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Hannah Edmonds
Hannah Edmonds
Associate
London +44 20 7067 2181 hedmonds@cov.com Download V-card

Ms. Edmonds advises on a range of both international and domestic employment and human rights issues including drafting and implementation of policies and compliance programmes, international employment and human rights aspects of global transactions and contentious employment matters.

Ms. Edmonds has particular expertise in helping businesses manoeuvre through the growing global regulatory landscape surrounding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, through training on international human rights law and best practice, policy design and implementation, management of supplier relationships and due diligence.

  • Acting for Microsoft Corporation, assisting with global employment law aspects of its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, involving employees across 60 countries.
  • Assisting a client in responding to the leaking of highly confidential information and trade secrets to a competitor.
  • Assisting with global employment law aspects of a large pharmaceutical company’s acquisition of a competitor’s franchise, involving the transfer of employees across 40 countries.
  • Conducting human rights due diligence exercises relating to the potential acquisition of multinational businesses (including a business subject to disclosure requirements relating to potential use of conflict minerals in its products).
  • Assisting a leading life science company on their supplier audit protocols governing employment, environmental and health and safety protections across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising a leading consulting firm on the drafting and implementation of its new supplier code of conduct, and the scope of related contractual clauses, audit rights, and other compliance documentation and issues.
  • Advising numerous clients, across a range of industries, on the drafting of transparency statements required by the U.K. Modern Slavery Act.
  • Working with leading multinational companies on their global codes of conduct and business ethics documentation with a particular focus on human rights issues, including anti-discrimination policies, data privacy, freedom of association, the use of whistle-blower hotlines, and so on.
  • Supporting clients with their internal training and awareness-raising programs and initiatives, and helping build the internal alliances necessary to formulate effective human rights plans.

Pro Bono

  • Advising undocumented minors on UK immigration matters on behalf of client, Kids in Need of Defence. 
  • Establishing a legal aid clinic at the University of The Gambia.
  • Advising the Public International Law and Policy Group on juvenile measures in Kosovo.
  • Advises GrowTH (a night shelter in East London) on an array of matters including refugee and asylum cases and employment/ Modern Slavery Act matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association

Previous Experience

  • Secondment to the in-house legal department of a global pharmaceutical company.
  • Lectured in international law at the University of The Gambia.