This statement is made by Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP) pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the financial year ending 30 April 2016. It sets out the overall commitment and steps taken by BLP to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not present in our business or direct supply chain.
BLP is a law firm and limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (England and Wales).
The Berwin Leighton Paisner Group, which provides legal and related services to corporates and individuals had a consolidated global turnover of £254m for the financial year ending 30 April 2016 and employs over 1200 staff. For the purposes of this statement, “BLP Group” includes Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Berwin Leighton Paisner (Services), Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP, Berwin Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP in association with Haley Ho & Partners, Goltsblat BLP LLP and Berwin Leighton Paisner (Myanmar) Limited. None of the entities within the BLP Group (other than BLP) fall within the reporting obligation at this time.
We are committed to carrying on our business in a responsible and ethical manner that respects the rights and dignity of individuals and the communities where we operate and provide our services. We have a zero tolerance policy to modern slavery and expect the same high standards and commitment from those we do business with.
As an international law firm our operations and suppliers are based all over the world. To properly and transparently address the risks of modern slavery we have developed a systematic, risk based approach to identifying and assessing the risk of modern slavery within our business and direct supply chain. Our initial focus has been on our operations in England which is the location of our largest office with the greatest number of staff and the significant proportion of our business and turnover. We have started this process by reviewing our core legal services business and direct supply chain.
In the last financial year ending 30 April 2016 we have:
To date we have not discovered issues of concern. Moving forward, we are committed to assessing any instances of non-compliance regarding modern slavery and human trafficking on a case by case basis. Our Whistleblowing Policy provides a channel of communication for staff who have concerns and we have a Complaints Handling Policy in place should clients wish to make a complaint. BLP’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (a position which is mandatory under applicable regulation) is also a key point of contact both internally and externally and has a regulatory duty to ensure that BLP takes all reasonable steps to comply with its statutory obligations.
During the course of the year to 30 April 2017 we aim to:
Key Performance Indicators will be:
22 November 2016
Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner
Designated member of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP