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Clifford Chance LLP - Business & Human Rights Law Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected business and human rights team based in London which is regularly praised for its global influence and depth of service. Notable for its expertise on the development and implementation of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). Services both public and private sector clients from various industries, most notably the energy sector. Active on a broad spectrum of mandates including risk assessment and management, due diligence and human rights litigation.

Strengths Sources praise the team's work as "commendable," with further sources highlighting that the firm "has that financial expertise" which is part and parcel of its global commercial reputation.

Work highlights Continues to advise a range of clients on the implications and application of the Modern Slavery Act.

Significant clients Hanson Israel.

Notable practitioners

London-based Rae Lindsay is the co-head of the firm's business and human rights initiative. She has added specialism in public international law and is also noted for her role in the development of the UNGP. Impressed sources describe her as "a trailblazer in this area" and "undeniably an expert." One interviewee described her as "thoughtful and curious: she can think about the big picture and how to be constructive." She frequently advises international clients on regulatory matters, risk management and anti-corruption issues.

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Foley Hoag LLP - Business & Human Rights Law Department

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What the team is known for Established firm based in Washington, DC which frequently attracts praise for its corporate social responsibility team. Considered as forerunners in the field of business and human rights, the team regularly offers advice to multinational corporations and governments on existing and emerging legal requirements as implemented by the UNGP. Further assists clients with a range of disputes mandates.

Strengths One source praised the firm's market position: "They are the leading firm in the US." Another interviewee commented on the team's longevity: "They've been in this field longer than anyone else."

Notable practitioners

Sarah Altschuller is based in Washington, DC and is singled out as a leader in US corporate social responsibility. Market commentators refer to her as "one of the foremost experts" in the field. She advises multinational companies, government entities and NGOs on a broad spectrum of mandates.

Rising star Amy Lehr is a counsel at the firm and is based in Washington, DC. She receives compliments from market sources, who recognise her as a valuable asset to the firm's corporate social responsibility practice. She advises public and private sector clients on human rights and labour rights issues.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Business & Human Rights Law Department

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What the team is known for Respected firm with robust global presence and an impressive offering in the business and human rights field. Highlighted for its international expertise and in-depth knowledge of emerging markets. Has exceptional knowledge of the UNGP and its application for a range of clients in sectors including sports, infrastructure and banking. Is active on matters such as policy drafting, due diligence, risk assessment and crisis management.

Strengths The firm is respected as a foremost practitioner in the area, as one market commentator stated: "They are known as a leading law firm."

One interviewee noted that "they occupy a very important role in this sector."

Work highlights Advised the European Bankers Alliance on the development of a 'toolkit' to help European banks fight human trafficking with the use of financial data.

Advised FIFA on a range of issues as a member of its independent Human Rights Advisory Board.

Significant clients Mitsubishi, Daimler, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Institute for Human Rights & Business (IHRB), Anti-Slavery International.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Stéphane Brabant is the co-head of the firm's business and human rights practice. He is highly acclaimed for his contributions to the field, one source described him as a "superstar." One interviewee enthused: "First and foremost you can't beat his expertise. He has a genuine interest in helping companies tackle human rights issues. He communicates complex issues incredibly well and he's able to translate academic issues into commercial terms." He advises governments and multinationals on the human rights aspects of investment projects. He is further lauded for his deep understanding of the African market.

Antony Crockett is based in Jakarta on full-time secondment to Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, an associated firm of Herbert Smith Freehills. His practice covers the Asia-Pacific region, where he assists multinational corporations and government entities on business and human rights-related matters. An impressed source stated that "he is one of the leading practitioners, he is amazing in this space."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Business & Human Rights Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global powerhouse with an increasing presence in the business and human rights space. Advises financial institutions, international investors and large corporations on compliance matters relating to human rights responsibilities. Addresses reputational risks for entities in a variety of industry sectors and assists clients with issues stemming from the emerging legal framework including the Modern Slavery Act and the UNGP. Sources highlight the firm's knowledge of mining and resources, notably its activity relating to conflict minerals.

Strengths Market commentators consider it to be "one of the leading lights in this field."

Notable practitioners

Sam Eastwood is highlighted by commentators as "a force" in the field and as "one of the leaders" in business and human rights. He is based in London and is the head of the firm's business ethics and anti-corruption practice. He advises multinational companies from various sectors on a range of issues including internal corporate investigations and compliance policies.

Senior associate Stuart Neely is based in London. Market commentators praise him as "exceptional" and single him out as "one of the shining stars of the younger generation." His broad practice covers anti-corruption issues, business ethics and commercial litigation. He is experienced handling cross-border matters for clients in the telecommunications and financial sectors.

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Sarah Altschuller

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sarah Altschuller is based in Washington, DC and is singled out as a leader in US corporate social responsibility. Market commentators refer to her as "one of the foremost experts" in the field. She advises multinational companies, government entities and NGOs on a broad spectrum of mandates.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicole Bigby of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is based in London and is widely recognised for her expertise in the field. Her practice covers regulatory compliance, anti-bribery and risk management. She receives praise from commentators who credit her with "really pushing things forward" and single her out as "incredibly well respected in this area." One highly impressed source said: "I found her amazing to work with, she is deeply knowledgeable and curious. She understands the work companies need to do to actually improve. She is always one step ahead."

