We believe we must play our part in reducing the use of energy, lowering carbon emissions and reducing waste and actively avoid causing environmental damage.


We are in the process of completely redeveloping our approach to facilities management and bringing in new resources to look after the environmental areas of our Forward Community Programme and drive this area forward. Our focus is to make sure that the way we operate has as little environmental impact as possible and we will create a plan to help us achieve this. We currently operate a paperless office and have done so for over a decade. We recycle of course, including our end of life electronics and have recently switched to cloud computing. Sustainability has been on our radar for some time, and we were starting to focus on this as Coronavirus hit. As we start to return to our offices (that are now all COVID secure), our plans are to look at how we can improve our environmental credentials year on year and make sure we measure this progress with a focus on:

  • Our front of house and facilities management strategy to ensure our offices are managed in a sustainable way. This covers everything from where we buy our materials to the suppliers we use and the mechanisms we have in place to reduce energy and waste. We will be working with facilities management experts to help us achieve this.
  • A new travel policy looking to consolidate purchasing, review travel options and offer more green alternatives where possible and encourage the use of technology to facilitate meetings rather than transport. We have had comprehensive video conferencing facilities in our meeting rooms for a long time. We now have this facility at everyone’s desks, as well as a newly created VC studio in each office with enhanced lighting and sound to enable us to conduct virtual meetings in a very professional way. Coronavirus has proven we can do things differently and we plan to take positives from this experience and continue to employ technology to reduce travel where possible.

Current Initiatives

We know we have more to do, but we have been considering sustainability for some time. We took environmental credentials into consideration in the selection of our two newest offices in Bristol and Cambridge. Our Bristol team are based in the Aurora Building, the first building outside London to achieve BREEAM Outstanding under the 2014 New Construction Offices Scheme, and one of only six in the UK. Aurora beats its targets for energy efficiency in every area and is truly a low impact building. It uses 55% less carbon and has 51% better energy consumption than current Building Regulations stipulate, as well as using 51% less water than required by the latest regulations. Other green features include: rooftop mounted solar panels, intelligent LED lighting, a heat recovery system which will reuse waste heat, energy regeneration technology, electric car charging points and secure bicycle and motorcycle storage. Our Cambridge Office in the Maurice Wilks Building has also targeted BREEAM ‘very good’ accreditation.

We try to be sustainable in our overall approach to our business full stop and make sure the little things are considered, such as glass milk bottles rather than plastic and the ability to recycle any materials we produce. We have also recently reviewed the sustainability of our meeting rooms and as well as recycling our coffee capsules, our tea bags are biodegradable and our biscuits are organic and baked using renewable energy.

We try not to print unless we have to and when we do we consider the paper we use, it's sustainability and whether it can be recycled. For example our business cards are printed on a new kind of paper made from 100% recycled T-shirts offcuts - the stuff that normally gets thrown away!  Our magazine is printed on PEFC accredited paper, this means it is has been sourced from sustainably managed forests, which adhere to environmentally approved standards. This paper has less carbon footprint than recycled paper. The magazine can also be recycled and the polywrap it is sent out in is made from bio compostable material.

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Charity during the Coronavirus:


We believe that businesses will be defined by how well they handled themselves during this challenging time. Like many others we have had to make tough decisions and work together to evolve how we operate and manage our work and people.

We believe we have done this well and feedback from our people and our clients reinforces this. But beyond our own firm we want to contribute and do our bit for the larger community. Many of our people are helping in their own ways from raising money to volunteering and even 3D printing masks at home. We fully support this and each of our team have a day they can use to support a cause of their choice.

In addition to this we have redirected our firmwide charity budget to support Coronavirus related campaigns. We have chosen a broad spread as we felt there were many areas that really need help right now. 

We have chosen to support the following charities with donations and we are also matching any donations our people make to these causes:

We will continue to monitor the situation and donate funds throughout the year. See below for a summary of our donations and fundraising activity.


Richard Clegg - Managing Partner


Read more about our Community work

Talk to us about our Community Programme

Lillian Cunliffe

Head of HR

Sean Harvey

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Maria Hall

Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer

Richard Clegg

Managing Partner, European Patent Attorney

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Mewburn Ellis Forward is a biannual publication that celebrates the best of innovation and exploration. We run regular columns in the magazine on inclusivity and many of our articles have a focus on sustainability.

Our magazine is printed on paper that has been sourced from sustainably managed forests which adhere to environmentally approved standards. This paper has less carbon footprint than recycled paper. The full magazine, including the cover, can be recycled and the wrapper that is used to protect the magazine is made from starch-based biopolymers, meaning it is compostable.