Tom Goodhead graduated from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He also 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 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.
In 2018 Tom co-founded Pogust Goodhead, a ground-breaking law firm that has been described as “the first legal unicorn,” having raised over $300m in financial backing with work in progress of over $5bn.
Tom is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational leadership of the firm worldwide. Known for his innovative approach to the practice of law, Tom has spearheaded the firm’s global expansion and leads its most prominent cases. He is currently litigating the largest class action in history against global mining giant BHP, representing over 700,000 victims of the Mariana dam disaster, Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster. Under Tom’s leadership, the firm has recovered historic settlements in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation in May 2022 and the victims of the British Airways Data Breach in 2021.
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 environmental, social, and competitive orders.
Tom has a love for the country of Brazil and its people. He initiated the Mariana dam litigation and has been traveling to Brazil numerous times to meet with current and potential claimants. 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.
In January 2023, Tom was named as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers by leading legal publication, The Lawyer, in their annual Hot 100 feature.
Areas of Expertise
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
City University of London
Barrister, Clerksroom, 2011-2014
Barrister, 9 Gough Square, 2014-2020
Partner, Pogust Goodhead, 2018-Present
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