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, for the catastrophic consequences caused by the 2015 Fundão dam collapse in Mariana.
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, the Judge would have stayed the claims against BHP Plc on the basis of Article 34 of the Brussels Recast Regulation and the claims against BHP Ltd on the basis of forum non conveniens.
While it is beyond the scope of this post to analyse each of these technical findings, the consequences of the judgment will be discussed in relation to the facts of this case and other future business and human rights proceedings.
More than 5 years after the disaster, the Claimants continue to have their fundamental rights to access land and safe water and their ability live with dignity, according to their cultural and religious traditions, impaired, being no closer to having their claims vented and tangibly redressed.
Mr Justice Turner found that if the litigation in England was allowed to proceed, it would result in “closely related group claims moving forward in parallel in two different jurisdictions with many of the same claimants in each seeking identical remedies in England and Brazil concurrently.”
The remedies in Brazil refer to the two main group actions, one of which was annulled and the other stayed, as well as other claims, made by mostly different claimants against different defendants to those in the English case. The Court found it viable for damages to be claimed from the Renova Foundation – an entity set-up, funded and managed by the defendant companies in the Brazil proceedings, (BHP Brasil, Samarco and Vale), which control who is allowed to recover damages, on what conditions, and how much.
Widely held criticisms of the Renova Foundation’s inability (or unwillingness) to provide an effective remedy to the victims of the disaster has been reported by the United Nations (2015 2019 2020), the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and Conectas. Further, the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office alleges fraud and abuse by Renova Foundation.
Having examined case law relating to abuse of process, Justice Turner notes “Litigants should not be denied the right to bring a genuine subject of litigation before the court save upon a scrupulous examination of all the circumstances which leads the court to the conclusion that the claim should, nevertheless, be struck out”. On the facts of the case, the criticisms levelled against the proposed redress contemplated through the Brazilian proceedings are astounding and a “scrupulous examination of all the circumstances” should have revealed that the application to the English courts is not a crude pursuit for a larger pay-out, rather, it is a legally sanctioned plea for actual redress in light of the pseudo mechanisms ostensibly offered in Brazil.
Beyond this case, the judgement risks obstructing remedies for hundreds of thousands of other victims of exploitation, disregard and abuse by Transnational Corporations (TNCs). The increasing cases of human rights violations against TNCs reflects the necessity to develop a coherent model for attribution of civil liability.
The judgement appears to depart from established case law and precedent. Owusu v Jackson held that the court of an EU member state cannot decline jurisdiction where the defendant is domiciled in that member state on grounds of there being a more appropriate forum abroad. Moreover, the Supreme Court in Lungowe v Vedanta found that, on the facts, the Zambian claimants had a bona fide claim and a genuine intention to seek a remedy against the English company.
By declining to exercise its jurisdiction in this case, the English Court has undermined established principles of jurisdiction and was remiss to buttress case law in favour of holding TNCs to account, through existing legal mechanisms.
The claimants’ intended appeal is hoped to help normalise the English courts being able to assert jurisdiction over English-domiciled parent companies and their foreign subsidiaries for tort liability in other jurisdictions.
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.
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.
ISADORA CARTOCCI MARLOW
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 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 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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistente Jurídica Sênior
Thaís é formada em Direito pela Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR) e possui Mestrado em Direitos Humanos (suma cum laude) pela Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Alemanha), onde foi premiada com o programa de bolsas alemãs para os alunos mais talentosos da universidade (Deutschlandstipendium).
Thaís tem experiência em direito penal, direito civil e administrativo, bem como em direitos humanos e direito penal internacional. Ela trabalhou como Técnica Judiciária na 1ª Vara Criminal do Tribunal de Justiça do Estado de Rondônia (TJRO) e, posteriormente, como Assistente jurídica de Gabinete na Turma Recursal dos Juizados Especiais do TJRO, onde prestou assessoria jurídica a juízes em questões variadas de direito. Ao fim de seus serviços na Turma Recursal, recebeu elogio funcional no Diário da Justiça pelos serviços prestados. Thaís também trabalhou como Visiting Professional no Tribunal Penal Internacional (TPI) por quase um ano, onde prestou assessoria jurídica à juíza Alapini-Gansou em questões de direitos humanos e direito internacional.
