At Keller Postman UK, we recognise that our functions and operations have an impact on the environment. In response, we seek not only to reduce the environmental footprint of our own activities, but also the wider impact of dispute resolution. To help advance this aim, we have signed the Greener Litigation Pledge.
About the Greener Litigation Pledge
The Greener Litigation Pledge is a commitment to action by solicitors’ firms, barristers’ chambers, lawtech companies, and other dispute professionals.
Firms who sign the Pledge recognise the importance of restricting global warming to 1.5°C (as identified by the 2015 Paris Agreement) and to meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to achieve national net zero by 2050 (as set out in the UK Climate Change Act).
In signing the Greener Litigation Pledge, Keller Postman UK commits to taking active steps to reduce, with a view to minimising, the environmental impact of our practice in England and Wales, and to the reduction of our emissions in line with the objective of restricting global warming to 1.5°C.
This includes by:
- Taking steps to reduce the environmental footprint and GHG emissions of our dispute resolution practice, including litigation we conduct in the courts and other dispute resolution fora;
- Engaging with the courts and other dispute resolution fora in which we operate to support changes to rules, procedures and practices to reduce the environmental impact of dispute resolution proceedings;
- While always maintaining and promoting the highest standards of justice and client service and complying with the procedural rules of the courts, actively promoting practical steps in litigation in which we are involved, which serve to reduce the environmental footprint and emissions arising from any dispute, including:
- Corresponding electronically, unless hard copy is expressly required, while recognising that electronic communication has a carbon footprint and accordingly seeking to avoid unnecessary emails;
- Limiting the printing of hard copy bundles and other documents wherever possible;
- Promoting the use of electronic bundles for court hearings where possible, and liaising with our counterparts at opposing firms and the Court to seek agreement where necessary;
- Walking, cycling or using public transport for journeys to court wherever feasible and appropriate;
- Considering the appropriateness of witnesses giving evidence by video-link and, where appropriate, co-operating with our counterparts at opposing firms and the Court to implement the necessary procedures for giving evidence by video-link;
- Whilst acknowledging the importance of in-person hearings to the administration of justice, actively considering for each hearing whether it is appropriate and amenable to being heard remotely, in whole or in part, including by telephone or by video-link, and, where it is, making that suggestion to the Court and other parties to the litigation;
- Avoiding unnecessary travel in relation to a dispute in which we are acting;
- Committing to the use of renewable energy sources wherever possible;
- Using suppliers and service providers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint wherever possible and appropriate.
- Notifying clients and other parties, including solicitors, counsel, experts and opponents, involved in disputes of our support for the Greener Litigation Pledge, and encouraging their participation.
The Pledge was launched by Greener Litigation, a group of like-minded leading litigation practices.
The group’s 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, Greener Litigation aims 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”.
Our commitment to the environment
As a tech-enabled firm, Keller Postman UK has championed the use of technology to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible. And, when making decisions about the present and future running of our business, we consider the full range of environmental, social, and economic consequences.
In addition, we represent tens of thousands of customers in England and Wales taking action against car manufacturers that have allegedly cheated emissions regulations. Such deliberate bypassing of emission control systems has likely contributed to the failure to meet previous NOx reduction targets, which we believe is both unethical and unlawful.
By signing the Greener Litigation Pledge, we further confirm our commitment to the environment and promise to do more to minimise the environmental impact of our practice.
Since the launch of Greener Litigation, there has been growing international interest to join and grow the initiative. Keller Postman UK is proud to play its part in this much-needed movement. All organisations engaged in the conduct of litigation in England and Wales are welcome to sign up to the Pledge. Find out more here.