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 Management 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 2022. 

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:

  • IT and Telecommunications
  •  Facilities and office services (including cleaning, catering, security, facilities management and transport)
  • Information services and knowledge management
  • Media, marketing, promotions and events
  • Employment, recruitment and employee benefits
  • Finance and banking services 

Our people

We have intrinsic core values around equality, diversity and inclusion and responsible business. The firm has a variety of policies to foster a positive and fair working culture including policies on: equality, diversity and inclusion; equal opportunities; and wellbeing and stress management.

We have a Whistleblowing Policy, a Bullying and Harassment Policy, alongside our culture of a non-discriminatory and open working environment which enables employees to raise 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, to ensure that all our employees are legally entitled to work in the jurisdiction which they are employed in.

We aim to ensure all our employee's wellbeing by promoting mental and physical health through a variety of firm initiatives.

All employees in the UK are paid at least the minimum wage and in London employees and contractors whom we pay directly are paid the London Living Wage or above. For those suppliers where we are not in control of their wage structures, we ask them to provide confirmation that they are paying the London living wage (for services provided in London) or the minimum wage to those providing services outside of London.    

Regarding the prevention of modern slavery in our supply chain, over the course of the previous year we have continued with the following:

  • evaluating our current supply chain to ascertain which suppliers are higher risk and therefore need to undergo a full on-boarding process and how often;
  • implementing appropriate compliance procedures for the on-boarding of new suppliers, based on their level of risk;
  • continuing our current procedures of the ongoing monitoring of supplier information and practices;
  • a risk assessment of all of our suppliers in the UK and confirmation from them that they continue to pay the London Living Wage to their employee's for those services provided in London;
  • our risk assessment of suppliers for the firm across our UK offices, has been updated to ensure that those who are assessed as either medium or high risk are required to complete our supplier questionnaire;
  • updating our supplier questionnaire to ensure that further information on wages and conditions are captured; 
  • continuing to communicate to our suppliers the standards and behaviours we expect from them;
  • endeavouring to require our new and existing suppliers (upon renewal or evaluation of higher risk) where appropriate, to enter into a contractual commitment to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and regulations;
  • our training programme for all new joiners, to raise awareness about modern slavery and the various forms it can take and what action to take if modern slavery or human trafficking is suspected in a supply chain; and 
  • undertaking a review of the wages of locally employed staff in our international offices. 

Signed by Paul Marco, Designated Member for and on behalf of Trowers & Hamlins LLP