Modern slavery statement

Introduction

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) and sets out the steps Trowers & Hamlins LLP (the LLP) has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any other part of our business.  The Executive Committee of the LLP approved this statement for and on behalf of the members of the LLP.  This statement relates to the period to 30 April 2020.

About the LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is an international law firm headquartered in the UK, with offices in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Exeter, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Oman and Malaysia.

We work to the highest professional standards and comply with all laws, regulations and rules relevant to our business and we expect the same from our suppliers and business partners.  The LLP's supply chain includes the following industries:

  • hospitality;
  • cleaning services;
  • maintenance;
  • courier services;
  • Merchandise;
  • conference suppliers; and
  • recruitment agencies.

Our people

We have intrinsic core values around equality, diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility. 

We have a whistleblowing policy which employees can utilise if they have concerns about any wrongdoing or breaches of the law or regulations.  All concerns can be raised in confidence and without fear of disciplinary action.

We continually review our recruitment procedures and providers.

We aim to ensure all of our employee's wellbeing by promoting mental and physical health.

All employees are paid at least the minimum wage in the local jurisdiction and in London employees and contractors are paid the London Living Wage or above.

Progress made

Over the course of the previous year we have:

  • continued with our risk assessment;
  • continued with our programme requiring our new suppliers to complete a self-assessment. This has enabled us to build our framework and develop risk profiles for our suppliers.
  • continued to communicate to our suppliers the standards and behaviours we expect from them;
  • continued with our centralised reporting;
  • required our new and existing suppliers (upon renewal) to contractually agree to our expected standards and behaviour; and
  • continued with our training to all new joiners.

Action plan

Over the next 12 months we will be continuing with the areas identified under the "Progress" heading above, as well as working on the areas identified below.

  • risk assessment and associated reporting and monitoring across all of our offices;
  • policy to require all new suppliers and those whose contracts have come up for renewal to enter into a contractual commitment to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and regulations;
  • training programme to all new joiners; and
  • policy review programme.

    Sara Bailey

    Signed by Sara Bailey, Designated Member for and on behalf of Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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