Our team: Sunil Sheth
Sunil Sheth, a Senior Partner at Fladgate LLP heading its India desk, has been appointed the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Anti-Slavery International. Anti-Slavery International is a UK charity established in 1839, and is regarded as the oldest human rights organisation in the world. The organisation continues to have considerable impact overseas, as well as in the UK, and you can find out more about their work here: https://www.antislavery.org/.
A message from Sunil:
“We estimate that there are still about 40 million people in modern slavery today. The work is many-faceted: from advising business on reducing risks of forced labour entering supply chains, building coalitions to end slavery, pushing for legislative changes that protect vulnerable people and hold traffickers to account, to improving policy and practice to ensure all are protected through improvements in the root causes that lead to exploitation.
People become enslaved when three things are present: poverty, discrimination, and the weak rule of law. As you can imagine, the additional pressures on poor people is being sufficiently compounded by Covid 19 and lockdowns, and so it is important that we prevent any rise in slavery as a consequence. I am very pleased to be joining an organisation with such a long, illustrious history, and excited to be working with likeminded individuals and organisations to help end the horrors of modern slavery.”
Sunil is passionate about leveraging resources and influence to meet the needs of vulnerable people and has led major philanthropic efforts to do so. Sunil has chaired the disability rights charity Sense International since 2011 and been a trustee since 2004. Sunil has been a trustee of One World Media Trust and a trustee of Victim Support, where he acted as Vice Chair from 2007-2010 and was also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. Sunil is also a trustee of The Hospice Biographers, a charity which offers terminally ill patients the chance to have their life stories professionally recorded on audio for their pleasure and relief and for their families to hear their voices and memories for generations to come. Sunil was also a Founder of the Society of Asian Lawyers, and was Chair of the organization for many years.