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Modern Slavery Statement October 2016

This statement is made on behalf of Howard Kennedy LLP pursuant to section 54(1) if the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement.

Howard Kennedy LLP is registered in England and Wales and our office is based in London. We employ approximately 400 people and we carry out a wide range of legal services.

Our Approach

To ensure adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to ensure as far as possible that no slavery or human trafficking exists in our own workforce or our supply chains we have undertaken the following steps:

  • We have reviewed our recruitment policies and contracts of employment;
  • We have analysed our suppliers and requested approximately 20 suppliers to complete our Modern Slavery Act questionnaire;
  • Those suppliers have been selected based on the following criteria:

i) Value of supply

ii) Type of supply and whether they provide goods that are produced in jurisdictions that are high on the modern slavery index or services via personnel; and

iii) Location of the supplier and whether they are located in a jurisdiction that is high on the modern slavery index.

  • The questionnaires responses have been analysed by us and we are satisfied that as far as we are aware, no modern slavery or human trafficking can be detected in our supply chains. 

Going forward

We have implemented a Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy within the firm. That policy sets out the firm's stance in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking and its processes and procedures for minimising the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its own work force and supply chains.

We are committed to ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our workforce or our supply chains. We conduct checks on new suppliers as part of our procurement process.

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the Director of Risk & Compliance and the HR Director to ensure adherence to the Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. This is overseen by the firm's Compliance Officer for Legal Practice.