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 2021. 

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:

  • hospitality;
  • cleaning services;

  • maintenance;

  • courier services;
  • merchandise;
  • conference suppliers; and
  • recruitment agencies.

Our people

We have intrinsic core values around equality, diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility. 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 which employees can utilise 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.

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

All employees are paid at least the minimum wage in the local jurisdiction and in London employees and contractors are paid the London Living Wage or above.

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

  • our risk assessment of suppliers for the firm across all of our offices;
  • our programme requiring our new suppliers to complete a self-assessment. This has assisted us with building and maintaining a framework and developing risk profiles for our suppliers;
  • communicating to our suppliers the standards and behaviours we expect from them;
  • our centralised reporting;
  • endeavouring to require our new and existing suppliers (upon renewal) where appropriate, to enter into a contractual commitment to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and regulations; and
  • 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.  

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

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