Note: On 1 April 2018, Bryan Cave LLP combined with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP LLP”), and BLP LLP changed its name to ‘Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’ (“BCLP UK”).
The statement below was published by BLP LLP prior to the completion of the combination, and contains references to the BLP Group’s pre-combination name and structure, correct as at the date of publication. As part of BCLP UK’s ongoing commitment to take steps towards ensuring there is no risk of modern slavery in its operations and supply chain, it will be reviewing its approach in light of the post-combination structure, including relevant business and operational profile and relationships, and will seek to address these issues in future statements.
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 2017. 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 2017 and employs over 1200 staff. For the purposes of this statement, “BLP Group” means 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.
The BLP Group is committed to carrying on its business in a responsible and ethical manner that respects the rights and dignity of individuals and the communities where it operates and provides its services. The BLP Group has a zero tolerance policy concerning modern slavery and expects the same high standards and commitment from those it does business with.
As an international law firm the BLP Group’s 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.
As a business which is regulated and which has a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and comprehensive employment policies and practices (including diversity and inclusivity, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, flexible working and anti-harassment), we have assessed our own business as low risk for modern slavery and human trafficking issues.
Our initial focus has been, and will continue to be, on:
In the last financial year ending 30 April 2017 we have:
To date we have not discovered any issues of concern. Moving forward, we are committed to assessing any situations of concern 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; we have a Complaints Policy in place should clients wish to make a complaint; and our Supplier Code encourages suppliers to raise any issues of concern with us. 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 2018 we aim to:
Key Performance Indicators will be:
22 December 2017
Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner
Designated member of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
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