Climate change

Climate change and sustainability

We are an acknowledged leader in climate change and sustainability, with deep experience of assisting our clients to navigate the evolving patchwork of international policy and regulation in the areas of climate change and sustainability, ESG and sustainable finance.

Our global multidisciplinary team works with clients to navigate continually evolving climate change and sustainability policies and regulations across the globe, identifying and exploiting the significant opportunities presented, as well as mitigating and managing risks.

Market sources note the firm's 'global platform' and the high calibre of its practice in the field, including in the global renewable energy market. Chambers Global, 2019

Climate change and sustainability are increasingly central issues for governments, regulators, businesses and individuals, particularly in the wake of the Paris Agreement. Climate change is widely seen as one of the biggest threats to a sustainable future, and mitigating and adapting to its effects requires rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land and agriculture, banking and finance, cities, buildings, transport and industry. The substantial changes to these sectors, individually and collectively, will impact every commercial, private and public endeavor.  

The transition to a sustainable and resilient future presents significant opportunities for our clients. Our dedicated global climate change lawyers are at the forefront of legal, regulatory and market developments, working closely with governments, financial institutions and businesses across multiple sectors on everything from sustainable finance, clean technologies, and emissions abatement, to sustainable energy, environmental law and resilient infrastructure projects.

The opportunities are matched by a move to more stringent reporting and disclosure requirements (such as recommended by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure), as well as increasing litigation and regulatory actions globally. Recent years have seen significant numbers of actions targeting governments, corporate entities and individuals, including company directors, corporate decision-makers, trustees and professional advisors. This is compounded by a growing body of case law arising from litigation of human rights impacts and the application of international environmental standards globally. Our lawyers are skilled at defending clients, as well as identifying potential issues and mitigation strategies as part of an essential risk management program. 

As a firm, we not only advise clients on the full range of climate change and sustainability matters, we also are committed to putting sustainable best practices into action in our own business activities. Read more about our environmental and sustainability initiatives

Awards and accolades

  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Climate Change, Chambers and Partners, 2019

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