has a strong interest in human rights and access to justice, having previously volunteered in Nicaragua with rural communities. She continues to mentor unaccompanied refugee minors in her spare time. 

ZACHARY POGUST
Associate

Zach graduated from Bucknell University in 2015 where he earned a BSc in Business Administration.  While at Bucknell, Zach also played on the Men’s Varsity Golf Team. After graduating, Zach attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he graduated cum laude in 2018.  Whilst at Penn, Zach served as a Senior Editor on the Journal of Law and Social Change as well as was vice president of the Penn Law Sports and Entertainment Society. During law school, Zach also volunteered with the Criminal Rights Expungement Project.  

Following his academics, Zach began his legal career with the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP in their New York City office. Zach worked in Proskauer’s private equity and mergers & acquisitions groups before joining PGMBM in February 2021 as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Miami office. He is admitted to practice law in New York. 

ROMONA HARDING
Associate

Romona graduated with a degree in law in 1997. She worked in business development for over 12 years where she established an interest in corporate responsibility and good governance. She returned to the law in 2010 to qualify and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013. 

She joined Leigh Day in 2014 to develop her experience of corporate responsibility relative to the law and qualify as a Solicitor. Romona worked on a variety of cases including the Shell Nigeria Group Litigation, Zimmer Durom Metal on Metal Hip Group Litigation (and assisting on the larger DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Group Litigation), Infected Blood Public Inquiry, Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation and several individual clinical trials cases. 

Away from legal practice, Romona spent a year in Northern Ireland lecturing on business law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. She is passionate about using her skills to encourage best practise, mitigate risk and to eliminate negative impacts on our world.  

In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming and cycling. She also likes to travel. 

BRUNA FICKLSCHERER
Associate

Bruna graduated from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo with a degree in Law and holds two master’s degrees in both Human Rights and Civil Procedure. 

Before joining PGMBM, Bruna practiced as a lawyer at leading law firms in Brazil which dealt with top banks and organisations in tax law.  

Throughout her time in Brazil, she also gained important experience working with an appellate Judge at the Court of Appeals of the State of São Paulo, benefitting from hands-on service in matters relating to civil law and civil procedure law and advising in class action judgments. 

Additionally, Bruna has taught civil law and civil procedural law in preparatory courses for the Brazilian Bar Association Examination before moving to London to further her international portfolio. 

CATARINA FERRAZ
Associate

Catarina graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco with a degree in Law. She also holds an LLM in Commercial Law from Queen Mary University, during which she was elected as a Student Representative. She was also awarded a Chevening Scholarship, which is a UK awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.  

During her time in academia, she participated in extra-curricular activities such as acting as a Professor’s Assistant in Bankruptcy Law, organising international legal tournaments and participating in mock trials. She was also involved in legal research projects, one of them being sponsored by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development which resulted in her presenting in their annual seminar. 

Catarina has also been engaged in numerous volunteer projects. She taught History for high school students from the public system in Brazil in a project called Vestibular Cidadão and acted as the Content Coordinator of Brazil Forum UK 2019, one of the biggest conferences to discuss Brazil in the world. In the latter, Catarina mediated the Democracy Panel which discussed the biggest challenges in the current political situation of Brazil. 

Her professional experience includes participation in general business law matters such as bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, negotiating international contracts, setting up new companies and dealing with government bodies on company related issues. Additionally, she worked in the World Cup Organization Office in Brazil, assisting with administrative contracts and brand protection issues, as well as in the Federal Court of Appeal of the 5th Region. 

JESSIKA CASTANON
Associate

Jessika graduated from the University of Brasilia, Brazil with a degree in Law and holds a joint master’s degree in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University. 

She has experience in human rights litigation after serving as a Legal Adviser for a Brazilian Judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and has also served for a criminal lawyer in white-collar cases in the aftermath of the Carwash Scandal in Brazil. 

Outside of her legal activities, Jessika engaged in numerous volunteer projects. She taught English for children and teenagers in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the surroundings of Brasilia in the Voluntearchers Program and has also assisted in the organisation of UN Models in various schools in Brasilia, whilst also providing international law and human rights law lessons for the participants. 

Jessika’s native language is Portuguese, but she is also fluent in English and Spanish. 

ROBERTA CARNEIRO
Associate

Roberta graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais with an LLB and holds a postgraduate degree in commercial law from the same university. 

She has over 8 years’ litigation experience and is registered with the Bar Association of Brazil (OAB). Specialised in commercial law, she was Counsel for some of the largest companies and multinationals in Latin America whilst also working within some of the top commercial law practices in Brazil. Her work has previously involved litigation management, advocacy and launching appeals before the Brazilian Supreme Court. Roberta moved to London in 2020 in order to expand her career internationally and further her studies. 

Outside of her career, Roberta has also worked as a volunteer in Brazil where she has acted as an English teacher for beginners, basic and intermediate levels. 

MICHAEL BURKE
Senior Associate

Michael graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with an LLB before successfully completing his LPC at the same institution. 

He joined the Roll of Solicitors in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of legal sectors such as personal injury, costs and financial negligence. 

After joining PGMBM in September 2019, Michael quickly became part of the core teams on both the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation and British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation. He has an interest in data breach compliance and enjoys honing and exercising his litigation skills. 

CAROLINA BATISTA
Associate

Carolina graduated from the Milton Campos Law School with a degree in Law. She later specialised in civil and procedural law with a master’s degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, and in International Law at the International Law Centre in Brazil. 

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Carolina developed an interest in learning about different cultures from an early age. She was a Rotary Exchange Student in Wisconsin, USA and in Pátzcuaro, Mexico. In 2009, while in Wisconsin, she received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and worked as a volunteer in Mississippi, helping to rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. 

Carolina is now a Brazilian qualified lawyer with an interest in environmental law. In 2018, she became Counsellor of the Basin Committee in Brazil and worked towards sustainable development of the São Francisco River Basin. 

Prior to moving to the United Kingdom, Carolina worked at a law firm specialising in civil and consumer law in Belo Horizonte. Since joining PGMBM, Carolina has worked on with the indigenous communities, businesses and individual victims of the collapse of the Fundão Dam in Mariana, Brazil. 

YARA ALI-ADIB
Associate

Yara graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class LLB and completed an LLM at the University of Edinburgh with distinction. She was awarded the Tercentenary Award for Excellence by Edinburgh Law School, the Vaughan Bevan Memorial Prize by Sheffield Law School and the Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust Scholarship from Garden Court Chambers.  

Yara is motivated to achieve justice for her clients. She has expertise running cases against discrimination using the Equality Act 2010. Yara has worked on large group claims for equal pay and has Court of Appeal experience.  

She previously worked for both Trade Unions and for non-governmental organisations (both domestically and internationally). Yara has also held a teaching position in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. 

Yara is proud to be a trustee of the Discrimination Law Association and enjoys writing articles on upholding legal rights and ensuring legal redress is accessible for all. 

JORDYN MITZMAN
Associate

Jordyn received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the George Washington University in 2015, going on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Benjamin Cardozo Law School in 2019. Throughout law school, Jordyn worked at two personal injury law firms where she developed her passion for representing and assisting injured victims and their families. 

After law school, Jordyn joined a prominent law firm where she practiced complex commercial litigation, franchise law, and corporate law. Jordyn then joined PGMBM in October of 2020 as an Associate Attorney at the firm’s Miami office. Jordyn is working primarily on the advancement and growth of the firm’s Section 1782 discovery practice. 

Jordyn is admitted to practice law in Florida, as well as before the United States Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the International Law chapter of the Florida bar and, as of 2021, is a Registered Foreign Lawyer. 

Jordyn was born and raised in New York, surrounded by people from many cultures and backgrounds. This, along with her own culturally diverse heritage, has allowed Jordyn to gain valuable insight and perspective into the varying circumstances and injustices people experience on a daily basis. This has inspired her to be involved in social justice reform and multiple charities that assist in, among other things, bringing clean water and educational opportunities to impoverished children.

TOM AINSWORTH
Legal Director

Tom is a solicitor-advocate specialising in complex high value litigation. 

Before joining PGMBM, Tom graduated from the University of Oxford with a Law degree in 2009, trained and practised as an associate at Clifford Chance between 2010 and 2015, and then spent over 5 years at a leading US firm in London. 

He has litigated a wide range of cases for claimants and defendants in the English Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Queen’s Bench Division, and Court of Appeal, often in parallel with related proceedings in other jurisdictions. He has also acted in commercial arbitrations under the rules of various international arbitral institutions. 

Aside from litigation, Tom is experienced in the conduct and settlement of criminal investigations involving the UK Serious Fraud Office, the French Parquet National Financier, and the US Department of Justice. 

On a pro bono basis, Tom has represented appellants in the First-Tier Tribunal in relation to their disability benefits entitlements and has advised charities concerning wrongful convictions, prison reform, and LGBT+ rights. 

TOBIAS MILLROOD
Of Counsel

Tobias has over 25 years of complex litigation experience, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.  