Durante seu bacharelado, Thaís foi pesquisadora do grupo de pesquisa Ética e Direitos Humanos da UNIR, onde realizou pesquisas sobre da fundamentação dos direitos humanos e criminologia, tendo realizado um projeto financiado Pelo Programa de Bolsas de Iniciação Científica do Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnolóigoc (CNPq). Thaís publicou artigos científicos sobre filosofia dos direitos humanos e criminologia.
Atualmente, Thaís integra a equipe do PGMBM como Assistente Jurídica, prestando suporte em litígios transnacionais, com foco na proteção ambiental e em direitos humanos e coletivos. Ela também se mantém engajada com os direitos humanos na sociedade civil, sendo voluntária da Global Human Rights Defence, uma ONG Holandesa de Direitos Humanos.
Client Liaison – Paralegal
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 focussed and strategic approach to his work across the firm’s case portfolio.
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.
Kamen graduated from King’s College London with a first class honours LLB. He also holds a first class honours LLM from the University of Cambridge, where he specialised in environmental law and international dispute resolution. During his studies, Kamen obtained numerous awards and scholarships for outstanding academic performance.
Prior to joining PGMBM, Kamen trained at a major international corporate law firm, completing various seats with but again with a focus on environmental law and commercial litigation. After qualifying as a solicitor, Kamen joined PGMBM and has been working on both domestic and cross-border group litigation with an environmental focus.
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 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 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.
Dominique obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law at Leiden University. She completed her master’s degree in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam, achieving a distinction and specialising in international human rights and migration. She also spent a semester abroad at the University of Connecticut, where she received an award for her achievements in the field of refugee law.
At law school, Dominique interned at various legal institutions and organisations, including the District Court of The Hague and the Dutch Council for Refugees. She also worked as a Student Assistant at Leiden University, mentoring incoming first-year law students.
Dominique joined PGMBM in 2020 and is mainly involved in our environmental protection cases. She is fluent in both Dutch and English.
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.
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.
Client Care Supervisor
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Aishah is a law graduate from the University of Westminster, having completed an Integrated Master’s in Law degree which also includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC). During her LPC she studied Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Employment Law and Clinical Legal Practice.
Prior to joining PGMBM Aishah was a document review paralegal where she worked on high profile commercial cases, including a US based pharmaceutical case involving competition law and antitrust law. Aishah enjoys commercial work and intends to specialise in this area.
Outside of her professional career, she enjoys challenging herself and taking part in new experiences. In 2018 she took part in a sponsored climb up the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, where she reached the peak (4,413 ft) and raised over a thousand pounds. Her efforts enabled the construction of four wells across Africa and Asia, allowing access to clean water and making a life-changing difference to disadvantaged communities.
Aishah joined PGMBM in 2021 and is working on the Mercedes diesel emissions claim.
Shadia 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Erin graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law and is currently coaching the University’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.
During her summers as a student, Erin was herself able to experience a vast spectrum of legal work. Examples of her exposure includes social welfare and housing law as a Triage Volunteer at the Liverpool Law Centre, child sexual exploitation during a University-funded research apprenticeship, international legal drafting in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint-Ventures Department of an international law firm and special education needs as a Student Advisor at the University of Liverpool Law Clinic.
Currently, Erin is enjoying working in the firm’s Medical Product Liability Department after receiving a distinction in her LLM/LPC at the University of Law.
Vicki 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.
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 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.
Tom graduated from Nottingham Trent University, receiving the top grade in his employment law and international trade modules. Tom will be studying for his LPC part-time starting in September.
