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Slavery and human trafficking statement for financial year ending 31 October 2018

Continuing to build on our position from October 2017, the Law Society Group has put in place the following developments in 2018.

The Law Society Group continues to review and revise our standard terms and conditions for the procurement of goods and services to ensure appropriate contractual provisions are in place.

These require suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to have in place appropriate policies and procedures and to take all necessary measures to ensure that nothing relating to dealings with us, or otherwise within a supplier’s business and supply chain, involves slavery or human trafficking. Similar amendments to the group’s standard purchase order terms located on its website have been implemented.

Bespoke terms and conditions for future non-standard procurement requirements shall also contain equivalent provisions and are being constantly reviewed.

Each supplier within the Law Society Group’s top 50 suppliers by spend are being reviewed to determine their stance on slavery and human trafficking, their relevant policies, statements and procedures and the due diligence they undertake to mitigate the risk of such activities entering their supply chain.

As part of the procurement process, new and existing suppliers are required to provide a copy of their slavery and human trafficking statement or policy under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and provide support documentation as part of the Law Society Group’s Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire (Due Diligence Questionnaire).

Our Procurement team have received training on modern slavery issues in procurement and will continue to do so. Following the training, the Procurement team is developing a Procurement Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy for the Law Society Group which will be signed off at board level across the Group. We are committed to raising awareness and building on this process in the future.

In future years, we will use our review meetings with key suppliers to spot check and discuss their processes to ensure these due diligence processes are put into practice.

Paul Tennant, chief executive
The Law Society