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Roythornes Solicitors is delighted to have joined forces with their Carbon Partner Auditel to deliver their objective of becoming Carbon Neutral while on their longer-term journey to reaching Net Zero.

Roythornes Solicitors is a national law firm with five strategically located offices across the Midlands and East Anglia.  They advise a wide range of clients and have a particular expertise in advising on farming and agri-food, natural resources (renewable energy), housing and development issues and charities. Ann Barrasso, Operations Director comments, “We aim to be a positive force for environmental change within the legal industry, advocating green values and adopting sustainable business practices.

With the help of Julie Adams from AuditeI our sustainable journey is one in which all our people are involved, from the Management Board to every member of our talented team.  We also involve all our five offices and each and every team in the interventions we take.  We are one Roythornes. As a firm founded in 1934 advising landowners and farmers we have always had a close affinity with the natural environment and those who are concerned about sustainability.  This is something unique in a law firm, and a characteristic we are determined not to lose. As the pressure on the environment increases, so do our efforts and the level of our interventions – some of which require a considerable capital investment by the business.  But with Auditels help we have the commitment and aim to become Carbon Neutral by 2040 or sooner.”

OUR ACTIONS SO FAR

We have undertaken a number of projects to support communities, enhance the environment, support wellbeing, and engage staff with environmental initiatives including:

  • Becoming members of Investors in the Environment and signing the Greener Litigation Pledge;
  • Encouraging and supporting staff to reduce their energy and water use whilst working from home;
  • Opening our new Birmingham office in 2022 with a focus on environmental performance. All lights are LEDs with well-zoned PIR sensors, bins are well-located with consistent signage, and the office is easily accessible by sustainable transport;
  • Identifying and managing environmental risks and opportunities;
  • Planting 300 trees in our local community;
  • Recycling 95% of our waste at our Spalding office;
  • Reducing our carbon footprint;
  • Eliminating single-use plastic wherever possible;
  • Setting up recycling schemes for local, national, and international charities; Encouraging staff to calculate their own carbon footprint;
  • Presenting lunchtime seminars on financial, physical social and emotional well-being – all backed up be resources on our intranet;
  • Introducing a salary sacrifice scheme to make the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles easier for our staff;
  • Installing electric vehicle charging points at our Spalding office;
  • Installing solar panels on the roof of our Spalding office;
  • Training a number of Mental Health First Aiders;
  • Launching our Well-being team to drive well-being initiatives throughout the company;
  • Updating our Travel Policy to reduce our impact on the environment;
  • Introducing the Yu Life app to encourage staff well-being and fitness;
  • Giving all of our staff one day a year to help with a community project or charity;
  • Commissioning improved heating and ventilation systems, solar panels and efficient lighting at our offices where possible;
  • Reducing the pages we print by over 50% between 2018 and 2023 despite increasing our headcount by over 37% in that time;
  • Achieving Investors In People Gold status in 2023