Following the publication of new guidance by the Law Society for solicitors to consider the way they practise in the context of climate change, Chair of the Bar Nick Vineall KC said:
“The Bar Council recognises the scientific consensus that limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is fundamental to preventing the worst effects of climate change. We also recognise the likelihood that global warming will bring increased global inequality and in turn a greater risk of conflict and global disruption.
“Many barristers will wish to take steps within their chambers to reduce their carbon footprint and the Bar Council has resolved to support barristers’ chambers to achieve Net Zero, with practical support and resources delivered through the Bar Sustainability Network.
“Our climate crisis working group is also exploring how the crisis might affect our existing ways of working and the group was consulted on the new Law Society guidance.
“Alongside the Law Society, the Bar Council is supporting legal professionals in England and Wales who wish to demonstrate climate leadership within their own practice.”