Opposition to Slavery and Human Trafficking 
As a law firm, House of Law cares deeply about the rights of everyone wherever they are and whatever they do. Whilst we are determined to operate a sustainable and successful business we are also committed to taking a robust approach to opposing slavery and human trafficking. We have a moral commitment to protecting human rights in the UK and overseas and are committed to providing an open and honest account of what we do in order to help to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains and business. 
We similarly expect high standards from those we work with and are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains.. 

Our Modern Slavery Statement 

This statement is made voluntarily and sets out the steps that House of Law Limited (‘the Firm’) has taken and continues to take to prevent modern slavery or human trafficking taking place within our business or supply chain. 
Modern slavery is an indefensible and morally reprehensible crime that deprives others of their liberty and dignity. It is a violation of the most fundamental of human rights – the right to self-determination. The term modern slavery encompasses all forms of slavery including, but not limited to, forced marriage, servitude, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, illegal child labour, forced service in armed forces, forced drug trafficking, trafficking for the sex industry and trafficking and imprisonment in relation to organ removal. The Firm has zero tolerance to any form of modern slavery. It is committed to acting with integrity and transparency in all of its business activates including putting in place effective systems and controls to safeguard the Firm against any form of modern slavery taking place within its business or its supply chain. 
The Firm expects that its contractors, suppliers and other business partners will exercise the same high standards that it does and will include within any contracts or agreements for the supply of goods or services specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude, whether adults or children. 
This statement applies to all personnel persons working for or associated with the Firm including employees, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, interns, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners (referred to as ‘personnel’). This statement does not form part of any person’s contract of employment or contracts for services and may be amended at any time. 
Business Organisation and Employees 
The Firm is is a limited company registered in England and Wales with registered number 09950284. Its registered office is at 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with SRA number 648525 in the provision of legal services. 
The Firm provides mostly commercial legal services to commercial clients from offices based in Manchester. 
The Firm does not use migrant labour and all personnel are paid at or above the Living Wage Foundation rate. The standard terms and conditions of employment for all of personnel allows them to terminate their employment/contract with the Firm at any time. The Firm regards itself as being a fair and inclusive employer and take steps at all times to ensure that personnel have a good work/home life balance. 
The Firm operates an equality, diversity and inclusion policy and is alert to the issues relating to health and wellbeing raised by the SRA, Law Society, LawCare and others. 
Our supply chains 
The Firm recognises that there may be modern slavery risks involved in its supply chains and undertakes assessments and due diligence exercises focused on the approval of its supplier relationships. This is an ongoing process and is reviewed and refined on a continuous basis. 
The Firm’s supply chains provide it with people, goods and services to support the services it provides to our clients. Suppliers are generally local although some are part of global businesses. 
The Firm takes steps to ensure that its supply chains operate in an honest, fair and transparent manner. 
The Firm is not aware of any allegations of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to any of its suppliers. Were such information to come to light it would immediately take appropriate steps to distance itself from that supplier and report the supplier to the relevant authorities. 
In addition to the above, as part of its contract with suppliers, the Firm requires suppliers to: 
confirm that they have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business; 
require their own suppliers to provide similar confirmations as to modern slavery; 
pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate) if they are based in the UK; 
pay their employees any prevailing minimum wage applicable within their country of operations if they are based overseas 
The Firm’s overall objective is to establish and maintain supplier relationships which will minimise the risk of slavery and human trafficking within its supply chains. 
Risk Analysis 
As a professional services firm that is strictly regulated the Solicitors Regulation Authority and on the basis of the due diligence and an analysis of its business and supply chains, the Firm regards itself currently as being at a low risk of involvement in, or support for, modern slavery and human trafficking in relation to its business and supply chains. 
The Firm undertakes regular risk analysis within its business and supply chain so as to ensure that it continues to be low risk. 
Training and Awareness 
The Firm will ensure that all personnel are made aware of the importance of the avoidance of modern slavery and human trafficking and of the need to ensure that it is eradicated from the Firms business and supply chain. 
The Firm regards the matters dealt with in this Statement as being very important. Failure strictly to abide with its terms will be deemed to be a serious matter and may, as a consequence, result in disciplinary action up to and including the termination of employment/contract with the Firm. 
Review and Publication 
This Statement will be reviewed each financial year as part of the review of the Firm’s approach to the avoidance of modern slavery and human trafficking and its effectiveness will be evaluated at that time. Any events which have occurred which cast doubt upon any aspect of the Statement will be considered and evaluated. All personnel will have each year’s Statement brought to their attention and will be advised as to the impact of any changes that are made to it. 
All personnel are encouraged to put forward ideas and suggestions for developing and improving the operation of the Firm’s efforts in relation to the eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking. 
Please contact us if you wish to raise something with us 
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