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Construction worker injured in Iraq sues Mott MacDonald and MoD

A British civil engineer who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq has launched a landmark case against engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, his employer, and the Ministry of Defence.

Graham Hopps, 45, lost his shoulder and suffered 136 fractures to his right arm when the Land Rover he was in was attacked in Basra six years ago while he was working on the construction of a new power.

Mr Hopps, a father-of-two, alleges he was taken on an “unapproved” route in the vehicle, while civil servants and VIPs used armoured cars and had military escorts.

He claims Mott MacDonald, as his employer, was ultimately responsible for his safety.

But he is also accusing the MoD of “taking unnecessary risks” by leaving him inadequately protected.

Legal experts have described the action as a landmark case and have warned any success could spark copycat trials.

The case will be heard at the High Court next week.