Sonya Bedford

A webinar taking place later this month will support businesses looking to reduce their carbon emissions and encourage everyone to get ahead in the race to net zero.

Building on the aspirations of last weekend’s G7 Summit, south west law firm Stephens Scown LLP is leading the way by hosting a ‘Greener Business’ webinar from 8.30am on June 25 in collaboration with Lombard, the asset finance division of the NatWest Group.

Keynote speaker for the free online event will be Sonya Bedford MBE, who heads-up Stephens Scown’s large and experienced team of energy lawyers in Exeter and is an expert in renewable energy.

Sonya is nationally renowned for her renewable energy experience, having worked in the sustainability sector for over ten years as a lawyer, and has gained an MSc in renewable energy. In 2018, she was also awarded an MBE for her services to community energy, following a trio of industry awards.

She said: “I am delighted this critical issue has found its place on the global stage. Our renewable energy team have delivered over 300 solar farms for clients, we acted on the first wind farm in England and the first solar farm and now work with many clients and communities in delivering smart low carbon energy infrastructure.

“Having this innate knowledge of sustainability and zero carbon energy has allowed us to be more knowledgeable in our own business, and we are currently sourcing a truly green supply of electricity and looking at more ways to ensure our business sits lightly on the planet.”

Bedford will be joined by Gavin Poole, from the firm’s corporate team, who has been volunteering for The Chancery Lane Project – an ambitious and ground-breaking collaboration of lawyers working pro bono to create the legal conditions to fight climate change, by finding practical legal solutions in the form of model laws and clauses to be wired into legal agreements. Poole will offer advice on embedding green clauses and sustainability into your governance, key contracts and supply chains to ensure full transparency on any environmental claims made to the consumer as we move towards an inclusive green recovery.

Guest speaker at the event will be Steven Lovell, a member of the business development team for Lombard, who have had a leading proposition in green energy lending since its launch over ten years ago, working with both SMEs as well as supporting larger renewable projects.

Any business wanting to join the webinar on June 25 should get in touch by emailing