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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

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Responsible Business

Doing business responsibly through market shaping practice in relation to ethics, professional standards and risk management is a top priority.

As a Responsible Business, we seek to provide clients with a service that is informed and defined by the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and risk management. Our lawyers are encouraged not only to ensure that they advise clients within the technical confines of the law, but also to consider the policies and objectives behind relevant legal requirements. Through this approach, we aim to build trust and confidence in our clients, our people and wider society.

We have, over many years, sought to promote greater professionalism in the industry and set transparent standards for how legal services should be provided. For example, we were one of the first law firms to adopt a formal human rights policy and were closely involved in the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

As we are increasingly called upon by clients to advise them on the management of human rights risk arising in relation to their business, we have a team of lawyers with specialist expertise that advises regularly on mandates involving business and human rights issues.


“At the heart of this is a culture where our people feel part of the bigger picture.”

Bahare Heywood, Chief Risk Officer

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Completed full round of ethical training

to help equip our people with the training and support to do the right thing, in the right way.

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Developing a firm-wide compliance network

and region-specific risk frameworks around our global network.

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Ran a full cycle of strategic risk reviews

to help embed a consistent, firm-wide culture of individual responsibility.

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