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Osborne Clarke features in inaugural Legal 500 UK Green Guide 2022

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30 November 2022

Bristol-based law firm Osborne Clarke has been featured in The Legal 500's first UK Green Guide, which highlights top law firms advising on climate change, governance and sustainability issues.

The firm's UK team has been included alongside its teams in Italy and Poland.

Osborne Clarke’s UK environment team is headed by Matthew Germain who is a partner in the firm’s Bristol office.

The Legal 500's Global Green Guide is the first worldwide guide to the top law firms advising on issues around climate change, governance, and sustainability, with the editorial team picking out the leading practices and individuals in each jurisdiction, recognising a firm's contribution to 'Green Change' and ESG.

Being a responsible and ethical business and employer underpins Osborne Clarke's business strategy. The Osborne Clarke For Good framework is the firm's way of ensuring it's a good corporate citizen, a good employer and a good business.

During the COP27 climate summit, and in collaboration with We Mean Business Coalition and The B Team and more than 200 businesses, the firm signed up to a business statement pledging to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.

The firm also launched its first Decarbonisation Week with a series of events targeted at international businesses with ambitious carbon reduction goals.

It recently sponsored the 2022 World EV Day – a global campaign established to accelerate the transition to zero emission electric vehicles around the world.

It joined Business in the Community's (BITC) 'Making Work Work' campaign in the UK. BITC is the largest and longest established business-led network dedicated to responsible business, founded 40 years ago by King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales.

Osborne Clarke is also one of 60 signatory companies on the Greener Litigation Pledge, committing to reduce the environmental impact of its UK Disputes and Risk Practice Group.


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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