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Herbert Smith Freehills

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

3 ranked lawyersBand 1Global Market LeadersGlobal 2021 View ranking table
DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Herbert Smith Freehills

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

3 ranked lawyersBand 1Global Market LeadersGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills boasts a robust global presence and a distinguished offering in the business and human rights field. The firm manages both national and cross-border cases through its dedicated international team, operating throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Its offering comprises:,• International expertise and in-depth knowledge of emerging markets.,• An exceptional grasp of the UNGP and its application for a range of clients in sectors including sports, infrastructure and banking.,• Advice on policy drafting, due diligence, modern slavery legislation, risk assessment and crisis management.,• An aptitude for high-stakes litigation matters.

Strengths

A client hails the firm as "a pioneer in business and human rights cases," further highlighting its "perfect knowledge of these issues and the jurisprudence."

Another client commends the lawyers for their "ability to resolve complex issues, to put into perspective the practices of companies in relation to different legal frameworks, and to anticipate regulatory and societal changes." The interviewee adds: "They can also rely on a network of international experts within the firm."

Others laud the "excellent" team for its "very sensible and commercial advice."

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based Antony Crockett is regarded as "a giant in the field" by clients and is noted for his strength in the Asia-Pacific region. He advises corporations on the human rights and international criminal law issues in relation to alleged abuses in developing countries. Crockett also assists companies with the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles and compliance with modern slavery legislation.

A client enthuses that Elsa Savourey "is one of the best specialists in France, Europe and beyond, in the field of business and human rights."The highly regarded, Paris-based lawyer advises multinational corporations on the compliance with various human rights-centred legislation, notably the French Law on the Duty of Vigilance. She also assists clients with the human rights components of outbound transactions in developing countries.

Heralded as an "outstanding advocate" by sources, Stéphane Brabant "is expertly committed to the idea that business and human rights are not antithetical to each other." The Paris-based lawyer assists multinational corporations with the implementation of human rights-related legislation, including the French Law on the Duty of Vigilance. He also advises energy clients on the human rights implications of overseas projects and is noted for his expertise in Africa.

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Global Market Leaders

Business & Human Rights Law


Antony Crockett
Band 2
Elsa Savourey
Star Associates
Stéphane Brabant
Band 1