Lawyer and advocate for change, anti-trafficking and female empowerment, offering legal expertise to companies who do not have in-house counsel
Sharon Benning-Prince provides legal expertise and commercial insight attained from 12 years working in city law firms.
Since leaving private practice in 2008, Sharon has worked with various companies as an outsourced, in-house legal counsel facilitating such companies with respect to their contract needs and transaction assistance, additionally forging strong relationships with senior management and providing sound and practical commercial solutions. She assists companies on both their commercial and supply chain transparency requirements and was the lead lawyer with Primark in relation to the Rana Plaza collapse compensation scheme and ethical supply chain agreements.
She has relationships with non-governmental organisations and is an anti slavery envoy for the Medaille Trust and also provides pro-bono assistance to International Justice Mission (an international anti-trafficking charity).
She has authored several guidance papers and toolkits in respect of due diligence guidance for investors and shareholders and the drafting of Codes of Conduct and anti-slavery wording and co-written a book on UK modern slavery with Dr Mike Emberson.
More recently, Sharon co-founded the organisation Justice in Fashion (https://www.justiceinfashion.org)
“I have always wanted to make change for good and am one of the founding members of Justice in Fashion, an alliance of like-minded and skilled individuals, endeavouring to make impact in the fashion industry and provide a voice for those who are voiceless.”
Sharon feels that the COVID-19 crisis has served to expose even more the gender inequalities and fragility within the fashion industry. But believes that, rather than a future that involves entrenchment of human rights abuses in global supply chains, within the current crisis lays an opportunity to challenge brand claims to “sustainability” and “justice”.
It is this pivotal moment that inspired Sharon to start Justice in Fashion and build a shared and transformed future of the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industry, with decent work and women’s empowerment at its core.
In relation to her legal counsel offering, Sharon provides high quality legal and projects advice, but at a reasonable cost. She specialises in corporate/commercial work and ethics/supply chain/transparency areas, and can further assist corporates in reviewing their supply chain and ensuring that they have a transparent route from source of service/product.
Sharon can help where a company does not require a full-time in-house counsel, but still has legal needs. As an independent, Sharon is able to offer a flexible service more tailored to client requirements. For further information on Sharon’s experience please download her CV.
Sharon also has an interest in global sustainable projects and is part of an independent multidisciplinary advisory group whose prime objective is to support community level renewable energy and environmental protection projects.
The group is committed to working on projects which encourage social development and improvement in communities and reduce global emissions and local environmental degradation.