We are pleased to feature, for the first time, a list of the world’s leading climate change lawyers. From across 30 different countries we recognise 117 dedicated lawyers from 59 firms who work on carbon-related projects including transactions, initiatives to mitigate carbon impacts and the development of carbon management strategies for clients. These lawyers also tackle regulatory issues surrounding renewable energy project development as well as environmental economic instruments. Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker & McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Latham & Watkins and Hunton & Williams are all among the most highly rated firms in our research.
The increasingly global nature of environmental concerns, as well as the mounting importance of reputation to companies in the modern era of increasing consumer education and awareness, has resulted in environmental lawyers seeing an uptick in demand for their services. With countries coming together and signing the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, there has also been an increase in activity from regulators and enforcement agencies globally, in response to their commitment to confront the causes behind environmental damage. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that environmental lawyers aren’t facing significant pressures and challenges in the legal market, as discussed below.
The analysis of the latest WWL: Energy edition identifies the most highly regarded firms and indiviuals across our global research, which in total features over 800 practitioners from over 300 firms across 87 countries.
The sixth edition of Who’s Who Legal: Mediation features 341 practitioners from 273 firms across 52 countries, who have been selected as leaders in the field. Global ADR powerhouse JAMS International comes out on top this year. With a sensational 26 listings that span Europe and the US, the network demonstrates the great depth and breadth of its mediators’ expertise. London-based Independent Mediators and In Place of Strife also excel, showcasing the impressive work of its first-rate mediators. The UK Bar continues to be well represented, most notably by Brick Court Chambers whose “fantastic” mediation offering includes two of our most highly regarded individuals. Our research also highlights a number of “stand-out” individual practitioners.
Cost-consciousness and mitigation on the part of corporations have been the driving forces behind the development of mediation over the past year. As companies increasingly look to resolve conflicts cost-effectively and efficiently, mediation has grown to become a valuable alternative to costly and lengthy litigation and arbitration proceedings. Although it has not yet reached the heights and prominence that its practitioners believe it merits, they are in no doubt that the practice area has a bright future.
The oil industry is currently experiencing its biggest downturn since the 1990s, with the price of a barrel of oil falling to a 13-year low of $26.05 in February. With the price hovering around $45 a barrel, many companies – who have made record profits over recent years – have had to decommission more than two-thirds of their rigs and severely cut investment in exploration and production. Moreover, experts think it may be years before oil returns to $90 or $100 a barrel, which was the norm over the past decade. The renewables market has also been affected and it has similarly seen a slowdown in activity (despite the landmark Paris Agreement from the 2015 UN climate change conference) with cleaner energy sources becoming far more expensive in comparison. Yet despite the pressures the market is facing, the demand for legal services is still strong.
This guide seeks to identify the leading private practice lawyers with a proven track record in representing and advising management, and senior executives and partners, on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law. We also include a section listing the foremost pensions and benefits lawyers. These practitioners advise on the changing landscape of state retirement systems around the world, and assist clients with restructuring their pension arrangements. Nominees also include those able to advise on the full range of matters relating to employee benefits plans and arrangements, as well as specialists in ERISA litigation. Listing over 800 labour and employment specialists and 300 pension and benefits practitioners, we take a closer look at the firms and individuals that stand out across our global research in this section.
Globalisation is nothing new, but the modern implications of integrating a global economy are nonetheless having an acute impact on the way businesses operate, and subsequently how law firms tailor their services to meet clients’ needs. As businesses expand and technology allows for greater integration across jurisdictions, companies are focusing on implementing harmonised global policies across all personnel.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.