Law firms’ hot air on climate change

Surprised none of the legal press picked up the recent pledge made by 20 corporate law firms to slash their Co2 emissions. But, then, times are tough right now.

The firms which have signed up to the pledge are listed here.

DLA Piper CEO Sir Nigel Knowles broke off from his daily tree planting ritual to comment on the pledge, speaking of law firms’ enthusiasm to “drive change” and adding that meeting climate change obligations is increasingly a “moral and business imperative.”

To which Times journo Alex Spence responded on Twitter: “Law firms are leading the way at cutting carbon emissions, says Sir Nigel Knowles. What about all their work for big mining companies etc?”

There’s more about law firms’ commitment to the social pronouncements they make in my Guardian law column this week.

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