insights

Keeping you informed with the latest news and updates on our cases and expert areas, with professional opinions and insights into the claims.

Insights

Keeping you informed with the latest news and updates on our cases and expert areas, with professional opinions and insights into the claims.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

11 November 2021

Data breach specialists PGMBM are supporting customers of Sky Betting & Gaming after the gambling giant admitted to exposing recovering and vulnerable addicts to “free spin” offers.

It is thought that up to 120,000 people – who had explicitly asked Sky Bet and their sister company Sky Vegas not to send them betting correspondence – were sent multiple promotional emails during Safer Gambling week in a catastrophic mistake.

The breach, which included up to six emails offering gamblers “100 free online spins”, was confirmed by self-exclusion organisation Gamstop. Some of Gamstop’s 218,000 registered recovering gamblers reached out to them over their distress after receiving the offers. 

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

10 November 2021

Environmental litigation is on the rise as individuals and organisations seek to ensure corporations and governments uphold their environmental and human rights obligations.

The new landmark case of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) v Santos Ltd, filed in the Federal Court of Australia on 25 August 2021, suggests this trend is set to continue.

PGMBM welcome these developments and will continue to play an active part in advocating for better protection against environmental harm and climate change, both in and outside of the courts.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 November 2021

More than 1,500 Brazilian orange growers are celebrating today after securing a High Court judgment that will force multi-billionaire Brazilian orange juice magnate, José Luis Cutrale, and his son, José Luis Cutrale Jr, to face trial.

The father and son will go to court in England over their alleged participation in an illegal cartel that substantially impacted the global market for the sale of orange juice.

PGMBM, acting for the orange growers, successfully argued that the case should proceed in England.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

2 November 2021

An agreement to plead guilty to criminal conduct is near completion in the US emissions fraud investigation against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).  

Reuters claim that the ‘agreement’ could see financial penalties totalling between $250 million and $300 million. 

The deal surrounds Ram pickup trucks and Jeep sport-utility vehicles that were first manufactured between 2014 and 2016. These vehicles allegedly used emissions cheating technology to escape emissions laws.  

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 October 2021

Instructing a solicitor and starting a case can seem like a daunting task.

To help PGMBM’s current and prospective clients understand the roles and responsibilities in a group litigation claim, and to advise what will be required of you to start and progress your case, we have outlined here the seven steps necessary to successfully complete your claim.

Read the key points of a standard case where engagement is required and what you must do at each point. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

13 September 2021

PGMBM has now issued court proceedings after the government refused to review their controversial hotel quarantine rules.

After forcing the government into a U-turn on the costs of hotel quarantine for those facing financial hardship, PGMBM now believes that detaining fully vaccinated people for ten days in a hotel if they have tested negative on their return is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates their fundamental human rights.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 August 2021

Environmental litigation is on the rise as individuals and organisations take to the courts to hold corporations and governments accountable under their environmental and human rights obligations.

This article provides an overview of recent landmark climate change cases and litigation trends.

Authors: Meabh Kirby and Dominique Ouwerkerk, Trainee Solicitors

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 August 2021

A second judicial review is being sought by PGMBM for the Government’s controversial hotel quarantine policy. The Government could end up paying tens of millions of pounds in compensation.

We believe that the policy of detaining people for 10 days in a hotel, despite being fully vaccinated in the UK and having tested negative on their return, is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates fundamental human rights.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

11 August 2021

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Arbitration is a private court hearing where parties agree to be bound by the decision of the mediator.

It is an alternative method to pursuing more formal litigation, which is commonly used to resolve disputes.

The recent British Airways Data Breach Settlement, in which PGMBM were the lead solicitors, was resolved on confidential terms using mediation techniques.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

27 July 2021

Some 200,000 victims of the Mariana Dam environmental disaster in Brazil are today celebrating having been granted permission to reopen their £5bn case against mining giant BHP after a landmark English court ruling.

The case against BHP had been struck out last year but, in a judgment published today (27 July) a panel of judges reopened the case and granted permission to appeal.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

19 July 2021

Germany’s largest consumer protection group has filed a lawsuit against Daimler to help Mercedes owners get redress over the Dieselgate scandal. 

If successful, the lawsuit will set a precedent that would allow Mercedes GLC and GLK car owners to gain compensation over software allegedly used to trick emissions tests in the diesel emissions scandal. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 July 2021

As the court-appointed lead solicitors, PGMBM is pleased to announce that litigation with British Airways has been resolved. The mediation between legal representatives for claimants and BA resolves the group litigation on confidential terms.

Harris Pogust, PGMBM Chairman, said: “We are very pleased to have come to a resolution on this matter.”

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 July 2021

Last week, PGMBM received confirmation from the Government that we had been successful in forcing a U-turn over the costs vulnerable people were incurring as part of the hotel quarantine policy.

While the details of how this will work have not yet been laid out, we are reassured that the Government have listened to reason on this.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

21 June 2021

Prosecutors in France have charged both Peugeot and Renault over claims they cheated emissions testing in many of their diesel vehicles.  

Senior managers were accused of deceit for using ‘fraudulent strategies’ and committing emissions fraud by falsifying emissions test results and cheating emissions laws.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

18 June 2021

What is the future for traditional communities? How does the climate crises affect environmental justice? The Brazil Forum UK brought to the conversation fundamental issues regarding the building of a fairer Brazil, with more opportunities for everybody.   

PGMBM is proud of being one of the event’s sponsors. 

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 June 2021

It is evident that there has been a marked rise in group securities litigation globally in recent years.

This can be traced back to the 2010 US Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v National Australia Bank 561 US 247 (2010).

Author: Janice Tang, Associate at PGMBM

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 June 2021

More than 94% of parents underestimate the fatal impact of air pollution in the UK, new research has revealed.

Some 2,000 parents were polled as part of the research commissioned by MyDieselClaim.com, a campaign by leading access to justice law firm PGMBM

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 June 2021

In 2020, PGMBM launched the My Diesel Claim campaign to hold vehicle manufacturers accountable for their role in the Dieselgate scandal.

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked about is why the case is so important to us and why we are so eager to get people to sign up. Our answer is simple: accountability.   

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

25 May 2021

Thousands of victims of the PIP Breast Implant Scandal will now receive compensation for their suffering, a French court has announced.  

