Chad­wick Lawrence joins drive to end mod­ern slav­ery

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Law firm Chad­wick Lawrence has part­nered with na­tional char­ity Hope for Jus­tice and be­come a mem­ber of the Slave-Free Al­liance.

The Slave-Free Al­liance aims at bring­ing an end to mod­ern slav­ery across the world. The al­liance looks to pre­vent ex­ploita­tion, res­cue vic­tims, re­store lives and re­form so­ci­ety.

Chad­wick Lawrence, which has seven of­fices across West York­shire, was ap­proached by Gareth Hen­der­son, who works closely with the char­ity as a trustee of Hope for Jus­tice, to dis­cuss a part­ner­ship be­tween the law firm and the Slave-Free Al­liance.

The law firm will not only com­plete an au­dit of its own sys­tems, but also ed­u­cate its own business clients and con­tacts of the ser­vices of the al­liance and the im­por­tant work it un­der­takes.

Work­ing with the Slave-Free Al­liance, Chad­wick Lawrence will ed­u­cate busi­nesses on how to en­sure they do not fall vic­tim to mod­ern slav­ery in any part of their sup­ply chain.

Daniel Krigers, part­ner at Chad­wick Lawrence, said: “Our em­ploy­ment law team reg­u­larly ad­vises clients who form part of a much larger sup­ply chain. They may face chal­lenges in terms of au­dit­ing and ten­der­ing which re­quires a de­tailed ex­am­i­na­tion of their business prac­tices to en­sure they are com­pli­ant and can demon­strate that com­pli­ance to their cus­tomers.

“The aim for us is to ed­u­cate our clients on the very im­por­tant work the al­liance per­forms and the dif­fer­ence it can make within busi­nesses of all sizes.

“There is a qual­ity mark scheme in place as part of this which can give busi­nesses a head start when ten­der­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ma­te­ri­alise or when they are asked about their com­pli­ance from those or­gan­i­sa­tions fur­ther up the sup­ply chain.”

The al­liance is part of the Hope for Jus­tice Fam­ily, a col­lec­tive made up from spe­cial­ist, pro­fes­sional teams in­clud­ing so­cial work­ers, lawyers and for­mer de­tec­tives, who are ex­perts in is­sues around mod­ern slav­ery.

Ben Coo­ley, group CEO of Hope for Jus­tice and Slave-Free Al­liance, said: “We look for­ward to work­ing closely with Chad­wick Lawrence to bring an end to mod­ern slav­ery in cor­po­rate sup­ply chains, and the ex­ploita­tion, abuse and vi­o­lence that goes along with it.”

DANIEL KRIGERS:‘The aim for us is to ed­u­cate our clients.’

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