Regulation & Compliance

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Slavery and human trafficking statement for Foot Anstey LLP

June 2024

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Foot Anstey LLP’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 30 April 2024. It sets out the steps that Foot Anstey LLP 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. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to creating effective systems and putting controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Regulatory details about Foot Anstey LLP can be found by clicking here.

Our organisation

We are a provider of professional services in the legal sector. Foot Anstey LLP is the parent firm of a group that includes Clinical Negligence Services Limited, trading as Enable Law, and Foot Anstey Trust Corporation Limited. The group has over 500 employees and operates from the UK. As part of our business strategy we have committed to making a difference in the communities in which we live and work. Our responsible business strategy is organised around our people, our communities and our environment.

Our policies

We have published our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy to all staff, via our staff handbook, and outlined our zero-tolerance approach. Our Business Excellence team works together with our HR function to help ensure that our Anti-Slavery Policy is complied with and to manage any concerns. Our Whistleblowing Policy ensures all employees know they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or about practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.

Our people

Our Recruitment and Vetting Policy includes conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will. Our employment policies protect our people from unfair treatment and promote a fair and inclusive workplace. We have committed to fair pay and rewards, which are reviewed annually, and we are an accredited Real Living Wage Employer. We take the wellbeing of our people seriously and have a broad offering in place to support our people’s physical and mental wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

Supplier due diligence

We consider our supply chain risk of modern slavery or human trafficking to be greater than the risk arising within our group, which provides regulated legal services and operates within a strict ethical framework. Our supply chains are principally based in the UK and support the Group’s electronic and physical infrastructure to enable delivery of our services to clients. Our anti-slavery approach reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

To ensure all those in our supply chain comply with our values we have a supply chain compliance process in place, which we periodically review and update. We look to assess the risk holistically, noting that some areas of supply chain activity carry greater risk than others. In our context, we are particularly mindful of risks in cleaning, security and electronics (office equipment).

We ask our main suppliers, and any supplier itself subject to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, to provide confirmation that they have reviewed their business operations and supply chains and that there is no forced labour within them. We ask all our suppliers about their commitment to diversity and inclusion, including requesting relevant policy documentation.

This statement was approved by the Board on 03/06/2024.

Signed by a Designated Member on behalf of the members of Foot Anstey LLP.

Date: 03/06/2024