Environmental policy

A law firm that wants to be green

As a business, we regard sustainability as an on-going process and this is why we are committed to doing more for the environment. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment by:

  • encouraging recycling
  • minimising waste
  • reducing energy consumption in our office
  • promoting green travel 

 

 
Reducing waste

Fob enabled printing has removed the waste generated by paper printed unnecessarily and paper left abandoned at printers. All printers are configured with the same paper trays to eradicate wasted paper generated from selecting the wrong paper tray.

The firm has changed the house style to a smaller font and altered document layout style to reduce the amount of space that standard letters use. It has also introduced duplex (double-sided) printing of lengthy documents. Each print area also has scanning capabilities, which is used to scan incoming post. Scanning is widely used in the building for exchanging documents with others and increasingly documents are stored electronically in preference to hard copy.

The firm also has a policy to maintain the extensive lighting systems for the building and externally to ensure timers shut off lighting appropriately to keep energy usage to a minimum. Sensors in the open plan areas of the building automatically shut off lighting when motion is no longer detected. The only lighting that remains on in the building over night is lighting that is required in accordance with health and safety regulations.

In spring 2010, the firm installed an in-house water bottling system to provide drinking water on site for use in meeting rooms and for corporate events. This has saved the delivery and recycling of 4,300 glass bottles each year. Smaller water bottles are used in meetings to reduce wastage, and the company that supplies the bottling system is partnered with the One Water Foundation.  

One-click power-off sockets power all desk equipment, so that all peripheral desk equipment is shut down when a PC is turned off.

MFD (multi functional print/copy/scan/fax machines) toner cartridges are collected by e-Reco on behalf of Konica Minolta for recycling.

Reusing waste

All disposable products used in the staff café are made from recycled materials and/or are biodegradable. Where possible, mugs and metal cutlery are used rather than disposable items.

Waste coffee grounds from the café are offered to staff who are keen gardeners to supplement their compost heaps at home.

Any water that is left in the water bottles after meetings is collected and used by our internal landscaping supplier to water the plants that are in the building.

It is also worth noting that we only use recycled notepads for our events.

Recycling waste

Throughout the building, there are recycling points for batteries, glass, cans, plastic, cardboard, paper, newspapers, books and magazines.

In addition, to improve the volumes of recycled waste collected, all desk waste bins were changed from collecting general waste to collecting recyclable waste. This initiative has doubled the volume of recycled waste sorted and collected to an average of 1320 litres each week.

Computer Aid International, a registered charity providing information technology to schools and organisations in the developing world, collects redundant working PCs and monitors. Mobile phones are collected and despatched to various charities for recycling.

How our services help reduce our impact on the environment

A video conferencing room has been set up for face-to-face conferencing and standard telephone conferences are encouraged to reduce business travel where possible. Home working is also encouraged for those who live a long distance from the office.

Most training is carried out in-house using a combination of Webinars, DVDs and training staff coming to our offices. This has reduced the time, money and energy spent on travelling to off-site training venues.

How we help clients reduce their impact on the environment

In addition to all the systems, schemes and policies we have in place on site, which naturally reflect on the clients that instruct us for their legal services; we also send the majority of communication by e-mail and make home visits to clients upon request.


The business development team now send the majority of invitations and newsletters out to clients electronically as oppose to hard copies sent in the post.

The firm has also reduced the volume of Christmas cards it sends to individuals and businesses. Since 2008, the firm has sent 75% of Christmas cards out in electronic format and donated the cost saving attached to its nominated charities of the year.

For further information about our commitment to being a green business, please contact Teresa Breslin, Facilities Manager, on 01865 781000.