Anti-Slavery Day Conference 2016: Examining the UK’s Response to Modern Slavery

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 09:15am - 5:15pm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Date: Tuesday 18 October 2016
Time: 09:15am - 5:15pm
Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Northcliffe House, 28 Tudor Street, London EC4Y 0AY  

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Garden Court Chambers, the Human Trafficking Foundation, The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have come together in partnership to mark Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October 2016. This full-day conference will examine the UK’s response to modern slavery.

We have brought together leading policy-makers, lawyers, campaigners and academics to assess the effectiveness of current legal remedies, and examine how sustainable support for victims of trafficking can best be achieved.

Together with our delegates, we will take stock of how the UK has implemented its trafficking obligations through legislation and policy across England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We will identify the gaps in policy and practice that require the attention of state agencies tasked with prevention, victim protection and prosecution.

The conference will be moderated by Dr Kathryn Cronin, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers.


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09:15 – 09:45


09:45 - 10:45

Taking stock: Considering developments in the UK's response to modern slavery  

Kathryn Cronin (Chair)
Barrister and Joint Head of Chambers, Garden Court Chambers

Petya Nestorova
Executive Secretary of The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

Vicky Brotherton
Coordinator and Researcher, The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG)

Chris Beddoe
Consultant and Parliamentary Advisor

10:45 - 11:55  

Morning workshops (choose one workshop)

1 (a) Forced Labour                               

Ainhoa Barrenechea (Chair)
Focus on Labour Exploitation

Jamila Duncan-Bosu
Solicitor and founding member, Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)

Avril Sharp
Policy and Casework Officer, Kalayaan

Klára Skrivánková
UK and Europe Programme Manager, Anti-Slavery International

1 (b) Immigration Control vs Article 4

Parosha Chandran (Chair)
Barrister, 1 Pump Court

Mr Justice McCloskey
President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal

Kate Roberts
Head of Office, Human Trafficking Foundation

Louise Hooper
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, University College London

1 (c) Victims as defendants

Fidelma O'Hagan (Chair)
Law Centre (NI)

Alison Di Rollo
Solicitor General for Scotland

Michelle Brewer
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Adrienne Darragh
CEO, Hibiscus

Philippa Southwell
Solicitor-Advocate, Birds Solicitors

11:55 - 12:15

Coffee break

12:15 - 12:45   

MORNING KEYNOTE -  Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart MP
Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

12:45 - 13:45       

Lunch, kindly hosted by Freshfields

13:45 - 14:15

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner       

14:15 - 15:15    

Sustainable Support for Victims of Trafficking

Shu Shin Luh (Chair)
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Lara Bundock
CEO and Founder, The Snowdrop Project

Samantha Ferrell-Schweppenstedde
Consultant, Human Trafficking Foundation

Dr Kathryn Cronin
Barrister and Joint Head of Chambers, Garden Court Chambers

15:15 - 15:35 

Coffee break

15:35 - 16:45

Afternoon workshops (choose one workshop)

2 (a) Prosecution of traffickers

Jo Cecil (Chair)
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Phil Brewer
Head of the Human Trafficking and Kidnap Unit, Metropolitan Police

Riel Karmy-Jones QC
Barrister, Red Lion Chambers

Zubier Yazdani
Partner, Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors

Paul Broadbent
CEO, Gangmasters Licensing Authority

2 (b) Child Victims

Nadine Finch (Chair)
Honorary Research Fellow at University of Bristol

Chloe Setter
Head of Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns at ECPAT UK

Professor Ravi Kohli
Professor of Child Welfare, University of Bedfordshire

Sam Whyte
Head of Domestic Policy and Advocacy, UNICEF UK

Alan Critchley
Independent Chair of Walsall's Children & Adults Safeguarding Board

2 (c) Civil Law Remedies and Compensation for Victims of Trafficking

Juliette Nash (Chair)
Solicitor and founding member, Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)

Paul Yates
Solicitor, Head of London Pro Bono, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Shu Shin Luh
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Maya Sikand
Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

16:45 - 17:15  

Closing remarks by Dr Kathryn Cronin, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers

17:15  - 18:30

Post-conference refreshments, kindly hosted by Freshfields

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Entry is by invitation only. Please note that the programme and speakers are subject to change.


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