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Littleton’s Anirudh Mather instructed on behalf of Claimants in group action over Brazilian dam collapse


Anirudh Mathur has been appointed to the core legal team instructed for the Claimants in Municipality of Mariana & Ors v BHP. The case is one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases for 2020.

The claim is on behalf of over 200,000 claimants including individuals, municipalities, businesses and indigenous groups. It arises from the collapse of the Fundão Dam, which killed 19 people and released around 40 million cubic meters of toxic waste into the Rio Doce. The collapse has been described as the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.

Anirudh joins a team of counsel led by Charles Hollander QC. The jurisdiction hearing in the matter began on Wednesday 22 July and is scheduled until the end of the month. It is being heard before the High Court in Manchester.

The recent instruction is an example of the breadth and depth of Anirudh’s practice; in this case across commercial law, private international law and human rights.

This case builds on previous work regarding corporate accountability. Anirudh has argued for an Indian anti-corruption NGO against mineral miners, before a committee comprising retired Indian Supreme Court Justices (who commended his advocacy). He has a particular interest in such business and human rights work.

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