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StandoutMishcon de Reya1010828When the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, the firm conceived of, partly funded and brought the Article 50 constitutional case to the Supreme Court, which established the limits of executive power. Commended: James Libson
StandoutClientEarth910827A nine-year case against the EU to ensure the Aarhus Convention, which codifies the rights of individuals and NGOs to bring cases to the EU courts, was enforced.
StandoutThe Aire Centre109827The Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project brings together European legal practitioners to share information about child laws and judicial standards to ensure children’s rights are protected across Europe. Commended: Nuala Mole
Highly CommendedBright Line Law88824The White Collar Crime Centre established by the legal practice directs research into corporate wrongdoing. It examines how criminal law proposals might affect corporate behaviour and financial crime and led to an amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill 2016. Commended: Jonathan Fisher QC
Highly CommendedHogan Lovells78823The firm acts as a global hub for a range of efforts to empower girls and women. This support includes partnerships with charitable organisations and backing for other networks working to combat gender-based violence and ensure women know their rights and have access to justice. Commended: Yasmin Waljee
Highly CommendedDLA Piper88723In an effort to ensure fair and open trials in Europe, the firm sends lawyers as neutral observers in cases where journalists, human rights defenders and political activists are being prosecuted.
CommendedWhite & Case77822Working closely with the Ghanaian judiciary, the firm has helped to develop and launch the country's first legal ethics training programme for law students.
CommendedPaul Hastings78722The firm successfully argued that costs incurred by third parties in pro bono legal cases in European Courts are recoverable. Funds received are donated to their non-profit clients to help them further their work.
CommendedCapital Law87722The firm's £50m litigation fund allows small to medium-sized businesses to fight cases against larger parties when litigation costs would otherwise prevent access to justice.
CommendedHerbert Smith Freehills77721The firm played an important role in developing the Global Pound Conference, which seeks to engage stakeholders in developing models for alternative dispute resolution to help improve access to mediation and justice. Commended: Alexander Oddy
CommendedFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer77721Established in 2010, the firm's human trafficking project represents individual victims, ensuring judgments are enforced. It also supports organisations in litigation to bring about systematic change.
CommendedBond Dickinson67720In partnership with the University of Greenwich Legal Advice Centre, the firm has developed a pro bono small business advice clinic to help unemployed aspiring entrepreneurs establish new businesses.
CommendedAllen & Overy58720Working with the health development agency Amref in Tanzania, the firm has backed efforts to reduce pregnancy rates among teenagers and the number of teenagers illegally denied an education due to pregnancies.
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