Mills Oakley and SD Strategies have joined forces to create a unique offering to businesses. We collectively bring the coal face understanding of civil society, committed humanitarian law professionals and highly experienced supply chain risk and CSR consultants to our Modern Slavery Practice.


About Mills oakley


Mills Oakley is a leading national law firm, with over 90 Partners and 670 staff throughout offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.  In 2017, Mills Oakley was named Law Firm of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards.   

For almost 15 years, Mills Oakley has partnered with The Salvation Army to assist vulnerable individuals, including acting in landmark cases involving human trafficking and labour exploitation.

I am confident that Australian business is capable of world-class leadership and innovation in tackling modern slavery.
— Luke Geary, Partner, Mills Oakley




SD Strategies is a leading Sydney based environmental and human rights consultancy which has delivered services to hundreds of businesses in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.

Through risk assessment, social impact auditing, business system development, training and capacity building SD Strategies helps organisations better manage the human rights of all its stakeholders.

As a purpose driven organisation, SD Strategies is proud to team up with The Freedom Partnership and Mills Oakley to work towards ending modern slavery forever - everywhere.


Services we provide

We work closely with our clients to develop a deep understanding of their needs and how we can support them to address modern slavery risks both within their business and supply chain through:

Due diligence and governance training for boards and executives

Modern slavery business diagnostic

Capacity building and training for procurement staff and contract managers

Supply chain identification and risk assessment

Supply chain audits

Supplier questionnaires, code of conduct and contract clauses

Staff and supplier hotline and support services

Free legal advice for victims of modern slavery

 Supplier engagement forums

Development of management systems and processes

Staff and stakeholder engagement

Preparation of modern slavery statements


Luke Geary

Luke Geary, Mills Oakley

Luke Geary, Mills Oakley

Partner, Not for Profit, Mills Oakley

Luke was named one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Non-Profit/Charities Law in the 2018/2019 Best Lawyers list for the third consecutive year and was also recognised as one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 awards. 

In addition to his commercial practice for major institutions, for over 10 years Luke has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers representing victims of human trafficking and labour exploitation.  Luke has advised in and run a variety of cases across a range of jurisdictions and novel areas of law, to help victims obtain justice through civil proceedings against their offenders. 

In 2015, Luke acted for the successful plaintiff in Jane Doe v Linda Howard, Australia’s largest ever verdict in a case of human trafficking, obtaining an award of damages in excess of $US3.5m. 

Luke currently heads up Mills Oakley’s Not-for-Profit practice in Brisbane and has a specialisation in corporate and commercial law with particular expertise in acting for federal and state government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers, non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide.

Sonja Duncan, SD Strategies

Sonja Duncan, SD Strategies

Sonja Duncan

Director, SD Strategies                           

Sonja has 24 years’ experience in sustainability and has extensive consultancy experience with governments and the private sector around environmental risk assessment and sustainable business practices including supply chain management. She has undertaken social impact audits across the Asia Pacific, auditing multinational companies and large scale infrastructure projects on compliance with international human rights requirements.

In Australia, Sonja has consulted to numerous businesses across a diversity of sectors (including aged care, pharmaceutical and ICT) to identify supply chain risks covering environmental and human rights issues. She works closely with clients to develop systems and processes for supply chain risk identification and prioritisation, and facilitates the development of action plans for managing and mitigating these risks.

Sonja joined The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership - to End Modern Slavery on a voluntary basis in 2017 and has since teamed up with Mills Oakley to offer expertise in supply chain risk assessment and management for the organisation’s Modern Slavery Practice Area.

Her primary areas of expertise include environmental and human rights risk assessment, EHS and social impact auditing, supply chain analysis, supplier audits, due diligence and governance training, capacity building and staff and stakeholder engagement.

Jenny Stanger

Jenny Stanger

Jenny Stanger

Anti-Slavery Specialist

As a co-founder and staff person at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, Jenny has worked as a case manager and advocate for survivors of human trafficking and slavery since 1998.  She is a founding member of Freedom Network USA, a national advocacy network and directed the Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking, a nationwide training and technical assistance program delivered in 23 American cities. Jenny advocated for the United States’ landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000 and subsequent reforms to the American response to slavery and human trafficking.

Jenny relocated to Australia in 2005 and co-founded the Anti-Slavery Project in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. 

In 2007, Jenny became the Supervisor of Australia's only refuge for women who have experienced human trafficking, slavery including early and forced marriage, a program of The Salvation Army.  In 2014, Jenny was the National Manager of The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership - to End Modern Slavery – one of the most holistic responses to modern slavery in the world.  In 2015 Jenny brought together 18 Australian heads of faith to combat modern slavery as the Australian Freedom Network and call publicly for an Australian Modern Slavery Bill. 

Jenny was a member of the Australian government’s National Roundtable on People Trafficking and Slavery for almost 10 years and has consulted for the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and United Nations in Myanmar, the United Kingdom, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Malaysia and Mexico. Jenny has spent much of the last two years educating, supporting and encouraging the business community to address slavery in their supply chains and to work collaboratively with the non-government sector.