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Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement is an important part of the Law Society business and human rights programme. The Law Society is interested in hearing from stakeholders, such as non-governmental organisations, business enterprises and associations, government representatives and others who follow the developments in business and human rights on what they expect from lawyers in England and Wales regarding business and human rights.

Please send us your views

The Law Society has been actively reaching out to a range of stakeholders and has also set up a process to receive written submissions. Submissions will be published on the Law Society website and will be used to guide the Law Society as it moves forward to determine how it can best help members respond to developments in the area of business and human rights.

Please send your written comments to BHR@lawsociety.org.uk indicating your name and affiliation

If you would prefer to be contacted privately by the Law Society regarding your views, please do send a message expressing this to BHR@lawsociety.org.uk.

Guidance questions

  • What are the implications for lawyers in England and Wales of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the business and human rights movement more generally?
  • What role should lawyers be playing in advising clients on human rights issues?
  • Is human rights now a risk factor that lawyers should be flagging and on which they should provide advice?
  • Do you believe that lawyers and law firms are currently well equipped to advise on business and human rights? If not, what is missing?
  • To which areas of the legal practice do you think that business and human rights could be relevant?
  • Should lawyers be guiding companies through processes like the “Specific Instances” of the UK National Contact Point? If so, is their role the same as when they litigate a case or is it somehow different now with the UNGPs in place?
  • What about law firms as companies themselves? What steps should they be taking to implement their responsibility to respect human rights?
  • Are there professional responsibility issues that arise now that law firms should be putting in place human rights due diligence? What issues do you see that may need consideration?
  • Should lawyers be providing advice in developing human rights policies? Designing grievance mechanism? Implementing due diligence processes?

Thank you for participating in this engagement process!

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