Formal legal proceedings against Shell can now be served on Shell Nigeria after judge agrees cases can proceed through the High Court in London.

The High Court has today agreed that two legal cases against the energy giant Shell can proceed to the next stage through the London High Court, where the parent company, Royal Dutch Shell plc, is based.

At a hearing this morning at the Technology and Construction Court, His Honour Judge Raeside QC, ruled that formal legal proceedings against Shell can now be served on Shell Nigeria (the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd) who will be joined to the English proceedings alongside Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Law firm Leigh Day have confirmed that formal legal proceedings will now proceed against Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) in the High Court in London on behalf of residents of the Ogale and Bille communities.

Both Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Nigeria are expected to argue that the cases should be heard in Nigeria and not in the UK at a future hearing which is yet to be listed.