An important report has been published underlining that clients increasingly want a human rights commitment from their law firms. The report came from a ‘peer learning process’ that included Allen & Overy, BLP, Clifford Chance, Debevoise & Plimpton, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright and White & Case. This timely report should be a welcome analysis.
Client acceptance procedures must be reviewed by law firms seeking credit for being human rights compliant, an influential legal business group has concluded. A report, presented at the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights conference in Geneva, concluded that new policies and processes were needed to reflect law firms’ ‘responsibility’ on ‘the avoidance of harm to people’.