The scene of the spray.
Extinction Rebellion targeted Eversheds Sutherland's London office this week to protest the firm's work obtaining injunctions against activists on behalf of Esso and HS2.
The climate protestors sprayed the entrance to the firm's London office with fake oil, on the basis that "Eversheds Sutherland have been forerunners in criminalising nonviolent environmental protest through the use of injunctions".
Extinction Rebellion referred to a High Court order where Eversheds Sutherland had acted for the government and HS2 to obtain an order preventing protestors from trespassing at Harvil Road, where they had camped out in trees due to be cut down for the railway's development. Eversheds also acted for Esso when activists were banned from disrupting a new pipeline belonging to the oil giant.
As well as hitting Eversheds' office on Wood Street, the climate protestors took action against 12 other organisations in London with links to the oil industry, including the offices of JP Morgan, BAE Systems, and the International Maritime Organisation.
“Behind incomprehensible government decisions to double down on fossil fuel development, sign off new oil exploration licenses and allow the big energy companies to rake in record profits, lies a network of companies and organisations that are profiting from this destructive path," said Sarah Hart of Extinction Rebellion.
“While the rest of us worry about the cost of turning the heating on our government is prioritising the profits of the very companies that are jeopardising our climate and environment. But everyday people are way ahead of politicians. They want to be able to heat their homes and they want a future for their children."
Hart added that Extinction Rebellion was "sending the message that it’s time to cut the ties with fossil fuels or lose the social license to operate in the UK".
Eversheds Sutherland declined to comment. It is not alone in drawing the ire of protestors for various causes - other firms have faced the threat of student boycotts, the waiving of placards, and, in at least one instance, the most unsavoury of protests.