We are committed to combatting slavery and human trafficking across our organisation and supply chains and to ensuring that we do business in an ethical manner.
We believe that this commitment will benefit our clients and stakeholders affected by our activities. We recognise, however, that we are but one link in a supply chain to the end user that is long, and potentially global. Therefore, it is essential that our suppliers also understand and appreciate the standards of conduct we expect of any company that does business with us.
We are a leading UK professional services firm offering legal and planning consultancy services, incorporating 8 offices and with approximately 765 employees (and consultants). Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales. In 2020/2021 our turnover equated to £69.4 million. Prior to 1 May 2021, Shakespeare Martineau LLP had approximately 113 members. Since 1 May 2021, Shakespeare Martineau LLP has had a number of members, one of which is Ampa Holdings LLP. Ampa Holdings LLP has approximately 123 members.
Shakespeare Martineau’s business can be broken down into three practice groups: Life and Business; Infrastructure and Specialist Markets; and Litigation Services and Dispute Resolution. Life and Business offers legal advice on corporate, commercial, intellectual property, banking and employment issues to businesses; and on family matters, wills, probate and trusts to individuals. We also offer residential conveyancing services. We provide sector-focused legal advice to the energy, education, social housing, residential and commercial property and development sectors from our Infrastructure and Specialist Markets practice. We also offer planning consultancy services through our Marrons Planning brand. We advise on all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution, provide large scale litigation services to businesses through our Corclaim brand, and we offer a number of litigation services to individuals, trading as Lime Solicitors.
We subcontract some of our work to SHMA (Glasgow) LLP, a separate entity regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.
Our suppliers provide us with the following types of operational supplies:
We also use legal service suppliers for services necessary to deliver an outcome for a legal matter, such as barristers and other lawyers, medical agencies, experts and forensic investigators.
We have assessed our supply chains for the risk of involvement in slavery and human trafficking.
Most of our suppliers are UK-based. Some have international supply chains or are part of international groups. There is an increased risk of the use of slavery and human trafficking in international supply chains.
Most of our workers are employed directly by us. There is an increased risk of the use of slavery and human trafficking where we do not employ workers directly, for example temporary workers provided by employment agencies.
Most of our workers carry out skilled work. There is an increased risk of the use of slavery and human trafficking in unskilled job roles.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
Our Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.
We have taken the following steps towards achieving this outcome and mitigating the risks identified in our risk assessment:
These steps are documented in the following policies and procedures:
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2021.
Andrew Whitehead (Designated Member)
Shakespeare Martineau LLP
16 September 2022