This Policy applies to Burges Salmon LLP (the “Firm”), all Burges Salmon entities and for work undertaken in all jurisdictions

Introduction

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value to clients.

We advise across all three UK jurisdictions and in other jurisdictions through a preferred firm network of like-minded independent firms.

We are a partnership and we value collaboration and team playing as the best approach to delivering a great client experience.

Slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our firm's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 April 2018.

It sets out the steps that Burges Salmon has undertaken - and is continuing to take - to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Burges Salmon has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting in an ethical manner, with integrity and transparency in all business dealings.

Our commitment

We are committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking have no place in our business or in our supply chain.

We are dedicated to running our business responsibly and committed to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity.

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

We engage with our suppliers to ensure that they share our high standards. We expect our suppliers to:

  • Confirm their commitment to a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking and slavery
  • Commit to applying corresponding values within their own organisation
  • Demonstrate commitment to achieving sustainable and ethical business practices.

We work with our suppliers to ensure that our approach to slavery and human trafficking is reflected in all our purchases of goods and services so that neither we nor they are involved in any way, either directly or indirectly, in slavery and human trafficking.

Policies

We operate a number of internal policies to ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  • Our supplier code of conduct, which sets out the standards required of our suppliers.
  • Our code of business conduct, which explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our people and suppliers to act.
  • Our recruitment policy, which includes conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all Burges Salmon people to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  • Our whistleblowing policy, which ensures that our people know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

Supply chain relationship

Our critical suppliers are the businesses who supply us with the technology and financial services we need to deliver our legal services to our clients and who help us to run our premises. We tend to foster long-term relationships with these suppliers and we have regular account meetings (monthly/quarterly) with them.

Our Purchase Terms and Conditions (Goods and Services) include anti-slavery provisions, including implementing due diligence procedures with suppliers, sub-contractors and other participants in the supply chain.

Please visit the Suppliers section of our website for further information.

We periodically contact our critical suppliers requesting details of the steps they are taking to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within their businesses and supply chains, and requesting copies of any relevant policy documents dealing with this issue. We have logged and reviewed their responses to ensure that their approach is consistent with ours.

Approval

This statement was approved by the Partnership Committee of Burges Salmon LLP on 27 September 2018.