Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement


Shoosmiths Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The Shoosmiths LLP slavery and human trafficking statement is made pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ and was approved and signed by the Shoosmiths Operations Board on 20 July 2016. The statement will be updated annually. Shoosmiths LLP is a leading national law firm and is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC374987). We have been delivering legal services to businesses since 1845 and our clients are serviced via our five practice groups – commercial, corporate, private client, real estate, recoveries services. Clients include household name blue chip companies, leading financial institutions and foreign owned corporates.  Access Legal provides legal services for individuals and their families.

This statement relates to our financial year 2015/2016 with our year ending 30 April 2016 on which date we had 143 partners and partner equivalents and 1,512 personnel and our revenue 2015/2016 was £107 m.

Our vision is to be the leading national law firm famous for its superb client experience.

We operate as one team in 10 locations in England and Scotland, namely Basingstoke, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Southampton and Thames Valley. Our supply chain entails the purchasing of goods and services that support the operation of our offices and services to our clients. Consumables purchased include office supplies, marketing materials, ICT equipment and estate services such as cleaning, waste management, office fixtures and fittings, security, uniforms and catering.  Operating with integrity governs our approach and therefore our aspiration to be recognised by our stakeholders as an organisation which is a responsible corporate citizen in all our relationships. We are an equal opportunities employer and were the first top 100 law firm to achieve ‘Gold Standard Investors in People’ status. Our recruitment and employment procedures include appropriate pre-employment screening of all staff to determine right to work in the UK.  We expect all employees to conduct business with honesty and integrity and we have a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption.  We expect our suppliers to share our commitments and approach and by collaborative working we believe we can jointly have a positive impact on society.  Shoosmiths has undertaken a number of Operations Board approved activities during the last twelve months in order to better understand the Shoosmiths supply chain and therefore how identified risks might be addressed.  Shoosmiths is committed to ensuring we help to effect change in tackling slavery or human trafficking and our approach has included:

In conclusion, Shoosmiths is committed to better understanding its supply chains and collaborating with stakeholders to improve transparency and address incidents of slavery or human trafficking identified.

Further details on our approach to responsible business practices including our policy statements, our annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) reports and our CR blog can be found here.

Claire Rowe
Chief Executive
Shoosmiths LLP
20 July 2016

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