The victory comes 10 years after the women involved in the case began their fight for justice and this outcome could have far-reaching implications for other victims around the world.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

29 MAY 2021

Litigation is a costly procedure. Available resources can substantially impact outcomes, and smaller players are often disadvantaged against large corporations. However, the growth in litigation finance is helping to balance the scales.

Authors: Ana Carolina Salomão Queiroz, litigation finance manager at PGMBM and Gian Kull, head of special situations and uncorrelated strategies at Syz Capital

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

3 June 2021

Following reports on the poor working conditions and deficient safety in the building, the collapse sparked outrage and gave rise to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Bangladesh Accord).

It was designed as a commitment for a “safe and sustainable Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry and other related industries.”

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

6 May 2021

We are frequently asked about the legalities of the hotel quarantine regulations and on what grounds we are seeking the review.

Our first ground is that we believe that the imposition of charges for quarantining in a government-managed hotel is unlawful because it is a direct breach of the UK’s international obligations. We also believe there is an absence of any adequate exemptions.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 MAY 2021

Four months after an inquest concluded that air pollution was the cause of death for six-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, a coroner has called on the UK government to change air pollution law.   

Coroner Phillip Barlow, who led the original inquest into Ella’s death in December 2020, has called for national pollution limits to be reduced. He says there is ‘no safe level of particulate matter’ in the air.   

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

21 MAY 2021

Filing a legal claim against a large company can be intimidating – especially if it has a strong legal team and a generous pool of finances. However, by choosing to be represented by a group litigation firm like PGMBM, your claim can be brought from an equally strong position. 

The following five factors help to demonstrate the main advantages of instructing a group litigation firm.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 APRIL 2021

In response to the growing number of manufacturers under investigation for diesel emissions fraud, PGMBM has launched a new website that will support more diesel vehicle drivers than ever before: My Diesel Claim.

MyDieselClaim.com will offer all diesel car and van owners the opportunity to claim up to £10,000 for their vehicle manufacturer’s part in the Dieselgate scandal.   

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 APRIL 2021

At PGMBM we are passionate about championing justice and ensuring fairness for all. Our judicial review of the hotel quarantine is no exception to this.

Following the news that from 15 February the UK Government intended to enforce a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, we felt compelled to launch a legal challenge to ensure that the Policy receives judicial scrutiny.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

30 APRIL 2021

In Germany, Volkswagen is seeking around $1.2 billion from ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn for his actions in the Dieselgate scandal.

If awarded, this sum would be the highest claim ever for damages against a CEO in Germany, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

18 MARCH 2021

One of PGMBM’s many talented paralegals, Eléonore Buisson, has spoken with Sciences Po about her law school experiences, her recruitment into PGMBM and her current role’s responsibilities.

“The firm also stresses the importance for litigation trainees to gain international experience,” Eléonore said.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

23 APRIL 2021

The rapid growth of supply chains across borders has brought undeniable benefits to developing countries. However, it has also negatively impacted these communities, in particular when it comes to environmental damage and human rights violations.

Authors: Camila Manfredini and Jessika Castañon, PGMBM Associates

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

21 MAY 2021

The Australian federal court has dismissed Volkswagen’s appeal against their $95 million fine. The appeal was surrounding Volkswagen’s part in the Dieselgate emissions scandal.

The Australian federal court found that they had breached consumer laws by falsifying emissions levels.

 
NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 March 2021

International law firm PGMBM and leading European special situations investor North Wall Capital (North Wall) announce a new £45 million funding partnership to support us in the pursuit claims on behalf of consumers wronged by large corporations globally.

North Wall’s investment brings the total capital raised to over £100 million and will support the firm as it continues to establish itself as a major global player.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

12 MARCH 2021

This follow-up article delves deeper into specific aspects of the Supreme Court’s judgment and provides a detailed commentary on its implications for the future of group litigation and jurisdictional challenges in England.

The article also discusses the interplay between Okpabi and earlier similar litigations in both the UK and in the Netherlands.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 march 2021

Following the UK Supreme Court judgment that all Uber drivers must be considered as workers, Uber laid out how its workers’ rights would be used in practice. 

According to the new rules, all UK Uber drivers will be ‘guaranteed’ national minimum wage, holiday pay, and a pension schemeThis will impact 70,000 drivers in the UK, but omits Uber Eats.  

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 Feburary 2021

In a ground-breaking judgment, the UK Supreme Court allowed an appeal in a group litigation against the oil and gas company Shell plc. The decision will allow 42,500 Nigerian victims to continue their fight for justice in England.

The appeal was concerned with the jurisdiction of the English courts against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (“SPDC”).

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 February 2021

In response to the news that the Government would be enforcing a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, PGMBM is launching a legal challenge to stand up for the human rights of those entering the UK.  

Tom Goodhead, Barrister and Managing Partner of PGMBM, said: “We wholeheartedly appreciate the seriousness of the pandemic.This does not, however, mean that policies which constitute extraordinary violations.”

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

22 February 2021

A Supreme Court decision has ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not third-party contractors. The decision has been labelled as ‘historic’ and could change the future of the gig economy. 

As the Supreme Court is the highest court in the England and Wales, Uber will not be able to appeal this decision and drivers will now be entitled to national minimum wage and holiday pay. 

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 Feburary 2021

On 9 November 2020, Mr Justice Turner of the High Court, handed down a judgment that denied the jurisdiction of the English Court to adjudicate the liability of BHP Plc and BHP Ltd on the merits. 

The judgment struck out the claims of over 200,000 people.

The consequences of the judgment will be discussed.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 january 2021

The 2018 BA Data Breach Claim has become the largest group action personal data claim in UK history, with over 16,000 victims seeking compensation from the airline. PGMBM are the lead solicitors in the group litigation case against British Airways on behalf of victims.

We expect that victim compensation could be up to £2,000, putting BA’s overall potential liability at around £800million.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

4 February 2021

A record number of vehicles failed their MOT tests in 2020 due to issues relating to potentially harmful exhaust emissions. 

The survey suggests that failures in 2020 increased by more than 70% when compared to pre-2018 when new guidance was offered. Sources indicate that 1.3 million vehicles were implicated, with diesel cars guilty of the most significant surge in emission failures.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 DECEMBER 2020

After a fresh inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl concluded that she died as a result of air pollution, theories surrounding the relationship between pollution and ill-health have been forced into a sickening reality. 

Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is the first person in the UK, and possibly even the world, to have air pollution listed as her cause of death. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

9 NOVEMBER 2020

The victims of the Fundão Dam disaster in Mariana, Brazil, intend to appeal after a first instance English court judgment chose not to proceed with their multi-billion pound case against mining giant BHP.

The case is over BHP’s ‘ultimate responsibility’ for the incident, in which an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

28 OCTOBER 2020

PGMBM is filing a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in line with the Dieselgate scandal.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles may be affected, including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Iveco, and Suzuki diesel vehicles.

Anyone who owned or leased an affected vehicle first registered between 2008 and 2020 may be able to claim up to £10,000 in compensation for being misled.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

21 OCTOBER 2020

PGMBM have welcomed the decision from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to levy British Airways’s fine over their 2018 breach. 

We believe it is now time for the half a million BA customers affected by the breach to be compensated.

Harris Pogust, Partner, commented: “The move by the ICO to reduce BA’s fine should allow them to protect the business. However, it is now time for BA to compensate the victims.”

NEWS ABOUT US

30 september 2020

PGMBM is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Miami, Florida– a key milestone in our continued global growth.

The Miami operation will be headed by experienced attorney Melissa Ferrari. She will play a key role in solidifying the firm as a major global player in mass and class-action litigation.

Melissa will be joined by top litigator Joshua Kushner, who joins us from Kobre and Kim LLP.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

24 SEPTEMBER 2020

A newly published UN human rights council report claims that ‘urgent attention’ is required to address Brazil’s ‘regression from its human rights obligations’. UN Special Rapporteur Bashkut Tunak revealed that none of the 42 projects to repair damage from the 2015 Mariana dam disaster are on track.

“Following the Mariana and Brumadinho disasters, no corporate executive of Vale, BHP or Samarco stands convicted of criminal conduct,” Bashkut said. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Mercedes-Benz has agreed to pay £1.7 billion to settle diesel emission cheat claims in the United States, meaning Mercedes UK drivers may be one step closer to getting the compensation they deserve. 

In a statement, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes, said that it expected costs of £1.14bn relating to the civil and environmental claims, and £535m relating to the consumer class action.

NEWS ABOUT US

11 sEPTEMBER 2020

Sky News investigation into Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test, has been aired on TV, sharing the harsh realities of the impact the drug had on its victims. 

PGMBM’s Head of Medical Liability, Lisa Lunt, was interviewed by Sky News, sharing her thoughts on the latest evidence unveiled in the case.

“I think that Liz’s freedom of information act request is incredibly important,” she said.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 september 2020

A German court has ruled that the former CEO of Volkswagen will have to stand trial as part of the Dieselgate emissions scandal

Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post five years ago, after a notice of violation from the US Environmental Protection Agency brought to light years of VW emissions cheating. 

He and four other defendants will face trial in Germany on charges of fraud.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

3 september 2020

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil. 19 people lost their lives, tonnes of fish died, and over 600km of waterways were polluted in what is regarded as Brazil’s worst environmental disaster.

PGMBM is bringing claims on behalf of over 200 000 claimants against BHP Billiton, the Anglo-Australian co-parent company of Samarco.

NEWS ABOUT US

30 AUGUST 2020

Thousands of claims have now been settled in the USA surrounding the controversial Essure implant, but PGMBM is still fighting for justice for thousands of other victims. 

While the $1.6 billion settlement decision in the US is welcomed, PGMBM is still helping the many UK victims who are awaiting justice after years of suffering.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

14 JULY 2020

PGMBM has welcomed the publication of an independent report into the safety and side-effects of treatments recommended and administered by the British healthcare industry.

The report details the grim history of Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test drug, Sodium Valproate, an anti-epilepsy drug, and vaginal mesh used to support weakened pelvic organs and repair damaged tissue.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

1 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has filed a claim against Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, in the Liverpool High Court. 

The case relates to a Mercedes diesel emissions scandal, which involves the use of defeat devices (also called ‘cheat devices’) on an estimated half million Mercedes diesel vehicles first registered between 2007 and 2018 in the United Kingdom.

 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

27 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has announced that it is taking legal action against vehicle manufacturers Renault and Nissan, following allegations that illegal emissions defeat devices have been fitted in a number of cars and vans.

Defeat devices are designed to sense when a car is under specific testing conditions, and accordingly turn on emissions controls, allowing the vehicle to falsely pass regulatory checks.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

26 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has instructed Sophie Holcombe and David Blayney QC of Serle Court in ongoing litigation against the aviation giant easyJet. 

In May, the airline announced that it had been subjected to a data theft attack. The breach is one of the UK’s largest data breaches to date, questions have been raised as to the efficacy of the cyber-security measures in place at easyJet.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

13 MAY 2020

Our lawyers are dedicated to helping ordinary people fight for justice against the largest multinational corporations in the world.

We are currently taking on companies such as BHP, British Airways and Volkswagen to secure the compensation our clients deserve.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

20 MAY 2020

Around 9 million easyJet customers have had their data breached in a ‘sophisticated’ cyber-attack, the airline has announced.  

Email addresses and travel details were stolen by cyber-criminals and more than 2,200 customers have also had their credit and debit card details ‘accessed’, including CVV numbers.   

easyJet informed the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office in January 2020 and they are currently investigating the breach.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

22 MAY 2020

The British airline group EasyJet announced on 19 May 2020 that sensitive personal data of nine million customers from around the world had been exposed in a “sophisticated” data breach. The cyber-attack occurred in January 2020 but despite notifying the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office at that time, EasyJet waited four months to notify its customers.

PGMBM, a leading international group litigation specialist have issued the claim form on behalf of impacted customers

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

4 OCTOBER 2019

SPG Law (now PGMBM), acting on behalf of thousands of BA customers in a group action lawsuit against embattled airline following its catastrophic 2018 data breach has been granted a group litigation order by the High Court in London.

British Airways is facing legal claims from thousands of customers whose sensitive personal data was stolen and compromised by third parties who breached the company’s online reservations systems.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

3 AUGUST 2019

Primodos was a hormone-based pregnancy test, manufactured by Schering, now Bayer PLC, first made available for sale in the UK in 1956 and was withdrawn from sale in 1978.

The drug consisted of two pills, to be taken in two consecutive days, and detected pregnancy by inducing a period in a woman who was not pregnant. [1]However, many families believe that if the mother was pregnant, it damaged or even killed their children in the womb.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

1 JULY 2019

A number of barristers from Exchange Chambers have been instructed by SPG Law (mow PGMBM) to advise on the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” class action.

