Herbert Smith Freehills

Business & Human Rights Law Department

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What the team is known for Respected firm with a 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 their application for a range of clients in sectors including sports, infrastructure and banking. Active on matters such as policy drafting, due diligence, risk assessment and crisis management. Manages both national and cross-border cases through its dedicated international team, operating throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Offers notable expertise in high-level litigation matters.

Strengths One client lauds: "I was particularly impressed with the way they could very quickly mobilise a cross-sectoral team, working with very clear and unified understanding of our objectives."

Another source highlights: "The firm's expertise in the legal obligations of companies under international human rights law is absolutely first-rate, certainly among the very best in the world."

Work highlights Advising the NSPCC on the development of its proposals for a new regulatory regime for social media platforms to protect children from lawful and unlawful harm online.

Notable practitioners

Based in Hong Kong, Antony Crockett is increasingly prominent in advising on modern slavery and environmental issues throughout the region. A client states: "Anthony is very knowledgeable, and a leading expert on business and human rights law spanning global trends and emerging laws. We value his ability to see the issues from different perspectives, providing complete advice for clients on business and human rights."

Star associate Elsa Savourey is highly praised by clients, who often highlight her strength and expertise. One source enthuses: "She is a remarkable lawyer who at a young age has gained recognition as a rising star in France and beyond on issues related to business and human rights. She is rigorous, with the highest ethical and professional standards." She is a member of the firm's Paris team.

"Expert in human rights law" Stéphane Brabant garners praise for his long-standing experience advising on human rights mandates related to French vigilance and modern slavery. One source reports: "He really has been crucial in engaging with the French duty of vigilance law." He is based in Paris.