Manchester legal sector gets behind business case for sustainability workshop

Sep 28, 2017 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

The Manchester Law Society is putting its weight behind a free workshop, next week, aimed at law firms in the city and surrounding region looking to develop sustainable working practices and manage their carbon footprint.


The Business Case for Sustainability Workshop – Manchester is being organised by the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA) in partnership with The Planet Mark™, in collaboration with the 3,000 member-strong Manchester Law Society. It will be hosted at the Manchester offices of global legal firm Eversheds Sutherland.

The participatory workshop will draw on compelling evidence gathered by the LSA over 10 years of working in the sector, which shows that law firms that have been reporting their carbon data to the LSA reduced their emissions by an average 15% per capita (per person) since reporting began in 2009, amounting to a cost saving of £148 per employee.

The workshop will also offer practical help and advice from industry experts The Planet Mark™, including a free toolkit for those attending to take away. Topics covered by the workshop will include:

  • Sustainability and the legal sector
  • The business case for sustainability
  • Identifying barriers and measuring business benefits
  • Challenges and barriers to sustainable working and how to overcome them
  • Gaining senior buy in and increasing employee engagement.

The workshop follows on from another successful workshop hosted in June in Bristol by at Planet Mark-certified legal firm Burges Salmon, and the publication of the LSA Business Case for Sustainability Guide in partnership with the Planet Mark™ in May.

Next week’s workshop is aimed primarily at small to medium-sized legal firms, but is open to anyone interested in learning about the business case for sustainability.

The Manchester workshop will be held on October 5 from 12.30pm to 4pm and includes a buffet lunch.

If you are interested in attending please register via Eventbrite or by contacting the LSA directly.

If you want to find out more about the benefits Burges Salmon is deriving from being certified sustainable, download the case study.

(Photo courtesy of Richard Heyes)