Taking effective action to support a Net Zero ambition

This free half-day summit aimed to support chambers, and other Bar-based organisations, in developing and implementing effective carbon reduction programmes. 

Open to Bar Sustainability Network members only.

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Image of wind farm with the Bar Council Bar Sustainability Network logo overlayed in the corner
16 June 2023, 9:30 - 14:15
Event Type
Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG

This practical half-day summit aimed to support chambers in developing and delivering effective interventions on carbon reduction, and responding to the climate crisis.

About the summit

It looked at answering questions on carbon calculation, and discuss ideas on overcoming challenges in chambers, including across key areas:

  • energy
  • waste
  • off-setting
  • travel
  • greening your supply chain

And offered an opportunity to learn from those whose programmes are beginning to deliver results.  

Ideas were presented for a planned verification scheme, and explanations for how participation will support your carbon reduction journey -  and demonstrate your commitment to good environment practices to your clients, members and staff.

See the full event programme


Chair and keynote speaker

Chair: Zoë Leventhal KC


Called to the Bar in 2002, Zoë practises in all areas of public law & human rights, and environmental law. She has been involved in many of the leading cases across these areas.

She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2022. Prior to taking Silk in 2022, she was a member of the Attorney General’s A panel.

Zoë is ranked as a leading practitioner across her areas of practice in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. In 2021, she was nominated as Public Law & Human Rights Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards.

Zoë was one of the barristers involved in setting up the Sustainability Network with the Bar Council and Achill Management. She sits on the Bar Council’s Climate Crisis Working Group and the Bar Council’s Pro Bono and Social Responsibility Committee. She also chairs Matrix’s Green Committee.

Keynote speaker: Marie Brousseau-Navarro


Marie is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Future Generations Commissioner of the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. She is a lawyer specialist in public law, the law of devolution, parliamentary procedures and now of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

Previously their Director for Policy, Legislation and Innovation, Marie is now part of the senior management team which helps develop and deliver the Commissioner’s corporate plan and priorities and design internal policies. She currently has oversight of their legal work, risk management and internal processes. She advises on most projects internally.

In her former position, Marie was responsible for overseeing work on monitoring and assessing public bodies’ well-being objectives, lead the work on the legal application of the Act, correspondence, transport and planning.

Marie was also The Honorary Consul of France in Wales. She loves her family and friends, good food, good wine and nature.

Who should attend

  • barristers with an interest in sustainability
  • staff members: practice managers, clerks, and facilities staff
  • those responsible for CSR and environmental practices
  • representatives of the Inns, Circuits and SBAs
  • climate experts and organisations set up to support lawyers to respond to the climate crisis

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