He has served in numerous Court-appointed leadership positions in pharmaceutical and medical device litigations. Most recently, he was appointed by Hon. F. Dennis Saylor as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 and by Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272.  

Tobias was the first to file a hormone therapy lawsuit in the nation in 2002 and went on to dedicate the next twelve years to the litigation. He tried four hormone therapy cases, obtaining jury verdicts for the Plaintiffs in all four, including verdicts in November 2009 for $34.3 million and December 2011 for $72.6 million.   

Earlier in his career, Tobias garnered several notable achievements, including serving as co-counsel in a $22 million medical malpractice verdict in Wallace v. Fraider (Phila. CCP Mar. 2001), one of the highest in state history.  

Residing in Philadelphia, USA, Tobias is President of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for 2020-21. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) Board of Governors and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers (PTLA) Board of Directors.  

MELISSA FERRARI
Attorney at Law

Melissa leads operations for the dynamic and diversified local Miami team, bringing years of experience in US-European cross-border litigation in mass and class action proceedings involving consumer claims, medical products, and environmental issues. 

Initially a medical malpractice defense litigator with a background in nursing, Melissa now focuses on representing the interests of international plaintiffs. 

She is certified as an expert in international law by The Florida Bar and is one of fewer than 150 Civil Law Notaries in Florida and fewer than 300 Civil Law Notaries in the United States. 

Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors (Vorstand) of Global Justice Network, a Swiss-based non-profit association composed of international claimant counsel who work together to support victims via cross-board litigation projects. 

Melissa also serves as an advisor to a litigation finance consultancy company based in Boston, Massachusetts. 

JADE WEINER
Legal Director

Jade graduated amongst the top of her class with an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she was awarded numerous academic prizes. Jade attended the University of Oxford, where she completed the BCL degree (with merit) as a Weidenfeld Hoffmann Trust and Chevening Scholarship recipient. Growing up in a post-apartheid South Africa and being the descendant of Holocaust survivors instilled a commitment to justice, freedom and equality.

Upon being admitted as an Attorney and completing a training contract in the banking and finance division of ENS Inc., the largest law firm in Africa, Jade chose to leave corporate practice to assist various non-profit organisations. She gained invaluable experience in entrepreneurship, womXn’s empowerment and skills development. During this time, she also qualified as a Notary Public and Mediator. Focusing on promoting and honouring the rule of law, Jade worked at the Helen Suzman Foundation NPO and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London. 

A highlight of Jade’s career is serving as the Law Clerk for Chief Justice Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court, the apex court in the South African judicial system.

At PGMBM, Jade works with a dedicated and passionate team on the Emissions cases in pursuit of holding vehicle manufacturers accountable for their environmental impact. Jade enjoys writing for law journals and volunteering with various empowerment projects and people around the globe because ‘every deed matters’.

‘By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace.’

SARAH SAMUEL
Senior Associate

Sarah graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with an LLB before achieving a distinction in her LPC at the Chester College of Law. 

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and joined PGMBM in 2019. She is a member of the Medical Product Liability Department which handles group actions against manufacturers of defective medical devices. She currently oversees the day-to-day running of the Hormone Pregnancy Test Litigation, together with Head of Department, Lisa Lunt. 

Sarah has a litigation background, with experience in both clinical negligence and product liability claims. She was involved with the Steering Committee on the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Group Litigation. 

Sarah has a mixture of claimant and defendant experience, having worked for a large national defendant firm acting on behalf of NHS Resolution in relation to clinical negligence claims being advanced against their member Trusts. Her experience gives her a unique ability to assess cases from both sides of the fence as well as an inside knowledge of defendant mindset and processes. 

JESSICA PINEDA
Senior Associate

Jessica graduated from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Venezuela and holds an LLM in Oil and Mining Law from the Monteávila University in Caracas as well as an LLM from King’s College London. 

She specialises in both international arbitration and litigation and public international law. She has advised and represented private entities and sovereign states on international dispute resolution and public international law issues including investment arbitration, international environmental law and international human rights.  

Prior to joining PGMBM Jessica worked as an Associate in the public law practice group and the energy disputes team at Baker & McKenzie, where she advised clients on investment arbitration, international environmental law, administrative law, corporate social responsibility and human rights.  

More recently, Jessica worked in London as a Senior Associate at Volterra Fietta where she represented a European State on five investment treaty disputes under the ICSID rules in relation to the mis-selling of financial products. A further highlight was her representation of a Caribbean state in an investment treaty arbitration, before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in relation to claims arising out of alleged environmental damage and indirect expropriation of a wildlife sanctuary in Barbados. She also provided advice in relation to proceedings before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as well as on international humanitarian law issues. 

JOSHUA KUSHNER
Senior Associate

Joshua Kushner is a highly experienced trial attorney and international arbitration practitioner who currently serves as senior litigation counsel for PGMBM’s Miami office. In this role, Joshua oversees a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters on behalf of group and individual plaintiffs for the firm in the United States.  A veteran homicide and sexual crimes prosecutor, Joshua’s individual plaintiffs’ practice focuses on the civil representation of victims of violent crime, sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination.   

In fighting for the rights of clients, Joshua leverages his professional experience representing the varied interests of major corporations and ultra-high net worth individuals throughout the world, including his experience serving as a preferred outside litigation attorney for Major League Baseball in New York City. Over several years, Joshua developed an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of professional sports leagues, teams and player organizations, as well as the litigation defense strategies executed by prominent athletes, sports organizations, and similarly situated high profile individuals and entities around the world.  This highly specialized experience combined with a formal background in broadcast journalism and complex criminal investigations allows Joshua to guide clients through high profile, media driven, litigation effectively and efficiently.  

Outside of the firm, Joshua is a husband, proud father and undergraduate professor of criminal justice in South Florida.  He also serves on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and as a training instructor for state and federal law enforcement agencies in the fields of complex criminal investigation and effective courtroom presentation.  

Education 
Boston College Law School  

Juris Doctorate
University of Miami (FL)
BS/BA, Broadcast Journalism and Political Science 

PETE GALLAGHER
Legal Director 

Peter graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in History. 

Qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2014, he specialises in litigation and has acted for a range of corporate clients in complex domestic and international litigation at both Shearman & Sterling, where he trained, and White & Case.  

Before joining PGMBM in December 2020, Peter acted in a broad range of commercial disputes and also has experience in contentious matters relating to data protection, breach of confidence, intellectual property, defamation, bribery and corruption, and regulatory investigations. 

TAYLOR BURGESS
Legal Director

Taylor is a New Zealand qualified Senior Associate in PGMBM’s London office. She holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from Yale University.

Taylor has previously conducted litigation on behalf of Government for New Zealand’s Crown Law Office. She has appeared before the New Zealand Court of Appeal and High Court on a range of public and tort law matters, including challenges to the scope of state immunity for alleged human rights violations by members of the armed forces and to powers of health and social service agencies.

Prior to joining PGMBM, Taylor worked with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service as a Bernstein Human Rights Fellow.

IBUKUN ALABI
Legal Director

Ibukun qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in September 2013 and specialises in commercial litigation. Prior to joining PGMBM, Ibukun acted on a broad range of complex commercial and tortious disputes including claims listed in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of the year in which the relevant proceedings commenced.  

She has also acted in group claims and claims supported by third party litigation funding. She has acted for and against banks, national and international law firms, private equity firms, other corporate entities and HNWIs. Ibukun also has international arbitration experience and is a member of the New York Bar. 

OLIVIA DUFFIN
Paralegal

Olivia graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA in Classical Voice in 2018, followed by the accelerated LLB at City University of London in 2020. 

During university, Olivia excelled in international economic law, receiving the Allen & Overy prize for gaining top marks. She also assisted her criminal law lecturer in his research while studying, and began tutoring undergraduate law one year into her degree. As one of the most active members of City Students’ Union, she was on the executive committee for the Canadian and American Law Society, the Pro Bono Society, and the Bee Society; while representing the Law School on the Student Council and acting as the Academic Representative of the Societies’ Board. In those capacities, she organised legal events such as the Music and Media Law Panel Discussion, which featured a Vice President of Universal Music as a guest speaker, and gave talks on social issues such as the gender pay gap. She also gained much experience competing in national and international mooting competitions, and has been invited to judge the internal moots at the University of Law Moorgate campus for the past two years. Olivia hopes to pursue an LLM in international economic law starting in 2021. 

Outside of law, Olivia trained as a mezzo-soprano at Leeds College of Music, where she was sponsored to study violin, having played in orchestras since 10 years old. She continues to tutors music and maths to children, and has been invited to participate in the National Tutoring Programme (a £1bn government project to cure education inequality arising from the pandemic), and now teaches maths at a local primary school alongside her work at PGMBM. She also enjoys throwing charity events, and moonlights as bank staff for the PDSA. 

NIKKI FARAHANI
Paralegal

Nikki graduated with a LLB Law Degree from the University of Westminster in 2019. Upon completing her LLM and LPC from the University of Law focusing on Commercial Law and Litigation, Nikki joined PGMBM for further specialism in international litigation.   

