In two actions brought against the South African subsidiary of mining giant Anglo American PLC, the claimants argue that they have a good arguable case that the English court has jurisdiction. As a step towards resolving the jurisdiction dispute, the High Court has ordered the defendant to give specific disclosure of documents relating to the place of the defendant’s central administration. One action involves former mineworkers who allege they contracted silicosis during their employment and is a test case on which thousands of other claims will depend. The other action involves a young woman who sustained life-long injuries as a result of undiagnosed phenylketonuria at birth caused by the alleged negligence on the part of doctors for whom the defendant is responsible.
Alexander Layton QC (instructed by Leigh Day & Co) represents the Claimants.