SPG Law are acting for over 16,000 car owners who bought a diesel VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat car between 2008 and 2015.

On the 18 September 2015 it was first alleged by US authorities that VW had sought to cheat the US emissions testing regime in respect of NOx emissions by fitting their vehicles with illegal “defeat devices”.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 May 2019

The worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court.

The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about £5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana four years ago.

The class action case was filed in the Liverpool High Court by the UK-based SPG Law – currently known as PGMBM Law – on behalf of over 200,000 individuals and organisations affected by the disaster.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 APRIL 2019

Essure, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, is the only non-surgical permanent form of birth control for women in the UK. Made of a metal coil and plastic PET fibers, the device is known to slice through the uterus and fallopian tubes, migrate into the pelvis or abdomen, and cause allergic and autoimmune reaction to the materials, maiming thousands of women.

[1] More than 750,000 Essure devices have been sold worldwide since it was introduced in 2002, according to Bayer. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

1 MARCH 2018

A record breaking settlement decision has been reached in the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal in the USA after VW allegedly fitted ‘defeat devices’ in its vehicles.

A final figure of $14.7 billion was approved by US District Court Judge Charles Breyer on 25 October 2016. The money is the largest settlement sum in US history and will be used to compensate more than 475,000 drivers.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

27 July 2021

Some 200,000 victims of the Mariana Dam environmental disaster in Brazil are today celebrating having been granted permission to reopen their £5bn case against mining giant BHP after a landmark English court ruling.

The case against BHP had been struck out last year but, in a judgment published today (27 July) a panel of judges reopened the case and granted permission to appeal.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 Feburary 2021

On 09 November 2020, Mr Justice Turner of the High Court, handed down a judgment that denied the jurisdiction of the English Court to adjudicate the liability of BHP Plc and BHP Ltd on the merits. The judgment struck out the claims of over 200,000 Brazilian Claimants as an abuse of the process.

The consequences of the judgment will be discussed in relation to the facts of this case and other future business and human rights proceedings.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

9 NOVEMBER 2020

The victims of the Fundão Dam disaster in Mariana, Brazil, intend to appeal after a first instance English court judgment chose not to proceed with their multi-billion pound case against mining giant BHP.

The case is over BHP’s ‘ultimate responsibility’ for the incident, in which an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

24 SEPTEMBER 2020

A newly published UN human rights council report claims that ‘urgent attention’ is required to address Brazil’s ‘regression from its human rights obligations’. UN Special Rapporteur Bashkut Tunak revealed that none of the 42 projects to repair damage from the 2015 Mariana dam disaster are on track.

“Following the Mariana and Brumadinho disasters, no corporate executive of Vale, BHP or Samarco stands convicted of criminal conduct,” Bashkut said. 

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

3 SEPTEMBER 2020

On 5 November 2015, a devastating mudslide following the collapse of the Fundao Dam tore through Mariana, Brazil. 19 people lost their lives, tonnes of fish died, and over 600km of waterways were polluted in what is regarded as Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. The cause of this collapse is allegedly the negligence of Samarco.

PGMBM is bringing claims on behalf of over 200 000 claimants against BHP Billiton, the Anglo-Australian co-parent company of Samarco, for the damages arising from the disaster.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 May 2019

The worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court.

The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about £5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana four years ago.

The class action case was filed in the Liverpool High Court by the UK-based SPG Law – currently known as PGMBM Law – on behalf of over 200,000 individuals and organisations affected by the disaster.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 March 2021

Following the UK Supreme Court judgment that all Uber drivers must be considered as workers, Uber laid out how its workers’ rights would be used in practice. 

According to the new rules, all UK Uber drivers will be ‘guaranteed’ national minimum wage, holiday pay, and a pension schemeThis will impact 70,000 drivers in the UK, but omits Uber Eats.  

PGMBM believes that, additionally to these new rules, drivers are owed compensation for backdated holiday and minimum wage payments

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

22 FEBRUARY 2021

A Supreme Court decision has ruled that Uber drivers are workers, not third-party contractors. The decision has been labelled as ‘historic’ and could change the future of the gig economy. 

As the Supreme Court is the highest court in the England and Wales, Uber will not be able to appeal this decision and drivers will now be entitled to national minimum wage and holiday pay. 

PGMBM is now fighting for justice for the drivers who have missed out on years of national minimum wage and holiday pay. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

25 MAY 2021

Thousands of victims of the PIP Breast Implant Scandal will now receive compensation for their suffering, a French court has announced.  

The victory comes 10 years after the women involved in the case began their fight for justice and this outcome could have far-reaching implications for other victims around the world.

NEWS ABOUT US

11 SEPTEMBER 2020

Sky News investigation into Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test, has been aired on TV, sharing the harsh realities of the impact the drug had on its victims. 

PGMBM’s Head of Medical Liability, Lisa Lunt, was interviewed by Sky News, sharing her thoughts on the latest evidence unveiled in the case.

“I think that Liz’s freedom of information act request is incredibly important,” she said.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

30 AUGUST 2020

Thousands of claims have now been settled in the USA surrounding the controversial Essure implant, but PGMBM is still fighting for justice for thousands of other victims. 

While the $1.6 billion settlement decision in the US is welcomed, PGMBM is still helping the many UK victims who are awaiting justice after years of suffering.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

14 JULY 2020

PGMBM has welcomed the publication of an independent report into the safety and side-effects of treatments recommended and administered by the British healthcare industry.

The report details the grim history of Primodos, a hormone pregnancy test drug, Sodium Valproate, an anti-epilepsy drug, and vaginal mesh used to support weakened pelvic organs and repair damaged tissue.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

3 AUGUST 2019

Primodos was a hormone-based pregnancy test, manufactured by Schering, now Bayer PLC, first made available for sale in the UK in 1956 and was withdrawn from sale in 1978.

The drug consisted of two pills, to be taken in two consecutive days, and detected pregnancy by inducing a period in a woman who was not pregnant. [1]However, many families believe that if the mother was pregnant, it damaged or even killed their children in the womb.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 APRIL 2019

Essure, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, is the only non-surgical permanent form of birth control for women in the UK. Made of a metal coil and plastic PET fibers, the device is known to slice through the uterus and fallopian tubes, migrate into the pelvis or abdomen, and cause allergic and autoimmune reaction to the materials, maiming thousands of women.