Prior to joining PGMBM, Tom worked as a Recruitment Consultant for senior professionals sourcing for the directors and controllers of multi-million-pound finance companies. Tom has also worked as a door-to-door fundraiser, generating over £200,000 for respected charities. He is looking to utilise his sales experience to kickstart his career in the law.
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.
Legal Director – Consumer and Medical Product Liability
Tony graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Law before completing his LSF at the Chester College of Law.
He has over 30 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of commercial disputes, including procedures to avoid disputes, early settlements and trial expertise. Prior to joining PGMBM, Tony was Senior Litigation Counsel at a large property development and retail company after being a Partner at a number of national and international law firms.
Since joining PGMBM in September 2018, Tony has been the Lead Solicitor on both the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation and the British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation.
ANA CAROLINA SALOMÃO
Legal Director – Litigation Finance
Ana is an LL.M. by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with her main studies at the fields of financial law. She also has a Master in Economic Law by the University of São Paulo (USP), the same institution where she graduated, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Tax Law.
Ana Carolina is an experienced financial lawyer that has been working in financial markets as in-house counsel as well, as an associate to law firms, for over 13 years. She started her career young, focusing on taxation of financial products and corporate transactions before broadening her professional performance to act as a transactional lawyer in derivatives transactions, private and public equity deals, and, most recently, third-party financing of judicial claims.
Within PGMBM, she manages the interaction between the firm and its funders, acting as an in-house transactional lawyer and as investors relations.
Devoted to philanthropy, she seats at the board of Associação Projeto Gauss endowment fund, which offers scholarships and mentoring for disadvantaged Brazilian students who believe in education as transformational tool.
Catherine 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.
Legal Director – In-House Advocacy
Ibar graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Civil Law and received the Gold Medal for attaining the highest result in his class.
He is a Barrister who was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2011 and the Bar of England and Wales in 2015. Whilst in Ireland, he specialised in commercial litigation, professional negligence and corporate insolvency and rescue, but dealt in most areas of civil law. He was also briefed in criminal matters.
After being called to the Bar of England and Wales, he acted as junior to Mark Phillips Q.C. and Michael Crystal Q.C. in AHAB v Saad, which is widely regarded as the most valuable fraud ever litigated and was the longest trial ever to come before the Cayman courts. Judgment was entered in favour of Ibar’s clients.
Ibar came back to London in September 2017 and began as a Senior Associate with Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, where he handled both the FII and CFC & Dividend GLOs, high profile tax litigations that managed two series of like claims for restitution of tax paid by mistake under now repealed legislative provisions on the grounds that they treated UK income more favourably than EU income. Ibar gained extensive UK High Court and Supreme Court experience whilst with JHA.
Arriving with a wide-ranging background, Ibar joined the firm in June 2019, and acts as a Barrister across all the firms practice areas, with a particular focus on the international business and human rights cases, for which he travels extensively. He also acts on the medical product liability litigations.
Ibar has published on an array of legal areas, regularly appearing in both the Irish Times and the Irish Bar Review. He has appeared in the UK’s Tax Journal, and whilst at JHA, was accredited with updating and editing Dr Simon Whitehead’s book “The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of HR
Craig graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Business Studies.
Craig has worked in Human Resources management for 10+ years across the hospitality, publishing, PR & marketing, private healthcare, and HR consultancy sectors. He has extensive experience operating within SMEs, supporting growth and implementing HR practices that complement the culture of an organisation.
Craig believes that HR is most successful when they establish a foundation of trust, transparency, and accountability and hold himself to that same standard.
Tom graduated from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and 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 the 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 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, having initiated the Fundão Dam Litigation and travelling to Brazil numerous times over the past three years. 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.
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.
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 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 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 eight 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.
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.
Head of Managing Partner’s Office
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Chief of Staff
Jordan graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law and is currently undertaking the LPC part-time at BPP Law School, Holborn.
