Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement – Financial Year ending 30 April 2019.
Horwich Farrelly is a Partnership operating across seven locations in the UK. It is a law firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority of England and Wales (“SRA”) and Law Society of Northern Ireland. Horwich Farrelly is one of the leading providers of legal and handling services to the UK general insurance claims sector. More about what we do and our values, including our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, can be found on this website.
We do not currently operate outside of the UK or work in any group structure.
This statement is made by Horwich Farrelly pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of human rights. It is a term used to encompass slavery, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. We as a business are aware of our responsibilities as set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and actively monitor the risks that modern slavery poses to both our business and that of our suppliers.
We have a zero-tolerance approach towards any form of modern slavery and are committed to preventing acts of modern slavery from taking place within our business and within our supply chain, and expect this high standard to be adopted by our suppliers also. This statement sets out the steps we have taken to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Supply Chain Overview
We consider the firm itself to be relatively low risk in relation to modern slavery, given the sector in which we operate. As a law firm our supply chain is limited to general business suppliers such as stationers, cleaners, recruiters as well as expert witnesses and Counsel who support us in the services we provide to general insurance clients.
A number of our suppliers are regulated individuals who are required to abide by their own codes of conduct, for example the Bar Council. We are now conducting a landscape review of our suppliers who do not fall within this category to ensure that their procedures and policies align with our own.
We have identified our key suppliers by procurement spend and any other characteristics that represent potential risk in relation to modern slavery and will prioritise assessment of those suppliers. The scope of our assessment will cover direct suppliers initially. We will not review indirect suppliers.
Our responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are incorporated in our firm’s policies and are included in our risk assessments of our own business and that of our clients and suppliers.
Our policies and procedures include due diligence processes that cover ethical and sustainable trading, ensuring that our business relationships do not support modern slavery. As a supplier of legal services we work alongside our clients to complement their processes regarding transparency in the supply chain in addition to raising awareness amongst our suppliers and ensuring they comply with our high standards.
Any reports or concerns with regards to modern slavery should be raised with our Risk & Compliance Team or in line with our Whistleblowing Policy as soon as practicable. We will treat any report of apparent modern slavery seriously and will take appropriate action, where necessary.
Training & Increased Awareness
We are implementing training on the Modern Slavery Act for all those involved in supply chain management across the business. Specific training is delivered through our e-learning system and is compulsory for all staff. We will use our internal and external newsletters to support our work on transparency in the supply chain and communicating our activity to all key stakeholders.
Horwich Farrelly is committed to responsible business practices and our Corporate Social Responsibility policy is integral to supporting the culture and ethos on which we were founded.
This statement will be reviewed annually and made available on our website. This statement was approved by our Partnership who have overall responsibility for our obligations under the Act.
Ronan McCann, Partner