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Tim Cooke-Hurle

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Tim Cooke-Hurle specialises in international claims raising business and human rights issues. He also advises in relation to unlawful detention and torture.

His recent and ongoing work includes:

  • Representing the claimants in The Bodo Community and Others v The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited – a claim for the Bodo community in Nigeria for environmental damage caused by Shell oil extraction operations in the Niger Delta. £55 million settlement obtained for 15,600 fisherman and farmers in 2015.
  • Representing the claimants in Awala and Others v Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited – a claim for members of the Ogale community in Nigeria for environmental damage caused by Shell oil extraction operations.
  • Representing the claimants in Various Claimants v African Barrick Gold and North Mara Gold Mine Limited – in relation to alleged killings and injury at a mine in Tanzania. 
  • Representing the complainants in Crude Accountability and others v the KPO Consortium (comprising BG Group, ENI, Chevron, Lukoil, KazMunaiGas) – an OECD complaint in relation to adverse impacts and resettlement of communities living near to one of the world’s largest gas and condensate plants. 
  • Representing the complainant in Americans for Democracy and Human Rights v  The Formula One Group – an OECD complaint in relation to adverse human rights impacts associated with Formula One racing in Bahrain. 
  • Representing the complainant in LPHR v G4S – an OECD complaint in relation to the provision of security services in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 
  • Advising migrant workers in relation to labour rights abuses in the UAE. 
  • Tim has also advised in relation to: adverse impact of mining and dam operations; businessmen detained in incommunicado detention in a middle eastern country; pre-action litigation in relation to war crimes committed by a private military contractor; OECD complaints in relation to supply chains. 
  • Tim’s other advisory work has included: Privacy International v 6 Telecommunications Companies, in relation to adverse impacts associated with mass interception of data by GCHQ on underseas data cables; complaints relating to adverse impacts relating to industrial pollution in Africa and East Asia; advice regarding the employment of child soldiers by a private military contractor; advice regarding due diligence obligations of oil and gas companies in relation to exploratory drilling on community lands. 
  • Tim is a named Counsel in the UK section of the ‘Directory of Business and Human Rights Lawyers’, a directory maintained by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. 
  • Tim’s prior experience includes working between 2006 and 2009 as a Researcher and Legal Officer for the claimants in Various Claimants v Trafigura. Settlement agreed for 30,000 clients in Ivory Coast against Trafigura, in relation to the offloading of hazardous waste from their chartered ship, the Probo Koala. This was the largest litigation of its kind in UK legal history.
  • From 2009 to 2011, Tim worked for the NGO Reprieve, where he worked as an investigator on the extraordinary renditions and Guantanamo Bay team. There, he engaged in investigation and litigation regarding detainee abuse and corporate accountability matters. Tim trained with the International Institute for Criminal Investigations as a war crimes investigator in 2010, and attended the London School of Economics course, Law War and Human Rights in 2011. He has specialist knowledge on national security matters. In 2013, he advised the Shadow Cabinet on Closed Material Procedures and the Justice and Security Act 2013. He provides bespoke advice on evidence, strategy and litigation opportunities to individuals detained and abused in detention worldwide. 

Tim has a first class law degree, graduating at the top of his year from the London School of Economics. He gained his Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar. He was awarded a Lord Denning Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn for his BPTC.

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