Admissibility of Single Competent Authority Decisions in Modern Slavery Cases

Speaker: Jennifer Brenton
Chambers: 33 Bedfrod Row

Jennifer is a committed junior barrister who accepts instructions for both Prosecution and Defence work. She regularly provides written advice and is recognised for her concise analysis and pragmatism. As an advocate, she is clear and direct.

Here Jennifer presents an update on the mechanics of The Modern Slavery Act 2015, highlighting the role of consent. Jennifer refers to her own experience, giving details of a case she is currently working on to demonstrate this, in addition to critically outlining two landmark cases.

Key words/ topics

The Modern Slavery Act 2015
Trafficking
Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
Consent
DPP v M [2020] EWHC 3422 (admin)
R v Brecani [2021] EWCA Crim 731
Building trust
Procedure in Modern Slavery cases
National Referral Mechanism
Single Competent Authority
“Reasonable grounds”
“Conclusive grounds”
Experts
Possession of drugs
Supply of drugs