Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for financial year ending 30 April 2017.

The firm is a provider of legal services to individuals, commercial, insurance and public sector clients.  The firm has around 1250 people and had a global turnover of £94 million for the financial year ending 30 April 2017.

The firm has offices in England and Scotland only.

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

In light of the obligations to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chains are slavery free, we have put in place a designated Modern Slavery Policy.  This complements our Business Ethics Policy and our Whistleblowing Policy, both of which further demonstrate our stance on unethical and inappropriate behaviour.

Our Modern Slavery Act team

Our Modern Slavery Policy and other policies referred to above, demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains or within our own business.

We have established a team to oversee the firm’s activities towards the implementation and enforcement of our Modern Slavery Policy.  Our team reports to the firm’s Board periodically, to ensure that decisions required are taken at the highest tier within the business.

Our supply chains

We reported last year that, to ensure that persons within the firm’s supply chain comply with the firm’s values and ethics, we had updated our Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, to include questions on suppliers’ policies, approaches and risk management processes.

We reported also that we proposed to carry out a risk analysis of our supply chains.  We have now embarked on a process to “map” our suppliers, to assess the risk that suppliers are engaged in, or acquiescing in, modern slavery and to encourage suppliers at risk to have due regard to their ethical responsibilities.

We will report on our progress in a later statement.

Training

We have this year delivered training sessions to:

  • The firm's Operations team, representing the front line in purchasing activity on behalf of the firm and comprising: the IS and Operations Director; the Human Resources Director; the Marketing Director; the Manager of Projects and Facilities; the Business Change Director; the Head of Information Management and Technology; and the Head of Compliance; and
  • The firm’s Human Resources team, with responsibility for staff welfare.

These training sessions will be refreshed and supplemented during the course of financial year 2017/2018.

John Schorah
Managing Partner
Weightmans LLP
September 2017

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