At the 2016 TrustLaw Awards, Latham & Watkins received the International Law Firm of the Year award, in recognition of its pro bono efforts around the world, and the Collaboration Award, in honor of the firm’s work on behalf of the International Rescue Commission (IRC), a global humanitarian organization that has provided crucial support to more than 3 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons.
London partner Helena Potts, along with associate Boin Cheong and trainee solicitor Mihail Krepchev, led an extraordinary effort on an urgent, high-priority project for the IRC connected to the EU-Turkey Summit and negotiations regarding the refugee crisis. Latham’s research and analysis helped the IRC as it made recommendations to the European Council about the plight of refugees in the EU and Turkey. To learn more about the firm’s work on behalf of IRC, watch a short video.
“The Syrian refugee crisis is perhaps the most critical humanitarian concern of our times. We were honored to be able to offer the firm’s expertise and resources to IRC, and we continue to advise IRC as it addresses the complex legal and ethical issues arising from the ongoing Syrian Civil War and resulting mass migration across the European Union,” said Helena Potts.
“We have worked with TrustLaw for many years, and we are thrilled to support this amazing organization and its partners as they combat human rights violations,” said Wendy Atrokhov, Latham’s Public Service Counsel. “Our projects range from anti-human trafficking initiatives to efforts aimed at ending child marriage and gender discrimination in nationality laws. All share TrustLaw’s goal of promoting the rule of law around the world.” To learn more about the firm’s work with TrustLaw, watch a short video.