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Climate Change

Simpson Grierson is New Zealand’s pre-eminent, full service, climate change legal services provider for both the private and public sector.

Led by special counsel Mark Baker-Jones, an internationally recognised climate change policy advisor - most recently to Climate Change Minister Hon James Shaw - we provide true insights into New Zealand’s climate change legislative regime and comprehensive legal advice on transitioning towards a low carbon future.

Key advisory services

Climate-related risk and disclosure requirements

  • Director and other decision maker liability and risk mitigation (private and public sector)
  • Climate-related legal risk exposure, and assessing, managing and reporting ongoing climate related physical and transitional legal risks
  • Reporting of climate-related financial legal risk (TCFD) including governance, strategic planning, and risk management

Emissions Trading Scheme

  • Compliance advice and due diligence in respect of all sectors in the Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Forestry specific issues
  • Contracts for trading in emissions units, including ISDA and spot trades
  • Contractual pricing provisions dealing with emissions costs in products
  • Voluntary off-setting

Legislative developments, and adaptation and mitigation strategies

  • Submissions on policy and proposed legislative changes
  • Decarbonisation and transitioning to a low emissions economy
  • Publications, seminars, and workshops on climate change developments and strategy

Recent activity and workshops

A Near Horizon (virtual roundtable featuring Mark Carney, Adrian Orr and James Shaw) - Seizing the opportunities and managing the risks in the transition to net zero: The importance of climate-related financial disclosures [May 2020]; co-hosted with the McGuinness Institute and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board - click here to watch.

Preparing a Climate Change Policy for Local Authorities workshops [Feb 2020]; read the summary report here

COP25: Time for action sessions [Nov 2019]; with Climate Change Ambassador, Kay Harrison and COP 25 negotiators from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry for the Environment

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures workshops [Oct 2019]; co-hosted with the McGuinness Institute

If you'd like to register your interest for any of our upcoming climate change events, please email us here.

Recent publications

Climate change risk and disclosure

Zero Carbon Bill and Emissions Trading Scheme

If you'd like to join our climate change updates mailing list, please email us here.

We work with clients across many sectors

Emissions participants and emissions-intensive industries including energy producers, agriculture, transport, industrial processes and waste. 
Key contacts: Greg Allen, Nick Wilson, Joanna Lim.

Lifeline utilities, local authorities, council-controlled organisations, and Crown entities.
Key contacts: Don Holborow, Gerald Lanning, Sarah Scott, Matt Conway, Chris Browne.

Forestry and renewable energy.
Key contacts: Greg Allen, Nick Wilson, Joanna Lim, Chris Browne.

Financial institutions, and green financing (bonds and funds), insurers and asset owners and managers.
Key contacts: Andrew Harkness, Stuart Evans, Josh Cairns, Helen Smith, Mace Gorringe.

Government engagement, policy and legislative reform.
Key contact:  Sally McKechnie.

Iwi and Māori. 
Key contact: Gerald Lanning.

Please get in touch with Mark Baker-Jones or any of our contacts for a discussion about your organisation’s climate change response needs.