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Emma specialises in corporate and company law and has over 10 years’ experience of advising on corporate transactions – including acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses, management buy-outs and buy-ins, as well as complex group reorganisations.
Emma currently sits on the Law Society's Company Law Committee - a practitioner body that reviews and promotes improvements in the law and practice applying to companies and businesses and considers and responds to legislative and regulatory developments in this area.
Emma joined Browne Jacobson in 2012 as the Professional Development Lawyer for the Business Services department, supporting that department in relation to their precedent documents, know-how bank and ongoing training. She also provides technical support on complex matters and works closely with the firm’s risk and compliance team.
In her current Knowledge Director role, Emma is also involved in developing and delivering the firm's wider knowledge management strategy.
In an unreported case (Re Active Wear Limited (in Administration)), the High Court has ruled that an out-of-court administration appointment, instigated by a sole director of a company with unmodified model articles, was valid notwithstanding the earlier decision of Deputy Judge Farnhill (also in the High Court) in the case Hashmi v Lorimer-Wing (also known as Re Fore Fitness Investments Holdings Ltd)  EWHC 191 (Ch) (02 February 2022).
According to a report published by the Financial Reporting Council in April, modern slavery generates an estimated US$150 billion annually and encompasses 40 million people in slavery globally.
Public sector and private sector organisations, particularly those who meet the £36 million threshold, are encouraged to review their approach to combating modern slavery in their organisation and its supply chains before the Modern Slavery Bill becomes law.
The Home Office has now launched a central registry for section 54 statements, a central registry for statements prepared in accordance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
It has recently been reported that a well-known UK law firm has sent British American Tobacco (BAT) a pre-action letter alleging forced and child labour on behalf of 350 child labourers working on tobacco crops in Malawi.
On 22 May 2019 the Final Report of the independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) was laid in Parliament.
Watch today to explore how businesses should approach their internal work in producing their slavery and human trafficking statements going forward, and the positive impact that working closely with supply chains has on businesses.
With very few organisations complying with aspects of the Modern Slavery Act one year on, Raymond and Emma talk about the opportunities of having a well-crafted statement and take a look at the government’s efforts to drive up standards going forward, such as the introduction of the Modern Slavery (Transparency and Supplies Chain) Bill.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now requires any commercial organisation which supplies goods or services in the UK and has an annual turnover of £36m or more to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.