This statement, made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, sets out Lyons Davidson Limited (LDL)’s actions to understand potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 2017/2018.
As part of the legal sector, LDL recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. LDL is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that those in its supply chains, and contractors, are free from slavery and human trafficking and comply with our values.
This policy covers the activities of LDL/Lyons Davidson Scotland LLP and File Dynamics Limited.
LDL is a law firm providing legal services to businesses and individuals nationwide. File Dynamics Limited provides support functions to the business. LDL operates from eight locations in England and Wales together with its associated practice in Scotland. Our supply chain comprises suppliers as expected in the running of a legal services office: including experts instructed to provide advice to our clients; counsel; facilities services; recruitment agencies; training providers and equipment providers.
The company currently only operates in the UK and has an annual turnover in excess of £36m.
Annually the company will undertake a risk assessment to determine the level of risk, relevant to our business and across our supply chain, from modern slavery and human trafficking.
Any risks identified from the above process will be prioritised and dealt with in accordance with comments set out below.
LDL does not believe it has any particular activities or is involved with any countries which are high risk in relation to slavery or human trafficking.
Responsibility for LDL’s anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:
LDL operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations:
LDL undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and when reviewing existing suppliers, including:
In order to assess the effectiveness of our approach to modern slavery, LDL will be reviewing on an annual basis the following areas:
LDL will require all those involved in supply chain contracting and management to complete training on LDL’s policy and approach to slavery and human trafficking in order to better understand and respond to identified slavery and human trafficking risks.
As well as training staff, LDL will raise awareness of modern slavery issues to all staff via our intranet explaining:
This policy has been approved by the company’s board of directors, who will review and update it annually.