Press Releases

Lawyers are Responsible Press Release: 26 April 2023

Lawyers are Responsible Press Release: 29 March 2023

Supplementary statements

Lawyers are Responsible statement in response to media coverage, 27 March 2023

Media Coverage

Our Declaration has been widely covered in the UK and international press. See below for a selection:

Matt Hutchings KC on a year of moonlighting as a climate activist while practising as a lawyer

by Matt Hutchings for The Barrister, 27 February 2024

How to blow up a (talent) pipeline

by Monika Sobiecki and Natalie Barbosa for The Lawyer, 13 December 2023

Slaughter and May Agrees to Meet Lawyer Climate Pressure Group

by Jack Womack for, 11 September 2023

Magic circle firm agrees to meet lawyer eco-campaigners

by Neil Rose for Legal Futures, 11 September 2023

Professionals must refuse to work on new fossil fuel projects

by Andrew Watterson for BMJ, 1 September 2023

Big firms to assess impact of their advice on climate change

by Neil Rose for Legal Futures, 23 June 2023

Climate Activist Lawyers to Target Magic Circle Recruitment

by Jack Womack for, June 2023 (paywall)

Lawyer eco-campaigners urge City giant to stop fossil fuel work

by Neil Rose for Legal Futures, 1 June 2023

Lawyers against the climate crisis

by Yola Verbruggen for the International Bar Association, 26 May 2023

London law firms facilitated £1.48 trillion for fossil fuel companies – analysis

by Danny Halpin for the Independent, 10 May 2023

UK lawyers’ climate pledge reverberates around the world

by Isabella Kaminski for the Lancet, 9 May 2023

Society Watch: The leading UK lawyers who are refusing to work for fossil-fuel clients

by Mark Hillsdon for the Sustainable Business Review, a part of Thomson Reuters, 2 May 2023

Cab Rank Rule Is ‘A Bedrock Obligation,’ Bar Chair Says

by Lucia Osborne-Crowley for the Law360, 28 April 2023

Lawyers ‘Genuinely Afflicted by Conscience’ Should Not Represent Fossil Fuel Interests

by Rachel Donald for the Byline Times, 27 April 2023

‘Milestone’ Guidance on Climate Change: Solicitors ‘Not Obliged to Provide Advice’ to Big Polluters

by Max Colbert for the Byline Times, 20 April 2023

Law Society: Climate change a “valid” reason to reject clients

by Nick Hilborne for Legal Futures, 19 April 2023

The Climate Crisis and the Cab Rank Rule

by Sir Geoffrey Bindman for the New Law Journal, 7 April 2023

Cab rank rule ‘should be scrapped’

by Catherine Baksi for the Times, 6 April 2023

Barristers object to being accessories to killing people by fossil fuels

by Catherine Baksi for the Times, 6 April 2023

Top lawyers refuse to prosecute climate protestors

by James Dennison for the Roll on Friday, 31 March 2023

Lawyer eco group which sparked cab rank rule row pushes ahead with ‘declaration of conscience’

by Emily Hinkley for the Legal Cheek, 29 March 2023

Professional vandalism or conscientious objection: UK lawyers’ eco-declaration sparks national debate over ‘cab-rank’ rule

by Victoria Basham and John Malpas for the Global Legal Post, 28 March 2023

Lights out at the rank?

by Richard Moorhead for the Legal Futures, 27 March 2023

UK lawyers sign ‘declaration of conscience’ over climate emergency

(byline omitted) for the Irish Legal News, 27 March 2023

Cool rules for a hot debate

by Jonathan Goldsmith for the Law Gazette, 27 March 2023

In Landmark Pledge, British Lawyers Say They Won’t Act in the Interest of Fossil Fuels

by Margaret Osborne for the Smithsonian, 27 March 2023

We won’t prosecute eco-activist protesters, say top lawyers

by Debra Hunter for the Wales Online, 24 March 2023

Britain’s Top Lawyers Sign Climate Declaration Refusing to Prosecute Activists

by Rachel Donald for the Byline Times, 24 March 2023

Top lawyers defy bar to declare they will not prosecute peaceful climate protesters

by Damien Gayle for the Guardian, 24 March 2023

Why I’m joining more than 100 lawyers in refusing to prosecute climate protesters

by Jolyon Maugham for the Guardian, 24 March 2023

NI lawyer among 100 pledging not to prosecute peaceful climate protestors

by Shauna Corr for the Belfast Live, 24 March 2023