Earlier in 2023, Leverets turned green to show our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our practice, and our signing of the Greener Litigation Pledge.
Launched in 2021, the pledge calls on law firms – barristers and solicitors (by the way, we are uniquely both!) – to recognise the importance of restricting global warming to 1.5°C and commit to taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprints whilst ‘always maintaining and promoting the highest standards of justice and client service’.
It’s an inescapable fact that climate change is becoming a pressing issue for the legal sector. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives are increasingly vital to the future of legal service provision, both from a regulatory point of view, and also in terms of how we work to support better climate outcomes for both our firms and our clients.
Having a tangible impact
As lawyers it’s in our nature to effect change, and what better place to start than with ourselves. As a new firm (launched in 2018) our goal was to remove the restrictions on where and how lawyers can practice, and usher in a new era of legal service excellence. Achieving this goal goes way beyond the legal advice and support we provide; it means working in ways – both in terms of our service and operations – that deliver better climate outcomes. From considering how we interact with clients, and decreasing our energy consumption, carbon footprint and waste production, to taking on environmental projects where we believe our involvement can create a tangible impact.
We keep our fixed costs low, limit travel, invest in digitisation, embrace paperless working, and always operate in ways that reduce our carbon footprint and consistently reinforce our commitment to having a net positive impact on the environment. By making our business green, more efficient and more cost effective, not only are we doing our bit to drive change, but we generate savings which can be passed on to the client in the form of a reduced hourly rate, attract more clients thanks to increased trust and a positive reputation, and increase our ability to take on pro-bono work.
Start close to home
As well as working in ways that have an impact at a macro level, we take our commitment to the local community very seriously. For example, we support a new joint initiative by Produced in Kent and The University of Kent which aims to tackle the dual problems of food insecurity and farming food waste, as well as reducing the environmental impact of surplus food, which currently accounts for 6-7% of greenhouse gas emissions every year in the UK.
It goes without saying that we also work closely with the EBN as an official partner, to assist in its mission to help business adapt to, and benefit from, the need for a different environmental future.
We encourage our peers to join us in supporting better climate outcomes.