Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery Act statement

This statement is made under section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It details our commitment to preventing modern slavery from occurring in our business operations and supply chains for the financial year ended 30 June 2019.  It has been approved and signed by the Chief Operating Officer on behalf of the C&R Group.

Structure

Carpmaels & Ransford is a full service European intellectual property firm providing legal advice through a number of separately regulated legal entities. We have 25 partners, 244 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £78m. Our employees are employed by Carpmaels & Ransford Services Limited, a limited liability company registered in England & Wales under registration number 08077371 that provides services to the rest of the group.

Legal responsibility and liability for the provision of services are determined by the engagement terms entered into between clients and the relevant entity:

  • Carpmaels & Ransford LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under registered number OC382284, and is regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board.
  • Carpmaels & Ransford (International) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under registered number OC397628, and is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA ID: 620864).
  • Carpmaels & Ransford (Specialities) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales under registered number OC414115, and is regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board.

The registered office of the three entities listed above is One Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA. A list of members in respect of each LLP is open to inspection at the registered office. The word ‘partner’ is intended to refer to a member of those LLPs.

Carpmaels & Ransford is also the name of a general partnership in Ireland operating under the registered business name reference 571746, and is regulated by the Law Society of Ireland (reference F8616).

Our supply chain

Carpmaels & Ransford is a supplier of legal professional services. The nature of our business is such that we have relatively short and limited supply chain. It comprises the purchase of goods and services to support our provision of those professional services to our clients, e.g. office stationery supplies, IT equipment, building maintenance, cleaning and catering services.

To identify and assess the risk of modern slavery within our business and direct supply chain, we have taken a risk based approach. Our conclusion is that the risk is very low and so our focus is to ensure that it remains that way. For the current time, we do not deem it necessary to have a Modern Slavery training programme for all employees, but this is something we will keep under review as the business grows and should responsibility for procurement expand beyond a small number of managers within the business.

Other steps taken to ensure we remain a responsible and ethical business

At Carpmaels we want an environment in which all colleagues, job applicants, contractors, suppliers, and clients feel safe, comfortable, valued and respected.

Being suppliers of professional legal services and regulated by various professional bodies, we are especially committed to behaving responsibly and with integrity in all of our business dealings, and this includes fulfilling our obligations under Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This commitment is underpinned by policies which all employees are made aware of and are expected to behave in accordance with. We comply with all relevant employment legislation and have a formal whistleblowing policy which all employees have access to.

The focus over the coming financial year will be to introduce more robust policies and procedures, and to provide training where necessary to enable our employees to understand and live by them. We will also continue to review our due diligence and procurement processes which enable us to identify and mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chain.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Carpmaels & Ransford’s Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement – December 2019 for the financial year ending June 2019.