Environment

We recognise that environmental issues are one of the biggest challenges facing the modern world. As a leading business, we want to do our bit to drive change.

Environment

Overview

As one of the UK's leading full-service law firms, we believe we are in a unique position to help not just ourselves, but also our colleagues and others to create real change. We recognise the climate crisis and are actively seeking to reduce our overall carbon footprint.  This is in addition to our wider goal of reducing the firm's consumption of non-sustainable and non-renewable materials, products and food, wherever possible.

We are also investing more in our pro-bono efforts to ensure we help others by providing access to our legal and other skills. For example, we actively support the Chancery Lane Project, a collaborative effort of UK lawyers to develop new contracts and draft legislation to help fight climate change, as well as being long-standing members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance on climate change. In addition, we will shortly be selecting our new "Charity Partner" this year (which will last for two years), and have decided on selecting a charity committed to protecting the Environment. We remain committed to taking on environmental projects where we believe our involvement can create tangible impact and improvement.

Our Sustainability webpages provide further information on the wider work we are doing for our clients in this area.

By carefully monitoring our own suppliers and business partners, we hope to influence others to ensure environmental commitments remain on the agenda.

Every new journey starts with a Thoughtful. Step.

Environmental Policy

Overview

Travers Smith is committed to acting in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

Travers Smith recognises the climate crisis and is actively seeking to reduce its overall carbon footprint. This is in addition to our wider goal of reducing the firm's consumption of non-sustainable and/or non-renewable materials, products and food (wherever possible).

Whilst we are proud of our achievements to date, we are keen to continue our good progress in this area. The Travers Smith Environment Committee, which includes representatives from across the firm, has been tasked with minimising the firm's environmental impact and encouraging the best environmental practices amongst all our staff and suppliers.

Our policy

Read our full Environmental Policy to find out more about our environmental activities and achievements to date.

Environment Committee

The Committee presents periodically to the Environment Board, which is made up of representatives from the partnership, management and business services. The Environment Board meets on a regular basis to both support the Environment Committee on its internal environmental initiatives as well as looking at pro bono, knowledge and other efforts aimed at promoting wider environmental and sustainability goals. This framework reflects our commitment as a firm and at a senior level to ensuring that environmental challenges and opportunities are addressed and promoted.

Key objectives of the Environment Committee include:

  • Setting achievable objectives to minimise the firm's environmental impact and measure the firm's progress against these objectives;

  • Promoting awareness of environmental best practice among our employees and other third parties, including through communications and events;

  • Encouraging the use of recycling options for paper, IT equipment, catering and maintenance waste; and

  • Reviewing and updating the firm's Environmental Policy and other related documents on at least an annual basis.

Our Committee Members include a broad spread of people within the firm across a range of different departments who are all committed to helping the firm reach its environmental objectives.

Our current members

Paul Mullis - Sustainability and Health & Safety Officer

Maddy Gowlett - Partner, Tax

Tom Coulter – Partner, Corporate M&A and ECM

Laura Smyth – Senior Associate, Environment & Operational Risk

Paul Way – Director of Facilities

Rachel Smith – Executive Chef, Kitchen

Matthew Lanyon – Communications and PR Manager

Aimee Hutchinson – Associate, Tax

Aimée Mullan – Assistant Partnership Secretary

Achievements and Initiatives

Overview

Examples of our achievements and initiatives to date include:

98%
Travers Smith was awarded a Recycling Gold Standard Award in 2017 by waste management company First Mile. Out of 20,000 commercial customers in London, the firm finished in third place with 98 per cent of our waste being recycled.
2*
The Travers Smith’s client kitchen holds a 2* rating (out of 3*) from the Sustainable Restaurant Association due to its commitment to using local and seasonal produce, serving more vegetables, less and better quality meat, responsibly resourced fish, and supporting global farmers as well as the local community.
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For over 7 years Travers Smith have been part of the Legal Sustainability Alliance of law firms that are committed to improving environmental sustainability. We won the Legal Sector Alliance Award for Environmental Responsibility in 2010.
January 2020 - Getting rid of all of our disposable packaging in our office cafeteria, Braithwaite's
Introducing follow-me-print, to reduce our paper consumption and to sourcing all of our paper from Forest Stewardship Council certified providers.
Providing reusable coffee cups to all members of staff.

News, Events and Useful resources

Key contacts

Read Paul Mullis's Profile
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