From the article:
“Documents from Britain’s national archives showed that Nathan Mayer Rothschild had allowed the use of slaves as collateral in banking dealings with a slave owner, while Freshfields’ founding partner James William Freshfield acted as a trustee in deals involving Caribbean slave plantations, the FT reported. Freshfields said it had not been aware of the documents, which academics at University College London are studying.”
Read on: UK law firm and bank had slavery links – FT | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters.
ETA (Financial Times): British Companies Express Regret for Slavery Connections