Slaughter & May To Meet Lawyers Are Responsible (LAR)

Legal Futures reports on what sounds like a PR stunt to us by S&M

Slaughter and May has become the first magic circle law firm to agree to meet Lawyers Are Responsible (LAR), the campaigners urging big practices to stop work on fossil fuel projects.

It follows the climate change group also canvassing outside the London office of US law firm Jones Day to alert employees of its representation of French oil company Total.

LAR was established this year and shot to prominence through its Declaration of Conscience, in which signatories committed not to prosecute climate protestors or work for fossil fuel companies.

Around 180 practitioners, academics, students and others have so far signed it, and sparked a major debate at the Bar about the cab-rank rule.

The group is targeting the magic circle and other firms identified in a report from Law Students for Climate Accountability as the main lawyers supporting the fossil fuel industry.

This said that Slaughter and May was responsible for £8.1bn in fossil fuel transactions between 2018 and 2022.

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Magic circle firm agrees to meet lawyer eco-campaigners