It was during the former that Jordan developed an interest for international investment and commercial law, with his elective modules reflecting this corporate focus. His final year brought an award for his critique of the contemporary climate of international investment arbitration. The Panel commended his consideration of geopolitical and economic factors and their effects on investment regulation.
Joining PGMBM in 2018, he brings formidable work ethic and exceptional commercial awareness to his role within both the operations and financing functions of the firm.
Jade graduated 3rd (out of 306 students) with an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was awarded numerous academic prizes. She recently completed her BCL, with merit, as a Weidenfeld Hoffmann Trust and Chevening Scholarship recipient at the University of Oxford, St Anne’s College.
Jade completed her articles of clerkship in the banking and finance department of ENS Inc., the largest law firm in Africa. Upon admission as an Attorney, she chose to leave corporate practice and volunteer at various non-profit organisations, gaining experience in entrepreneurship, female empowerment and skills development. During this time, she also qualified as a notary public and mediator.
In 2017, Jade was chosen to serve as a Law Clerk for Chief Justice Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. She then worked as a Legal Researcher at the Helen Suzman Foundation, promoting and honouring the rule of law. Jade also assisted at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London.
Growing up in a post-apartheid South Africa instilled in her the commitment to pursue justice, freedom, and equality for all. Jade regularly publishes articles for the Oxford Human Rights Hub and other law journals. She still actively volunteers in various empowerment projects around the globe.
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 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 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.
Boston College Law School
University of Miami (FL)
BS/BA, Broadcast Journalism and Political Science
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Public Affairs
As Director of Public Affairs Simon brings together political strategy, external relations and communications expertise along with a passion for holding the powerful to account and getting justice for people.
With over 18 years experience in politics, public affairs and campaigning Simon is a specialist in running campaigns that resonate with the public and impact on policy. At PGMBM Simon will be responsible for developing public affairs strategies and building relationships across different sectors.
Prior to joining, PGMBM Simon worked for environmental organisation ClientEarth, including leading their award-winning campaign to clean up toxic and illegal air pollution across Europe. Before that Simon worked as a political advisor to British politician Ed Miliband for over 10 years, both in government and in his position as Leader of the Opposition.
Angelina 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Receptionist & Secretary
Ellen is an experienced secretary and has worked for various personal injury law firms during her career.
She enjoys a role in which she can meet and work with people from different walks of life.
Lucretia was herself a victim of Essure and it is for this reason that she is committed to holding the manufacturers of the product responsible.
She is happy to utilise her experience to provide administrative support for PGMBM.
Janine is committed to helping women who have been sterilized with Essure after she herself experienced the adverse effects of the method.
That is how she ended up at PGMBM and is why she now works hard for the cause, representing affected women in the Netherlands. Janine has supported the women emotionally for years and now helps them to get their files in order.
Laura graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law. Whilst studying for her degree, she took a particular interest in social justice after gaining an insight from her involvement with the Liverpool University Law Clinic.
Laura joined PGMBM in the summer of 2020 after completing her degree and is currently enjoying working within the Medical Product Liability Department. She looks forward to starting her LPC at the University of Law in September 2021.
Office & PA Assistant
Douglas, a native Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro, graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College in New York City, (USA) with his degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
Douglas recently joined PGMBM in February 2021 as an Office & PA Assistant. He is extremely passionate about helping others, determined, and willing to support and provide consistent assistance based on his broad knowledge, strong analytical and business skills.
Executive Assistant to Partners (Mousinho & Martins)
Luísa graduated from the University Centre of Serra Gaúcha with a degree in International Relations. Whilst at university, she led the Academic Directory of Students and organised study groups which focused on human rights. Upon graduation, she received a distinction in her class after achieving outstanding results in the National Student Performance Exam.
Whilst in Brazil, Luísa served the government of her municipality, participating directly in the creation of the Municipal Youth Policy. She was also involved in the constitution of the International Relations Office.
