UK law firm TLT has worked with its client Nationwide Building Society to deliver a comprehensive introduction to climate change and drafting for net zero, for the firm’s in-house legal team.

The training comes at a time when Nationwide is making changes to achieve carbon neutrality and minimise any harm it has on the environment, and when its legal team are considering their role in the fight against climate change and helping Nationwide to achieve its sustainability objectives. 

The virtual training comprised two sessions: 

1. Climate change: Key concepts, the regulatory landscape and how this is set to change – delivered by partner Robin Penfold, senior knowledge lawyer Alexandra Holsgrove Jones, and Nationwide’s senior counsel, Andrew Waters. 

2. Net zero drafting: Key concepts, example drafting (largely drawing from The Chancery Lane Project) and aligning precedents with the climate agenda – delivered by Robin, Alexandra, Andrew and senior knowledge lawyers Sarah Maddock and Emily Holdsworth. 

The training covered a wide range of areas, including: 

• procurement; 

• decarbonising the supply chain; 

• circular economy; 

• greenwashing; 

• embedding sustainability into workforce contracts, policies and behaviours; 

• sustainability in the context of the wider equalities agenda;   

• issues that should be considered at heads of terms stage when negotiating a lease; and 

• the regulatory and reporting landscape in 2022.

TLT is an active member of The Chancery Lane Project, helping to create new climate-aligned contract clauses and encouraging widespread use of net zero drafting across TLT and its clients. 

Alexandra Holsgrove Jones, senior knowledge lawyer at TLT, says: “I’ve been working on net zero drafting for over a year, and it’s becoming increasingly obvious how important this is to delivering positive change quickly in business. It takes years to introduce new legislation, but organisations can reduce their environmental impact now by using climate clauses. 

“It’s fantastic to see this level of interest in net zero drafting from Nationwide. The training was well received and prompted some interesting discussions around drafting and climate change more generally, and paves the way for green-minded lawyering by the organisation.”

Date published

13 June 2022

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