Legal liabilities for multinationals

The House of Lords has held that a UK-based multinational can be sued in Britain for alleged pollution damage caused by a subsidiary in Africa. UK judges have generally adopted a fairly liberal approach towards allowing cases to be fought before British courts, but Connelly v RTZ Corporation plc and others (House of Lords, 24 July 1997) appears to represent a significant liberalisation of current principles. Major companies with subsidiaries overseas carrying out environmentally dubious practices will need to study the judgement with care.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here


Call: 020 8267 8120

Take a 30-day trial

  • Join ENDS Report now and pay nothing for your first 30-days.



Prices on request

  • Full access to for 12 months
  • Clear and accessible guidance on relevant legislation
  • Integration with ENDS Compliance Manager helping you plan ahead and ensure compliance for your organisation
  • Individual or bespoke multi-user packages available

See all benefits

Need to activate your subscription?
Already a subscriber
If you haven't already, activate your subscription here>>
Company Domain Access
If your company or university has a corporate subscription simply register your email address here to gain access