This statement is made by Withers LLP 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 30 June 2019.
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’.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards by implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. As an international law firm we consider the risk of modern slavery within our business and our supply chains to be low.
We have an Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy which sets out the standards we expect from our staff and our suppliers and which encourages our staff to voice any concerns openly as soon as they become aware of them. Our policy is reviewed on an annual basis. We have a Whistleblowing Policy in place under which staff can also report their concerns.
During the financial year ending 30 June 2019 we intend to take further measures to further develop our systems and controls.
1. We are developing our training programme which we intend to roll out to all members of staff in all of our offices around the world. By the end of our current financial year we will ensure that anybody with a responsibility for the procurement of goods, services and/or labour either directly, or indirectly through third party suppliers, has received specialist training on the Act.
2. We are reviewing the terms on which we contract with all of our suppliers. When entering into contracts with new suppliers or renewing contracts with existing ones we will require suppliers to confirm that they will comply with the requirements of the Act, and also that they will require their own suppliers to abide by them the same high standards.
3. We will also introduce a standard term which permits us to terminate a contract with suppliers if they breach the requirements of the Act or if they introduce modern slavery into our supply chains as a result of their actions.
This statement has been approved by Margaret Robertson as the Chief Executive Officer of Withers LLP.