8 Principles that make a difference

Private Practice Law firms working together to drive transformational change

About the Charter

Legal Charter 1.5 is a high ambition initiative – that has been developed collaboratively – by a group of large commercial/corporate law firms, to shift thinking, and drive transformational change to mitigate the climate crisis.

The launch of this Charter comes at a crucial time for the legal sector, where a credible, integrated approach to sustainability and commitments to mitigate the impacts of climate change have never been more important.

HOW WILL THE CHARTER WORK?

The 8 Charter Principles

The Charter consists of a set of common principles, which signatories commit to support, to make the best contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the speed and scale necessary to restrict global temperature increases to no more than 1.5°C.

Participating firms will make a public commitment to eight core principles:

LEADERSHIP

Leadership reducing their own law firm's emissions in line with Science Based Targets and influencing clients in this regard.

ADVISED EMISSIONS

Supporting the development of a methodology on advised emissions to deliver a 1.5° transition.

COMMITMENT TO THE "GLOBAL GOAL"

Applying our commitment to achieving the “Global Goal” through the Integrated Approach to matter opening - namely working to restrict global temp increases to no more than 1.5°C.

REFORMS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Identifying and promoting constructive reforms and informing public policy.

ACCOUNTABILITY & REPORTING

Education and upskilling of staff across the legal profession.

EDUCATION & UPSKILLING

Supporting the development of a methodology on advised emissions to deliver a 1.5° transition.

FOCUSED PRO BONO

Focused pro-bono to leverage firms' combined resources and influence.

MEANINGFUL OFFSETTING

Working as a collaborative group we will explore how to develop a large-scale offsetting project that will help to leverage greater impact from the offset spend across the legal sector.
Why this matters to Law firms

The consequences are real

The impacts of climate change are of real relevance and consequence to law firms, their clients and people. It is a material issue for clients and there is already growing demand across private practice for law firms to clearly communicate a clear roadmap to Net-Zero.

Almost all human activities which have material impacts on the climate either directly or indirectly involve the legal sector. Therefore, the sector has a vital part to play in leading transformational change to mitigate climate change.

The legal services sector makes up approximately 2% of the UK’s economy, employing over half a million people, making it an ideal platform to promote and deliver meaningful change and leverage common purpose for positive effect.

“The launch of the 1.5C Charter represents another important step being taken by the legal profession in relation to the climate change crisis. Our recently released climate change guidance sets out how solicitors and law firms can continue to be at the forefront of responding to the challenges of climate change.”

Lubna Shuja, President of the Law Society of England and Wales

Get Involved

The impacts of climate change are of real relevance and consequence to law firms, their clients and people. It is a material issue for clients and there is already growing demand across private practice for law firms to clearly communicate a clear roadmap to Net-Zero.

Charter Signatories

By signing the Charter, participating firms have made a public commitment to the principles. They are part of a collaborative, growing movement that can share resources and knowledge, and undertake supported projects which underpin the Charter’s ambitions. If you would like to join this movement please get in touch.

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Get Involved

The impacts of climate change are of real relevance and consequence to law firms, their clients and people. It is a material issue for clients and there is already growing demand across private practice for law firms to clearly communicate a clear roadmap to Net-Zero.

Dialogue Partners

The Charter has been developed with a wide group of firms who have contributed in significant ways to the drafting and shape of the Charter text and continue to contribute to the working group discussion. Dialogue Partners are law firms who are supporters of, but have not currently signed, the Charter. Dialogue Partners are vital to the Charter’s success. If you would like to be a dialogue partner please get in touch.

old -The Charter has been developed with a wide group of firms who have contributed in significant ways to the drafting and shape of the Charter text and continue to contribute to the working group discussion. These supporting law firms, who are not current signatories but are engaged with the Charter, remain vital to its success, in their role as Dialogue Partners.

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