At Brodies we conduct our business with integrity, transparency and fairness. We are committed to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking both in our business and in our supply chains. We procure goods and services in a sustainable and ethical manner in compliance with our values and relevant law and policy, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

We do not accept slavery or human trafficking in our business and we will not work with others who do not share our commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking. If you have any concerns or suspicions we should know about then please contact our Anti-slavery Compliance Officer, David Edwards, on 0131 656 0246.

Our business and supply chains

Brodies is a law firm headquartered in Scotland. We are a full service law firm offering legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally. Our core business areas are corporate and commercial; energy (renewables and oil & gas); property; litigation; banking and financial services; employment, pensions and benefits and trust and tax.

We have offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dingwall and Brussels. Further information about our business can be found at: www.brodies.com/about.

Our supply chains include providers of services to our clients, and goods and services to our firm. For example, we engage medical experts and property search companies on behalf of our clients and officers of the courts to serve official documents. Goods and services provided to the firm include banking services, stationery supplies, taxis, cleaning services and IT services.

Compliance

Since our last Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement published pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("MSA 2015") we have:

  • reviewed our compliance approach in line with the updated UK Government guidance on Transparency in Supply Chains;
  • prepared a slavery and human trafficking risk questionnaire for issuing to certain suppliers
  • held discussions within the firm to ensure compliance
  • reviewed our specific Anti-slavery Policy, which identifies the firm's Finance Director, David Edwards, as the Anti-slavery Compliance Officer with overall responsibility for implementing this Policy
  • reviewed the Key Performance indicators against which to assess our progress on slavery and human trafficking issues

Our Anti-slavery Policy documents our commitment to conducting our business with integrity, transparency and fairness and the steps we take to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not present in our supply chains. The policy applies to our partners, all of our staff and to our suppliers, including those who work for or on our behalf in any capacity.

The firm's Anti-slavery Policy includes guidance with examples of unusual behaviour displayed by workers which may be indicative of someone experiencing slavery or human trafficking. It makes it clear that Brodies will support anyone who raises a genuine concern in good faith.

Our Anti-slavery Policy builds on Brodies' existing policies covering Procurement, Equality, Diversity, Dignity at Work, Grievances, and our Employee Handbook and other training we provide.

Due diligence in our supply chains

We have reviewed and will continue to review our supplier list and conduct risk assessments of our supply chains. Following this, we will be contacting higher-risk suppliers and asking them to complete our slavery and human trafficking risk questionnaire. This communicates our commitment to complying with the requirements of the MSA 2015 and allows us to verify, as far as possible, that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring in any part of our supply chain. The questionnaire also asks our suppliers to confirm the steps they have taken both internally and in their supply chains to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring.

Training

All members of staff are required to certify that they have read and understood our Anti-slavery Policy. A process is in place to monitor and enforce this requirement.

Key Performance Indicators

We use the following Key Performance Indicators (KPls) to measure how effective we have been to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains:

  • All staff have confirmed that they have read and understood Brodies' Anti-slavery Policy
  • Any policy breaches are reported to the Anti-slavery Compliance Officer within a reasonable time of occurring
  • Any policy breaches are assessed within a reasonable time of being reported and further investigations concluded as soon as possible thereafter

We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our compliance regime and take necessary steps to address any instances of slavery and human trafficking. We understand that an Anti-slavery Policy will not, on its own, be sufficient to prevent slavery and human trafficking. It is important to develop a culture within the firm which does not tolerate slavery or human trafficking and is not complacent about the associated risks. Through our good business practices and HR policies, including our adoption of the Scottish Business Pledge, we believe that Brodies has established such a culture. Brodies is committed to positively fostering this culture across the firm through training, education and awareness initiatives.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 April 2017.