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Modern slavery statement

Modern slavery statement

Modern Slavery Act – statement by Trowers & Hamlins LLP (the LLP)

This statement was approved by the members of the LLP present at a meeting on 27 July 2016 at Bunhill Row and relates to the period to 31 March 2016.

About the LLP

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm headquartered in the UK.  Information about our work, our offices and our people is available on our website, http://www.trowers.com

The firm aims to be an ethical corporate citizen in a number of different areas. This statement covers the steps we have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking did not occur within our organisation or supply chain in the relevant period.  There are two main strands to our supply chain; the first is in procuring services for our clients to supplement work that we are doing; the second strand relates to goods and services procured on behalf of the firm itself.  Our work this year has related primarily to the second strand.

Developing policy

We have agreed an internal anti-slavery and human trafficking policy which is available as part of our wider CSR materials.

We have identified the need to update our procurement policy to include, on a risk based approach, challenging our suppliers (and their suppliers) to address slavery and human trafficking issues.

Although the risk is perceived to be low, we have included zero tolerance of slavery and human trafficking issues as examples to our staff of areas where issues should be raised, suggestions for improvement made and when considering the reporting of concerns.

Identifying and addressing risks

We have conducted a top level analysis of suppliers to all our offices and assessed them for potential for slavery and human trafficking issues.  We are planning on building on this work in the current financial year.

Training

Training is an important part of promoting awareness and therefore change.  We have identified a suitable training course for all who deal with the LLP's suppliers and this will be rolled out in the current financial year.  This is supplemented by written briefings for all staff.

Action plan

In the first year since the Act came into force, our focus has been on the supplier map and reviewing how procurement of suppliers is working in practice.
In the current year we aim to:

  • Review supplier terms and conditions to reflect what we have learned so far
  • Consider whether we are yet in a position to bring in Key Performance Indicators
  • Update our procurement processes to ensure that all our 'ethical citizen concerns' are dealt with in the same process using a risk based approach.

Signed on behalf of the members of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Sara Bailey (Designated Member)