Passionate about justice, Nikki has extensive experience in many aspects of pro-bono work and has dealt with issues relating to employment, family, wills and probate as well as housing and immigration. Through this work she has helped provide legal assistance to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford legal advice or ongoing assistance. Her Master’s thesis explored the need for introduction of legal reforms to address the current challenges relating to the rights of individuals entering surrogacy agreements.    

She is passionate about ensuring corporate liability for environmental harm and social responsibility in defence of individual rights.  

Nikki is currently supporting the firm’s investigations into a Group Litigation against Mercedes Benz regarding the emissions scandal. 

GEORGINA POWERS
Associate

Georgina completed her Law degree at King’s College London in 2017 and the LPC at the University of Law in 2018. She qualified as a solicitor in June 2021 having trained at a firm, which specialises in defendant clinical negligence litigation.

Georgina also previously worked as a paralegal at a Claimant firm, helping represent clients who have suffered life changing injuries.

She has a strong and unique litigation background, given her experience working for both sides.

Georgina joined the Medical Product Liability team in November 2021.

AYESHA KHAN
Paralegal

Ayesha is undertaking an LLM at the University of Amsterdam in Public International Law and has also completed an accelerated LLB at the University of Law in London, Bloomsbury.  

Ayesha has worked as a pro-bono assistant legal advisor in welfare benefits law, been a workshop assistant at the National Court of Justice Museum, was a county court runner at Wandsworth County Court and worked as a volunteer with Amnesty International. She has also worked for two global asset management strategists. 

In her free time, she volunteers at her local foodbank, tutors and peer mentors and is undertaking ‘Justice X’ with Harvard Law School Online after having been awarded a Macquarie Scholarship. 

NICK RURANGWA
Paralegal

Nick obtained his LLB in Global Law from Tilburg University with distinction. He completed his LLM degree in Legal Theory & Socio-Legal Studies, specialising in legal philosophy. He also spent a semester abroad at the University of Connecticut. 

Prior to finalising his LLM degree, Nick gained experience as a research assistant for a human rights consultancy, firm focused on FGM research in Africa. He also worked as a Law Clerk for a Wisconsin-based non-profit law firm that provides people with access to justice by offering affordable legal services from qualified and dedicated lawyers. 

Nick is passionate about law & development, social justice, and intersectionality. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and French. 

Nick joined PGMBM in 2021 and is mainly involved with the consumer and medical product liability cases. 

MICHAIL VAGIOPOULOS
IT Project Support Engineer

Michail was born and raised in Greece. He has extensive project management and business solutions expertise gained from hands-on customer service delivery and implementation while working in the hospitality sector. 

His passion for technology has enabled him to focus on upgrading his knowledge specifically in cloud technologies like Azure and Microsoft 365. 

Michail is Azure Fundamentals certified and he is aiming towards being an Azure expert.

HARNITA RAI
Associate

Harnita completed her law degree at Kingston University and then went on to complete the LPC at the College of Law in 2013. Harnita qualified as a solicitor in September 2020 and joined PGMBM in August 2021 to assist with the Volkswagen Emissions Group Litigation.

Prior to joining PGMBM, Harnita gained a variety of experience in family law, product liability claims involving defective medical devices and more recently in travel litigation matters. She has worked for both Claimant and Defendant firms which has given her an insight into assessing claims from both perspectives. 

MILENA FRANZI
Paralegal

Milena graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Law in 2019. She completed and LLM with a specialism in International Dispute Resolution at University College London in 2020 with a distinction.  As part of her LLM dissertation, Milena explored the global green energy transition and questioned the possible conflicts between countries’ commitment to the Paris Agreement and their pre-existing obligations towards foreign investors of non-renewable energy under the Energy Charter Treaty. As a next step, Milena will be sitting the New York Bar exam in 2022.  

Milena has prior experience working as a paralegal within the Arbitration department of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and within the Litigation team of Eversheds Sutherland International.  

Milena has a very strong interest in international law and dispute resolution and wishes to further her career in that direction. 

EMMA HILL
Legal Director

Emma qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in September 2011 and specialises in commercial litigation.   

Prior to joining PGMBM Emma acted on a broad range of complex commercial disputes across Guernsey, Cayman and the British Virgin Islands.  While based in Guernsey, Emma was involved in the successful defence of a liquidator’s claim surrounding the collapse of a US$22 billion hedge fund in the longest and most complex trial in Guernsey legal history.  She has advised and acted for a range of clients including banks, liquidators, high net worth individuals, trustees, beneficiaries and trust companies.   

At PGMBM, Emma’s main area of focus has been the firm’s emissions cases against a range of car manufacturers. 

DEVIKA JAYAN
Paralegal

Devika is currently pursuing her Master’s in Medical Law at King’s College London. She has graduated with a degree in business and is an affiliate of the professional accountancy body, ACCA since 2019. She has completed her Legal Professional Course at The University of Law with commendation.  

Prior to joining PGMBM, she has worked as a paralegal in multijurisdictional civil fraud litigation, family law, and immigration law.  

She hopes to secure a training contract in the near future. 

ROB MAULE
Data Analyst

Rob graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Economics. 

Rob has over 15 years’ experience working in accounting, financial modelling, data analysis and data science, with his first postgraduate role as an auditor at KPMG London where he qualified as an ACA in 2012. He enjoys building modelling solutions, code of all types and teaching others basic and advanced Excel functions. 

Rob is the lead data analyst and financial modeller at PGMBM and is responsible for WIP reporting and aiding both IT in implementing data solutions and Finance in producing functional backward looking and forecast financial models. He is also a qualified ski instructor and climate change activist. 

ANNA TERRY
Client Administration Manager 

Anna joined PGMBM’s London office in July 2021. 

Originally from the United States, Anna graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Communication and went on to become Communications Coordinator for a socially conscious e-commerce start-up based in New York City. There she provided administrative and organizational support in the office and managed a positive brand image for the company via social channels, email campaigns, blog content, and product photography. Since Anna’s move to London in 2018, she has had extensive administration experience working for companies in different industries including finance, fashion, education, and consulting. 

Anna approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset, and is passionate about finding solutions to any challenge. 

MARLOU VAAGS
Paralegal

Marlou has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law from the University of Groningen. At this University, she also completed a pre-master’s degree in International Relations and International Organisation. In 2020 Marlou graduated from Utrecht University with a master’s degree in Public International Law, specializing in Human Rights.  

In her free time, Marlou volunteered at, among others, the local Amnesty International student organisation as well as a local non-profit foundation promoting fair trade and sustainable business called Young & Fair.   

After graduation she did a six-month Business and Human Rights Research internship at telecommunication company VodafoneZiggo. 

Marlou has shown substantial affinity with the environment and human rights and possesses strong social and communication skills. She is fluent in Dutch and English.  

Marlou joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently part of the freshly new PGMBM Amsterdam Office. 

FILIPE CARVALHO
Associate

Filipe graduated from the Sorocaba Law School with a degree in Law and holds a postgraduate degree in Civil Procedure from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP), where was also assistant professor of civil procedure.

Filipe has been a qualified Brazilian lawyer since 2008 and is registered with the Brazilian Bar Association.

Prior to moving to the United Kingdom, Filipe worked for big law firms in São Paulo specialised in civil and consumer law and was also legal director of the Municipality of Votorantim.

Filipe has experience in Brazilian law in the areas of civil, civil procedure and administrative law.

At PGMBM, Filipe works with environmental cases.

CAROLINE CLARKE
Assistente Jurídica – Atendimento ao Cliente

Caroline é formada em História Antiga e História pela Universidade de Reading. Em seguida, ela obteve uma graduação em Direito e um mestrado pela BPP University.

Entusiasta do trabalho social, Caroline dedicou parte da sua carreira a iniciativas pro bono e no Citizens Advice. Ela entrou na PGMBM em 2021, na busca por poder ajudar clientes em larga escala.

No tempo livre, Caroline joga badminton e realiza trabalho voluntário na Oxfam.

ZUSANNA LEUTSCHER-KOK
Paralegal

Zusanna graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in Public International Law, specialising in International Human Rights Law, EU migration law and International Environmental law.  She also holds a LLB degree in Dutch Law from the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam, as well as a LLB degree from the University of Amsterdam.  

Prior to finalising her LLM degree, Zusanna gained experience in various fields of law, such as Real Estate and Flight Claims. During her studies, she spent two semesters abroad, both in St. Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean. During her third year, she worked as a legal intern for the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (Government of St. Maarten). In her final year, she performed her graduation research internship for the Social Economic Council of St. Maarten.  

Zusanna is passionate about Human Rights and Social Justice. She is fluent in Dutch and English.  

PRIYANKA GLADSON
Associate

Priyanka is an Indian qualified Associate in PGMBM’s London office.  She holds degrees in law (LLB) and mathematics from the University of Delhi and an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge. She was the recipient of the Cambridge Trust Scholarship and the Pegasus Trust Scholarship.

Prior to joining PGMBM, Priyanka worked for over three years with a leading litigation chamber in India where she gained experience in international commercial arbitration and complex commercial litigation.  She has advised government agencies and multinational clients on disputes across a range of sectors.

