Slavery and Human Trafficking

This statement is made on behalf of WFW Global LLP pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 30 April 2016.

WFW Global LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales (registered number OC312251) and is the parent company for Watson Farley & Williams LLP (registered number OC312252) and affiliated entities (“WFW”) which are separately constituted and regulated legal entities providing legal services in various jurisdictions to both commercial and individual clients. Further information on these regulated legal entities is available on the legal and regulatory page of our website.

WFW has over 150 partners and a global income in excess of £131 million for the financial year ending 30 April 2016.

Our approach

As an international law firm, we always work to the highest professional standards and comply with all laws, regulations and rules applicable to our business including appropriate checks to ensure that all employees have the right to work in the jurisdiction in which they are employed. WFW is committed to maintaining a culture within which ethical behaviour is promoted and bribery is never acceptable. WFW takes a zero-tolerance approach to bribery, and without exception, bribes must never be paid or received (or offered/or requested) by any person on behalf of the firm or in connection with the firm’s business.

Supplier Due Diligence

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business or in our supply chains and all our suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We have recently updated our procurement policy and processes to include the verification of our suppliers’ compliance programme on a risk-based approach including information relating to their policies and procedures on:

  • Human Rights/Anti-slavery
  • Diversity Data
  • Anti-Bribery and Corruption
  • Whistleblowing

Training

Training and internal briefings will be provided to all partners and employees to ensure that there is a good understanding of the risks posed by modern slavery and human trafficking.

Further information on our commitment to being a responsible business can be found on our CSR page.

Chris Lowe and Lothar Wegener

Managing Partners

Watson Farley & Williams