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7 Jul 2011

Leigh Day

House of Commons debate about human rights concerns in Legal Aid Bill [UK]

Concerns about access to justice for those people who have suffered personal injury or human rights abuses because of the actions of UK companies operating abroad were discussed in a House of Commons debate on 29th June 2011...Leigh Day is not alone in expressing anxiety about the proposed changes to civil litigation costs which will make it almost impossible to bring cases against multinationals. Labour MP Lisa Nandy raised this topic in the Commons...During the debate Nandy referred to the difficulty of bringing group actions and the fact that ending the ability to recover the success fee from defendants will make such cases virtually impossible to run...Michael Mansfield...said that the proposals are a “flagrant violation of the coalition’s own commitment to human rights.” That is why I [Lisa Nandy] am asking for exemption in these particular cases. [refers to Cape, Rio Blanco]

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African & European organizations write to UK Minister of Justice with their concerns over impact of UK legal aid reform, rendering human rights litigation against multinationals "impossible"

Cape/Gencor lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Monterrico Metals lawsuit (re Peru)