Slavery and human trafficking statement

Like many of our members, the Law Society is committed to promoting the rule of law, a sense of fairness and access to justice, both at home and abroad.

We practise this commitment within all areas of our operations and supply chains by working to reduce the risk of modern slavery and human rights violations.

Read our below statement to see the steps we have taken to ensure modern slavery practices are not present in any of our activities.

Slavery and human trafficking statement for financial year ending 31 October 2021

This statement is written in line with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is the slavery and human trafficking statement for the Law Society financial year ending 31 October 2021.

The Law Society is the professional and representational body for solicitors in England and Wales.

The Law Society is committed to taking appropriate actions to ensure that modern slavery practices are not present in the organisation, within its supply chain or any other associated activities.

The Law Society endeavours to never engage with external parties involved in or connected to modern slavery or human trafficking.

The Law Society has continued to review and update the supplier questionnaire – due diligence document. Any external party wishing to engage with the Law Society must complete this questionnaire declaring their processes and policies in relation to applicable regulations, including modern slavery, and provide the copies of the appropriate documentation.

We expect all parties we are looking to work with to have suitable policies, processes, and compliance in place within their own businesses and supply chains to prevent child labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.

The majority of the Law Society’s procurement activity does not involve high risk activities such as production or sourcing outside of the United Kingdom or the European Union.

The due diligence process is followed by ensuring that all agreements made with external parties have appropriate contractual provisions in place. These terms require external parties to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

In this financial year, the Law Society has undertaken the following steps to minimise the potential risk of modern slavery and human trafficking being present in our supply chain:

  • reviewed due diligence documents during the tender process, particularly on higher risk contracts such as catering, facilities management, and people-based contracts;
  • amended the due diligence document to ensure the content captures external parties’ management of modern slavery issues;
  • ensured, where appropriate, that the correct operational teams had checked the due diligence and modern slavery policies of new and existing suppliers, including their sub-contractors; and
  • carried out reviews of the highest value suppliers to ensure that the procurement team have the relevant modern slavery policy documents.

All policies are supported by the Law Society’s whistleblowing policy which encourages anyone who has concerns to raise them, with protection and support provided.

We are committed to raising awareness and building on this process in the future. We will look to continue this work, refining our practices in the continually changing environment we live in and improving our reporting structure for more effective processes moving forward.

Gerry Walsh, interim chief executive
The Law Society

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