Energy and environment



Linklaters to upskill top lawyers on ESG

Linklaters is overseeing specialist training for high-performing partners and associates on how to provide ESG advice to its clients. The firm is pushing through internal programmes to ensure its lawyer headcount is up to speed with granular knowledge on ESG-related regulatory changes impacting work across various practices. The firm is about to enter the second […]

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Ofgem brings in new GC from Government

The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has appointed a new general counsel from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  Sinead Murray moves to the energy regulator from BEIS where she was legal director, specialising in energy and science. Before BEIS, Murray spent 13 years at HMRC Solicitor’s Office, where she […]

HSF hires former Linklaters partner in Middle East refresh

Linklaters’ former head of energy, infrastructure and project finance in the Middle East is moving to Herbert Smith Freehills, The Lawyer can reveal. This hire coincides with HSF refreshing its strategy in the region to focus on energy and infrastructure, with Sarosh Mewawalla joining as a partner in HSF’s Dubai office. Mewawalla’s experience in the […]

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Freshfields roundtable: Getting to grips with ESG disclosure

While the pandemic was an unexpected addition to GC workloads over 2020/21, how to deal with environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) concerns is an issue that lingers and continues to puzzle corporate entities. This was discussed in more detailed earlier this month at a roundtable hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as part of The […]


Shearman makes rare Singapore hire from HSF      

Shearman & Sterling has hired long-serving project finance partner David Clinch from Herbert Smith Freehills to replenish its projects team in Singapore. The appointment is one of a few senior level hires made by Shearman & Sterling in the city state in recent years. Clinch joins the US firm as a partner following a 27-year […]


The Formula for Success: EQ ≥ IQ

Why is a lawyer like a dentist? It’s not a trick question – both are professions where, in order to be successful, emotional intelligence is vital. A patient in need of root canal treatment will favour the dentist that welcomes them into the surgery and ensures they feel relaxed while the painful problem is treated. […]


Decline and stall: the clock is ticking for Linklaters’ finance team

In late 2019, Linklaters’ global head of banking Davide Mencacci left his base in Hong Kong to visit the London headquarters of the firm. It was a standard trip for a practice leader; catching up with fellow partners, updating management and shaking hands with clients. All seemed normal, but there was something brewing. Just a […]

Roundtable: Sins of the father reversed? Discussing Okpabi

Greek mythology, the Bible and Shakespeare all make much of the sins of the father being visited on the child. However, for parent companies at least, that may no longer be the case following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell. At The Lawyer’s latest roundtable, Stephenson Harwood partners Ed Davis […]

Featured Briefings

The Environment Bill 2019 – water, water, everywhere

By Lee Perry Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the […]