Birmingham lawyer wins national recognition for pro bono work

Ruth Creed, a senior solicitor at the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve, has bagged a second award for her pro bono work.

Named Birmingham Law Society’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in March this year, Ruth has now added a national award for launching the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG), in conjunction with Birmingham Law School, to her trophy cabinet.

The specialist healthcare lawyer won the “best contribution by an individual” at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, in conjunction with the Law Society.

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CB Richard Ellis achieves carbon neutrality goal

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE), has achieved carbon neutrality for its 2010 global operations, including its office in Birmingham.

In 2007, CB Richard Ellis adopted a companywide Environmental Stewardship policy, which included the goal of becoming carbon neutral.  CB Richard Ellis is the first global commercial real estate services firm to achieve carbon neutrality.

The company achieved neutrality by implementing carbon mitigation programs, such as green leasing standards and sustainable operation protocols, and then offsetting the remainder by investing in carbon mitigation projects, such as conservation-based forest initiatives, landfill methane destruction and sustainability projects in emerging economies. For 2010, the company offset more than 50,000 metric tons of emissions.

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