This Statement is made on behalf of Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP (‘‘the Firm’) pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement.
The Firm is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within both its business and supply chain, and seeks to partner with suppliers that uphold the same standards.
The Firm embraces a diverse and safe workplace environment in which equal opportunity and fairness are paramount.
Structure and business
The Firm is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales (OC371153) providing specialist legal and complementary services and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (568143) and by the Financial Conduct Authority (588674) for insurance mediation activity. The Firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Limited, whose ultimate parent entity is Slater & Gordon Limited, a company incorporated in Australia.
The nature of the Firm’s business means that its supply chains are relatively limited in number, and therefore the risk of modern slavery within the business is deemed to be low.
The Firm’s approach and policies
As a legal business, the Firm works to professional standards and complies with all laws, regulations and relevant rules.. All members of staff are required to operate in accordance with the Code of Conduct, the Firm’s policies, procedures and National Practice Standards. The Firm works to deliver the best outcome for those people who work within the Firm and promotes working with people in a way that is open, respectful and supportive.
The Anti-Slavery Policy reflects the Firm’s commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all business relationships. The Firm expects the same high standards from those who work within the Firm and is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the Firm’s supply chains or in any part of the Firm.
The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery is the responsibility of all those working for the Firm and associated companies within the Slater & Gordon Group. The Firm also has a Whistle Blowing Policy (published on the intranet site) which encourages staff members and others to raise concerns about anything that is unlawful or amounts to improper conduct and seeks to ensure matters can be raised in confidence without fear of reprisals.
Supplier Due Diligence
Due to recent acquisitions, the Firm is now in a transition period in which the existing supply chain is being reviewed. This process will determine the business needs whilst helping to establish and assess areas of potential risk within the supply chain.
The Procurement Policy is also under review to ensure that all suppliers, contractors and business partners are required to demonstrate that they, and any organisations within their own supply chains, comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act and follow the Firm’s stance on preventing modern slavery and human trafficking.
In line with the Procurement Policy, the Procurement processes and procedures will include criteria which will govern how suppliers engage with the Firm. All suppliers are expected to comply with, all relevant laws and regulations, the Firm’s business policies and values. Audit expectations will be detailed in the commercial agreement / contracts. The frequency of audits will be evaluated by reference to the strategic nature of the supplier, the value of spend and according to the goods or services being supplied. The Firm has in place, systems to highlight any potential risk in regard to sourcing and supplying goods and/or services.
Key performance indicators (KPIs) are used to measure how effective the Procurement processes have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of the Firm or its key supply chain.
The Firm is currently focusing on raising internal awareness, to including via communications and internal bulletins to enable our key staff to understand the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and enable them to identify potential issues. New training which will be available to all staff, with tailored training for those involved in recruiting and sourcing/managing a supply chain so that they are able to identify risk factors, understand the implications and assist with implementing the Anti-Slavery Policy effectively.
The Procurement function is to be enhanced. This will drive a new way of managing the supply chain and working through processes, procedures and active governance through the introduction of specific measures to support the Firm’s obligations under the Act.
This statement has been approved by the Members who will review and update it annually.