A free event for barristers and chambers professionals to discuss Environmental, Social Governance following COP26. 

Members of the Bar Council's Sustainability Network are also eligible to join the workshop and panel discussion online.

Please note: due to train strike action this event will be taking place online only.

Find out more below. 

Bar Council Sustainability Network Homepage
22 June 2022, 10:00 - 12:00
Event Type
Bar Council, London


Putting the E in ESG: A workshop on setting targets for sustainability

22 June 2022, 10am-12pm

Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) criteria are gaining traction for businesses across England and Wales following COP26. ESG represents a set of standards that indicate the conscientiousness of a particular business or organisation and are increasingly used by clients and potential employees to assess with whom to do business.


10:00 – 10:45 Panel Discussion (online)

  • A look at the ESG criteria and their relevance to chambers;
  • How chambers can effectively gather data on its carbon emissions and impact on nature;
  • What a meaningful target might look like and how we can measure it; and
  • What are the challenges of implementing an ESG policy, and how chambers can tackle them.


10:45 – 12:00 Workshop (online)
Members of the Bar Council’s Sustainability Network are invited to attend a practical workshop looking at the fundamentals of putting together a Chambers’ ESG policy and overcoming the main hurdles in effective implementation.


Amanda Carpenter BA MSc, CEO at Achill Management

Amanda’s career spans private, public and not for profit sector where she has led and implemented organisational change projects, mergers, transformational change initiatives as well as developed board level strategies for local national and international organisations. She has experience of wide scale project evaluation and of delivering complex solutions to multi stakeholder groups. As CEO at Achill Management, she oversees the delivery of the LSA, and the network for the Bar Council, and runs client engagement projects for legal and financial sector organisations helping embed a transition to net zero

She is host of the successful podcast Planet Pod  and in her spare time is a passionate campaigner for a greener and fairer world as a local Green Party candidate, as a Trustee of 5050 Parliament and of The Jubilee Hall. She lives in Suffolk with her husband who is as poet, author and arts publisher.

Stanley Rayfield, Associate at Achill Management

Stan is an energy and environmental consultant dealing with the environmental impact of workplaces. His background spans both engineering and surveying and he brings a strong knowledge of buildings, their services and operational factors. He advises on compliance with ISO energy and environmental management and is an ISO 14001 ISO 150001 and ESOS lead auditor. Stan works with Achill Management as an associate and brings specialist knowledge gained through working with large city law firms.

Zoe Leventhal QC, Matrix Chambers

Zoe Leventhal QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers practising in public law and environmental law. She is ranked as a leading practitioner in all her areas of practice. She has a particular interest in sustainability both as a litigator on a wide range of environmental issues and in terms of improving the Bar’s response to the climate emergency. She has also worked as a sustainability manager in a law firm and as a community organiser in the Transition Towns movement, and she continues to be engaged at a local level both in schools and in the wider community on green action. Zoe is chair of Matrix’s Green Committee, and was involved at the early stages of setting up the Bar Sustainability Network as a way to share knowledge and enthusiasm, and to take meaningful action, across the profession.

Book your place

Attendance to the workshop is limited to 24 participants and is open to members of the Bar Sustainability Network only. Find out more about the Bar Council’s Sustainability Network and how to sign up.

The Panel Discussion will be available to attend online to all members of the Bar and chambers’ staff.

Please note: if you have already registered for this event when it was scheduled for 21 April, your booking has been carried over to the new event on 22 June. If you are no longer able to attend, please let us know at [email protected].

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The online panel discussion will be held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

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