This statement is made by the Withers group pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘the Act’) and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 1 July 2020.
Withers LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC301149. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority with SRA number 352314. Withers LLP is part of a group of affiliated partnerships, offices and undertakings authorised to practice under the name ‘Withers’ or ‘Withersworldwide’. The other entities in the group are Withers Bergman LLP, Withers KhattarWong LLP, Withers BVI, Withers 衛達仕, Studio Legale Associato con Withers LLP, Withers Bengoshi Houjin and Withers Gaikokuhou Jimu Bengoshi Houjin.
The Withers group has zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all its business dealings and relationships. We are committed to ensuring modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our businesses or supply chains. As a group of affiliated international law firms we consider the risk of this to be low.
This zero-tolerance approach extends beyond Withers LLP’s own business and supply chains and we are committed to ensuring that the services we provide do not facilitate or assist slavery and human trafficking in any way. Our people are expected to be vigilant to this risk and are encouraged to voice any concerns openly as soon as they become aware of them under our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking and/or Whistleblowing Policies.
During the financial year 2019-20, we initiated our UK training and awareness programme. In 2020-21 we intend to take further measures to further develop our systems and controls.
This statement has been approved by Margaret Robertson as the chief executive officer of Withers LLP.