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Sherrard Conversation | Modern Slavery Act 2015 - Six Years of Missed Opportunity [ONLINE]

Wednesday 1st of June 2022 18:00

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Online via Zoom (joining link will be circulated via email)


18:00 - 19:30
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Event Details

All members of the Inn are welcome to attend this event.

This discussion will be led by Benjamin Knight and Dr Felicity Gerry QC

Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force in October 2015, the use of forced labour has grown and victims are being failed due to preconceptions and prejudices within the Criminal Justice System. 

The entire modern slavery counter-regime is political and partisan in nature. Headlines about "crack-downs" and "county lines" are misleading and unhelpful in practical terms. Why are lawyers not doing more to force the CJS to make good on the promises made in Westminster? What obstacles have been thrown in the way of those seeking to do best by victims? Why is the whole system so misunderstood? How can we, as lawyers, make sure that we do not fail our lay clients? Why should we, when we prosecute, take our duties towards defendants more seriously? What will it take to encourage more than the picking of the low-hanging fruit?

In this session, Ben Knight and Master Richmond will try to dispel some of the myths around this misunderstood Act of Parliament, the case law around it, and how to think strategically when tackling the issue in court.

Who can Attend

This event is for members only.

Dietary Requirements

Qualifying Session Details

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Learning Outcomes:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Identify common practical issues with the current application of s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act;
  • Explain how and why modern slavers are outsmarting/outmaneuvering the State.
  • Recognise how a lawyers actions in court can impact on the wider understanding of the Modern Slavery Act.  

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the professional statement:

  • 1.1 / 1.3 / 1.4
  • 3.6

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