Foley Hoag LLP

Business & Human Rights Law Department

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What the team is known for Established firm based in Washington, DC that frequently attracts praise for its corporate social responsibility team. It is a pioneer in this field, itself a forerunner to modern business and human rights law. 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, policy implementation and risk assessments. Active in the global landscape in co-operation with its Paris office.

Strengths The firm is well regarded for its long-standing presence, with one interviewee describing it as "one of the earliest leaders in the practice."

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant and hugely experienced" Gare Smith is a known player in the market advising from the firm's office in Washington, DC. He is the chair of the firm’s corporate social responsibility and international strategies practice, and described by one market commentator as "fundamental in building the human rights practice." Clients benefit from his considerable skill in advising on human rights compliance and on sophisticated regulatory matters.