Pro Bono Work Win

13 Dec 2012


Simmons & Simmons Advises Christian Aid on Double Success for Las Pavas Territory

Simmons & Simmons has advised international charity Christian Aid on its Las Pavas territory dispute in Colombia on a pro bono basis. In October and November 2012, the State Institute of Rural Development declared that Las Pavas, Colombia territory was not property of the palm companies following more than six years of fighting by the farmers´ families.

The two wins are the result of Christian Aid partner PDPMM work and the support of national and international organisations.

The Simmons & Simmons team was led by Pro Bono partner Richard Dyton, assisted by supervising associate Anouska Perram.

Commenting on the transaction, Richard Dyton, said: ‘‘This success brings the Las Pavas farmers a step closer to the legalisation of their ownership and land restitution. The advice we gave demonstrates the commitment our firm has in helping meet the legal needs of disadvantaged people in communities globally.”

This builds on the firm’s pro bono support of marginalised populations winning back the right to their land. Another recent pro bono success for the firm was a legal ruling in Tanzania in favour of the Masai people following a dispute with tour operators.

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