SFE Climate Series: Achieving a Net Zero Economy

Date: Thursday 25 March

Time: 11:30am  – 12:30pm

SFE is delighted to invite you to an event in partnership with Burges Salmon, looking at the legal framework for achieving a net zero economy.
This is the first in a series of climate and sustainability-themed events in the lead up to COP26 in November. The series will view climate from several lenses, such as responsible investment, corporate governance and consumer behaviour.
The first event, hosted by Burges Salmon, is relevant to all financial services organisations and will cover:

  • COP26 and its role in the international legal framework for addressing climate change.
  • What net zero really means.
  • The legally binding commitments to net zero from the UK and Scottish governments binding commitment to net zero.
  • How international and domestic legal commitments are driving the transition economy and the regulatory challenges and legal risks for the financial services sector.

Ahead of the event, feel free to read Burges Salmon's net zero and financial services resources.

Speakers for this event include:

Simon Tilling, Head of Environment/Partner, Burges Salmon
Simon Tilling is head of environmental law at UK independent firm Burges Salmon and works with the firm’s energy, infrastructure, real estate, financial services and public sector clients on addressing the transition to net zero and the legal risks around climate change.  Simon’s practice covers legal risk management, transactions, disputes, compliance, corporate defence and regulatory engagement.  Simon is recommended in the leading legal directories where he is "praised for his ‘wealth of knowledge and expertise’".  Simon is Vice-Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association and was the only environmental lawyer shortlisted in the Legal 500’s Lawyers of the Year Awards 2020.

Anne Johnstone, Fair Futures Partnership
Anne Johnstone is an experienced environmental and sustainability consultant. She established Fair Futures Partnership in July 2020 having previously been Head of Environment, Energy and Sustainability at Hollis, a global real estate consultancy. Anne has expertise across a broad range of sectors and specialises in the provision of advice on ESG and net zero carbon strategies. Anne is a Fellow of the RSA, sits on the governance board of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and is a member of the Investment Property Forum Scottish board. She is currently co-curating a major project with After the Pandemic, activating a 3,000sq m area of vacant and derelict land on the River Clyde as a creative and community hub for Glasgow in the run up to, and during, COP26.

Craig Whelton, Head of Planning (Scotland)/Partner, Burges Salmon
Craig is a partner and leads the firm's Scottish planning team from the Edinburgh office. He specialises in the consenting of major infrastructure, residential and energy projects. Craig also advises scheme promoters and landowners on compulsory purchase and compensation, and has advised on some of the largest development schemes across Scotland.

Joanna Monaghan, Director, Burges Salmon
Joanna is a Director in the firm’s corporate finance team, based in the Edinburgh office. She has a broad experience of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and corporate restructuring, and works with clients across a range of sectors, with a key focus on financial services. Joanna is praised for her "excellent industry knowledge, commercial pragmatism and personable and confident approach".

All SFE members are welcome to attend. Feel free to share this invite with colleagues who may be interested.
Please register using the link below. Joining details will be sent in advance of the webinar.