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Climate Change

The transition to a lower carbon future

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Climate change is an issue of global economic, political, and legal importance to governments, businesses and citizens of the world.

The effects of and accountability for climate change are not uniform across the world, with states and regions dealing with different types of threats, contributing to a fragmented coverage of climate and environmental law. In addition, climate change-related litigation against governments and industry is an emerging trend in a growing number of jurisdictions.

We help our clients navigate this increasingly complex landscape by taking a holistic approach, combining our in-depth knowledge of global political agendas and trends, myriad of international and national laws and sector expertise to advise on compliance and risk mitigation strategies, and to counsel and defend clients in litigation and in contentious and non-contentious regulatory proceedings. 

Our global climate change practice supports clients across the full range of regulatory, transactional, project and contentious legal issues.

To help businesses and policy makers alike, our multi-disciplinary team specialises in:

  • Environment-related reporting and disclosures
  • Dispute resolution, including class actions
  • Regulatory investigations and compliance
  • Project development and implementation
  • Emission trading regimes and carbon storage
  • Shareholder activism
  • Director's duties and liability
  • Development of national climate legislation
  • Business and human rights
  • ESG policies

    We take pride in our long-standing commitment to promote sustainability and economic growth – supporting an innovative and low carbon future.

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    Recent Experience

    JAPANESE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY

    On a proposed emissions trading regime for Japan including advice on emissions trading schemes in the European Union, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway

    VARIOUS CLIENTS

    On the UK Climate Change Programme including the Renewables Obligation and the trading of ROCs, the UK Emissions Trading Scheme, Climate Change Levy Agreements and Levy Exemption Certificates and the Energy Efficiency Obligation

    QATAR PETROLEUM

    In relation to its CDM investments under the Kyoto Protocol

    THE LEGAL RESPONSE INITIATIVE

    In connection with the UNFCCC negotiations for an international binding climate treaty (pro bono)

    GOVERNMENT OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    In relation to its climate change legislation

    A client

    on climate change risk management and pass-through of carbon risk in energy supply