[1] More than 750,000 Essure devices have been sold worldwide since it was introduced in 2002, according to Bayer. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

10 November 2021

Environmental litigation is on the rise as individuals and organisations seek to ensure corporations and governments uphold their environmental and human rights obligations.

The new landmark case of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) v Santos Ltd, filed in the Federal Court of Australia on 25 August 2021, suggests this trend is set to continue.

PGMBM welcome these developments and will continue to play an active part in advocating for better protection against environmental harm and climate change, both in and outside of the courts.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 October 2021

Instructing a solicitor and starting a case, especially against a large, well-resourced defendant, can seem like a daunting task.

To help PGMBM’s current and prospective clients understand the roles and responsibilities in a group litigation claim, and to advise what will be required of you to start and progress your case, we have outlined here the seven steps necessary to successfully complete your claim.

We have outlined the key points of a standard case where engagement is required and what you must do at each point. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

13 September 2021

U.S. discovery rules are generally more liberal and expansive than those in other countries.

United States Statute 28 USC § 1782 provides a powerful tool for litigants engaged, or about to be engaged, in a foreign proceeding to utilize U.S. discovery rules to build and litigate their case.

Under Section 1782, federal district courts have the power to order individuals and entities located in the U.S. to provide “testimony or statement [including depositions] or to produce a document or other thing for use in a foreign or international tribunal.”


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

01 September 2021

Test cases are used to provide a clearer definition of a law, or to assess its validity. They are often used by interested groups or individuals who want to: 

– Challenge the lawfulness of legislation or how the legislation is being applied 

– Obtain a ruling on an untested point of law 

– Overturn or confirm the way of judge has interpreted a law.

Test cases establish legal rights or principles and serve as a persuasive precedent for the future. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

16 AUGUST 2021

In countries with great environmental potential, it is common for natural resources to become one of the main sources of national income through public and private investments.

 In this scenario, Brazil is a reference nation on the subject: in addition to being one of the countries with the greatest ecosystem diversity in the world, the use of these resources has a considerable effect on the country’s GDP, as it is one of the main zones of economic exploitation.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

11 AUGUST 2021

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Arbitration is a private court hearing where parties agree to be bound by the decision of the mediator.

It is an alternative method to pursuing more formal litigation, which is commonly used to resolve disputes.

The recent British Airways Data Breach Settlement, in which PGMBM were the lead solicitors, was resolved on confidential terms using mediation techniques.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

16 July 2021

A class action is when a large group of affected people form a collective claim over a common legal issue. A class action is also sometimes called group litigation.  

The class action will form one single claim of representative action against a defendant, person, or organisation for alleged wrongdoing.

Class actions are ways of getting justice for the masses. 

 It is a game of strength in numbers as it makes the average person’s voice heard as a collective against large corporations.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 June 2021

It is evident that there has been a marked rise in group securities litigation globally in recent years.

This can be traced back to the 2010 US Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v National Australia Bank 561 US 247 (2010).

Author: Janice Tang, Associate at PGMBM

The Bangladesh accord commitments: an opportunits for access to justice

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3 June 2021

Following reports on the poor working conditions and deficient safety in the building, the collapse sparked outrage and gave rise to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Bangladesh Accord).

It was designed as a commitment for a “safe and sustainable Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry and other related industries.”

ESG Litigation Finance:
investing in accountability

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29 MAY 2021

Litigation is a costly procedure. Available resources can substantially impact outcomes, and smaller players are often disadvantaged against large corporations. However, the growth in litigation finance is helping to balance the scales.

Authors: Ana Carolina Salomão Queiroz, litigation finance manager at PGMBM and Gian Kull, head of special situations and uncorrelated strategies at Syz Capital

The advantages of joining a
Group Litigation Claim

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21 MAY 2021

Filing a legal claim against a large company can be intimidating – especially if it has a strong legal team and a generous pool of finances. However, by choosing to be represented by a group litigation firm like PGMBM, your claim can be brought from an equally strong position. 

The following five factors help to demonstrate the main advantages of instructing a group litigation firm.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

17 MAy 2021

Product liability is the legal obligation a manufacturer or seller is held to for producing or selling a faulty product.

People who suffer damages as a result of defective products can file a claim under the Consumer Protection Act, for negligence or for breach of contract.

Hotel Quarantine judicial review: What are the grounds for seeking review?

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

6 May 2021

We are frequently asked about the legalities of the hotel quarantine regulations and on what grounds we are seeking the review.

Our first ground is that we believe that the imposition of charges for quarantining in a government-managed hotel is unlawful because it is a direct breach of the UK’s international obligations. We also believe there is an absence of any adequate exemptions.

Hotel Quarantine judicial review: Why is this case so important to us?

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 APRIL 2021

At PGMBM we are passionate about championing justice and ensuring fairness for all. Our judicial review of the hotel quarantine is no exception to this.

Following the news that from 15 February the UK Government intended to enforce a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, we felt compelled to launch a legal challenge to ensure that the Policy receives judicial scrutiny.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

23 APRIL 2021

The rapid growth of supply chains across borders has brought undeniable benefits to developing countries. However, it has also negatively impacted these communities, in particular when it comes to environmental damage and human rights violations.

Authors: Camila Manfredini and Jessika Castañon, PGMBM Associates


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

02 APRIL 2021

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Arbitration is a private court hearing where parties agree to be bound by the decision of the mediator.

It is an alternative method to pursuing more formal litigation, which is commonly used to resolve disputes.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

18 MARCH 2021

One of PGMBM’s many talented paralegals, Eléonore Buisson, has spoken with Sciences Po about her law school experiences, her recruitment into PGMBM and her current role’s responsibilities, as well as her upcoming projects with the firm.

“The firm also stresses the importance for litigation trainees to gain international experience,” Eléonore said.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

12 MARCH 2021

This follow-up article delves deeper into specific aspects of the Supreme Court’s judgment and provides a detailed commentary on its implications for the future of group litigation and jurisdictional challenges in England.

The article also discusses the interplay between Okpabi and earlier similar litigations in both the UK and in the Netherlands.

UK Supreme Court allows appeal in a group litigation involving Shell

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

14 Feburary 2021

In a ground-breaking judgment, the UK Supreme Court allowed an appeal in a group litigation against the oil and gas company Shell plc. The decision will allow 42,500 Nigerian victims to continue their fight for justice in England.

The appeal was concerned with the jurisdiction of the English courts against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (“SPDC”).


