Organisational Structure

Osborne Clarke LLP (“OC”) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC 397443). Osborne Clarke LLP is a member of the Osborne Clarke Verein, a Swiss verein which does not itself provide legal or other client services. Each of the member entities is a separately constituted and regulated legal entity or partnership which provides legal and other client services in accordance with the laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates. Further details of the member entities can be found here.

Osborne Clarke is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or any part of our business. We have implemented a slavery and human trafficking policy to ensure that all staff at OC perform their duties ethically and in line with our expectations. This Policy forms an integral part of the employment contracts of all our staff and ensures that all who work for OC conform to our zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking.

Supply chain due diligence

We undertake appropriate due diligence on suppliers with whom we engage. All suppliers are expected to implement a zero tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. We have taken steps within our internal procurement strategy to assess and identify the risk that any of our supply chain may use forced labour:

  • All new potential suppliers are vetted prior to entering into a commercial relationship. As part of this due diligence process suppliers are required to confirm that their supply chain is free from human trafficking.
  • We require as far as possible that commercial contracts we enter into include a contractual obligation that the supplier is in no way involved in, complicit with or associated with slavery and / or human trafficking.
  • Ongoing due diligence is carried out as part of regular contract renewals.

Internal accountability

We believe that our zero-tolerance approach must extend to the very people who represent our business and brand. For this reason, we have introduced a number of internal initiatives.

Employment terms

From 1 November 2015, in accepting and signing the terms of their offer of employment and employment contract, all new staff confirm that they are not personally engaged in or complicit with slavery and / or human trafficking and agree to adhere to our Policy.

All existing staff are asked, on an annual basis, to confirm whether they have any concerns or suspect any breaches of the Modern Slavery Act either within the firm or its supply chain. Any deemed complicity of a Partner, Member, Consultant or employee with slavery and / or human trafficking may invoke the disciplinary procedure and / or termination procedure. The next round of declarations will be September 2022.

Whistleblowing

All staff are encouraged to report any instance they deem to be contrary to Osborne Clarke’s strict approach to human exploitation. Any person making a report is treated appropriately and pursuant to our whistleblowing policy.

This statement was approved by our Executive Board on 12 October 2021.

Signed:

……………………………………………………………………….. Ray Berg, Managing Partner and designated Member