Who we are

About Greener Litigation

In 2020, the Civil Justice Council’s Rapid Consultation on the impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system prompted Mishcon de Reya to propose that climate change should be put at the centre of a review of how litigation is undertaken in the English courts. The CJC Consultation Report identified the “impact of remote hearings on carbon emissions” as one of just seven urgent priorities for evaluation.

Inspired by the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations and its founder Lucy Greenwood and pursuant to its Climate Change Strategy, Mishcon de Reya convened a group of like-minded leading litigation practices to develop the Greener Litigation Pledge: a mission statement setting out practical changes we as litigators pledge to commit to in the journey towards net zero.

The founding group comprises the initial membership of the Steering Committee.

For their time, commitment and enthusiasm in making the Pledge what it is today, we wish to thank those who contributed, particularly:

Mishcon de Reya
Founding Chair and Secretariat
Alexander Rhodes
Kevin Ellmore
Jenny Hindley
Olivia Wybraniec

Freshfields
Rachel Stephens

Kennedys
Ann Dingemans
Deborah Newberry

Simmons and Simmons
Basil Woodd-Walker

HFW
Nicola Gare

Three Crowns
Holly Pelham-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard
Sivan Daniels

Covington
Tom Cusworth

Field Court Chambers
Grace Cheng

Opus 2
Taryn Auchecorne

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Jan O’Neill

Our objectives

On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first country to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, with the target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. It is our objective that the courts and court users of England and Wales play an important role in achieving that commitment, and encourage lasting change in litigation practice both within the UK and around the world.

Our immediate goal is to change the way in which dispute resolution practitioners conduct litigation, so as to reduce the carbon footprint of court disputes in line with the objective of restricting global warming to 1.5°C as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Longer term, we aim to act as a catalyst for change to policy and procedure, to embed meaningful and permanent change into the rules of litigation practice, reducing climate and other environmental impacts. We are also mindful of the risk of harm to health of court users and others arising from air pollution in and around our courts.

Greener Litigation Project

All signatories of the Greener Litigation Pledge will be invited to participate in the Greener Litigation Project. The Greener Litigation Project is for solicitors’ firms, barristers’ chambers and other dispute professionals actively committed to reducing the environmental impact of dispute resolution, including litigation conducted in the courts of England and Wales. The Greener Litigation Project aims to engage with practice, procedure and policy to reduce the environmental impact of litigation and to further the objectives of the Greener Litigation Pledge.