ESG

Working with asset managers, lenders and companies in managing the operational, reputational and compliance risks associated with ESG factors, and seeking to make a positive impact and "build back better".

ESG

Overview

In response to social pressure as well as regulatory drivers, Environmental, Social and Governance issues are now mainstream for the business community. We recognise that a strong ESG proposition can lead to higher value creation, and many businesses are taking an increasingly proactive stance towards meeting sustainability goals. The Covid crisis has only fuelled that trend, highlighting the need to build greater resilience to systemic risks, including climate and societal change, into our business models.

The ESG agenda touches almost every aspect of a business and can have profound strategic and operational implications. The breadth of ESG considerations and the pace of change in public sentiment, market expectations and the regulatory landscape present an immense challenge as well as a wealth of opportunity. At the same time, the global ESG risk landscape is evolving rapidly, with novel ESG litigation and regulatory action emerging across a host of jurisdictions, including in relation to "greenwashing", business & human rights and climate change.

Our cross-disciplinary team of market-leading experts provides holistic advice on the full spectrum of ESG issues, combining in-depth knowledge of ESG law, regulation and best practice with our understanding of your business.

Please click on the topics below for more detail on our ESG offering. You may also be interested in our Sustainable Business knowledge portal which contains a range of knowledge and learning resources on sustainability-related issues.

Environment and climate

Balancing regulatory complexity and enforcement risk alongside commercial and social drivers

Sustainable Finance

Adding value through social and environmental impact whilst staying ahead of the regulatory curve

ESG litigation and crisis management

Responding to novel international ESG litigation risk and helping you navigate unprecedented challenges in times of difficulty

Business ethics and human rights

Providing a holistic approach to managing the full spectrum of global ethical business and human rights risks

Governance

Building a strong framework to manage risk and support compliance and accountability, as well as a platform for growth and innovation.

People and diversity

Fostering a diverse and ethical workplace in the glare of public scrutiny

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15 ESG leaders and 50+ lawyers across 11 different practice areas
Top 12
Ranked within the top 12 law firms globally for ESG in Chambers and Partners Crisis & Risk Management Guide
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ESG practice established over ten years ago – one of the first UK law firms to provide dedicated ESG legal due diligence services

ESG Leads

Read Doug Bryden's Profile
Read Simon Witney's Profile

Key contacts

Read Aisling Arthur's Profile
Read Nigel Barratt's Profile
Read Sam Cottman's Profile
Read Jonathan Gilmour's Profile
Read Neal Watson 's Profile
Read Rachel Woodburn's Profile