Cleaver Fulton Rankin signs green litigation pledge

Cleaver Fulton Rankin signs green litigation pledge

Kerry McCloy

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has become the first independent law firm in Northern Ireland to sign the Greener Litigation Pledge.

The mission statement outlines practical steps that lawyers can take to reduce the environmental impact of their dispute resolution practices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It was launched in 2020 by Mischon de Reya and has since grown to over 100 signatories including other leading international law firms, barrister chambers and legal technology companies.

Practical commitments include promoting the use of electronic correspondence and ebundles over hard copies; making use of technology to conduct remote meetings/ hearings; avoiding unnecessary travel; walking, cycling or using public transport to court where feasible; using sustainable suppliers and renewable energy where possible; and encouraging others to support the Greener Litigation Pledge.

Kerry McCloy, innovation and legal technology director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, said: “We are delighted to sign the Greener Litigation Pledge.

“Being a responsible business and minimising our impact on the environment is of the utmost importance to us. We are committed to taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of our dispute resolution practice and our business more widely.

“Signing the pledge is a natural step for us following the launch of our legal technology group, which specialises in providing eDiscovery services, and following the many other ESG initiatives we have undertaken.

“We would like to encourage others to sign the Greener Litigation Pledge and to promote sustainable litigation practices.”

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