On 10 April 2019, the Supreme Court handed down a much anticipated judgment Vedanta Resources Plc v Lungowe, holding that UK parent companies may owe a duty of care to third parties affected by their foreign subsidiaries’ operations. The dispute related to the alleged environmental pollution caused by the Nchanga copper mine owned by UK-domiciled Vedanta’s foreign subsidiary, Konkola Copper Mines plc, and the claim was brought by almost 2,000 affected Zambian citizens in the Chingola region. Commenting on parent company liability in English law, Frances Jenkins, Steven Mash and Gerald Brent feature in Internal Litigation News, “The Vedanta case sets the basis for when a parent company may owe a duty of care to persons affected by the operation of a subsidiary”.
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This article was first published in the IBA Litigation Committee newsletter in May 2019, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK.