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Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is made on behalf of Richmond Chambers LLP pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the forthcoming year.

Introduction

Richmond Chambers LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC380935. The firm is committed to the highest standards of professionalism, ethical behaviour and integrity in everything that we do and to contributing to the wellbeing of communities around the world. In this we are committed to opposing modern slavery in all its forms, and do not tolerate it either within our business itself or within our supply chain.

Our Organisation Structure

Richmond Chambers LLP is a partnership of specialist immigration barristers and other immigration law professionals. Richmond Chambers LLP has 28 employees and is based in Covent Garden, London. We provide advice and representation in relation to all aspects of UK immigration law.

Richmond Chambers LLP is a professional services provider, which predominantly employs professionally qualified and highly skilled people. We consider the risk of Modern Slavery occurring within our business to be low, so our focus is to ensure that there are policies and procedures in place for our suppliers.

Our Policies

We have reviewed our Chambers Manual comprising all our employee-related policies. During the next 12 months the following policies will be introduced to alert all our staff explicitly to modern slavery issues, the commitment of Richmond Chambers LLP to combat modern slavery and mechanisms through which modern slavery issues can be addressed, if identified, in our organisation:

  • Dignity at Work Policy; and
  • Ethical Reporting Policy.

Our Ethical Reporting Policy will enable any member of staff to report any known or suspected breach of our ethical standards including slavery, human trafficking, forced or child labour, as well as wider human rights-related issues. It will guarantee that any issue can be raised in confidence and refer to examples of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour as instances which we expect to be reported.

Supplier Due Diligence

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains. As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, during the next 12 months we will put in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas when considering taking on new suppliers and regularly review our existing supply chains;
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains;
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains; and
  • Protect whistle blowers.

We will share our Anti-Slavery Policy with our main suppliers so that they are aware of our values and our expectations from those we work with. To date we have not been made aware of any human trafficking/slavery activities within the supply chain but if any were highlighted to us then we would act immediately in accordance with our legal and moral obligations.

Performance indicators

In light of the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 the firm has committed to:

  • Review its existing supply chains; and
  • Develop a system for supply chain verification which will enable the firm to evaluate potential suppliers before they enter the supply chain.

Training

We are in the process of raising awareness of modern slavery issues among all staff and partners and this will include:

  • The basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
  • How employees can identify and prevent slavery and human trafficking; and
  • The policies we have put in place on Anti-Slavery, including how employees can alert the firm about potential slavery or human trafficking issues.

This statement is approved by the Partners and signed on their behalf by:

Paul Richmond
Partner, Richmond Chambers LLP
15 November 2017