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Stéphane Brabant

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Stéphane Brabant is the co-head of the firm's business and human rights practice. He is highly acclaimed for his contributions to the field, one source described him as a "superstar." One interviewee enthused: "First and foremost you can't beat his expertise. He has a genuine interest in helping companies tackle human rights issues. He communicates complex issues incredibly well and he's able to translate academic issues into commercial terms." He advises governments and multinationals on the human rights aspects of investment projects. He is further lauded for his deep understanding of the African market.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Rae Lindsay is the co-head of the firm's business and human rights initiative. She has added specialism in public international law and is also noted for her role in the development of the UNGP. Impressed sources describe her as "a trailblazer in this area" and "undeniably an expert." One interviewee described her as "thoughtful and curious: she can think about the big picture and how to be constructive." She frequently advises international clients on regulatory matters, risk management and anti-corruption issues.

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Band 2

Elise Groulx-Diggs

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Elise Groulx-Diggs of Doughty Street Chambers is primarily based in Washington, DC. She is noted for her expertise in the precious metals and extractive industries, in particular issues regarding ethical sourcing and human rights risks to local communities. She is also respected for her broad international practice. One market commentator commended her dedication: "I have a very high opinion of her, she is very passionate," and "she is fighting like no one else to get the principles out there." Another source stated: "She is indefatigable in her approach to business and human rights."

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Allens

From the Chambers Global guide

Rachel Nicolson of Allens is based in Melbourne and is noted for her expertise on a range of human rights issues in the corporate sphere. She is widely regarded to be a leader in this area in Australia. Market commentators single her out for her strategic approach, with one recent interviewee stating: "She's really good - there's a lot of pragmatism behind her approach. She is able to think about what is strategic and what is needed, she's amazing at that."

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Martijn Scheltema

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Global guide

The "superb" Martijn Scheltema of Hague-based Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V. benefits from a strong reputation in both the Dutch and the international market. He assists NGOs, government entities and companies with regulatory issues. He is well respected for his activity relating to corporate social responsibility and in matters of international arbitration and mediation. One market commentator stated: "He is a renowned expert and very involved with the UN Guiding Principles."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Antony Crockett is based in Jakarta on full-time secondment to Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, an associated firm of Herbert Smith Freehills. His practice covers the Asia-Pacific region, where he assists multinational corporations and government entities on business and human rights-related matters. An impressed source stated that "he is one of the leading practitioners, he is amazing in this space."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Sam Eastwood is highlighted by commentators as "a force" in the field and as "one of the leaders" in business and human rights. He is based in London and is the head of the firm's business ethics and anti-corruption practice. He advises multinational companies from various sectors on a range of issues including internal corporate investigations and compliance policies.

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Vanessa Havard-Williams

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Vanessa Havard-Williams of Linklaters leads the firm's sustainability practice. She advises clients on a range of both contentious and non-contentious mandates. She assists financial institutions and multinationals with due diligence, compliance issues and contractual requirements. She is appreciated for her leading role, one experienced market source commenting: "She is a driving force in the practice; I have a huge amount of respect for her."

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Julianne Hughes-Jennett

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Julianne Hughes-Jennett of Hogan Lovells is considered to be "very well respected" by the market for her experience defending companies in international human rights cases, especially in the oil and gas sector. Commentators appreciate her high-quality advice, and one source said that "she is an excellent lawyer - top-quality and stands firmly on the ground. Her advice is always very researched and measured and we do appreciate that."

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Michael R Littenberg

Ropes & Gray LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based Michael Littenberg of Ropes & Gray LLP is head of the firm's supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility practice. He advises international clients from various sectors on compliance issues, due diligence and contract negotiations. Sources praise his leadership skills, one describing him as a "top expert in the field. He is approachable, proactive, articulate and very responsive." Another recent interviewee stated: "His approach is excellent - he has great depth of knowledge in the areas in which he advises and is also very responsive. His style is collaborative and respectful."

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Band 3

Robert McCorquodale

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Robert McCorquodale of Brick Court Chambers is highlighted by commentators for his expertise and contributions to the field of business and human rights. He regularly advises international organisations, NGOs, government entities and corporations on various facets of international human rights issues. One pleased interviewee said: "His knowledge is unrivalled," and went on to describe him as a "leading expert in this area." Another source confirmed that he is considered "an expert in corporate human rights."

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Volterra Fietta

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of Volterra Fietta's business and human rights practice, Suzanne Spears is recognised for her expertise on public international law with notable experience in international dispute resolution. She is recognised for her knowledge of the UNGP and the UK's Modern Slavery Act. She assists multinational corporations with a broad spectrum of matters including risk management and compliance issues. Market commentators are positive and commend her for having "a very impressive practice."

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Up and Coming

Amsterdam & Partners LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Rising star Juliya Arbisman of Amsterdam & Partners LLP is based in London. Peers note her experience on human rights claims, and she is further knowledgeable on anti-corruption matters. Additionally she is highly experienced in international arbitration and has dealt with a range of complex and high-profile matters, notably in front of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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Up and Coming

Fietta LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Sarah Macrory of Fietta LLP co-ordinates the firm's business and human rights practice. She has impressive prior experience as part of corporate social responsibility teams at the UN. She is experienced on a range of matters including due diligence, access to remedy and grievance mechanisms.

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Associates to watch

Foley Hoag LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Rising star Amy Lehr is a counsel at the firm and is based in Washington, DC. She receives compliments from market sources, who recognise her as a valuable asset to the firm's corporate social responsibility practice. She advises public and private sector clients on human rights and labour rights issues.

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Associates to watch

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate Stuart Neely is based in London. Market commentators praise him as "exceptional" and single him out as "one of the shining stars of the younger generation." His broad practice covers anti-corruption issues, business ethics and commercial litigation. He is experienced handling cross-border matters for clients in the telecommunications and financial sectors.

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