Ward Hadaway signs up to climate change scheme | 11 December 08

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has signed up to the Legal Sector Alliance (LSA), a legal industry group which works together to take action on climate change.

The LSA was launched this week with a keynote speech by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who urged the legal profession to sign up to the LSA's set of bespoke principles to combat global warming.

The LSA is an inclusive movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

The Prince of Wales promoted a low carbon future for the legal profession and celebrated the sector’s commitment to taking collective action on climate change by changing the way it does business.

Polar Explorer Pen Hadow, who is leading the Catlin Arctic Survey also spoke at the event to highlight the urgency of the imperative to take action.

The Arctic Survey is a pioneering expedition, which aims to result in the first accurate mapping of one of the Earth’s largest and most at risk geophysical surface features: the North Pole ice cap.

Ward Hadaway is one of the LSA’s new members and has recently signed up to the LSA principles to tackle climate change.

Stephen Campbell, partner and head of environment at the firm, attended the launch in London on Wednesday night.

Mr Campbell said: “Climate change is something which none of us can afford to ignore and taking action to tackle the effects is something all of us should do.

“By signing up to the Legal Sector Alliance, we at Ward Hadaway have shown we are serious about doing our bit to reduce our carbon footprint and taking action against global warming.”

The LSA principles which provide a framework for taking action on climate change have been developed through extensive consultation with environmental experts and law firms of all sizes across the country.

They cover firms’ own operations, as well as their influence on clients, suppliers, employees and policy makers.

Many firms both large and small, have already signed up to the principles and the Prince will urge the rest of the profession to follow suit.

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future said: "I think these Principles are excellent, and I am impressed to see just how comprehensive the boundary conditions are - that’s really important. I look forward to seeing how the legal profession takes these principles forward into action."

The premise of the LSA is that acting on climate change is in the profession’s collective interest and that greater impact can be achieved through collaborative action and the sharing of knowledge and experience than could be achieved individually.

The greater the number of firms, chambers and in-house legal teams that get involved, the greater the chance of having a real influence on the way the sector does business.

Law firms, in-house legal counsel and barristers’ chambers across the North-East are invited to join the LSA by signing up at www.legalsectoralliance.com