The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox, produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK, was nominated for the 2019 Law Society Legal Excellence award for Excellence in Pro Bono.

The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox

The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox is the first centralised online resource for rural communities and lawyers dealing with corporate human rights violations (also available in Spanish). It comprises a range of legal fact sheets designed to inform and assist human rights defenders in their struggles to uphold the rule of law in the face of corporate aggression. The launch could have a global impact as the Toolbox draws on international law and has universal application.

By creating this Toolbox, Simmons & Simmons lawyers are not only sharing their expertise and in-depth knowledge, but they are also providing defenders at risk and vulnerable communities with essential tools for them to advocate, report and tackle the root causes of conflicts originated in the context of business and human rights.”

The Law Society Excellence Awards have been celebrating the hard work and inspirational achievements of solicitors, legal teams and firms of all sizes across England and Wales for the past 12 years.