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This statement is made by DAC Beachcroft LLP on behalf of itself and its wholly owned subsidiaries, DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited and DAC Beachcroft Services Limited, which operate as part of the DAC Beachcroft group. This annual statement is made 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 2023.
DAC Beachcroft is a leading international legal services business with more than 2,500 people across the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Our international and UK teams of lawyers and advisors work with clients across a range of industries and are market-leaders in the insurance, health and real estate sectors. For more information about our services, please click here.
DAC Beachcroft LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC317852) and is the parent undertaking within the DAC Beachcroft group. The DAC Beachcroft group is made up of separately constituted and regulated legal entities, providing legal services in their respective jurisdictions.
DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales (registered number 04218278).
DAC Beachcroft Services Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales (registered number 05560211).
For further information on our group structure, please click here.
We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and we are committed to implementing, reviewing the effectiveness of, and enforcing systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our business or within our supply chain.
Prior to entering into business relationships with clients, we undertake due diligence in order to identify any potential legal, regulatory and/or reputational risks. We proactively monitor and manage these relationships to understand the risks faced by our clients and our ability to support them. Third party services and goods procured are the result of transparent, objective, risk-based decision making processes that are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. Being a responsible business is fundamental to the way we behave, and we have developed a cohesive and interconnected Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) strategy to help us deliver on our purpose and our commitments to colleagues, clients, suppliers, local communities and the environment. For information about our approach to ESG, please click here.
Our Procurement function continues to adopt the CIPS Corporate Code of Ethics and retains a Corporate Ethical Procurement and Supply accreditation. This ensures that our business is not, directly or indirectly, adversely affecting the environment or otherwise putting itself at risk in terms of its supply chain. A number of our Procurement colleagues hold CIPS qualifications and we are actively supporting others who are working towards this.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within our business and our supply chains and we expect the same high standards from those with whom we work. We have a number of policies in place to support our approach which include:
Policies are reviewed annually (or sooner in response to legislative or regulatory change) and are available to all colleagues on our intranet.
Our supply chain encompasses four core categories covering: information and communications technology; professional and consultancy services; site and maintenance services; and travel and conferencing. Since our last statement, there have been no material changes to our principal third party suppliers.
Suppliers are required to agree our minimum commercial terms. These include:
All suppliers (including their sub-contractors) are expected to adhere to our supplier operating principles, some of which are set out below. They must:
Due diligence responses allow us to assess the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in the supplier's business and their supply chain. Where a supplier is deemed to be at a high risk of such exposure, such as the provision of personnel, we ensure that the supplier has an appropriate modern slavery policy or statement in place that sets out their procedures for reporting such risks. If no such statement is available we may discontinue our business relationship with them.
Further steps we have taken to help mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain, include:
Our business-wide risk assessment reflects the policies, controls and procedures we have in place to mitigate modern slavery risks. This is reviewed and updated annually or more frequently in the event of a significant structural change, the introduction of a significant new work stream, the opening of an office in a new jurisdiction, a change to the legal framework or any other major change that could influence the risk to our business.
We consider the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within our business and supply chain to be low and that we have adequate controls in place to manage, monitor and mitigate such risks.
We are committed to ensuring that our colleagues understand what modern slavery and human trafficking is, are able to identify associated red flags and are aware of the actions they must take should they have any concerns. In addition to our policies, our modern slavery and human trafficking e-learning module can be accessed by all colleagues at any time.
In response to guidance issued by the National Crime Agency, modern slavery training is compulsory for our Employment and Real Estate legal teams, along with our HR, Finance, Procurement and Practice Governance and Risk functions. Training completion rates are actively monitored to ensure compliance.
Through business-wide communications we highlight our policies and procedures and remind colleagues of our zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking.
Over the last 12 months,
We will continually review our systems, policies and processes to ensure we have robust policies and processes in place to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking within our business and our supply chain.
Copies of our previous statements can be found by clicking on the links below:
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement – October 2021
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement – October 2022
This statement was approved by the DAC Beachcroft LLP Group Board on 28 September 2023 and signed by our Designated Member and Senior Partner.
Virginia Clegg Designated Member DAC Beachcroft LLP29 September 2023