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Global law firm opens Sydney office

Global law firm Pogust Goodhead has launched a Sydney office, after filing a $70 billion class action against mining giant BHP.

user iconLauren Croft 20 February 2024 Big Law
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Pogust Goodhead has established an Australian presence with the opening of an office in Sydney’s legal district at 126 Phillip Street.

This came after the firm launched a multibillion-dollar class action on behalf of over 700,000 claimants against BHP over the fatal 2015 Samarco dam disaster in Brazil. The collapse of the Fundão Dam killed 19 people and released 50 million metres of toxic waste, destroying entire villages and livelihoods. The case is the largest class action of its kind and is set to go to trial in London in October 2024.

The new office in Sydney is expected to serve as a base to launch new claims against Australian corporations that fail to uphold their obligations, said global managing partner Tom Goodhead.


“We are delighted to be launching in Sydney. We are establishing a base in BHP’s backyard to ensure we explore every avenue in our fight for justice for the victims of one the world’s worst environmental disasters,” he said.

“The mining sector in Australia plays a vital role in ensuring the availability of increasingly important rare and critical minerals, which makes it a major driver of economic growth and wellbeing. However, with this enormous wealth and influence comes a responsibility to the communities in which they operate – a responsibility premised on basic decency and fairness.

“We are investigating a number of new cases against Australian multinational corporations, such as BHP, in which their commitment to this responsibility has been seriously thrown into question. With the launch of our Sydney office, we are putting Australian corporations on notice that we are ready to hold them to account.”

The Sydney office will be headed up by partner and head of Australia Amie Crichton and partner Joshua Carton. With over 15 years’ experience, including across top-tier Australian and global firms, Ms Crichton has a proven track record in defending and prosecuting claims across the consumer, financial services, technology, resources, and infrastructure sectors, with a primary focus on complex multiparty disputes and high-profile class actions.

“Pogust Goodhead’s arrival in Australia is more than just another player in the legal field. What sets the firm apart is its global reputation and extensive network. In bringing their resources, knowledge and invaluable strategic partnerships to Australian shores, the firm is empowering individuals to seek justice on an unprecedented scale,” she said.

“This launch also signifies the firm’s recognition of Australia’s importance as a hub for representative proceedings and underscores its confidence in the country’s sophisticated class action framework. Pogust Goodhead is poised to leave an incredible mark, cementing their status as trailblazers in the pursuit of justice.”

Pogust Goodhead has grown substantially over the last five years and now represents over 3 million clients worldwide. The firm employs over 700 staff and has offices in London, Rio, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Miami, Philadelphia, and now Sydney. 

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