Barrister issues public call for evidence on Boohoo working practices

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Boohoo review garment workers
Senior barrister Alison Levitt QC is issuing a public call for evidence
// Boohoo launches independent review into allegations of unacceptable working conditions at its Leicester factory
// Senior barrister Alison Levitt QC would like to hear from members of the public who have information in relation to the working conditions

Boohoo has launched an independent review into allegations of unacceptable working conditions at factories operated by some of its suppliers and sub-contractors.

Senior barrister Alison Levitt QC is now issuing a public call for evidence.

Levitt said she would like to hear from members of the public who have information in relation to the working conditions in factories in Leicester which supply garments to the group.


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She is also looking to investigate whether Boohoo knew about those conditions, including to which extent they monitored their Leicester supply chains.

Levitt is also open to suggestions for improvements for the future.

Boohoo, which owns PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, MissPap, Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, was embroiled in allegations of malpractice at a supplier in Leicester.

Boohoo had more than £1 billion wiped from its share value in two days after a Sunday Times article accused it of paying factory workers as little as £3.50 an hour.

Ms Levitt QC is particularly keen to hear from those with direct experience of working conditions in the factories, including current and former factory workers, supervisors and managers, employees of Boohoo, and factory inspectors.

She also seeks contributions from local community groups, NGOs, politicians, journalists, and other individuals and organisations with relevant expertise.

The review has set up a confidential website www.LevittQCboohooIndependentreview.com, to make it easy for people to contact Levitt.

Neither Boohoo nor its suppliers has access to the website and they will not be given any of the material contributed.

Evidence should be submitted by August 26, and Levitt is due to provide her report by September 15.

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