She joined PGMBM in 2020, motivated by her passion for making the world a better place. Luísa is also a campaigner for gender equality and social justice, volunteering for the Migration Centre and participating in several projects within the Secretariat on Policies for Women.
Office Manager / London
Orla joined PGMBM as an Administrative Assistant in June 2020, having just completed her final year at the University of Liverpool. She graduated the following month with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy before being promoted to Office Manager.
Since joining PGMBM, Orla has been given the opportunity to travel to Manchester to assist the legal team on the Fundão Dam Litigation.
She has a strong interest in ethical judgement, strengthened by the philosophical side of her degree. This reflects the ethos of PGMBM.
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.
Phoebe is an experienced litigator who has dedicated her career to commercial dispute resolution and joined PGMBM to assist with the Volkswagen Emissions Litigation.
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 enjoys the cut and thrust of litigation and honing her advocacy skills, 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.
Social Media Assistant
After achieving her BA in Business Consultancy, Sophie moved from Austria to London to pursue an MA in International Marketing. She graduated in 2020.
During and after her undergraduate studies, she worked in the field of social media and developed campaigns for leadership coaching and digital formats for national book presentations. Sophie worked in one of Germany’s most successful brand consulting firms, where she developed strategies for international businesses in various fields. She was also involved in building a German start-up’s brand, where she was responsible for the fundraising of Africa Amini Alama; a private initiative that supports medical care for people in need in Tanzania.
Sophie is passionate about providing clients the information that they need to make informed choices. She provides support to current and prospective clients on social media in the hope that they will find the justice they deserve.
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.
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.
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 é graduada recentemente em Política, Filosofia e Direito (LLB) pelo King’s College London e tem mestrado em Direito Internacional Público (LLM) pela Universidade de Leiden.
Karen é brasileira e já morou em seis países em quatro continentes diferentes (América do Norte e do Sul, Ásia e Europa). Por isso, aprendeu a falar cinco línguas (inglês, português, espanhol, francês e holandês).
Em seu tempo livre, adora fazer ioga e conhecer a gastronomia local de todas as cidades que conhece.
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 é formado em Direito pela Faculdade de Direito de Sorocaba e pós-graduado em Processo Civil pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC / SP), onde também foi professor assistente de processo civil.
Filipe é advogado brasileiro qualificado desde 2008 e está inscrito na Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil.
Antes de se mudar para o Reino Unido, Filipe trabalhou em grandes escritórios de advocacia em São Paulo, especializados em direito civil e do consumidor, e também foi diretor jurídico do Município de Votorantim.
Filipe tem experiência em direito brasileiro nas áreas cível, processual civil e direito administrativo.
No PGMBM, Filipe trabalha com processos ambientais.
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 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.
Engenheiro de Suporte a Projetos de TI
Michail nasceu e foi criado na Grécia. Ele tem ampla experiência em gerenciamento de projetos e soluções de negócios, adquirida com a implementação e entrega prática de serviços ao cliente, enquanto trabalhava no setor de hospitalidade.
Sua paixão por tecnologia permitiu que ele se concentrasse na atualização de seu conhecimento especificamente em tecnologias de nuvem como Azure e Microsoft 365.
Michail é certificado em Fundamentos do Azure e pretende se tornar um especialista em Azure.
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.
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.
Emma qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales in September 2011 and specialises in commercial litigation.
Prior to joining PGMBM Emma acted on a broad range of complex commercial disputes across Guernsey, Cayman and the British Virgin Islands. While based in Guernsey, Emma was involved in the successful defence of a liquidator’s claim surrounding the collapse of a US$22 billion hedge fund in the longest and most complex trial in Guernsey legal history. She has advised and acted for a range of clients including banks, liquidators, high net worth individuals, trustees, beneficiaries and trust companies.
At PGMBM, Emma’s main area of focus has been the firm’s emissions cases against a range of car manufacturers.