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

13 January 2021

A class action is when a large group of affected people form a collective claim over a common legal issue. A class action is also sometimes called group litigation.  

The class action will form one single claim of representative action against a defendant, person, or organisation for alleged wrongdoing.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

23 december 2020

A breach is the act of someone breaking, of failing to observe, their legal obligations. A contract can be breached in whole or in part. 

In the case of a data breach, a trusted company can violate their legal obligations to a customer by having insufficient data security and not treating your data with the care it deserves. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

20 december 2020

Precedent is when a previous court decision is considered to be a ‘rule’ for deciding or influencing subsequent cases involving similar issues or facts.

After a precedent is set, the courts are bound to apply the law to all future cases which follow the same pattern of facts.

There are three types of precedent: original, binding, and persuasive. 

“Access [to justice] denied” - Municipio de Mariana ORS v BHP PLC BHP LTD

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21 december 2020

On 9 November 2020, Mr Justice Turner of the High Court, handed down a judgment that denied the jurisdiction of the English Court to adjudicate the liability of BHP Plc and BHP Ltd on the merits. 

The judgment struck out the claims of over 200,000 Brazilian Claimants as an abuse of the process and further held that had the case not been struck out. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

03 DECEMBER 2020

A settlement is a resolution reached by the parties involved in a case, rather than one ordered by a judge.

Settlements are often achieved through negotiations, or some other form of dispute resolution, and can be reached before or after a judge-led trial begins.

Many civil cases are completed in this manner in an attempt to avoid long, costly and uncertain trials.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

25 November 2020

A No-Win, No-Fee agreement protects you from paying any legal fees in the event that a case is not successful.  In legal jargon, this is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). 

The conditional agreement is between you and the law firm you choose to represent you. It removes any risk by protecting you from court fees, lawyer’s costs and any other fees associated with a typical case. 

If you join a claim on a No-Win, No-Fee basis, you will not pay a penny unless you win the case.

 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

18 November 2020

As the name would suggest, a steering committee helps steer and direct complex litigation.

Ordered by court, the committee is made up of a group of legal professionals who make decisions on the overall strategy of a case, carry out administrative tasks, and decide how work will be divided. 

Within group litigations, a number of law firms may represent large groups of people. Therefore, the court forms a steering committee, made up of representatives of each firm, to show they can manage the litigation effectively. 


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

12 November 2020

Group litigations take place when your claim is managed collectively with the claims of other individuals. Courts grant Group Litigation Orders (GLO) when multiple claims give rise to the same issues.

Your claim may be treated as part of a group litigation if other claimants are seeking compensation for similar damages caused by the behaviour of the same defendant(s).

Group actions are usually brought against large companies or corporations whose behaviour has directly resulted in losses.


BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

04 November 2020

In the context of law, compensation is the money you are awarded by a court for loss, damage or suffering. 

The amount of money you can receive depends on a number of factors.

The purpose of compensation for damages tends to be restorative in the UK, to make up for any negative impacts or loss you may have suffered. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

13 September 2021

PGMBM has now issued court proceedings after the government refused to review their controversial hotel quarantine rules.

After forcing the government into a U-turn on the costs of hotel quarantine for those facing financial hardship, PGMBM now believes that detaining fully vaccinated people for ten days in a hotel if they have tested negative on their return is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates their fundamental human rights.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 August 2021

A second judicial review is being sought by PGMBM for the Government’s controversial hotel quarantine policy. The Government could end up paying tens of millions of pounds in compensation if they do not change their approach.

We believe that the policy of detaining people for 10 days in a hotel, despite being fully vaccinated in the UK and having tested negative on their return, is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates fundamental human rights.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 July 2021

Last week, PGMBM received confirmation from the Government that we had been successful in forcing a U-turn over the costs vulnerable people were incurring as part of the hotel quarantine policy.

While the details of how this will work have not yet been laid out, we are reassured that the Government have listened to reason on this.

“It’s a fantastic outcome for everyone.”

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

6 May 2021

We are frequently asked about the legalities of the hotel quarantine regulations and on what grounds we are seeking the review.

Our first ground is that we believe that the imposition of charges for quarantining in a government-managed hotel is unlawful because it is a direct breach of the UK’s international obligations. We also believe there is an absence of any adequate exemptions.

BLOGS FROM OUR LAWYERS

27 APRIL 2021

At PGMBM we are passionate about championing justice and ensuring fairness for all. Our judicial review of the hotel quarantine is no exception to this.

Following the news that from 15 February the UK Government intended to enforce a mandatory hotel quarantine policy on British and Irish citizens and residents returning to England we felt compelled to launch a legal challenge to ensure that the Policy receives judicial scrutiny.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 February 2021

In response to the news that the Government would be enforcing a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, PGMBM is launching a legal challenge to stand up for the human rights of those entering the UK.  

Tom Goodhead, Barrister and Managing Partner of PGMBM, said: “We wholeheartedly appreciate the seriousness of the pandemic.This does not, however, mean that policies which constitute extraordinary violations.”

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 July 2021

As the court-appointed lead solicitors, PGMBM is pleased to announce that litigation with British Airways has been resolved on confidential terms.  

The mediation between legal representatives for claimants and British Airways Plc resolves the group litigation on confidential terms.  

Harris Pogust, PGMBM Chairman, said: “We are very pleased to have come to a resolution on this matter after constructive mediation with British Airways.” 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 January 2021

The 2018 BA Data Breach Claim has become the largest group action personal data claim in UK history, with over 16,000 victims seeking compensation from the airline. PGMBM are the lead solicitors in the group litigation case against British Airways on behalf of victims.

We expect that victim compensation could be up to £2,000, putting BA’s overall potential liability at around £800million.

Those involved now have until 19 March 2021 to sign up via the dedicated website, badatabreach.com.

British Airways Data Breach: ‘It’s time For victims to be compensated’

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21 october 2021

PGMBM have welcomed the decision from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to levy British Airways’s fine over their 2018 breach. 

We believe it is now time for the half a million BA customers affected by the breach to be compensated.

Harris Pogust, Partner, commented: “The move by the ICO to reduce BA’s fine should allow them to protect the business. However, it is now time for BA to compensate the victims.”

PGMBM instructs Serle Court in easyJet Data Breach Litigation

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26 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has instructed Sophie Holcombe and David Blayney QC of Serle Court in ongoing litigation against the aviation giant easyJet. 

