Slavery and Human Trafficking statement made on behalf of L&Q Estates Ltd and associated companies (‘L&Q Estates’) further to the provisions of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 places an obligation on UK businesses with a turnover of over £36 million to produce a modern slavery statement. Slavery and Human Trafficking remains a hidden blight on our global society. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our business and in the wider supply chain. Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.
L&Q Estates is dedicated to providing its employees with a positive working environment which complies or exceeds the requirements of all applicable legislation including human rights, anti-discrimination and fundamental rights at work.
L&Q Estates comprises the following legal entities:
L&Q Estates Limited Principal Trading Company 2019 plus
Gallagher Estates Holdings Limited Intermediate Holding company
GW 305 Limited Intermediate holding company
Gallagher Estates No. 2 Limited Intermediate holding company
Gallagher Estates Limited Intermediate Holding company and principal trading company to 2019
Portobello Developments 2002 Limited Property development
Wixams First Limited Property development
Gallagher Estates NR Limited Property development
Dravton Stratford Limited Property development
West Longstanton Limited Small company property development
Gallagher Homes Limited Property development
Gallagher Lonastanton Limited Property development
Redlawn Limited Former holding company
Gallagher Llanwern Limited Property development
Gallagher Projects Limited Procurement and delivery of infrastructure and other construction activities
Gallagher Elstow Limited Property development
Gallagher Bridgend Limited Former property development entity
Gallagher Poole Limited Property development
Gallagher Broughton Limited Former property development entity
Gallagher Estates Land Limited Dormant
J.J. Gallagher Construction Limited Dormant
Redlawn Land Limited Property development
L&Q Estates and its associated companies is wholly owned by L&Q Housing Trust but is operated as a separate ‘arms-length’ business with its head office in Warwick. L&Q Estates are developers and promoters of residential, commercial and mixed use real estate developments in most geographical areas of the UK.
L&Q Estates does not employ many people directly or indirectly.
Its directly employed staff comprise approximately forty people. Its supply chain is limited. For its promotion of development it employs external professionals and its assessment of the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its external professional supply chain is considered extremely low. L&Q Estates services some of the land it controls and in procuring such servicing of land (civil engineering) to bring development sites forward for sale it employs principally major civil engineering contractors. Its assessment of the risk of slavery and human trafficking in this part of its supply chain is considered to be low. However, notwithstanding L&Q Estates will be engaging with such external contractors to establish that they have appropriate policies in place, as they will themselves employ sub-contractors.
On an analysis of the L&Q Estates business, looking for areas of risk, the only other areas where it is considered there may be risk of slavery and human trafficking relates to L&Q Estates professional consultants and the provision of external facilities services for its office. Again, the risk of slavery and human trafficking is considered to be low. However, as with external contractors, we will be engaging with our external professional consultants and external suppliers of facilities services for our office over the next year to establish that they have appropriate policies in place.(see “Further Steps” below).
L&Q Estates has zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking and is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. It is our policy to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to help eradicate slavery and human trafficking.
Notwithstanding our stated view of risk in our supply chains, we will work to the highest professional standards and shall be vigilant in our efforts to identify acts of modern slavery within our business and supply chains. We will:
• Require new suppliers to declare that they are not involved in slavery or human trafficking and have not been subject to any investigation in connection with any offence involving slavery or human trafficking
• Incorporate provisions in our consultant appointments, contractor appointments and external facility provider appointments requiring our suppliers to take appropriate steps to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their supply chains
• Update our tender documentation to notify all suppliers that we expect them to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
• Establish a whistleblowing policy for all staff.
We will assess any evidence of non-compliance and will take appropriate remedial action. We will only trade with those who comply with this statement and the terms of our appointments or those who are taking verifiable steps towards compliance.
To that end, we provided formal modern slavery training to all L&Q Estates Staff during January 2020.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year 2020/2021.
This statement will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. It applies to all companies and organisations within the L&Q Estates Group.
Managing Director, L&Q Estates Ltd
11th February 2021
Adopted by the L&Q Estates Board on 15th June 2020.