Devika is currently pursuing her Master’s in Medical Law at King’s College London. She has graduated with a degree in business and is an affiliate of the professional accountancy body, ACCA since 2019. She has completed her Legal Professional Course at The University of Law with commendation.
Prior to joining PGMBM, she has worked as a paralegal in multijurisdictional civil fraud litigation, family law, and immigration law.
She hopes to secure a training contract in the near future.
Rob graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Economics.
Rob has over 15 years’ experience working in accounting, financial modelling, data analysis and data science, with his first postgraduate role as an auditor at KPMG London where he qualified as an ACA in 2012. He enjoys building modelling solutions, code of all types and teaching others basic and advanced Excel functions.
Rob is the lead data analyst and financial modeller at PGMBM and is responsible for WIP reporting and aiding both IT in implementing data solutions and Finance in producing functional backward looking and forecast financial models. He is also a qualified ski instructor and climate change activist.
Anna 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 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.
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.
Assistente Jurídica – Atendimento ao Cliente
Caroline é formada em História Antiga e História pela Universidade de Reading. Em seguida, ela obteve uma graduação em Direito e um mestrado pela BPP University.
Entusiasta do trabalho social, Caroline dedicou parte da sua carreira a iniciativas pro bono e no Citizens Advice. Ela entrou na PGMBM em 2021, na busca por poder ajudar clientes em larga escala.
No tempo livre, Caroline joga badminton e realiza trabalho voluntário na Oxfam.
Zusanna 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.
Talent Acquisition Business Partner
Ana is a CIPD qualified HR and Talent Acquisition Manager. She graduated from University of Waterloo, Canada, with a degree in Political Science. She has an MA in Human Rights and an MA in Applied Anthropology from University of Bologna and Goldsmiths respectively.
Ana started her career in Human Rights and International Development before working in the last 10 years in HR, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. She has previously worked internationally and in the UK, for a variety of different organizations such as United Nations, George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, UK Government, and many others, in both private and public sectors.
In her work, Ana is passionate about ensuring the delivery of a robust and effective talent acquisition process and strategy that reflects PGMBM’s purpose and values.
Jess graduated with a degree in Media with Communications from Nottingham Trent University.
She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in content creation after working in both B2B and B2C publishing companies during her career. Before joining PGMBM, she worked within the intellectual property law sector and has collaborated on content with lawyers, medical professionals and business leaders from around the world.
Jess writes promotional content across all PGMBM’s cases, sharing updates and communicating the firm’s values with its clients.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 has an LLB from the University of Kent after graduating in 2019 with first class honours. Following this, she completed an LLM in Corporate Law at University College London where she was awarded a distinction.
During her studies, Helin developed a particular interest in areas of corporate social responsibility and environmental litigation.
Helin joined PGMBM in August 2020 and has primarily worked on the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation, Renault Nissan NOx Emissions Group Litigation and British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation.
Maya holds an LLB from Anglia Ruskin University and is fluent in both English and Italian.
Whilst at university, Maya undertook Pro Bono work at a free housing clinic in London. Her role was to help people with legal advice, for issues regarding Housing Law. She is currently working on one of PGMBM’s major cases, the Mercedes Benz Emissions case.
Maya is currently studying the LPC at BPP Law School, with the long term goal of specialising as a wills and probate solicitor.
Asirah graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2020 with a First Class Honours degree in Law.
During university, Asirah gained extensive client-facing experience. She advised clients in the areas of employment law and consumer law at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, as well as volunteered in legal aid clinics across London and in Singapore.
After graduating, Asirah joined PGMBM as a paralegal. By working on cases against major corporations, she hopes to expand upon her interest in commercial and consumer law.
Tahmina 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Kuda graduated from the University of Sheffield with an LLB degree in Law with European & International Law. As part of her degree she spent time at Sciences Po Paris.
