Philippa Southwell was interviewed for a report on challenges and opportunities in gathering modern slavery evidence.

The report outlines several areas where the UK lacks transparency regarding its history with modern slavery and offers recommendations for public authorities on enhancing the collection, publication, and management of evidence related to exploitation. Even when public authorities possess evidence, practitioners encounter various obstacles in accessing it.

The report emphasizes the necessity for improved data recording on compensation by the Ministry of Justice, access to legal aid by the Legal Aid Agency, the imprisonment of survivors by the MOJ, prosecutions by the MOJ, and the application of the Section 45 defence.

Southwell & Partners specialises in modern slavery and human rights law, including representing victims of human trafficking and forced criminality exploitation.