Mann Roberts is an independent law firm established under English Law in 2022 and provides legal advice and services.
Mann Roberts specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. We offer a range of legal services tailored to individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, charities and business organisations to enable them to achieve their goals. Our clients are from various sectors including agriculture, construction and engineering, charity, church and renewable energy.
Our Commitment on Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking
It continues to be a priority for Mann Roberts to ensure that we trade ethically, source responsibly and work to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking throughout our organisation and in our supply chain.
We have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery or human trafficking to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business.
We have our internal Anti-Slavery Policy to ensure we operate in an ethical manner.
Externally, we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
Our Supply Chain
As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk, we perform risk assessment before working with any supplier, including assessing their anti-slavery policies and practices, and requiring them to provide annual declarations of compliance where necessary.
We include anti-slavery and human trafficking clauses in supplier contracts, outlining the supplier’s responsibilities and the consequences of non-compliance, such as to:
a) comply with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations and codes from time to time in force (Anti-Slavery Laws) including the Modern Slavery Act 2015;
b) include similar anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions in contracts with its subcontractors; and
c) maintain a complete set of records to trace the supply chain of all goods and services provided to Mann Roberts and take all necessary steps to ensure that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking.
If a supplier breaches any anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions, we will terminate our supply contract with such supplier.
We provide regular training to our staff to ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business.
Our effectiveness in combating slavery and human trafficking
There has been no incidents related to slavery and human trafficking reported.
There has been no contracts terminated due to non-compliance with anti-slavery requirements.
We continue to monitor compliance with relevant anti-slavery and human trafficking laws and regulations, including any fines or legal actions taken against organisations or its suppliers on an ongoing basis.
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 30th September 2023.
This statement is approved by
Date: 15th September 2023
1. Policy statement
1.1 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 in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and 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.
1.2 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 contracting processes, we include 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.
2. About this policy
2.1 The purpose of this policy is to:
(a) set out our responsibilities, and of those working for and on our behalf, in observing and upholding our position on modern slavery and human trafficking; and
(b) provide information to those working for and on our behalf on how to identify and report concerns regarding modern slavery and human trafficking.
2.2 This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.
2.3 This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.
3. Responsibility for the policy
3.1 The Managing Director has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it.
3.2 The Head of Culture Matters has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.
3.3 Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery in supply chains.
3.4 You are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved. Comments, suggestions and queries are encouraged and should be addressed to the Head of Culture Matters.
4. Your responsibilities and how to raise a concern
4.1 You must ensure that you read, understand and comply with this policy.
4.2 The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chains is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.
4.3 You must notify the Managing Director and the Head of Culture Matters as soon as possible if you believe or suspect that a breach of this policy has occurred, or may occur in the future.
4.4 You are encouraged to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any parts of our business or supply chains of any supplier tier at the earliest possible stage.
4.5 If you believe or suspect that a breach of this policy has occurred or that it may occur you must report it in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as possible.
4.6 If you are unsure about whether a particular act, the treatment of workers more generally, or their working conditions within any tier of our supply chains constitutes any of the various forms of modern slavery, raise it with your manager or the Managing Director.
4.7 We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our own business or in any of our supply chains. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern. If you believe that you have suffered any such treatment, you should inform the compliance manager immediately. If the matter is not remedied, and you are an employee, you should raise it formally using our Grievance Procedure, which can be found at Staff Handbook.
5. Training and communication
5.1 Training on this policy, and on the risk our business faces from modern slavery in its supply chains, forms part of the induction process for all individuals who work for us, and regular training will be provided as necessary.
5.2 Our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in our business and supply chains must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and business partners at the outset of our business relationship with them and reinforced as appropriate on an ongoing basis.
6. Breaches of this policy
6.1 Any employee who breaches this policy will face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for misconduct or gross misconduct.
6.2 We may terminate our relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.