She has gained experience in Competition Law having worked in the Middle East and Brussels with the French law firm Bredin Prat. Kuda has dealt with Mergers & Acquisitions within the European Union and as far as COMESA. As such, she has developed an interest for emerging and developing Competition Law within African jurisdictions.
Kuda joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently working on the “Dieselgate” case. She is fluent in Shona as a Zimbabwean native and has learned French to an advanced level.
Lauren 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.
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.
Harvey studied Law at Newcastle University and completed the LPC in 2020.
Prior to joining PGMBM, Harvey founded a leading E-Commerce Website supplying Asian groceries around the UK.
Harvey is looking to use his previous sales and customer service experience to delve into a career in Law.
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.
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.
Digital Marketing Manager
Priscila graduated with a degree in Advertising and Marketing from the Nossa Senhora do Patrocínio University, in Brazil.
Whilst studying, she developed a campaign for a non-profit organisation which helped young children with autism. She was involved with raising awareness, fundraising and influencing both people and companies to contribute to the cause.
Prior to joining PGMBM, Priscila has worked in in-house marketing departments for start-ups and ecommerce industries, and has lived in Brazil, Italy, the USA and the UK, gaining vast cultural, personal and professional experiences along the way.
Priscila also acknowledges the importance of personal data and its security. She is certified in the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR 2016/679), and actively works to protect the rights of Data Subjects to ensure the firm is compliant with the Regulations.
Kirsten graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLB.
She is a Paralegal in the London Client Care Team, working predominantly on the British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation. Kirsten is passionate about helping individuals defend their rights against transnational corporations.
She also has a strong interest in consumer rights, human rights and environmental law. This was reflected in her elected modules at university.
Senior Marketing Manager
Miren graduated with a Business Management and Administration degree from the University of Deusto and holds a Master’s in Online Marketing and E-Commerce from the Online Business School and the University of Barcelona, as well as a Postgraduate degree in International Business from the University of the Basque Country.
She has been working in marketing for more than 9 years, in various sectors, such as entertainment, manufacturing and education, in Spain, Italy and the UK.
Working in an online advertising agency, managing charity client accounts, was when she developed an interest in being part of projects that help people and have a societal impact.
IT Support Engineer
Rocky was born and raised in North America. He graduated from Berkeley College of New York in 2011 with a joint degree in Information Technology Management and Justice Studies.
His love for technology has motivated him to achieve several CompTIA IT certifications since, with the latest being the Secure Infrastructure Specialist Certification.
He aims to advance his career into the cyber security sector.
Head of IT
Owen graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Business and Finance.
He joined the PGMBM team in December 2018 as a Proclaim Developer, responsible for the maintenance and improvement of business-critical systems. After several successful workflow initiatives, he has taken on the challenge of managing the growing the IT team and developing IT solutions as the firm continues to expand.
With a background in both process improvement and compliance, Owen strives to work in accordance with his values of integrity and truth. He has run several businesses over the past 5 years, including development contracting and Windows maintenance.
Bushra graduated from Brunel University London, and from BPP in 2019.
Bushra has experience in several legal sectors which includes criminal law, housing law, immigration, litigation, commercial litigation, wills and probate and others. Her main interests are in international arbitration & International Human rights and commercial law.
Bushra hopes to gain a training contract and qualify in the near future.
In her free time, she assists in arranging charity fundraising events, mentoring the youth and her entrepreneurial ventures.
Marc is a law graduate of the University of Sheffield and has completed the LPC at the University of Law.
During his studies, Marc developed a particular interest in the environment, having undertaken a research project on the European Union Timber Regulations at undergraduate level and a dissertation on environmental migrants at a post-graduate level.
Elisa graduated from the University of Grenoble with a double degree reading French law and Foreign Languages. She also holds a master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Kent.
Elisa completed an LLM Law Conversion at BPP Law School. Whilst at university, she worked as a student director within one of BPP’s Pro-bono programmes called Immigration Tribunal Friends.