Priyanka has appeared as counsel in significant commercial disputes before various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. She has also acted in several pro bono cases and public interest litigations involving issues of corruption and human rights. She is a member of the Bar Council of India and has previously worked at a leading public international law firm in London.

PHOEBE GUNPUTH
Associate

Phoebe is an experienced litigator and solicitor-advocate who has dedicated her career to commercial dispute resolution. Phoebe currently assists in the Volkswagen emissions litigation and has worked with the victims of the Mariana Dam disaster in Brazil.

Prior to her admission to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales, Phoebe obtained a first class law degree and attended the University of London Institute in Paris for her master’s degree in international business law. She obtained her civil higher rights of audience in 2021.  

She enjoys the cut and thrust of litigation, but in her spare time Phoebe practises yoga and is a volunteer mentor for The Girls Network, a charity which aims to empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a network of professional women.

ALEX TYERMAN
Associate

 

Prior to joining PGMBM, Alex trained at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, and has experience working as an Associate at other leading city firms.

Alex has a broad range of litigation experience, working on large, complex disputes often with an international element.  For example, he represented a former employee of a major global financial institution throughout a high profile, transnational regulatory investigation in respect of a USD $6 billion trading loss.  Alex also has experience in representing individuals and companies subject to investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and other regulators and enforcement authorities.  Recent notable work includes representing an insurer client in arbitration proceedings contesting an alleged fraudulent claim in excess of USD $40 million and acting in reported High Court proceedings for a client resisting a third party debt order involving a BVI company in liquidation.

Before commencing his legal career, Alex gained additional professional experience working at a leading international consultancy firm. 

ALI BOZOGLU
Paralegal

Ali completed his Bachelor of Law at the University of Istanbul in 2019 as the top student. He came to the UK to study Magister Juris at the University of Oxford with the EU Jean-Monnet Scholarship and Oxford Law Faculty Scholarship. During his Master, he mainly studied Competition Law, IP Law and Legal Concepts of Environmental Law.  Afterwards, he worked for a FinTech start-up in London as IP and Privacy Paralegal. As an aspiring solicitor, he also started his GDL at BPP University.

Ali joined PGMBM in July 2021 and is currently working on EasyJet Data Breach Case and Emission Cartel Case. Having a particular interest in corporate social responsibility, he holds a Representative position at the PGMBM CSR Committee.

SIMON ALCOCK
Director of Public Affairs

 

As Director of Public Affairs Simon brings together political strategy, external relations and communications expertise along with a passion for holding the powerful to account and getting justice for people.

With over 18 years experience in politics, public affairs and campaigning Simon is a specialist in running campaigns that resonate with the public and impact on policy. At PGMBM Simon will be responsible for developing public affairs strategies and building relationships across different sectors.

Prior to joining, PGMBM Simon worked for environmental organisation ClientEarth, including leading their award-winning campaign to clean up toxic and illegal air pollution across Europe. Before that Simon worked as a political advisor to British politician Ed Miliband for over 10 years, both in government and in his position as Leader of the Opposition.

ANGELINA GODFREY
Paralegal

Angelina completed her BSc in International Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham before starting her Master in Environmental Law and Sustainable development at SOAS University of London.

Angelina has an interest in Environmental and International Law and has studied and gained legal and environmental experience in Austria, Australia and India. Angelina hopes to specialise in environmental law.

NICOLA MCGARAHAN
Legal Administrator 

Nicola joined PGMBM in July 2021, having previously worked in legal costs for over 6 years and in outplacement for several years before that.

She brings with her vast experience in administration, project coordination, and client care. 


SAMBA KABWE
CRM Manager

Samba joined PGMBM as the new CRM Manager (Customer relationship management). Managing client campaigns through a new digital tool that will help PGMBM automate campaigns and communication through email, SMS, client data segmentation and reporting.  

This is the first in the industry no other legal firm is using CRM in this way. With Samba’s omni-channel CRM marketing background and introducing CRM to PGMBM, the marketing team and the wider business hope to become the leaders and innovators in the industry. 

MATTHEW HUNT
Associate

Matt holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Southampton and recently completed studying for an LLM at University College London.  
 
Matt qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and worked in private practice in international dispute resolution until 2018. From 2018 to 2021 he was Head of Not-for-Profits and Secondary Specialisation at LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group).  
 
He is personally and professionally very interested in access to justice: it was the subject of his LLM, central to his work at LawWorks, and what attracted him to PGMBM. 

MARC BOELENS
Business Operations Manager

After his study of business economics and a post-graduate in investment management, Marc worked for almost 10 years as an investment manager.

In 2004 he switched to a medium-sized Dutch law firm and worked there for more than 15 years as office director.

With a sidestep to an IT-related company as operations manager, he joined PGMBM in July 2021 as Business Operations Manager in Amsterdam to open the Dutch office.

KERRI BRIDGES
Associate

Kerri trained and qualified at a leading international law firm, where she worked as an Associate on complex cross-border commercial disputes. She worked on litigation and international arbitration matters involving global corporations, in sectors such as retail, finance, and construction.

Kerri also has a passion for environmental law. Prior to joining PGMBM, she completed the LLM in Environmental Law and Policy at UCL, achieving a distinction.

At PGMBM, Kerri supports General Counsel Kate Davies across all legal, regulatory, commercial and governance issues that PGMBM faces as a rapidly growing business and global leader in group litigation.

KRISTEN VARALLO
Associate

Kristen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. She then attended Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington, Delaware.

While attending law school, Kristen continued to work full-time as a litigation paralegal at Pogust Millrood providing support on complex pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort cases. During her time at Pogust Millrood, Kristen served as head paralegal for two pharmaceutical liability trials in The United States District Court – Central District of California.

Kristen has been in the legal field for 14 years and has a broad litigation background with experience in product liability, wage and hour, spoliation, personal injury, and class action cases.

Kristen advocates for a number of organizations including Grassroots Law Project and National Organization for Women – Philadelphia Chapter.

JOSHUA NEUMAN
Associate

Joshua Neuman joined Pogust Millrood (now PGMBM US) in 2020.

Prior to joining PM, Josh was an associate at a premier defense firm in the Philadelphia area, representing medical providers in professional liability actions. Josh also represented putative classes in complex civil litigations against pharmaceutical companies.

At PM, Josh represents individuals in mass tort, products liability, class action, and personal injury claims. The primary focus of these complex civil matters includes pharmaceutical drugs and devices, consumer fraud, and harmful products. Josh also represents businesses in commercial litigation matters. As an associate, Josh provides insight throughout each phase of the litigation – including the pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, and trial stages.

Josh graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan, and attended Temple University Beasley School of Law. While in Law School, Josh was President of the Jewish Law Students Association and advocated for students’ rights as a conduct board advisor. Following his first year of law school, Josh interned for Judge Angelo J. Foglietta in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Judge Mary K. White in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He also clerked for two preeminent Philadelphia law firms, giving him the opportunity to participate in depositions, arbitrations, and settlement negotiations.

Outside of his legal practice, Josh is an active board member of the Greater Philly Hillel Network and the Brandeis Law Society. Josh is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys playing softball, football, volleyball, and golf. Josh resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and Boston Terrier, Ernie.

Education

• J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2016

• B.A., University of Michigan, 2013

Jurisdictions

• Pennsylvania

• New Jersey

• Michigan

• United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

• United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Pennsylvania Bar Association

• New Jersey State Bar Association

• Philadelphia Bar Association

• Montgomery County Bar Association

• The American Association for Justice

• The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

• Pennsylvania Association for Justice

• Oakland County Bar Association

Awards

• Recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2020 & 2021

DANIEL HARRISON
Associate

Daniel Harrison joined Pogust Millrood, LLC (now PGMBM US) in 2021.

Before joining in 2021, Dan served as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. There, he gained extensive litigation and courtroom experience by defending New Jersey in personal injury and civil rights actions and, most recently, he concentrated his practice prosecuting polluters as a member of the office’s Environmental Enforcement & Environmental Justice section. In this role, Dan litigated multi-million dollar claims against corporations responsible for contamination at various sites across New Jersey, in both State and federal court. From 2018 to 2020, he specifically litigated several matters as a part of the New Jersey Attorney General’s natural resource damage, cost recovery, and environmental justice priority initiatives. Before his time as a DAG, Dan was very proud to serve in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, as paralegal while attending law school at night, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the office’s Trial Division upon graduation.

At PM, his practice areas include mass and toxic torts, class actions, and personal injury claims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He represents those who were injured by negligence, consumer fraud, environmental toxins, defective medical devices, as well as harmful consumer products and pharmaceuticals. As an associate, Dan uses his experience to assist clients by providing insight throughout each phase of the litigation – including the pleadings, discovery, pre-trial, and trial stages.

