Our learning

This page is where you will find information about how we are learning and improving. It is intended as a starting point for people who want to find out more about, or who would like to help develop, The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP).

We welcome your comments, suggestions and offers to help TCLP deliver on our ambition to rewire contractual law to tackle climate change.

Theory of change

Working with a consultant provided by Laudes Foundation, we are mid way through developing a theory of change. The theory of change is in its third iteration, with a fourth in progress. You can view this theory of change here.

Even at this stage of development some key observations can be made:

  • TCLP’s overarching aim is to effect a change in the culture of law.
  • Working to change legal knowledge management systems and contractual precedents is the means by which we are effecting this cultural change, but is not the limit of TCLP’s focus.
  • The scale of TCLP’s ambition, alongside the nature of the field and the functions already identified as essential, means a number of actors need to become established in the field. It is not sufficient to just focus on the development of TCLP.
  • Bundling disclosure into the same organisation as capacity building and support with adoption of TCLP clauses potentially creates a “poacher and gamekeeper” situation, which is probably best avoided.
  • Other key functions, in addition to disclosure, might be considered as separate entities, including campaigning and shareholder activism, start ups, especially around document automation, and communications and education.

We welcome comments on this document, which you can send to Ben Metz.

Monitoring and evaluation

In this note we summarise some of the key issues related to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of TCLP. The note:

  • Summarises some of the key issues associated with our developing approach to monitoring and evaluation, and
  • Is intended as a discussion paper so that those who are interested can assist TCLP through helping to modify and evolve each element into a robust M&E approach.

The components summarised in this paper are:

  1. A description of TCLP’s “All Hands” sessions which demonstrate our self organising system approach and how this contributes to our evolving strategy
  2. An overview of TCLP’s initial approach to generating a portfolio of quantifiable metrics using Salesforce
  3. An outline of some research we are doing, focused on how knowledge management works, and the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of contracts
  4. A discussion of some of the challenges of measuring impacts, and
  5. A brief discussion on qualitative impact.

Each of these components are a work in progress and we welcome input from all stakeholders as we develop them further and build a robust approach to M&E.

We welcome comments on this document, which you can send to Ben Metz. We also welcome your involvement in getting this critical component of TCLP right.

A note on strategy

The Chancery Lane Project’s vision, mission and aims are ambitious and require a coherent, equally ambitious, long term global strategy for them to be realised.

As it currently stands we have part of what is required to develop an adequate strategy.

This note sketches out the elements we require, explains the elements we already have sufficiently worked up and the research required to inform strategy development.

We welcome comments on this document, which you can send to Ben Metz.

Research project on KM and the GHG impact of contracts and companies

Based on the 18 months of work so far it is clear that we need to better understand a number of elements of law to realise TCLP’s ambition.

To realise TCLP’s ambition we need:

  • A detailed understanding of how knowledge management related to contractual law is configured across common, civil and Islamic law, as well as key jurisdictions where the practice of contractual law may differ from the norms within these systems of law, and
  • A forensic understanding of the relationship between precedent clauses and contracts, and sectors and organisations that contribute to GHG emissions.

We’ve started a piece of research, detailed here, to explore these issues.

We welcome comments on this document, which you can send to Ben Metz.