Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement
This statement is made in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”). The firm’s financial year end is 30 April and this statement covers the period 2019/2020. This statement was approved by the firm’s Senior Management Team on 28 September 2020 and signed by our Managing Partner on behalf of the firm. Our previous Modern Slavery Act Transparency statement can be viewed here.
As a law firm, we are rightly held to high standards in all that we do. To operate a sustainable and successful business we must inspire trust and confidence in all of our stakeholders. We are committed to taking a robust approach to opposing slavery and human trafficking.
We expect high standards from those we work with and are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains.
Business organisational structure and supply chains
Capsticks is a law firm which operates within the UK, we have five offices and a headcount of over 500 including lawyers and business services staff. Led by our Senior Management Team, each of the firm’s offices is managed by one of our partners.
We specialise in providing a full range of legal and consultancy services to clients in the health and social care, GP, regulatory, housing, emergency services and insurance sectors. For more information about what we do see About us.
Our supply chains provide us with personnel, goods and services to support the services we provide to our clients. Our suppliers are generally local although some are part of global businesses.
Capsticks opposes all forms of slavery and human trafficking, and we are committed to taking steps to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
We promote ethical values and behaviour within our business and our Anti-Slavery Policy reflects these principles with a commitment to conduct all our business relationships with ethical principles.
Due diligence and risk assessment processes
We acknowledge that slavery and human trafficking exist. As a professional services firm strictly regulated by our regulatory body, our ongoing assessment is that we are at low risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring within our business. However, we do review this assessment periodically. In respect of our supply chains, we recognise there may be greater risk and our assessment and due diligence has primarily focused on our supplier relationships. We recognise that this is an ongoing process and we need to continue to review and refine our risk assessment process in this area.
We work with our suppliers using tools such as supplier assessment questionnaires, provisions in our supplier contracts and our supplier code.
Our overall objective is to establish and maintain supplier relationships which will minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains.
We look to ensure that our supply chains operate in an honest, fair and transparent manner. Supplier feedback serves as an essential means of identifying, assessing and addressing the risk of modern slavery.
Our procurement due diligence process includes a risk assessment process which takes account of the size, geographical location and risk profile of the industry sector which in turn informs any additional checks we undertake.
We ask our suppliers to sign up to our Supplier Code of Conduct which sets out what we require from our suppliers and contractors.
Training and awareness
Capsticks is committed to ensuring that our people understand what modern slavery is, the circumstances in which it may occur and are aware of modern slavery indicators so they are equipped to identify instances of possible slavery and human trafficking.
Our Raising Concerns Policy includes a mechanism for reporting genuine suspicion of criminal conduct, or a breach of a legal, regulatory or professional obligation by anyone in the firm and this would include instances of modern slavery.
With regard to progress made on previous Key Performance Indicators, we have:
- Taken steps to broaden and implement our supplier review processes across our supply chain but not completely embedded this process across the firm;
- All staff in the last 12 months have undertaken training on modern slavery awareness; and
- Reviewed further our contract management process and reported to our Governance and Risk Committee on progress and next steps.
Planning and priorities
Building on the steps we have taken to date, we have identified the following as objectives for the coming year:
- Further embed contract management and supplier review processes in our procurement processes with further training for those involved in procurement;
- Establish a contract management system which will enable improved oversight of suppliers
These objectives will be managed by our Chief Operating Officer, who has oversight of our modern slavery compliance.
This statement is made by Capsticks Solicitors LLP:
Martin Hamilton, Managing Partner
2 November 2020