Dan is originally from Jackson, New Jersey and he received his B.A. in Political Science from La Salle University in Philadelphia. While working full-time as a paralegal, he obtained his law degree from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE, where he was recognized for excellence in his upper-level legal writing and trial advocacy courses. In addition to his studies and paralegal duties, Dan prosecuted felony and misdemeanors cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court as a certified legal intern for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He achieved Dean’s List at this time and participated in the Widener Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. When not practicing law, Dan likes to spend his time exploring Philadelphia with his fiancé Devon, and their two dogs, Loki and Ollie, tutoring Legal Studies and Criminal Justice students at Peirce College in Center City, and relaxing with his family and friends in Wildwood Crest every summer.

Education

• J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2015

• B.A., La Salle University, 2010

Jurisdictions

• Pennsylvania

• New Jersey

• United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Associations and Memberships

• New Jersey State Bar Association

• American Association for Justice

GABRIEL MAGEE
Associate

Gabriel Magee joined Pogust Millrood  (now PGMBM US) in 2018. 

Before joining the firm, he worked at a major personal injury firm in Philadelphia and, prior to that, was proud to serve the citizens of Montgomery County as an Assistant District Attorney. In both roles, he was a zealous advocate for victims.  

At PM, his practice areas include mass torts, class actions, and personal injury claims. He represents those who were injured by negligence, consumer fraud, defective medical devices, as well as harmful consumer products and pharmaceuticals.  

Gabe is originally from Western PA and attended Penn State University. He went on to complete a Masters Degree at Trinity College, Dublin before attending Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was a Beasley scholar. During his time at Temple, he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court Society and was the Editor-in-Chief of the International & Comparative Law Journal. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing, the great outdoors, and homebrewing.  

Education 

  • The PennsylvaniaState University, B.A., 2002
  • Trinity College, Dublin, M.Litt., 2008
  • Temple University, Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2011

Admissions 

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Washington, D.C.
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Memberships 

  • American Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Assocation for Justice
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

MIKE DALY
Partner

Mike Daly joined Pogust Millrood, LLC (now PGMBM US) in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a healthcare litigation associate in a large Philadelphia-based defense firm where he represented medical facilities and healthcare professionals in civil liability cases.

Mike represents individuals throughout the country in class action and mass tort claims involving consumer fraud, environmental harm, defective medical devices, and harmful pharmaceuticals. Mike spent his first several years at PM serving as bellwether counsel in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Mentor pelvic mesh, and GranuFlo dialysate MDLs. Currently, Mike is serving as lead counsel in the Injectafer iron injection lawsuits pending in Philadelphia state and federal court. Mike is extensively involved in the Zofran birth injury MDL, serving as counsel on a trial pick case and also as a committee member on the Law & Briefing, Science, Discovery, and Generic committees. Mike also manages the firm’s Roundup herbicide litigation and represents dozens of plaintiffs in their pursuit for justice against the manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto.

Additionally, Mike is heavily involved in the litigation involving certain hernia mesh products and serves as the Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hernia Mesh Litigation Group. He has been appointed to leadership positions in both the Bard Davol Hernia Mesh Litigation that has been coordinated in Rhode Island state court (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee) and the Ethicon Physiomesh Multicounty Litigation (MCL) pending in New Jersey (Plaintiff’s Executive Committee).

Mike was born, raised, and educated in Pennsylvania and has spent most of his life in the greater Philadelphia region. He is a proud 2007 graduate of Penn State and 2010 graduate of the Villanova School of Law, where he served as an executive member of the Moot Court Board and worked as a research assistant for Constitutional Law professor, Tuan Samahon. In his ever-dwindling spare time, Mike is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and volunteers as pro bono counsel for Philadelphia VIP legal services.

Education

• The Pennsylvania State University, BA, 2007

• Villanova School of Law, JD, 2010

Memberships

• Pennsylvania Bar Association

• American Bar Association

• American Association for Justice

• Pennsylvania State Alumni Association

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2010)

• Supreme Court of New Jersey (2010)

• Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2014)

• 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (2016)

Selected Publications

• “Nicholas v. Mynster: Expert Witness Requirements for Medical Malpractice Cases are Heightened as Supreme Court Enforces the Patients First Act’s Same Specialty Requirement,” The New Jersey Defense, Volume 29, Issue 2, Fall 2013.

• “Med Mal Litigation and Social Media: Where is NJ Headed?,” The New Jersey Law Journal, May 14, 2014.

DOMINIC SWALLOW
Legal Costs Director

Dominic is a legal director and head of costs at PGMBM with responsibility for all costs related matters at the firm. Dominic joined the firm in August 2021 and brings with him extensive experience across the entire arena of legal costs. The law of legal costs was a natural fit for Dominic having gained his degree in Economics and Law; later Dominic qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2011. 

Dominic has worked in the legal costs’ arena for over 20 years, having worked in independent practice for a decade as well in-house roles at several firms of varying sizes, from boutique law firms to Top 25 national firms. He has acted for both paying and receiving parties, from sole individuals to blue chip corporations, and has conducted matters and represented clients at all levels up to and including the High Court as well as being a part of the legal teams in several Court of Appeal matters. 

Dominic is acknowledged for his advocacy skills, technical knowledge, and his experience as a trainer on all costs related issues. He is also recognised for having a specialism in Tribunal matters where, for example, he has previously acted in what was at that time the largest group action in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). Dominic’s interest in group and multi-party litigation extends back to the earliest days of his practice where he was involved in some of the early post-CPR costs decisions relating to group litigation. 

RAFAELA GUERRIZE CONTE
Associate

Rafaela holds an MSc in Regulation from The London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on commercial regulation. During her time at LSE, Rafaela participated in extra-curricular activities, such as the organisation of the Brazil Forum UK 2019 and the coordination of the Brazilian Society. She graduated in Law at the Federal University of Mato Grosso and has a post-graduate Diploma in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

She qualified as a lawyer in Brazil in 2013, where she worked as associate for 5 years and practiced criminal, administrative, and regulatory law. She coordinated litigation in cases from investigation to court trial and appeals in superior courts and has wide experience with economic crimes, competition law, and environmental and consumer regulatory sanctions.

In parallel to her activities as a lawyer, Rafaela provides consultancy services to international organisations in the areas of regulatory improvement and justice reform. In 2020, she worked with the World Bank on the Doing Business Subnational Brazil, a major project aimed at implementing regulatory reforms in the country, where she focused on the civil justice system.

Rafaela speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

AVRIL GRAHAM
Executive Assistant

Avril is an experienced PA/Executive Assistant, having worked in various law departments in the public and private sector during her career.

Avril enjoys working for a firm which holds multi-national corporations to account, and she has a genuine interest in social issues, which extends to corporate social responsibility.  She very much enjoys the variety of work that she undertakes at PGMBM.

HOLLY MORTIMER
Client Care Administrator 

Holly recently joined PGMBM in September 2021, as a Client Care Administrator, supporting the day to day running of the business.

She previously worked in hospitality, while studying for her A Levels, thus coming from a strong customer service background.

She is looking forward to building on the foundation laid out by the administration team, whilst maintaining the high standard of work. She is passionate about justice and equality and is proud to be part of a firm championing this.

KAREN KANDELMAN
Paralegal

Karen is a recent graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Law (LLB) from King’s College London and has a Public International Law masters (LLM) from Leiden University. 

Karen is originally from Brazil, but she has lived in six countries in four different continents (North and South America, Asia and Europe), and as a result has learned to speak five languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Dutch).

In her spare time, Karen loves to do lots of yoga and eat her way through every city she goes to.

OLGA VAN ERP TAALMAN KIP 
Associate

Olga is a litigator specialising in complex high value disputes. Before joining PGMBM’s Dutch office in 2021, Olga graduated from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2017 with a Law degree in Dutch law (specialising in Corporate law); she also holds an LLB in International and European law. Throughout law school, Olga worked as an intern at the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, D.C. and studied abroad at the Law school of the University of Calgary, Canada. She also volunteered for childrens’ rights projects in the slums in India.  

Between 2017 and 2021 (being admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in January 2018), Olga practised as an attorney at law at Baker McKenzie Amsterdam, in their Dispute Resolution Practice Group, where she litigated a wide range of cases in various areas of law, such as commercial litigation, competition litigation, arbitration, and corporate litigation. She also took up on a pro-bono case setting up a legal aid clinic for women in vulnerable positions that are often deprived from such help.  

Realising that she is more passionate about the claimants’ side of the fence, Olga joined PGMBM in 2021. As she is both personally and professionally interested in environmental law and human rights, she dedicates her experience to engage in strategic litigation against multinationals for environmental damage, clinical negligence, and product liability claims. 
 

MUNIRA SOUSA
Associate

Munira graduated from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo with a degree in Law with LLB, holds a postgraduate degree in Civil Procedure Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, and is registered with the Bar Association of Brazil (OAB) and Portugal (OA).  Munira is a native of Portuguese and also speaks fluent English and Spanish.  

Before moving to the United Kingdom, Munira practised as a litigation lawyer in Brazil for over seven years, dealing with medical and civil liability. She has also performed as a clerk to Appellate Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of São Paulo, gaining significant experience in matters relating to class action judgments.  

Munira moved to London in 2018, seeking to expand her career internationally and further her studies. Since then, she has worked as a contract lawyer for top tier Law Firms assisting in investigation and litigation cases concerning white-collar crimes and compliance.   

