This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 of the United Kingdom (the Act) by Harney Westwood and Riegels LLP (the UK Entity) in relation to the current financial year (the Statement). Harneys is committed to support the objectives of the Act not only within the United Kingdom, but globally on a group-wide basis.
The Harneys Group comprises its law firms, Harney Westwood & Riegels, Harney Westwood & Riegels LP, the UK Entity, Harney Westwood & Riegels Singapore LLP, Harneys Gill and Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC (practising as Harneys). The Harneys Group also includes Harneys Fiduciary Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, Harneys Fiduciary). The Harneys Group (including the UK Entity) provide legal advice to clients around the world in relation to the laws of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Luxembourg, as well as related legal and structuring advice. Harneys Fiduciary provides fiduciary services; entity formation and management; custodial, trust and private client services, and related services.
At present the UK Entity does not meet the statutory threshold to be required to make a statement under the Act. Nonetheless, as part of Harneys global commitment to countering slavery and human trafficking, we make this statement as though the provisions of the Act applied. This Statement covers the current financial year.
We acquire goods and services from suppliers in the UK and elsewhere to support the services we provide to our clients and the Harneys Group generally. The Harneys Group is opposed to slavery, forced labour and human trafficking in any form, and has policies and procedures in place, including in relation to anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and anti-bribery and anti-corruption, which prohibit the facilitation of criminal enterprises. As a professional services provider we believe the risk of slavery or human trafficking existing within our business to be low, we nonetheless take steps to ensure we identify any links to, or risks of, being connected with slavery or human trafficking.
We continue to conduct due diligence and monitor our contractors and suppliers to ensure that (i) we know who we are working with and the source of goods and services we acquire; and (ii) that our contractors and suppliers are people who share our commitment with respect to slavery and human trafficking. We are committed to best practice in this regard and ensuring that slavery and human trafficking do not exist in our supply chains. In the event that we do identify any links between a supplier and slavery and/or human trafficking we will insist on that supplier taking remedial steps or risk our terminating the relationship.
The Harneys Group trains relevant staff on induction and annually on various policies and procedures we have in place to prohibit the facilitation of criminal enterprise which includes helping our people identify risk factors and indicators of possible slavery and human trafficking.