30 November 2023

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has been recognised for its commitment to, and expertise in, climate change, sustainability, and governance in The Legal 500 Green Guide. Burges Salmon is amongst the few UK firms listed that are leading the way on ESG and Green Change, successfully delivering on responsible business priorities and advising clients on major renewables, decarbonisation and energy transition projects.

This is the latest in a series of ESG recognitions for Burges Salmon after the firm was named Overall Leader 2023 in the Lamp House Strategy Responsible Business Annual Report, the only law firm in the world to rank in the top 5% across the three leaderboards – people, planet and governance. As a founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and recipient of the Ecovadis Gold Sustainability Standard, Burges Salmon was also amongst the first in the UK legal profession to announce its commitment to being a Net Zero business by 2026, and the firm is well on track to deliver on its promise through a combination of continued energy reductions, efficiency gains and investment in high-quality carbon offsetting projects.

Burges Salmon’s Net Zero practice is also praised in the guide, having built a reputation for innovative and first-of-a-kind work, collaborating with organisations such as Renewables UK, REA and Scottish Renewables to help shape the future of renewable energy and provide clients with insight into the wider challenges they face. The firm advises on nationally significant projects for clients operating in sectors that are actively working towards the decarbonisation of the economy, including transport, energy, land & food, and the built environment. Key projects the firm has helped deliver include:

Michael Barlow, partner and head of ESG at Burges Salmon, comments: “We’re proud to be featured in this year’s Legal 500 Green Guide. We see success and sustainability as interlinked and we’re committed to building a better future for our clients, people and planet by integrating ESG principles into all that we do, whether that is in the work we undertake for our clients, how we support our people and communities and how we protect our environment.”

Key contact

Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Head of Environment
  • Head of Water
  • Head of ESG

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