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The case

We assisted in the drafting of a statement for barristers who may want to refuse their services to clients in cases that could result in environmental damage, even if it goes against their professional conduct rules.

We were also requested to provide guidance on the penalties that the Bar Standards Board may impose on those who sign the statement, as well as the possible implications of such sanctions on the signatories’ human rights.

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We liaised with environmental organisations, potential signatories and counsel to produce a declaration that furthers the client’s environmental campaigning objectives in line with any regulatory risk.

The matter is significant as it is the first coordinated declaration by barristers of an intention to withhold services based on their personal beliefs.

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