One of the UK’s largest data breaches to date, questions have been raised as to the efficacy of the cyber-security measures in place at easyJet, and why the airline chose to notify the UK Information Commissioner’s Office in January, but to delay informing its customers until May.

PGMBM issues group claim on behalf of easyJet customers over data breach

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22 MAy 2020

The British airline group EasyJet announced on 19 May 2020 that sensitive personal data of nine million customers from around the world had been exposed in a “sophisticated” data breach. 

PGMBM, a leading international group litigation specialist have issued the claim form on behalf of impacted customers, after having been contacted by numerous affected people when the data breach was made public.

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20 MAy 2020

Around 9 million easyJet customers have had their data breached in a ‘sophisticated’ cyber-attack, the airline has announced.  

Email addresses and travel details were stolen by cyber-criminals and more than 2,200 customers have also had their credit and debit card details ‘accessed’, including CVV numbers.   

easyJet informed the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office in January 2020 and they are currently investigating the breach.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

4 October 2019

SPG Law (now PGMBM), acting on behalf of thousands of BA customers in a group action lawsuit against embattled airline following its catastrophic 2018 data breach has been granted a group litigation order by the High Court in London.

British Airways is facing legal claims from thousands of customers whose sensitive personal data was stolen and compromised by third parties who breached the company’s online reservations systems.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 NOVEMBER 2021

More than 1,500 Brazilian orange growers are celebrating today after securing a High Court judgment that will force multi-billionaire Brazilian orange juice magnate, José Luis Cutrale, and his son, José Luis Cutrale Jr, to face trial.

The father and son will go to court in England over their alleged participation in an illegal cartel that substantially impacted the global market for the sale of orange juice.

PGMBM, acting for the orange growers, successfully argued that the case should proceed in England.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

19 July 2021

Germany’s largest consumer protection group has filed a lawsuit against Daimler to help Mercedes owners get redress over the Dieselgate scandal. 

If successful, the lawsuit will set a precedent that would allow Mercedes GLC and GLK car owners to gain compensation over software allegedly used to trick emissions tests in the diesel emissions scandal. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

21 June 2021

Prosecutors in France have charged both Peugeot and Renault over claims they cheated emissions testing in many of their diesel vehicles.  

Senior managers were accused of deceit for using ‘fraudulent strategies’ and committing emissions fraud by falsifying emissions test results and cheating emissions laws.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 June 2021

More than 94% of parents underestimate the fatal impact of air pollution in the UK, new research has revealed.

Some 2,000 parents were polled as part of the research commissioned by MyDieselClaim.com, a campaign by leading access to justice law firm PGMBM. The research concluded that just 25% of people believed that car manufacturers were honest about the impact their vehicles had on the environment.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 June 2021

In 2020, PGMBM launched the My Diesel Claim campaign to hold vehicle manufacturers accountable for their role in the Dieselgate scandal.

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked about is why the case is so important to us and why we are so eager to get people to sign up. Our answer is simple: accountability.   

 

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10 MAY 2021

Four months after an inquest concluded that air pollution was the cause of death for six-year-old Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, a coroner has called on the UK government to change air pollution law.   

Coroner Phillip Barlow, who led the original inquest into Ella’s death in December 2020, has called for national pollution limits to be reduced. He says there is ‘no safe level of particulate matter’ in the air.   

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

21 MAY 2021

The Australian federal court has dismissed Volkswagen’s appeal against their $95 million fine. The appeal was surrounding Volkswagen’s part in the Dieselgate emissions scandal.

The Australian federal court found that they had breached consumer laws by falsifying emissions levels.

It was concluded that Volkswagen did not disclose the existence of ‘two-mode’ software.

 
NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

30 APRIL 2021

In Germany, Volkswagen is seeking around $1.2 billion from ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn for his actions in the Dieselgate scandal.

If awarded, this sum would be the highest claim ever for damages against a CEO in Germany, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 APRIL 2021

In response to the growing number of manufacturers under investigation for diesel emissions fraud, PGMBM has launched a new website that will support more diesel vehicle drivers than ever before: My Diesel Claim.

MyDieselClaim.com will offer all diesel car and van owners the opportunity to claim up to £10,000 for their vehicle manufacturer’s part in the Dieselgate scandal.   

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

4 February 2021

A record number of vehicles failed their MOT tests in 2020 due to issues relating to potentially harmful exhaust emissions. 

The survey suggests that failures in 2020 increased by more than 70% when compared to pre-2018 when new guidance was offered. Sources indicate that 1.3 million vehicles were implicated, with diesel cars guilty of the most significant surge in emission failures.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

28 OCTOBER 2020

PGMBM is filing a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in line with the Dieselgate scandal.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles may be affected, including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Iveco, and Suzuki diesel vehicles.

Anyone who owned or leased an affected vehicle first registered between 2008 and 2020 may be able to claim up to £10,000 in compensation for being misled.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

18 SEPTEMBER 2020

Mercedes-Benz has agreed to pay £1.7 billion to settle diesel emission cheat claims in the United States, meaning Mercedes UK drivers may be one step closer to getting the compensation they deserve. 

In a statement, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes, said that it expected costs of £1.14bn relating to the civil and environmental claims, and £535m relating to the consumer class action.

While the US settlement is welcomed by PGMBM, British drivers may be entitled to far more. 

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 september 2020

A German court has ruled that the former CEO of Volkswagen will have to stand trial as part of the Dieselgate emissions scandal

Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post five years ago, after a notice of violation from the US Environmental Protection Agency brought to light years of VW emissions cheating. 

He and four other defendants will face trial in Germany on charges of fraud in connection with aggravated tax evasion and illegal advertising in the Dieselgate scandal.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

27 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has announced that it is taking legal action against vehicle manufacturers Renault and Nissan, following allegations that illegal emissions defeat devices have been fitted in a number of cars and vans.

Defeat devices are designed to sense when a car is under specific testing conditions, and accordingly turn on emissions controls, allowing the vehicle to falsely pass regulatory checks.

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1 JUNE 2020

PGMBM has filed a claim against Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, in the Liverpool High Court. The case relates to a Mercedes diesel emissions scandal, which involves the use of defeat devices (also called ‘cheat devices’) on an estimated half million Mercedes diesel vehicles first registered between 2007 and 2018 in the United Kingdom.

These defeat device software systems change the way the vehicles function in test scenarios, to help them meet required emissions levels.

