Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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Tackling modern slavery in the UK - progress and practical next steps, business and the global response, and the future for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 9th June 2020


This conference examines the next steps for tackling modern slavery in the UK.

The agenda looks at progress, next steps for policy, and the priorities for:

  • Putting in place practical measures including in gathering data and evidence;
  • Preventing modern slavery and improving support for victims;
  • Bearing down on all aspects of slavery, including the way forward for prosecution and sentencing; and
  • Contributing to the global response, and the eradication of modern slavery across business and its supply chains.

Bringing together stakeholders with policymakers - following the Government’s response last year to the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, setting out how it intends to step up the response to modern slavery - the seminar will be an opportunity to examine policy developments including:

Speakers and chair

We are pleased that Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss, Co-Lead, Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is making a keynote contribution at this conference.

Further confirmed speakers include: Ahmed Aydeed, Duncan & Lewis; Patricia Carrier, Modern Slavery Registry at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; Kate Roberts, Anti-Slavery International; Alison Scowen, Co-Operative Group; Colleen Theron, Ardea International and Dr Alexander Trautrims, University of Nottingham.

The chairs for this conference are: Lord Ian McColl of Dulwich CBE and Darren Jones MP.

The agenda

  • Next steps following The Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - protecting workers, preventing forced labour and trafficking, and supporting responsible business;
  • Evidence and research gathering - priorities for the Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights, and improving the legal and policy framework;
  • The practicalities of tackling modern slavery in the UK - data gathering, ensuring better victim support, and the National Referral Mechanism;
  • Prosecution and sentencing in Modern Slavery;
  • Tackling modern slavery globally;
  • Eradicating modern slavery in business - transparency in supply chains, reporting illegal practices, and modern slavery statements; and
  • Next steps for policy in combating modern slavery.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Home Office; the Ministry of Justice; the Crown Prosecution Service; the National Crime Agency; HMPPS; HM Revenue & Customs; and the Government Legal Department.

Keynote Speakers

Dr James Cockayne

Director, Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University

Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss

Co-Lead, Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015


Darren Jones MP

Lord Ian McColl of Dulwich CBE


Major Kathy Betteridge

Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery, The Salvation Army

Matt Crossman

Stewardship Director, Rathbones Greenbank

Dr Alexander Trautrims

Associate Director Business and Economies, University of Nottingham

Kate Roberts

UK & Europe Programme Manager, Anti-Slavery International

Alison Scowen

Public Affairs Manager, Co-Operative Group

Ahmed Aydeed

Director & Solicitor, Duncan & Lewis

Patricia Carrier

Project Manager, Modern Slavery Registry at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Colleen Theron

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ardea International

Murray Hunt

Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law