Background

The LSA (formerly the Legal Sector Alliance) was set up in 2007 by a group of founding law firms with support from Business in the Community and the Law Society in response to HRH The Prince of Wales’ “Mayday” call to all businesses to take action to address the impact of climate change.  Many of the original founding firms continue to support the LSA as executive firms and provide representatives to sit on the LSA Leaders Group and the LSA Task Force, as well as making up a number of working groups to help develop supporting resources and deliver the LSA’s mission.

The LSA is a free to join, inclusive network open to law firms, solicitor practices, in house counsel and related organisations.  It has nearly 300 members, each of whom agree to work collaboratively in sharing experiences and best practice to embed sustainability into their operations.

We believe that acting on climate change is in our collective interest and that a greater impact can be achieved through collaborative action and the sharing of knowledge and experience than could otherwise be achieved by the efforts of individual firms.

To act as a framework for individual and collective action, we have developed a set of principles, which cover members’ own operations, as well as their wider influence on employees, suppliers, clients and policy makers.  All Members sign up to the LSA’s Principles and are encouraged to report progress each year.

The LSA is primarily a network of UK-based law firms, although we do welcome members from outside the UK.  We have strong links with two associated networks:

The Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) is modelled on the Legal Sector Alliance and is an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the Australian legal sector.

The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSA) is the US affiliate of the LSA and aims develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines, and recognize innovation regarding environmental sustainability in the U.S. legal sector.