As a firm we are committed to achieving the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Our commitment to having a material positive impact on society and the environment is enshrined in our constitution and, along with our core values, informs the way we run our business, including the advice that we give to clients.
In 2020, we launched Mishcon Purpose, a specialist business of environmental, social and governance (ESG) experts. Mishcon Purpose works with our lawyers, clients and trusted partners to elevate standards and practices for social and business value creation; and to use the law to hold those responsible for harm to account, and to catalyse change.
We deliver on this second strand – holding those responsible for harm to account – by harnessing the power and expertise of our cross-departmental litigators to deliver positive change for communities and the planet through our Purpose Litigation offering.
Purpose Litigation is an innovative approach to identifying, building and funding claims that drive constructive societal change and deliver measurable positive impact with a focus on three core themes: Human Rights and Governance, Environment, and Data Rights and Online Accountability.
Driving change and delivering impact through legal action and participation in legal and political institutions is not new to Mishcon de Reya. It is in the DNA of our firm, from the role Lord Mishcon played on the 1957 Wolfenden report which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, to defending a claim brought by Holocaust denier David Irving in 2000 to acting for Gina Miller in two landmark constitutional cases in 2017 and 2019. The unusual depth of our experience in this area is not accidental – it reflects what we see as the proper role of a lawyer in public life and is central to the ethos and culture of our firm.
We are also unusual by nature of our in-house capability in data science and claims management which, along with our litigation fund MDR Solutions I, provides a strong platform for us to build, identify and fund claims. We have strong relationships with ESG funders, philanthropic and crowdfunding organisations and NGOs that invest in legal claims which drive change and deliver impact and with national and international law firms that can support claims in this jurisdiction and other jurisdictions.
Claims come to Purpose Litigation through a variety of means. Primarily these claims are either identified by the in-house team at Mishcon de Reya, or brought to the team by our partners.
Purpose Litigation is a commercial proposition. Funding is secured via litigation funders (including MDR Solutions I), ESG funders, philanthropic organisations, NGOs and crowdfunders.
Book building and case management
Our in-house claims management team will assist the legal team in managing cases with book building primarily undertaken by a third party organisation.
Mishcon Purpose is developing innovative approaches to measuring impact beyond the quantum of damages in a particular claim. These are being developed in conjunction with partners in academia and leading economists.
Types of claim
Purpose Litigation brings varying and innovative claims on behalf of clients in this jurisdiction (England and Wales) and in other international jurisdictions. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Group and representative claims
- Judicial review and other claims for declaratory relief
- Regulatory complaints
- Test cases
- Competition litigation
- Complaints to international judicial/quasi-judicial bodies
- Employment claims
- Shareholder activism