Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement
For Financial Year Ending 31 October 2020
This statement sets out the steps taken by Doyle Clayton Solicitors Limited (“Doyle Clayton”) to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Slavery and human trafficking can occur in many forms, such as forced labour, child labour, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and workplace abuse. Given the nature of the work that we do, we believe that there is a low risk of slavery or human trafficking having any connection with our business. We must, however, not be complacent, and all staff have a responsibility to be aware of any risks in our business and in our wider supply chains, no matter how remote the possibility, and report any concerns to the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP).
Doyle Clayton deals with all legal issues relating to people in the workplace, from employment law to business immigration, from pensions to other corporate employment services. We are a workplace law firm.
We are UK based and have four offices in the UK; our head office is based in the City of London, two further offices in London and an office in Reading. In our financial year ending 31 October 2020, we had on average 67 employees.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains comprise primarily services, including professional advisory services, IT services, cleaning services and office supplies. We have reviewed our supply chains and believe the overall risk of modern slavery is low owing to:
- The nature of the goods and services which we procure (mostly skilled professional services);
- The locations from which we procure it (in developed markets); and
- Our procurement practices (for example, we agree to reasonable terms and ensure timely payment).
Our policies on slavery and human trafficking
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and we are fully committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We believe in paying people fairly and properly for their work. This policy and our internal policies reflect 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.
Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have in place systems to:
- Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
- Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains. We set clear expectations for our suppliers by informing them that Doyle Clayton does not tolerate modern slavery or any form of human trafficking within its business or supply chains and that Doyle Clayton does not allow harsh or inhumane treatment and we expect our suppliers to share our values.
- Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains. Staff are encouraged to report any concerns to senior management.
- Ensure appropriate recruitment practices are carried out. We conduct verification checks on all new hires (including verification of identity, references, evidence of qualifications and criminal and financial checks).
- Protect whistle blowers. At Doyle Clayton, workers, customers and suppliers are encouraged to report any concerns related to our activities or supply chains. This includes circumstances which may give rise to increased risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing policy is designed to make it easy for people to make disclosures without fear of retaliation.
Supplier adherence to our values
We require that all new contractual agreements with third party suppliers contain obligations to ensure compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 wherever possible. If this is not feasible, we will conduct appropriate due diligence of our third party suppliers to ensure that they commit to satisfying their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
As part of any due diligence exercise during supplier on boarding or at regular intervals, potential slavery concerns must be assessed and addressed.
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we will be providing training to appropriate members of staff.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Doyle Clayton’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 October 2020.
Following its initial adoption, this Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement will be reviewed by Doyle Clayton’s Executive Committee at least annually and may be amended from time to time.
Doyle Clayton Solicitors Limited