Modern Slavery Statement
This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement relates to actions and activities
during the financial year 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023.
The statement sets down SSB Law’s commitment to preventing slavery and human
trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of
ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains.
We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small. Staff are expected to report their
concerns and management to act upon them.
SSB Law is committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from
occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its
suppliers, contractors and other business partners. SSB Law takes its responsibilities
seriously and this statement constitutes its compliance pursuant to section 54 (1) of the
Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act).
Structure of the organisation
SSB Group is a law firm, established and operating as a limited liability partnership under
English law. The group comprises of a number of subsidiaries including SSB Law. To find out
more about the nature of our business, please go to https://www.ssblaw.co.uk/
In order to deliver its legal services, the firm works with a range of suppliers, the majority of
whom are considered to be based in low risk jurisdictions.
Scope of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Act defines modern slavery as “slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour” and
“human trafficking” (Modern Slavery). The Act requires commercial organisations operating
in the UK (i.e. that supply goods or services from or to the UK) and have a global turnover
above £36 million, to publish a statement each financial year, which sets out the steps they
have taken to ensure there is no Modern Slavery in their business or supply chains.
As part of our commitment to combating Modern Slavery, our Modern Slavery statement
and code of conduct sets out our zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery in our
organisation and supply chain. We expect all our partners and suppliers to embrace our core
principles and match the high standards that we set ourselves. All new supplier sign up to
our code of conduct and existing suppliers are reminded of our code of conduct when
Our due diligence processes and supply chain
As a professional services organisation, we consider the risk of Modern Slavery existing
within our business to be low. However, due diligence and monitoring is completed on our
supply chain based on our zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery in our organisation.
We endeavour to do business with suppliers that adopt the same strict standards that we
ourselves adhere to. In turn, we expect our suppliers to operate fairly and ethically, where
workers are treated with respect and dignity, and the highest standards of human rights are
SSB Law has developed a risk based approach to assess the possibility of Modern Slavery
within our supply chain. The factors considered for this approach include; the country of
origin and the nature of, and location from which, services are provided.
Suppliers are onboarded and managed through a Supplier Information Pack and when
responses are received, they are reviewed and the risk assessment of the supplier is updated
accordingly. Where we have identified a potential risk, it is investigated and mitigated
through activities such as enhanced due diligence. Our Supplier Information Pack is issued to
new suppliers and monitored based on renewal.
The contractual terms and conditions that we put in place with our suppliers are being
updated to include clauses that forbid the use of slavery and human trafficking.
We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate Modern Slavery within our
supply chains. In the rare event that we become aware of a case of Modern Slavery, we will
work with the supplier to implement remedial action. We expect our suppliers to engage
with us constructively and responsibly, and to demonstrate their willingness to remedy
issues in a timely manner. If we find evidence of a failure to comply with our policies we will
immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.
General awareness training is to be provided to those staff members who are involved in
managing recruitment and our supply chains.
This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and
constitutes SSB Law’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year
commencing 1st May 2021 and ending 30th April 2022. This statement has been signed off
by the Head of Compliance and CEO.