• 15/05/2019
    08:00 - 17:00

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Venue Hodge Jones & Allen 180-182 N Gower St, London NW1 2NB

Time: 6pm-8pm

To book your free place please email Sara Boxer


Many criminal practitioners have ignored modern slavery and human trafficking.  They think it is irrelevant to their practice.

Yet suspects facing any crime where they have been exploited may be victims of trafficking.  Even where there is no travel or movement of a victim, or classic slavery, suspects can stop prosecutions by international law mechanisms and may have a modern slavery defence.

In 2015 the Lord Chief Justice said if you fail to spot that your client has a defence courts will refer you to the SRA; Shabani [2015] EWCA Crim 1924.

“County lines” cases have highlighted that there can be breaches of international law in prosecuting Class A drug dealers who are exploited.

Ben Douglas-Jones QC and James Marsland, of 5 Paper Buildings, will provide training on

  • on identifying victims of slavery/trafficking
  • on using the National Referral Mechanism for victims
  • on step by step guidance from police station to trial
  • through practical advice on what to look for and what action to take; and
  • through training by case studies.

Ben Douglas-Jones QC, of 5 Paper Buildings, has been in all of the leading cases on non-prosecution of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking since 2011.  He specialises in human rights, appeals, complex fraud, serious crime and regulatory law, including consumer and intellectual property.  He is an editor of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice (Southwell, Brewer and Douglas-Jones QC).  His human rights and appellate practice has seen him appear in all recent leading cases concerning victims of human trafficking and refugees who commit offences.  Ben cowrote the Crown Prosecution Service Guidance on charging and prosecuting victims of human trafficking and the Law Society Guidance on the non-prosecution of victims of trafficking and refugee defences and the Judicial College Guidance on non-prosecution of victims of trafficking for judges.  He provides domestic and international practitioner and compliance training to judges, practitioners, law enforcement officers and industry on human trafficking and modern slavery. He is also an attorney-at-law in Grenada, with rights of audience in the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and a Recorder of the Crown Court.

James Marsland, also of 5 Paper Buildings, specialises in complex fraud, serious crime, regulatory law and professional discipline.  He is regularly instructed by the specialist CPS Appeals Unit in cases on the non-prosecution of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.  With a Masters in Judicial Review, James is particularly suited to cases concerning the legitimacy of decisions taken by public bodies.  His expertise at appellate level means that he is often instructed in sensitive or complicated cases at first instance, thus giving James a ready appreciation of the development of the law in the higher courts, and its application in practice in the lower courts.  Aside from the courts, James lectures to industry in compliance issues concerning the MSA 2015.

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