18th September

Business and Human Rights Knowledge Group

As part of our Business and Human Rights Knowledge Group series of 2018, Advocates for International Development is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion:

The Relevance of Business and Human Rights to Professional Ethics

Tuesday 18th September 2018 from 5.30 to 7.15pm

 White & Case LLP

5 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1DW

The Business and Human Rights (BHR) agenda has moved from aspiration to compliance. Clients are beginning to expect full-service law firms to advise on human rights issues. Some leading firms now have dedicated human rights experts; many do not.

To what extent should all lawyers have a base knowledge in identifying human rights issues? Should lawyers take account of, and advise on, human rights issues in practice areas – project finance, banking, M&A, construction etc – that traditionally had little to do with human rights? Could missing a key human rights issue be the subject of a professional complaint?

The first event of the A4ID BHR Knowledge Group series will explore the effect of the BHR agenda on every lawyer, and what must be done to stay ahead of the curve.

This event will explore the following areas

  • Onboarding: Who needs to know the BHR framework, and what should be the base level of competence in this area?
  • Issue spotting: Where and what issues may arise in various practice areas?
  • Consequences of failure: What can happen to clients who don’t address human rights issues? What are the consequences for firms and individual practitioners?
  • What to do now:  What guidance is out there? How can lawyers upskill in this area? How can a firm make a culture shift to a human-rights aware practice?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nicole Bigby, Partner and Director of Risk at BLP. Nicole is an expert in strategically aligned risk management, regulatory compliance, governance approaches and business integrity leadership.
  • Anna Triponel, Advisor, Triponel Consulting. Anna works directly advising companies, lawyers, investors and business associations on how to put the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights into practice.
  • Sophia Adams-Bhatti, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, The Law Society of England and Wales.
  • Clare Connellan (moderating), Partner, White & Case. Clare leads the firm’s Business & Human Rights Interest Group and is consulted in relation to issues such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Modern Slavery Act, as well as business and human rights training.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.




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