A cadre of general counsel from the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies have grouped together to create a “business network” that will promote the rule of law in corporate transactions.
The legal chiefs of BP, BT, Diageo, Shell, Unilever, Vodafone and HSBC are leading the think tank, which will be chaired by former BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter.
The lawyers will identify and address specific challenges for both in-house and private practice lawyers and establish rule of law training for boards and senior managers.
Other matters to be addressed by the group include the implications of Brexit on trade and investment in the countries where they operate, tensions between national and international human rights standards, and best practice in public and corporate decision making.
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has pioneered the group, which will officially launch today (18 January).