Follows demonstrations earlier this week
Legal professionals for Extinction Insurrection (XR) at the moment focused The Legislation Society headquarters on Chancery Lane in London, Holborn, urging the skilled physique to take management and declare a local weather emergency.
The protest group, for authorized professionals and legislation college students serious about local weather change activism, carried out a “theatrical and arrestable” motion exterior the Legislation Society constructing on 113 Chancery Lane which it live-streamed on-line. The protest was initially deliberate to happen exterior the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) central London workplace.
The @XRlawyers carry out a ‘theatrical and arrestable’ protest exterior @TheLawSociety, asking the occupation to help attorneys arrested for peacefully protesting towards local weather change. See my piece about it in @the instances https://t.co/UwwtTSeYZG pic.twitter.com/pHYr37fZ4L
— Catherine Baksi (@legalhackette) September 4, 2020
As we speak’s motion follows Wednesday’s protests exterior The Legislation Society, Bar Council and SRA demanding that they declare a local weather emergency, undertake a inexperienced code of conduct, present management and readability that collaborating in peaceable protest won’t end in repercussions. XR has made additional calls for to every authorized consultant physique.
In an open letter to the SRA the group calls for, amongst different issues, the regulator revise its “inequitable” evaluation of character and suitability for local weather activist attorneys convicted of multiple public order offence. The rule considers multiple conviction indicative of ‘most critical’ felony conduct resulting in disqualification, they are saying, including that they “should not lose their jobs” or “proper to practise and livelihoods” by participating in environmental protests.
“[M]any attorneys are terrified of even attending an Extinction Insurrection assembly, not to mention participating in a peaceable, non-violent direct act of civil disobedience,” the group says. “And no mat[t]er whether or not that concern is misplaced, XR suffers by shedding a gaggle of people that[se] expertise might be so invaluable to our trigger. If that disobedience ends in arrest and conviction, we danger the correct to practi[s]e our occupation.”
A Leigh Day affiliate has beforehand cautioned attorneys becoming a member of the protests that they might danger disciplinary motion.
The SRA has been approached for remark.
As we speak marks the third day of demonstrations within the capital. XR paused demonstrations amid the coronavirus outbreak and restarted their efforts final Friday.
Earlier this yr, the environmental group protested exterior Metropolis agency Slaughter and May for its hyperlinks with the oil business. They demonstrated exterior the Royal Courts of Justice in October 2019, and parked a blue boat with the message “Act Now!” exterior the constructing’s predominant entrance in July final yr.