Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Nelson Guest and Partners - financial year ending 30th April 2022
Our statement has been prepared in accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and outlines the steps which Nelson Guest and Partners continue to take both in our business and our suppliers in the detection and the prevention of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
Nelson Guest and Partners are a Partnership offering professional legal services within the UK to a diverse client base in Criminal Defence, Regulatory Law and Powers of Attorney, Nelson Guest and Partners are an independent Law firm regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Practice operates from a single office based in Sidcup, Kent.
About Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships, based on our values and commitment to shaping the health and sustainability of our communities and creating solutions to global challenges.
We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. All staff undergo training courses in these matters. We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all of our contractors, suppliers and other business partners, and as part of our terms and conditions of business, we require compliance with this policy and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which contains specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, (whether adults or children), and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.
Working in professional services we do not consider that we work in a high risk environment as our Staff are directly employed by the Practice and by necessity well educated and in many cases professionally qualified. Nelson Guest and Partners operate under a regime of professional policies and procedures used to run the practice both responsibly and compliantly and we consider there is a low risk of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking inside of our own practice. The majority of our supply chain operate within a similar environment and are also considered low risk however we ensure that those managing the suppliers take a risk-based approach and are aware of their responsibilities and legal obligations in this area.
Any member of Nelson Guest and Partners who has any suspicions that Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking may be occurring whether it be within our own practice or within our supply chain or indeed in respect of a client matter upon which we are instructed must report their concerns to the Senior Partner at the earliest possible opportunity. Should any member of staff feel this is not possible they must report through the firms Whistle Blowing Policy. This Statement has been prepared and produced by the Partners and the Manager and was reviewed by the same in October 2021.
The Statement has been signed by Stephen Nelson our Senior Partner.