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Modern Slavery Act 2015

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Financial Year ended 30 April 2016

  1. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations of a certain size, operating in the UK and supplying goods and services from or to the UK, to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each financial year, setting out the steps which they have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains.

    Stephenson Harwood LLP (the "Firm") supplies legal services in the UK and elsewhere in the world through offices forming part of the Stephenson Harwood Group. Further details of our international offices are shown on the Firm's website (www.shlegal.com). This statement relates both to the UK and the Firm's international offices.

  2. As a firm of lawyers the Firm has, and is required to have, high professional and ethical standards and to act with integrity in its client and business relationships. As part of this the Firm is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

  3. We seek to identify, assess and mitigate the areas of risk where slavery or human trafficking may exist in our business or supply chains. This includes considering, in all parts of the world where the Firm operates, the following types of risk:
    - country risk: countries where the Firm operates or has dealings that are vulnerable to slavery or human trafficking;
    - business or transaction risk: where the particular client or supplier relationships or transactions are susceptible to slavery and human trafficking.

    In particular, we review and monitor the Firm's suppliers and assess the risk that they or their own supply chains are susceptible to slavery and human trafficking. This involves identifying the suppliers by size and importance and by level of risk attaching to them; this then may involve further due diligence in respect of certain suppliers and obtaining confirmation or evidence that such suppliers operate to the required standards.

  4. The Firm ensures that all its staff are aware of the Firm's obligations under the Modern Slavery Act and of its zero – tolerance policy of slavery and human trafficking. The Firm's policy, which is made available on the Firm's intranet, includes making staff aware about recognising the relevant risks and of the need to report any potential violations of the Firm's policy.

  5. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Stephenson Harwood Group's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended 30 April 2016.

Signed:

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Designated Member

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Designated Member


For and on behalf of Stephenson Harwood LLP

Date: 15 September 2016

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