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1 JULY 2019

A number of barristers from Exchange Chambers have been instructed by SPG Law (mow PGMBM) to advise on the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” class action.

SPG Law are acting for over 16,000 car owners who bought a diesel VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat car between 2008 and 2015.

On the 18 September 2015 it was first alleged by US authorities that VW had sought to cheat the US emissions testing regime in respect of NOx emissions by fitting their vehicles with illegal “defeat devices”.

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1 MARCH 2019

A record breaking settlement decision has been reached in the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal in the USA after VW allegedly fitted ‘defeat devices’ in its vehicles.

A final figure of $14.7 billion was approved by US District Court Judge Charles Breyer on 25 October 2016. The money is the largest settlement sum in US history and will be used to compensate more than 475,000 drivers.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

11 NOVEMBER 2021

Data breach specialists PGMBM are supporting customers of Sky Betting & Gaming after the gambling giant admitted to exposing recovering and vulnerable addicts to “free spin” offers.

It is thought that up to 120,000 people – who had explicitly asked Sky Bet and their sister company Sky Vegas not to send them betting correspondence – were sent multiple promotional emails during Safer Gambling week in a catastrophic mistake.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

12 August 2021

A second judicial review is being sought by PGMBM for the Government’s controversial hotel quarantine policy. The Government could end up paying tens of millions of pounds in compensation if they do not change their approach.

We believe that the policy of detaining people is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates fundamental human rights.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 JULY 2021

As the court-appointed lead solicitors, PGMBM is pleased to announce that litigation with British Airways has been resolved on confidential terms. The mediation between legal representatives for claimants and British Airways Plc resolves the group litigation on confidential terms.

Harris Pogust, PGMBM Chairman, said: “We are very pleased to have come to a resolution on this matter.”

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

5 July 2021

Last week, PGMBM received confirmation from the Government that we had been successful in forcing a U-turn over the costs vulnerable people were incurring as part of the hotel quarantine policy.

While the details of how this will work have not yet been laid out, we are reassured that the Government have listened to reason on this.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

10 June 2021

More than 94% of parents underestimate the fatal impact of air pollution in the UK, new research has revealed.[1]

While three-quarters of parents (73%) said they were concerned about the effect of air pollution on their children’s health, the study showed that 60% don’t know if they live in a high or low pollution area or how to find out.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

7 April  2021

In response to the growing number of manufacturers under investigation for diesel emissions fraud, PGMBM has launched a new website that will support more diesel vehicle drivers than ever before: My Diesel Claim.

MyDieselClaim.com will offer all diesel car and van owners the opportunity to claim up to £10,000 for their vehicle manufacturer’s part in the Dieselgate scandal.

NEWS ABOUT OUR CASES

16 February 2021

In response to the news that the Government would be enforcing a mandatory hotel quarantine policy, PGMBM is launching a legal challenge to stand up for the human rights of those entering the UK.  

Tom Goodhead, Barrister and Managing Partner of PGMBM, said: “We wholeheartedly appreciate the seriousness of the pandemic.This does not, however, mean that policies which constitute extraordinary violations.”

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CONTACT US

  • CALL US

+44 03330 155 900

  • HEADQUARTERS

70 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7HT

PGMBM (a trading name of Excello Law Limited)
SRA License Number 512898
Excello Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be located here

NOAH WORTMAN
Director – Global Collective Redress 

As Director – Global Collective Redress at PGMBM, Noah brings his extensive experience in assessing and analyzing corporate misconduct in the financial markets, as well as his commitment to finding global litigation and shareholder engagement solutions to investors across the world. He has extensive experience advocating for global investors, promoting corporate governance and investor stewardship, and implementing strategies to achieve collective redress.

Noah splits his time between Philadelphia and London with a global remit where he strives to provide access to justice for global institutional investors (including financial institutions, superannuation schemes, asset managers and owners, and sovereign wealth and pension funds) and others via engagement and litigation strategies including global shareholder litigation (class/group, opt-out/direct, and opt-in), antitrust/competition/cartel litigation, complex financial litigation, global privacy/data breach litigation, and global patent litigation.

Most recently, Noah was Senior Manager, Collective Redress at Omni Bridgeway where he worked with global institutional investors to implement litigation funding strategies to aid in exercising their shareholder rights in seeking legal redress from publicly listed companies where an alleged wrongdoing had occurred. 

Previously, Noah was Managing Director, Americas and Global Head of Class Action Services for London-based Goal Group. There he was responsible for the company’s operations and strategic vision in the Americas and led the company’s worldwide initiatives in securities and antitrust class action litigation services on behalf of its global institutional investor clientele.

Before joining Goal Group, Noah served in similar roles at Stewarts Law as Director of Case Development of Investor Protection Litigation and at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP helping global institutional investors exercise their rights to recover for their investment losses pursuant to securities laws in jurisdictions around the world.

Noah is a frequent speaker around the globe on the topic of shareholder legal redress, recovery, rights and responsibilities. He has also been a member of several leading global institutional investor organizations and sits on the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Global Stewardship Committee and has previously served on its former Shareholder Responsibilities Committee, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Event Advisory Board, and the Council of Institutional Investors’ Markets Advisory Council.

Noah attended Columbia University and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

GABRIELLA BIANCHINI
Partner

Gabriella graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo with a degree in Law and holds a master’s degree in Law from King’s College, London. She’s a leading, multi-jurisdictional lawyer whose impressive abilities have been repeatedly attested to by both colleagues and clients. Gabriella trained as a lawyer at leading law firms in Brazil and Germany before moving to London to further her studies. Following graduating with distinction from her LLM in International Dispute Resolution at King’s College, Gabriella joined PGMBM.

At PGMBM, Gabriella has personally led the representation of dozens of municipalities, bringing claims for over $2bn in the Fundão dam litigation. The excellence of her work in the Fundão dam litigation has led to her being approached by other Brazilian municipalities seeking overseas legal representation including the Municipality of Brumadinho following the collapse of Dam I at the Córrego do Feijão mine.

In the Brumadinho litigation against TÜV SÜD in Germany, Gabriella is leading a team of over 20 PGMBM lawyers and co-counsel to represent her municipal client and over 120 families of the deceased. Gabriella is a relentless campaigner for gender equality and social justice.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.    

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 


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.

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.

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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.   

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.   

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

FELIPE NOBREGA
Paralegal

Felipe graduated from the Unicesumar with a degree in Law, and has 5 year