We work hard to minimise our environmental impact. To help, we’re part of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a group focused on working collaboratively to create action on climate change. This included participating in Earth Hour alongside 88 million people across 88 countries and supporting World Environment Day across our offices.

We’ve cut our energy consumption by:

  • Rolling out flat screen PCs and reducing the power consumption of our IT servers through better utilisation
  • Turning off the air conditioning during non- core office hours
  • Encouraging everyone to walk upstairs rather than using the lifts!

We use a lot of paper so we ensure sure that we recycle or reuse where we can:

  • Nearly 50 per cent of our stationery products are made from recyclable materials
  • All our paper products are sourced from managed forests
  • All of our documents can be printed double-sided
  • For a case study on how we restructured our paper deliveries to reduce our carbon emissions, visit Mills & Reeve Legal Sustainability Alliance

And in addition, plastics and tins are recycled, as are toners.

Two per cent of our people have taken up our Bikes For Work scheme and we use state of the art video conferencing facilities to reduce unnecessary inter-office travel. Organic Fair Trade coffee is used in our in-house catering and we work hard with our food suppliers to reduce food miles. In our Norwich office, all beef, lamb and pork used in our food is organic and sourced locally.

Our people also get involved at a local level to improve the quality of their environment.

  • In Birmingham, we spent the day clearing overgrown woodland, creating forest paths and resurfacing roads at Martineau Gardens to revitalise a community garden facility
  • In Leeds, volunteers spent the day at Thwaites Mill creating a safe children’s play area. The project was run by Aire Action Leeds to provide recreation and leisure activities as well as to improve the waterways for the wildlife and people of Leeds