This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement relates to the actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.
Although we are not required to make a statement under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we consider that we should voluntarily adopt the spirit of the Act, and this statement is made in conformity with Section 54.
The statement sets out our commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of, in so far as we can, ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking either in our business or in our supply chains. We fully subscribe to being alert to risks, however small. All our staff are encouraged to report their concerns to us and management is expected to act on them as is appropriate.
Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It can take various forms such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, exploiting an individual’s liberty for personal or commercial gain.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. This includes implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in our supply chains.
We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our approach to addressing the possibility of modern slavery throughout our supply chains consistently with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and will seek the same from our suppliers and other business partners.
This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf, in any capacity.
Organisation Structure and Supply Chains
This statement covers the business activities of Sharpe Pritchard LLP. Sharpe Pritchard LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number: OC378650) (“The Firm”). The Firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
As a law firm, our suppliers for the most part support the operations of the Firm. They fall into the following categories:
- Barristers and experts
- Business support services
- Office consumables
- Food and drink suppliers
- IT, telecommunications and technology suppliers
- Facilities management
- HR, recruitment, and employee benefit providers
Policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
The Firm has a number of policies which support the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations. These include Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Whistleblowing Policy and Disciplinary Policy. All our policies are reviewed annually and published in our Office Procedures Manual such that they are accessible to all members of staff.
Due diligence process
As of this year (2021), the Firm has put in place new due diligence measures when considering taking on new suppliers. The Firm will also undertake an annual review of its existing suppliers. We require suppliers to confirm the steps they have taken to eradicate modern slavery within their business (through their own Section 54 Statements and otherwise) and that they hold their own suppliers to account in relation to modern slavery.
The Firm will not work with any business where it has actual knowledge of it being convicted of an offence contrary to modern slavery and human trafficking legislation unless we are satisfied that adequate steps have been taken to prevent such a breach occurring again. We have also confirmed that we will not work with any supplier who does not pay the National Living Wage or London Living Wage to all employees or workers.
Key performance indicators to measure effectiveness of steps being taken
We will monitor any reports from our employees, the public or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified. Our supplier audit supports early identification of any risks and ensures that we remain effective in minimising risk.
Training on modern slavery and trafficking
To ensure a good understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains, the Firm will require all staff involved with the procurement of supplies and services to undertake mandatory modern slavery training.
Signed for and on behalf of Sharpe Pritchard LLP:
Designated Member, Sharpe Pritchard LLP
This statement will be reviewed and updated every year.