LUCIE ESPEZEL-BENTLEY 
Administrative Apprentice

Lucie joined PGMBM in London as an administrative apprentice in October 2021.  She previously worked at a 5 star hotel in Kensington as a telephonist and business centre clerk. She is a qualified Guiding leader and in her spare time works locally with Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. 

Lucie really enjoys being part of a team, and is excited about the kind of work PGMBM does to support vulnerable people. 

Tom Crow
Financial Accountant

Tom graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Mathematics, after which he trained as an accountant at an audit firm where he qualified under the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Prior to joining PGMBM, Tom managed the finance team of a private equity backed company in the property industry. There he developed systems and processes, controls, and reporting to assist management as the company grew significantly through both acquisitions and organic growth.

Tom is motivated by PGMBM’s mission; challenging large corporate entities that have fallen short on their environmental and social responsibilities, and is driven to work for a firm that has a positive impact on society.

 

CARMINE MONTEROSSI
Associate

Carmine is an Italian Qualified Lawyer with vast experience in both international arbitration and litigation and commercial law. 

After earning an LLM degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2010, where he specialised in international business law, Carmine moved to London to pursue his international career. 

 Prior to joining PGMBM, Carmine has worked as a Contract Lawyer with magic circle law firms, FTSE 100 companies and other global corporations on high-profile regulatory investigations and both domestic and cross-border arbitration and litigation with focus on banking and finance, white-collar crime, competition law, data protection and commercial law.

 Carmine has recently passed the first part of the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and he is currently preparing for the second and last part of the exam to also qualify as Solicitor in England and Wales. 

Since 2014, Carmine is a member of the Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Over the years Carmine has volunteered for different organisations such The Iranian Film Festival in London and Rock No War. 

PAULINE HUNTER
Case Nurse 

Pauline has over 30 years of experience in nursing and has worked in senior roles in nurse education, clinical expertise with a background in CCU/ICU/A&E, research, and senior management positions working as a Chief Nurse Executive in Los Angeles California.

She has taught at Master’s level in the University in roles from Lecturer in Nursing to Professor of Nursing in both the UK and USA. She holds a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist qualification.

She was American Heart Association Training Centre Coordinator (TCC) She has worked as a freelance legal Associate/Expert Nursing Witness throughout the UK. She has delivered expert rehabilitation and care management with provision of well-structured and comprehensive evidence-based quantum and liability reports, both in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Pauline holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Master of Education (MEd) B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing Studies for Registered Nurses; Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT) Lecturer/Practice Educator- Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist, (CNS) Houston Texas; Registered Nurse – RN (USA) California RN License: (current) Massachusetts RN License: Arkansas RN License: Texas License: Registered Nurse License (UK) Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Expires 2022.

VIOLA MACRELLI
Associate


Viola is an Italian qualified Associate at PGMBM’s London office. She graduated in law at the University of Bologna and she was admitted to the Milan Bar in 2019.

Prior to joining PGMBM, Viola trained and worked as an Associate at the international firm Bird & Bird in Milan for almost five years where she gained experience in international commercial arbitration and complex commercial litigation.

She also advised multinational clients on non-contentious disputes and negotiated international contracts across a range of sectors such as Consumers & Retail, Media, Entertainment & Sports and Technology & Communication.

She is now pursuing her passion for human rights, environmental and social justice by joining PGMBM’s international team.

Viola is very passionate about documentary photography and filmmaking, and she strongly believes that visual arts and cultural events are essential and powerful tools for social change; she is also a proud volunteer in the production of indie film festivals in Italy.

IBRAHIM ENGIN
Accounts Payable Manager 


Ibrahim is a dedicated individual who has an extensive background working in law firms.

He has experience with a variety of internal and external clients. Qualified in AAT Level 2, Ibrahim will continue to further his career with a goal to complete ACCA.

During his studies, Ibrahim worked in facilities for several years before shifting his career goal to accounts.

In his down time, Ibrahim likes to spend time with family, friends and going to the gym.

ADÈLE BOURGUIGNON
Paralegal 

Adèle graduated from Toulouse 1 University Capitole with a degree in French and English Law, which also featured a year abroad at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds master’s degrees in General International Law from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, European Union and World Trade Organisation Law from the University of Rennes 1 and an International Trade and Foreign Investments Law from the University of Ottawa. 

Since joining PGMBM in 2018, Adèle has spent two months in Brazil working on the Fundão Dam Litigation. This involved travelling throughout Brazil meeting both local victims and indigenous tribes affected by the disaster. 

Adèle has always been interested in international law and human rights. She has a long-standing involvement in supporting at-risk children in Europe and West Africa and, in 2015, volunteered at the minor’s detention centre in Lomé, Togo where she offered mental and legal support, working closely with the Togolese Ministry of Justice to improve rehabilitation programs and prison conditions.

BEHAFARID HASSANI
Paralegal

Behafarid graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law and completed her LPC LLM at the University of Law. She has four years of experience working in the legal field including extensive pro-bono experience advising vulnerable individuals. Alongside pursuing her career in law, she works as a translator and interpreter for the Persian/Dari speaking community. 

Highly compassionate with a drive to succeed, Behafarid is committed to ongoing professional development at PGMBM while continuing to volunteer with organisations supporting refugee and migrant communities.

LUKE VILLIERS
Associate

Luke holds an LLB (Hons) / BA (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor (Western Australia) in 2014.

Luke qualified with the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia where he conducted civil and regulatory criminal litigation on behalf of the State Government. He advised and appeared as counsel before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court on a range of prosecutions and public law matters, including human rights challenges concerning WA’s gender reassignment legislative regime.

n 2015, Luke read for the LLM (International Law) at the University of Cambridge as a Frank Downing QC Scholar. After his LLM, Luke undertook clerkships with leading law firms specialising in investor-state arbitration and public international law. He subsequently worked for the House of Commons International Trade Committee and the UK Department for International Trade advising on international trade law and policy issues, and negotiating new Free Trade Agreements with multiple countries.

RAI GILL
Paralegal

Before turning to law, Rai first graduated from UCL with a degree in Classics. He subsequently obtained his LLM and BPTC from BPP in London. 

In his legal dissertation, Rai focussed on property law, particularly the disparity between the powers of landlords and tenants. In his spare time, Rai has worked pro-bono for legal clinics in London offering debt and insolvency advice.

Rai is also a keen debater and public speaker, having been President of the Conservative Society in his final year at UCL, and later a member of the BPP Mooting Society.   

FRANCESKA KRENCE
Paralegal

Franceska graduated from Nottingham Trent University with LLB International Law and is currently midway through her LLM Health Law and Ethics studies.  

Prior to joining PGMBM, Franceska has had a variety of legal and non-legal work experiences in various jurisdictions. The latest of which was a volunteer paralegal role at the Nottingham Legal Advice Center where she assisted citizens in need with social justice, as well as disability and welfare benefits cases.  

In her spare time, Franceska is a published writer that enjoys Thai Boxing sessions, reading and photography. 

CHARNE’ ROSSOUW
Paralegal

Charne’ is a South African LLB graduate who graduated from the University of Free State in South Africa. Charne’ also completed her LPC in South Africa and wrote and passed her Attorney’s admissions exams.  

Charne moved to the UK to pursue her Career as a solicitor within England and Wales and on her path to further develop her legal career, Charne’ completed her GDL at the University of Law London in 2020 and is looking to start the LLM LPC in the near future.  

Charne is fluent in English and can also speak Afrikaans. 

She joined PGMBM on the litigation team and is now working on Uber, Diesel Emissions Scandal and has worked on the BA data breach claim. 

Charne’ is passionate about commercial law, corporate law and cyber law. 

EMILY PABBI
Paralegal

Emily completed her degree in BA Philosophy and Law in 2019 at the University of Essex. She later went on to study her Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Law and completed this in 2020. 

Emily is a Paralegal in the Client Care Support Team working on the British Airways Data Breach case, Uber Employment case and the Mercedes Emissions case. She is passionate about supporting individuals who would otherwise find it hard to implement their voice in their search for justice.   

Emily has worked in many different areas of law and has gained passion and interest in Medical Law, which is illustrated in her choice of LLM, Family Law and Employment Law.  

FELIPE NOBREGA
Paralegal

Felipe graduated from the Unicesumar with a degree in Law, and has 5 years of experience as Paralegal in Brazil. After graduating, he decided to improve his skills abroad, living in the U.S.A, Italy, and Ireland, working with sales, and always fascinated to learn about new cultures. 

Felipe is in the process of completing his Master’s in Business Administration at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, and has already completed the Marketing and Accountancy module. 

Felipe is fluent in English, Portuguese and has an intermediate level of Spanish. He joined PGMBM in 2021 and has been actively involved with the British Airways Data Breach Group Claim. 

SANDRA MENTEL
Paralegal

Sandra has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Law. She started at PGMBM in April 2021 as a client care paralegal based in the London office, working primarily on the Diesel Emissions Claim.  

She is currently also studying towards her LLM at Queen Mary University, London with particular focus on International Human Rights and Policing. 

