Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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Next steps for tackling modern slavery

Morning, Thursday, 4th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the current priorities for tackling modern slavery in the context of a range of recent developments - including the Government’s New Plan for Immigration, the Nationality and Borders Bill, and the overhaul of the asylum system - as well as the implications of these developments for addressing modern slavery and supporting victims.

In light of the recent developments in Afghanistan, as well as the Government’s commitment to welcome Afghan refugees as part of the Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme, discussion is also expected on how immigration and law enforcement officers can work together to support potential victims of modern slavery and offer protection to those seeking refuge.

The discussion also follows the recent commitment by the Government to review the 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy to ensure it is able to respond to evolving threats, and takes place with the proposal of new due diligence rules from the European Commission expected by the end of the year.

Delegates will have the opportunity to consider these developments alongside priorities for tackling modern slavery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will also consider the role industry and business leaders can play in driving best practice and policy.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions on core issues, including:

  • Tackling modern slavery in the wake of the pandemic - from Damian Johnson, Deputy Director, Modern Slavery Unit, Home Office
  • Strengthening the UK’s response to modern slavery in international supply chains - from Mark Dearn, Director, Corporate Justice Coalition


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the Green Party, and officials from the Attorney General's Office; BEIS; the Care Quality Commission; HMPPS; the Home Office; the Ministry of Justice; the National Crime Agency; the Office of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement; the Office of the Sentencing Council; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Agencia and Medaille Trust; Baker & McKenzie; Berkshire Community Foundation; Black Country Women's Aid; British Council; British Land; Burges Salmon; Change Grow Live; City Hearts; ClwydAlyn Housing; Control Risks; Crisis UK; Gedling Borough Council; Hextalls Law; Kaplan International; Lewis Silkin; Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; National Museums Liverpool - International Slavery Museum; Newcastle University; Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation; Refugee Action York; RENATE/Mary Ward Loreto; René Cassin; Sir Robert McAlpine; Stella Maris; St Mary's University; The Berkeley Group; The Open University; The Shropshire Group; Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade; Trilateral Research; U-Matter; University of Liverpool; University of South Wales; Vestey Holdings; West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Sussex County Council.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Construction News.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and other relevant Departments, together with other stakeholders involved in tackling modern slavery in the UK, including senior representatives from law firms and all aspects of the criminal justice system, immigration and asylum support services, charities and campaign groups, local government, family and marriage mediators, businesses, police forces, social services, mental health support services, investment and wealth management companies, human rights campaigners, researchers from academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Mark Dearn

Director, Corporate Justice Coalition

Keynote Speakers

Mark Dearn

Director, Corporate Justice Coalition

Senior speaker confirmed from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Office

Damian Johnson

Deputy Director, Modern Slavery Unit, Home Office


Nusrat Ghani MP

Member, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee


Councillor Meenal Sachdev

Community, Leisure, Culture and Health Lead and Community and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Hertsmere Borough Council and Director, Shiva Foundation

Matt Crossman

Stewardship Director, Rathbone Investment Management

Dr Erika Jiménez

Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and COVID Risk and Mitigation, University of Nottingham

Tamara Cincik

Chief Executive Officer, Fashion Roundtable and Secretariat, All-Party Parliamentary Group For Ethics & Sustainability In Fashion

Dr Julia Muraszkiewicz

Practice Manager, Trilateral Research

Simon Platts

Responsible Sourcing Director, ASOS

Sophie Kemp

Partner, Kingsley Napley

Professor Alex Balch

Director of Research, Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, University of Liverpool

Patrick Ryan

Chief Executive, Hestia