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20 Feb 2015

Law Society of England and Wales

UK: Law firms need to understand & apply UN Guiding Principles, says Law Society

“President of the Law Society: The importance of business and human rights,” 18 Feb 2015

[T]he Law Society strongly believes that: The ramifications of legal liability in relation to human rights violations are crystallising…The need for law firms to advise clients on business and human rights is increasing. And law firms themselves need to look at their own obligations as businesses. In 2014 [we]…launched a report from [the] practitioners advisory group…established to consult the legal sector on business and human rights…[W]e take seriously the role we can play raising awareness of the U[N]...Guiding Principles...and how they can and should be applied to solicitors…[We are] now in the process of implementing the recommendations, between April and June we will be carrying out a consultation with members, leading to the development of a Practice Note, to be published in September providing policy and guidance on Business and Human Rights…