She has a strong interest in Human rights and cross-border litigation. Elisa is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Elisa joined PGMBM in 2021 and is primarily working on the British Airways data breach compensation claim.
Emily’s interests surrounded life sciences from a young age and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Manchester.
After graduating, she partook in some work experience to explore potential careers. Emily became enthralled in a career in Law and decided to diverge her future career prospects by studying the GDL. Since then, she has continued her legal journey by working as a paralegal and recently began her studies on the Legal Practice Course.
Luke studied the LLB at the university of Law whilst taking internships at a Brixton Law firm. Luke Completed with a lower-second Class degree. He is hoping in future to study the LPC should an opportunity arise.
Luke has developed an interest in protecting clients by providing as much personal Legal care as possible and is currently helping a client on a pro-bono basis on a noise nuisance complaint.
Since joining in April, Luke has been predominantly working in the Emissions Team, playing his part in the smooth running of the client care process.
Ian studied History at the university of Chichester, Specialising in early modern European history. He then spent 5 years working in the events industry, providing staffing and logistical support for some of the largest evens in the world such as: Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and The Brit awards.
Ian is now looking to broaden his experiences in the legal field, and brings a wealth of client care experience with him.
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.
Khazena completed her LLB at the University of Leicester in 2018 and holds an LLM in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London after graduating the following year.
Khazena joined PGMBM in 2020 after four years’ working as a manager in multiple customer service roles.
Charne’ is a South African LLB graduate who graduated from the University of Free State in South Africa. Charne’ also completed her LPC in South Africa and wrote and passed her Attorney’s admissions exams.
Charne moved to the UK to pursue her Career as a solicitor within England and Wales and on her path to further develop her legal career, Charne’ completed her GDL at the University of Law London in 2020 and is looking to start the LLM LPC in the near future.
Charne is fluent in English and can also speak Afrikaans.
She joined PGMBM on the litigation team and is now working on Uber, Diesel Emissions Scandal and has worked on the BA data breach claim.
Charne’ is passionate about commercial law, corporate law and cyber law.
Rubens studied International Business at Middlesex University, with great focus on International Business Law and Multicultural Awareness. He brings vast experience in administration and customer service having worked in these fields during his time at University.
Rubens is now looking to apply these skills to PGMBM to offer great client care and to broaden his experiences in the legal field.
Emily completed her degree in BA Philosophy and Law in 2019 at the University of Essex. She later went on to study her Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Law and completed this in 2020.
Emily is a Paralegal in the Client Care Support Team working on the British Airways Data Breach case, Uber Employment case and the Mercedes Emissions case. She is passionate about supporting individuals who would otherwise find it hard to implement their voice in their search for justice.
Emily has worked in many different areas of law and has gained passion and interest in Medical Law, which is illustrated in her choice of LLM, Family Law and Employment Law.
Felipe graduated from the Unicesumar with a degree in Law, and has 5 years of experience as Paralegal in Brazil. After graduating, he decided to improve his skills abroad, living in the U.S.A, Italy, and Ireland, working with sales, and always fascinated to learn about new cultures.
Felipe is in the process of completing his Master’s in Business Administration at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, and has already completed the Marketing and Accountancy module.
Felipe is fluent in English, Portuguese and has an intermediate level of Spanish. He joined PGMBM in 2021 and has been actively involved with the British Airways Data Breach Group Claim.
Sandra has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Law. She started at PGMBM in April 2021 as a client care paralegal based in the London office, working primarily on the Diesel Emissions Claim.
She is currently also studying towards her LLM at Queen Mary University, London with particular focus on International Human Rights and Policing.
Lylian 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.
Aisha graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Law. She has extensive voluntary experience and has worked with the Birmingham Law School’s Pro Bono Group liaising with Human Rights charities.
Aisha joined PGMBM in 2021 and is based in the London office.
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 twenty-five years, Harris has been litigating, bringing to trial, and settling claims on behalf of his injured clients. He has over twenty 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 is currently 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.