Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Tackling modern slavery in the public and private sectors - prosecution, protection and prevention

Morning, Tuesday, 20th June 2017

Central London


Assessing options for policy and stakeholder action in tackling modern slavery in the UK and internationally, this conference will focus on what more can be done by government to offer help and support to those effected by modern slavery, including through financial means and the training of frontline staff.

Following a number of high profile cases of modern slavery in the UK, delegates will discuss the strategy presented in the independent Anti-slavery Commissioner’s annual review, published in October 2016, which laid down priorities for victim protection and the application of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

Further sessions will examine prosecution and sentencing of offenders, as well as the way forward for further international cooperation against human trafficking following the UK's vote to leave the EU. Additional areas for discussion include transparency in supply chains and the anti-slavery statement, as well as victim identification and protection; including the future for the National Referral Mechanism following pilot schemes in 2016.

Speakers and other delegates are expected to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with business groups, local authority representatives, charities, policing, legal practitioners and academics, as well as members of the press.


Guest of Honour

Baroness Butler-Sloss

Vice-Chair, Human Trafficking Foundation

Guest of Honour

Baroness Butler-Sloss

Vice-Chair, Human Trafficking Foundation

Keynote Speakers

Professor Roel Nieuwenkamp

Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (pre-recorded presentation)

Sue Patten

Head of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division (IJOCD), Crown Prosecution Service


Baroness Young of Hornsey


Peter Andrews

Head of Sustainability, British Retail Consortium

Sarah Lovell

Senior Associate, Shoosmiths

Paul Broadbent

Chief Executive Officer, Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Lara Bundock

Chief Executive Officer, The Snowdrop Project

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Brewer

Modern Slavery & Kidnap Unit, Metropolitan Police

Dr Aidan McQuade

Director, Anti-Slavery International

Jessica Wilde

Coordinator, South-West Anti-Slavery Partnership

Paul Gerrard

Group Policy and Campaigns Director, Co-op