LYLIAN MEIRA
Paralegal

Lylian graduated from Universidade Paulista in Brazil with a degree in Law. She also holds a post-graduate degree in Labour Law from the Damasio University, Brazil.   

Lylian is a Brazilian qualified lawyer in London. She has extensive experience in consulting and preventive law with public and private companies. Lylian also has extensive experience working as a counsellor and in the labour litigation field throughout Brazil. 

Outside of her work as a Paralegal, Lylian is engaged in numerous volunteer projects. At present, she is working in a bilateral organisation called Lex Anglo-Brasil which is committed to strengthening ties between Brazil and the UK. She is fluent in both Portuguese and English.

MATHUZA MATHANARASA
Paralegal

Mathuza is currently studying PGDL and having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London, she is eager to use her knowledge of both fields to her advantage and progress further within the legal career.   

Mathuza always had a passion to step into the legal profession, which was further enhanced when she became a legal assistant for a Conveyancing solicitor during her undergraduate studies along with the work experience of shadowing a junior solicitor at a city law firm.   

She aspires to strengthen her commercial litigation knowledge whilst working as a paralegal at PGMBM. She has worked on the firm’s group litigation claims against Mercedes-Benz and Uber. 

KARINA MASON
Paralegal

Karina graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Laws with Spanish.  

During her studies, she volunteered for Student Action for Refugees. She helped refugees with their transition to life in Glasgow and improving their English language skills.   

Karina moved to London in 2021 to work as a paralegal at PGMBM. 

JESSICA LLANEZ
Paralegal

Jessica graduated from the King’s College London with a degree in European Studies and Spanish. She decided to enter the legal profession upon completion of a 3-month volunteer programme in Uganda working with remote communities to develop their primary school curriculum and raising awareness of sexual health through campaigns revolved around HIV prevention and Women’s Rights. She completed the graduate diploma in law (GDL) in 2020 with distinction. 

After completing the GDL, Jessica undertook Pro Bono work at a free law clinic in London. She helped individuals with no access to legal services and offered guidance on issues of immigration, employment and family law. Jessica joined PGMBM as the firms core values of defending the rights of individuals through claimant-based litigation is aligned with her passions as a legal professional. 

DIELLONA KRASNIQI
Paralegal

Diellona graduated from the University of Westminster with an Upper Second-Class Honours degree in Law, she then went on to achieve a distinction on the LPC LLM programme at BPP University and retains a master’s degree in law.  

Diellona has now begun her legal career here at PGMBM as a client care paralegal. 

IAN SQUIRES
HR & Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Ian studied History at the university of Chichester, Specialising in early modern European history. He then spent 5 years working in the events industry, providing staffing and logistical support for some of the largest evens in the world such as: Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and The Brit awards. 

Ian is now looking to broaden his experiences in the legal field, and brings a wealth of client care experience with him. 

SALMA KHATUN
Paralegal

Salma graduated in Law from the University of Westminster in 2020 and is currently completing the Legal Practice LLM course. 

Salma has extensive experience volunteering, covering a range of matters including Family Law and Employment Law. She has also completed work for an Anti-Poverty Charity. She has a strong interest in Commercial Litigation. 

Salma is a Paralegal as part of the Client Care Team and is currently working on the Diesel Emissions Claim and Uber Claim. 

JAMES KEMPELL
Client Care Supervisor

James holds an LLB from the University of Liverpool, he focused his studies on Commercial law and Corporate practices with an ambition to qualify as an Intellectual Property solicitor. 

During his studies, James gained extensive experience shadowing barristers and solicitors. Prior to joining PGMBM, James obtained Paralegal experience in a private practice dealing with civil negligence.  

James grew up in Spain and has spent a large amount of his life living abroad. With a wealth of client facing experience, he hopes to one day to use his skills working internationally.

HELIN KAPLANKIRAN
Paralegal

Helin has an LLB from the University of Kent after graduating in 2019 with first class honours. Following this, she completed an LLM in Corporate Law at University College London where she was awarded a distinction.  

During her studies, Helin developed a particular interest in areas of corporate social responsibility and environmental litigation.  

Helin joined PGMBM in August 2020 and has primarily worked on the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation, Renault Nissan NOx Emissions Group Litigation and British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation. 

MAYA JOHN
Paralegal

Maya holds an LLB from Anglia Ruskin University and is fluent in both English and Italian. 

Whilst at university, Maya undertook Pro Bono work at a free housing clinic in London. Her role was to help people with legal advice, for issues regarding Housing Law. She is currently working on one of PGMBM’s major cases, the Mercedes Benz Emissions case. 

Maya is currently studying the LPC at BPP Law School, with the long term goal of specialising as a wills and probate solicitor. 

ASIRAH JANALLI
Paralegal

Asirah graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2020 with a First Class Honours degree in Law. 

During university, Asirah gained extensive client-facing experience. She advised clients in the areas of employment law and consumer law at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, as well as volunteered in legal aid clinics across London and in Singapore. 

After graduating, Asirah joined PGMBM as a paralegal. By working on cases against major corporations, she hopes to expand upon her interest in commercial and consumer law. 

TAHMINA ISLAM
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator

Tahmina graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Law. She has recently completed her LPC with a Master’s in LLM Law at the University of Law.  

She joined PGMBM in 2021 after completing her LPC and is based in the London Office.  

She has extensive experience in pro-bono work with the Westminster Law Clinic dealing with client claims including Employment law, Commercial Law and Immigration Law. She helped individuals with no access to legal services and offered guidance to those who needed help, which is one of Tahmina’s core values as a legal professional. 

SELINA HUSSAIN
Paralegal

Selina graduated with a degree in LLB Law in 2018 before completing her LPC LLM at the University of Law in 2020 with a Distinction.  

Whilst studying at university, Selina worked with witness service and Citizen’s advice bureau. Here, Selina provided practical and emotional support for individuals throughout their trial.  

Selina has a passion for finding justice and holding transnational corporations accountable for their actions.  

Selina joined PGMBM in 2021 and wishes to develop her commercial litigation skills. Selina has worked on high profile group action claims against Mercedes-Benz, Uber and British Airways. Selina hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the future and is interested in Corporate and Intellectual Property law. 

ELYSE HOWE
Client Care Administrator

After completing her qualifications and leaving school Elyse began her career in customer service. Elyse gained a wealth of experience and decided to take a different career path and pursued a role within in a legal firm.  

Since joining PGMBM she has found a new career interest and is excited for her future in law. Elyse is looking forward to broadening her knowledge within this sector.  

Elyse is dedicated to follow her career goals whilst making clients her top priority, by providing support, information and listening to their needs.  

Elyse uses her excellent client abilities to connect with them whilst providing the law and legal work that they require. 

VESARA HASANI
Paralegal

Ves completed her degree of European Legal Studies LLB at The University of Westminster. She plans to undertake her LPC/SQE in the near future.  

During her studies, Ves paid special attention to family law as this piqued her interest. Her dissertation focused on the patriarchal beliefs of the traditional nuclear family and its effect on the laws of adoption and surrogacy in the UK and Italy. Ves aims to specialise in family law in the future. 

Whilst at PGMBM Ves has worked on a range of cases such as the Uber Drivers Compensation Claim, Mercedes Emissions Claim and British Airways. This has showcased Ves’ ability to work on a multitude of cases whilst maintaining her excellent client care service. 

KHAZENA RUSSELL
Paralegal

Khazena completed her LLB at the University of Leicester in 2018 and holds an LLM in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London after graduating the following year. 

Khazena joined PGMBM in 2020 after four years’ working as a manager in multiple customer service roles. 

LUKE STOKES
Paralegal

Luke studied the LLB at the university of Law whilst taking internships at a Brixton Law firm. Luke Completed with a lower-second Class degree. He is hoping in future to study the LPC should an opportunity arise.  

Luke has developed an interest in protecting clients by providing as much personal Legal care as possible and is currently helping a client on a pro-bono basis on a noise nuisance complaint. 

Since joining in April, Luke has been predominantly working in the Emissions Team, playing his part in the smooth running of the client care process. 

SALEHA AKHTAR
Paralegal

Saleha completed a degree in law at the University of Westminster in November 2019.   

After joining PGMBM in June 2020, Saleha has mainly focused on the Mercedes Diesel Emissions case.   

Having been involved in various internships and client service roles, Saleha is adept in client care and administrative matters. Saleha will be commencing her LPC LLM in January 2021 whilst pursuing her specific interests in Intellectual Property and Commercial law.   

LUÍSA COVOLAN
Executive Assistant to Partners (Mousinho & Martins)

Luísa graduated from the University Centre of Serra Gaúcha with a degree in International Relations. Whilst at university, she led the Academic Directory of Students and organised study groups which focused on human rights. Upon graduation, she received a distinction in her class after achieving outstanding results in the National Student Performance Exam. 

Whilst in Brazil, Luísa served the government of her municipality, participating directly in the creation of the Municipal Youth Policy. She was also involved in the constitution of the International Relations Office.  

