Case study: Freshfields staff sign up for greener cars

Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an Employee Benefits Awards 2011 runner-up in the category for ‘Most effective travel strategy for business and perk car drivers’, introduced a green car scheme in 2009 to which it made major changes in 2010.

The law firm, which had not operated a formal company car scheme for years, introduced a car salary sacrifice arrangement within its flexible benefits scheme in 2009.

The deal included discounts for environmentally friendly cars and encouraged staff to lease low-cost and green company cars.

In 2010, it extended choice to include new cars from BMW and Audi that fall below the 120g/km emissions limit. This saw take-up increase, and Freshfields relaunched the scheme within flex.

Gary Wilkins, head of compensation and benefits, says: “It has opened up the possibility of having a company car to all levels of staff and there has been an enthusiastic response from staff that have taken it up.”

The monthly cost of taking up the scheme covers tyres, insurance, breakdown and maintenance.

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