Civil Liberties and Human Rights

SM&B is the long term supporter of The Death Penalty Project (DPP), a legal action charity based in our offices.

Through the DPP, SM&B has provided free legal representation to individuals facing the death penalty for more than three decades. Today, the DPP works in over 30 countries around the world, using the law to protect the human rights of prisoners and achieve fairer criminal justice systems.

The DPP provides free representation to indigent prisoners in criminal and constitutional appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, which is still the final Court of Appeal for most of the English-speaking Caribbean.  It also appears before international courts and tribunals and assists and supports lawyers working on capital cases in many other Commonwealth countries.

The DPP is run by co-Executive Directors Saul Lehrfreund and Parvais Jabbar, both experts in representing prisoners under sentence of death, and specialists in the fields of domestic and international human rights law.

The DPP’s work has saved the lives of thousands of prisoners and transformed the legal landscape in the countries where it works.  It has been described by Sir Keir Starmer QC MP as “one of the most successful litigation organisations in the world”.

The Chambers Guide has stated that:

“Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund are both respected for their knowledge and expertise in international human rights law. Both practitioners are renowned for their Privy Council work and tireless commitment to the development of international human rights”.

The DPP has special consultative status before the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In 2018 SM&B was shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards “Excellence in Pro Bono” category for its longstanding for its longstanding support of DPP. DPP was shortlisted for the prestigious Charity Awards in 2013.

SM&B is proud to support the DPP.

Please visit the DPP’s website at www.deathpenaltyproject.org.