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 developed collaboratively to inspire ambitious, transformative thinking and action within the legal sector to combat the climate crisis.

We aim to create a forum, supported by a programme of transformation, to encourage and enable law firms to transition their strategies, operations, and client work for a 1.5-degree world,[and by so doing assist clients with their own transition. We are achieving this vision by fostering a culture of sharing, collaboration, and material action to address the urgent challenges of climate change and to grasping the opportunities of sustainability for law firm, for clients and for wider society.

HOW WILL THE CHARTER WORK?

The 8 Charter Principles

The Charter is based on 8 core principles and, by signing the Charter, law firms make a public commitment to these principles. Importantly, membership means working together to take these principles into material action by sharing resources, knowledge, and contributing to projects which align with achieving the Charter’s ambitions.

LEADERSHIP

Our leadership teams are committed to supporting, engaging with and delivering this business-critical initiative

ADVISED EMISSIONS

Developing an approach to Advised Emissions to deliver a 1.5-degree transition

COMMITMENT TO THE "GLOBAL GOAL"

Applying our commitment to the Paris ambition to our matter opening

REFORMS AND PUBLIC POLICY

Identifying and promoting constructive reforms and contributing where relevant to public policy/policy debate

ACCOUNTABILITY & REPORTING

Demonstrating accountability through regular reporting

EDUCATION & UPSKILLING

Education and upskilling our staff to support achievement of the Paris ambition

FOCUSED PRO BONO

Climate focused pro bono

MEANINGFUL OFFSETTING

Meaningful offsetting in line with Paris ambition
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.

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.

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

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. We are looking for new signatory firms to contribute to these important conversations. 

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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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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