Of Counsel, Head of Business & Human Rights
Adam Smith-Anthony is the Head of the Business & Human Rights practice at Omnia Strategy. He is a qualified solicitor-advocate specialising in public international and human rights law. His broad experience also encompasses employment, intellectual property, consumer and commercial law.
Adam advises and represents businesses on matters of corporate responsibility and business & human rights, providing legal, communications and commercial support. Adam has also advised State entities in respect of public international law matters including: international criminal law and international humanitarian law, international and regional courts and accountability mechanisms, the UN OHCHR universal periodic review process and human rights treaty bodies, and the rule of law and capacity building. He has also acted as lead negotiator and counsel on a strategic infrastructure deal for an Eastern European State and has experience advising on matters of international investment law and the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments.
Before joining Omnia Strategy, Adam worked for a leading international law firm in London, including extended secondments to the in-house legal teams of two renowned international technology and online services companies. He led the legal team representing the UNHCR in a strategic judicial intervention regarding refugee returns from the UK to Somalia.
Separately, Adam completed a placement within the UK Houses of Parliament, and served as an Associate Legal Officer in the Chambers Support Section and an advisor to the President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Adam is admitted to the roll in England and Wales where his higher rights of audience permit him to appear before the senior courts. He was appointed the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice in June 2018. Adam holds LL.B. Law (honours) and LL.M. Public International Law (distinction) degrees from the University of Nottingham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Oxford, and has completed further training at the University College London and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.