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Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Act

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act 2015 Annual Statement for 2018

Statement

This statement is made on behalf of Ashfords LLP (the "Firm") pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the "Act") and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending April 2018.

The Firm is a limited liability partnership company providing legal services to commercial, private individuals and public sector clients.  We are registered in England and Wales (registered number OC342432).  We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (ID number 50761).  The firm has over 500 people and a turnover exceeding the statutory required threshold of £36m for the financial year ending 30 April 2018. We have six offices across England with our head office located in Exeter.

We are committed to working to the highest professional standards and comply with all laws and regulations relevant to our business. 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 by implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls. To ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery free, we have put in place a designated Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (Anti-Slavery Policy).

Our Professional & Financial Risks and HR teams work in conjunction with our members and employees to help ensure that our Anti-Slavery Policy is complied with and to manage any concerns or breaches. The Firm also has a clear Whistleblowing Policy which enables any member of staff who has any  concerns about any wrongdoing or breaches of law, to be able to raise them in confidence through a number of channels.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy aims to improve the impact of our business on society and the economies of the places within which we live and work.

Our supply chains

The Firm will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in slavery or human trafficking. Since the Transparency in Supply Chains clause (clause 6) came into force in October 2015, our procurement process has included the vetting of every new supplier, the level of which is based on the nature and value of the product or service.

All our suppliers are expected to comply with all laws and regulations and as part of the vetting process of new suppliers, we require them to complete a supply chain due diligence exercise before we will consider them under our procurement process. Should their responses fail to meet our reasonable requirements, we will not engage with them.

Training

We  have a training and awareness programme for all colleagues together with additional compulsory training for those involved in recruiting and sourcing/managing our supply chains. The training will ensure that our colleagues are  able to assist us with implementing our Anti-Slavery Policy effectively.

Continuous Improvement

During the last financial year, we have completed a review of all suppliers.

We are updating refresher training to all colleagues across the firm.

During 2018, we will carry out a thorough review of our policy and procedures, and continue to monitor any signs of inappropriate behaviour in terms of anti-slavery legislation within this firm and our suppliers. 

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