13 February 2024

Independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has been nominated for eight awards at the Legal 500 ESG Awards 2024. The inaugural event celebrates the best initiatives across the UK legal sector, recognising the leading organisations and individuals who are championing and driving the ESG agenda.

Burges Salmon is recognised for fully integrating the ESG principles across all its operations, successfully delivering on its responsible business priorities and leading clients through major renewables, decarbonisation and energy transition projects and advising more widely on environmental issues.

The firm’s commitment to ESG has been recognised in the following categories:

  • ESG Firm of the Year
  • DE&I: Law Firm Initiative of the year
  • Ethnicity: Best Initiative to Attract and Retain Talent
  • Disability/Neurodiversity: Best initiative to Attract and Retain Talent
  • Social Mobility: Best Initiative to Attract and Retain Talent 

The firm’s expertise in clean energy, sustainability and environmental protection was also recognised in:

  • Best Law Firm Advisory Team: Sustainable Finance
  • Best Law Firm Advisory Team: Environmental Protection
  • Best Law Firm Advisory Team: Clean Energy

Michael Barlow, partner and Head of ESG at Burges Salmon, comments: ESG is central to both our culture and business philosophy at Burges Salmon. It is the guiding principle for how we interact with our clients, our people and our communities and what drives our commitment to being a responsible business as well as a diverse, accessible and supportive employer. We’re thrilled to see this commitment nominated for eight awards at the Legal 500 ESG Awards.

“Leveraging our market-leading ESG expertise, we work side-by-side with our clients to provide strategic and operational advice, guiding them as they meet their ESG obligations and working with them to unlock the opportunities there to be seized. In the past year, we’ve invested significantly in our ESG offering and brought to market a number of tools to consolidate all ESG guidance, legislation and resources into interactive and intuitive platforms, including an ESG Risk Review, ESG Corporate Disclosure and ESG Pensions tools and a Modern Slavery Statement compliance check. Understanding the unique place ESG lawyers have in the future, we also rolled out a training programme to support our lawyers engage in authentic, impactful and values-driven ESG conversations with clients.”

Key contact

Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

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

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