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Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits

Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits

Building upon our experience and reputation in the application of human rights law, we provide specialist corporate social responsibility consultancy services for corporations concerning their obligations to the people around them, now governed by the influential UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and expressed through an increasing number of international agreements and national laws. Our expertise extends to the domestic legislation dealing with similar themes, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This service includes assessing and auditing their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, drafting new policies and carrying out field work. This is connected to our practice in investigations and inquiries as part of our sister brand, Matrix International.

Human rights expertise

Members have experience in representing groups against large companies for breach of human rights obligations, and therefore has a unique insight into the purpose and application of human rights legislation. They are able to advise and provide consultancy to companies to ensure they comply with relevant human rights obligations. They have a wealth of experience in human rights and public law to assist companies in complying with legislation, and the available actions against states.

Academic excellence

Our CSR work is informed by leading academics in the application of human rights obligations to businesses. One of our members has been a special adviser on CSR to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and another has carried out detailed work for corporations operating in hostile environments and written on the subject of business and human rights.

Investigations and audits

Our team includes the following expert members:

The team can perform a wide range of tasks designed to investigate actions or audit company policies. They can also assist in ensuring structural measures are in place to prevent corruption, bribery or deal with whistleblowing or serious complaints. They have, for example, acted as the chairman of the review committee and mediation scheme for the UK Post Office, reviewed the government’s anti-terror legislation at the request of the Home Secretary and audited the policies of the Internet Watch Foundation. The team has a great amount of experience with risk and crisis management, and are able to advise on appropriate corporate governance structure.

Advice concerning bribery, fraud and corruption

Our experts in business crime are able to advise on compliance with anti-bribery regulation and consult on implementing anti-corruption policies. For more information please visit our Fraud, Financial and Business Crime information.

MEET OUR MEMBERS:

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Andrew Bodnar
Andrew Bodnar
Called: 1995
Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
Associate
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Called: 2003
Academic
Edward Craven
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Academic
Danny Friedman QC
Danny Friedman QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Prof. Conor Gearty
Prof. Conor Gearty
Called: 1995
Academic
Jonathan Glasson QC
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Richard Hermer QC
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Sir Anthony Hooper
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Associate
Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon)
Sir Paul Jenkins QC (Hon)
Called: 1977
Associate
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Phillippa Kaufmann QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
Julian B. Knowles QC
Julian B. Knowles QC
Called: 1994 Silk: 2011
James Laddie QC
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Lord Ken Macdonald QC
Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
Associate
Clare Montgomery QC
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996
Matthew Ryder QC
Matthew Ryder QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
Associate