Modern Slavery – national perspectives

23 February 2023 to 23 February 2023
Browne Jacobson Nottingham office

Sadly, severe human exploitation is a very real and longstanding issue in many parts of modern society. With perpetrators increasingly sophisticated in their approach to labour abuse, organisations must be vigilant to the risks in order to spot warning signs early and manage cases compassionately and within the limitations of the law. While responsible officers must take a proactive role in stamping out these abhorrent practices – they are not alone. 

Browne Jacobson are therefore delighted to be partnering with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab to deliver a morning of information sharing, discussion, and networking on the issue of modern slavery, with particular reference to the complexities of its role in relation to the procurement of services.

Join us, the GLAA, and the world’s largest group of researchers on modern slavery in person in Nottingham on Thursday 23 February as those who are dedicated to improving the human rights of workers share their lived experiences, and our legal experts outline organisation’s key obligations in terms of the Modern Slavery Act and procurement practices.

This session is particularly suitable for leaders with a responsibility for publishing their organisation’s modern slavery statement, compliance, procurement and outsourcing leads, employment leads, safeguarding representatives and risk managers.


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Welcome

10:05 Working with intelligence – the experiences of a former GLAA Intelligence Officer

10:20 GLAA case study

10:40 Refreshment break

10:55 Safer procurement practices

11:20 Modern Slavery Bill

11:40 Q&A

11:55 Closing remarks

12:00 Networking lunch

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Our external speakers:

Dr Caroline Emberson is a Nottingham Research Fellow within the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab and Nottingham University Business School. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the charitable foundation Trust for London and the charity Anti-Slavery International and her current research focuses upon modern slavery risk in the home care sector. She has contributed to national and international public consultations by the Joint Committee on Human Rights; the Labour Market Inspectorate; the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration and the Home Affairs Select Committee, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms and the Canadian Government. She has spoken about her work in English Adult Social Care at the House of Lords and designed and delivered national and regional workshops on the modern slavery risks in adult social care for local government and the NHS. 

Professor Alexander Trautrims is Professor of Supply Chain Management and an Associate Director of the Rights Lab, leading the Rights Lab’s Business and Economies Programme. In 2015, he published the world’s first article about modern slavery in an academic supply chain management journal. His research, knowledge exchange, and intervention projects on modern slavery have been funded by the British Academy, FCDO, ESRC, US State Department, and Public Works Canada. He co-chaired the British Standards Committee on Organisational Responses to Modern Slavery (BS25700), the world’s first national standard on organisational responses to modern slavery, served as a technical expert on the Council of Europe’s Drafting Committee on Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation and was a senior advisor to the OSCE and multiple participating states on anti-trafficking procurement processes and guidelines. He works closely with business practitioners on impact-oriented research and speaks regularly at policy and practitioner events. 

Ian Waterfield is the Head of Enforcement for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, a UK government agency addressing modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation of workers, working closely with public/private sectors, cross governments and national and international law enforcement agencies. Prior to this Ian enjoyed a 32 year career in policing as a Chief Officer, Head of Crime, Senior Investigating Officer, and former head of Serious and Organised Crime, leading complex and multi-agency major organised crime investigations.   He was part of the team which recovered Nottinghamshire Police from special measures and led the performance and change programme that saw the force deliver the largest crime reductions nationally for the three years of his tenure and crime at its lowest levels for 35 years. He is a member of the National Police Chiefs Council Witness Protection Project which has delivered a revised and sustainable approach to protecting those persons who require protecting from those they give evidence in court against. Until recently Ian was also a member of the NPCC Homicide Working Group identifying and recommending good practice for dealing with murder and other major incidents.



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