She joined PGMBM in 2020, motivated by her passion for making the world a better place. Luísa is also a campaigner for gender equality and social justice, volunteering for the Migration Centre and participating in several projects within the Secretariat on Policies for Women. 

KRISTINE TRAN
Paralegal

Kristine graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Law with German Law. She has undertaken comparative legal studies in China and Germany before returning to England to pursue a legal career.  

During university, Kristine balanced her legal studies with volunteering roles; she provided high-quality pro-bono advice to local vulnerable people at the Warwick Law Clinic, and she corrected injustices caused by the capital punishment system in the USA with the Death Penalty Project.    

Kristine’s passion for social and environmental justice and her experience in dealing cross-jurisdiction shines in her work. 

JUDITH ABELOVSZKY
Finance Director

Judith is a senior finance professional who brings with her fifteen years of extensive finance and management experience. She has previously worked in senior finance roles in Start-ups, Scale ups and Private Equity. In her role prior to joining PGMBM, she was a key part of the management team responsible for growing a UK based online estate agency from 30 to 275 employees.  

Judith has a degree in Finance from the University of Hertfordshire. She is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualified accountant. 

JANICE FAULKNER
Client Liaison

Janice works as a client liaison for PGMBM and was a victim of the Essure device herself.  

She assists with an Essure support group for other affected women and is proud to be working at a firm that seeks justice for other women in her position. 

ELLEN DARROCH
Receptionist & Secretary

Ellen is an experienced secretary and has worked for various personal injury law firms during her career. 

She enjoys a role in which she can meet and work with people from different walks of life. 

LUCRETIA HOFF
Administrative Assistant

Lucretia was herself a victim of Essure and it is for this reason that she is committed to holding the manufacturers of the product responsible.  

She is happy to utilise her experience to provide administrative support for PGMBM.

JANINE GOBEL
Intake Administrator

Janine is committed to helping women who have been sterilized with Essure after she herself experienced the adverse effects of the method. 

That is how she ended up at PGMBM and is why she now works hard for the cause, representing affected women in the Netherlands. Janine has supported the women emotionally for years and now helps them to get their files in order. 

LAURA FORSYTH
Paralegal

Laura graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law. Whilst studying for her degree, she took a particular interest in social justice after gaining an insight from her involvement with the Liverpool University Law Clinic.  

Laura joined PGMBM in the summer of 2020 after completing her degree and is currently enjoying working within the Medical Product Liability Department. She looks forward to starting her LPC at the University of Law in September 2021. 

DOUGLAS VENANCIO
Office & PA Assistant

Douglas, a native Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro, graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College in New York City, (USA) with his degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  

Douglas recently joined PGMBM in February 2021 as an Office & PA Assistant. He is extremely passionate about helping others, determined, and willing to support and provide consistent assistance based on his broad knowledge, strong analytical and business skills. 

ORLA EGAN
Office Manager / London

Orla joined PGMBM as an Administrative Assistant in June 2020, having just completed her final year at the University of Liverpool. She graduated the following month with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy before being promoted to Office Manager. 

Since joining PGMBM, Orla has been given the opportunity to travel to Manchester to assist the legal team on the Fundão Dam Litigation.  

She has a strong interest in ethical judgement, strengthened by the philosophical side of her degree. This reflects the ethos of PGMBM. 

EMILY TAYLOR
Paralegal

Emily’s interests surrounded life sciences from a young age and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Manchester.  

After graduating, she partook in some work experience to explore potential careers. Emily became enthralled in a career in Law and decided to diverge her future career prospects by studying the GDL. Since then, she has continued her legal journey by working as a paralegal and recently began her studies on the Legal Practice Course. 

SOPHIE WIESENEDER
Social Media Manager

After achieving her BA in Business Consultancy, Sophie moved from Austria to London to pursue an MA in International Marketing. She graduated in 2020.  

During and after her undergraduate studies, she worked in the field of social media and developed campaigns for leadership coaching and digital formats for national book presentations. Sophie worked in one of Germany’s most successful brand consulting firms, where she developed strategies for international businesses in various fields. She was also involved in building a German start-up’s brand, where she was responsible for the fundraising of Africa Amini Alama; a private initiative that supports medical care for people in need in Tanzania. 

Sophie is passionate about providing clients the information that they need to make informed choices. She provides support to current and prospective clients on social media in the hope that they will find the justice they deserve.  

JESS LILLEY
Content Marketer

Jess graduated with a degree in Media with Communications from Nottingham Trent University.  

She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in content creation after working in both B2B and B2C publishing companies during her career. Before joining PGMBM, she worked within the intellectual property law sector and has collaborated on content with lawyers, medical professionals and business leaders from around the world.  

Jess writes promotional content across all PGMBM’s cases, sharing updates and communicating the firm’s values with its clients.

PRISCILA ROSSI
Digital Marketing Manager

Priscila graduated with a degree in Advertising and Marketing from the Nossa Senhora do Patrocínio University, in Brazil.  

Whilst studying, she developed a campaign for a non-profit organisation which helped young children with autism. She was involved with raising awareness, fundraising and influencing both people and companies to contribute to the cause. 

Prior to joining PGMBM, Priscila has worked in in-house marketing departments for start-ups and ecommerce industries, and has lived in Brazil, Italy, the USA and the UK, gaining vast cultural, personal and professional experiences along the way.

Priscila also acknowledges the importance of personal data and its security. She is certified in the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR 2016/679), and actively works to protect the rights of Data Subjects to ensure the firm is compliant with the Regulations.

LAUREN VEEVERS
Media Manager

Lauren has worked in the media for over a decade, reporting on breaking news, current affairs and worldwide events.

After leaving her occupation as a journalist, working for the likes of The Sun, the Daily Mail, Independent and Telegraph, she turned to public relations and for the last few years has been putting legal firms front and centre of mainstream media. 

Helping businesses achieve brand awareness, communicate with clients and stakeholders is a passion for Lauren and she is thrilled to be taking PGMBM on this journey. 

ROCKY MUSCIA
IT Support Engineer

Rocky was born and raised in North America. He graduated from Berkeley College of New York in 2011 with a joint degree in Information Technology Management and Justice Studies. 

His love for technology has motivated him to achieve several CompTIA IT certifications since, with the latest being the Secure Infrastructure Specialist Certification. 

He aims to advance his career into the cyber security sector.

OWEN TAYLOR
Head of IT

Owen graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Business and Finance. 

He joined the PGMBM team in December 2018 as a Proclaim Developer, responsible for the maintenance and improvement of business-critical systems. After several successful workflow initiatives, he has taken on the challenge of managing the growing the IT team and developing IT solutions as the firm continues to expand. 

With a background in both process improvement and compliance, Owen strives to work in accordance with his values of integrity and truth. He has run several businesses over the past 5 years, including development contracting and Windows maintenance. 

BUSHRA YANFUL
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator 

Bushra graduated from Brunel University London, and from BPP in 2019. 

Bushra has experience in several legal sectors which includes criminal law, housing law, immigration, litigation, commercial litigation, wills and probate and others. Her main interests are in international arbitration & International Human rights and commercial law. 

Bushra hopes to gain a training contract and qualify in the near future.   

In her free time, she assists in arranging charity fundraising events, mentoring the youth and her entrepreneurial ventures.  

MARC WILLIAMS
Paralegal

Marc is a law graduate of the University of Sheffield and has completed the LPC at the University of Law.  

During his studies, Marc developed a particular interest in the environment, having undertaken a research project on the European Union Timber Regulations at undergraduate level and a dissertation on environmental migrants at a post-graduate level. 

ELISA THOMASSET
Paralegal

Elisa graduated from the University of Grenoble with a double degree reading French law and Foreign Languages. She also holds a master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Kent. 

Elisa completed an LLM Law Conversion at BPP Law School. Whilst at university, she worked as a student director within one of BPP’s Pro-bono programmes called Immigration Tribunal Friends. 

She has a strong interest in Human rights and cross-border litigation. Elisa is fluent in English, French and Spanish. 

Elisa joined PGMBM in 2021 and is primarily working on the British Airways data breach compensation claim.  

HARRIS POGUST
Chairman

Harris L. Pogust has spent his career representing people who have been injured not only by the negligence of others, but also by the greed and intentional actions of large corporations across the United States. His work has seen him come up against software companies, manufacturing companies, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the federal government. 

For over thirty years, Harris has been litigating, bringing to trial, and settling claims on behalf of his injured clients. He has over twenty-five years of experience working as lead counsel in class action suits, state court mass tort programs, and federal multidistrict litigations programs. 

Recently, Harris has served as Lead Counsel in MDL 1736 – In re Celexa and Lexapro Products Liability Litigation (E.D. Missouri) and Liaison Counsel in In re Paxil (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, No 1503). He was Class Counsel and represented thousands of African-American farmers in discriminatory lending claims against the United States Department of Agriculture, and was Co-Lead Counsel in the matter of In re Azek Decking Sales Practices Litigation. 

Harris is regularly quoted by national publications, has testified twice before the United States Senate, is a guest lecturer at conferences across the country, and has served as lead counsel in numerous landmark class action litigations.