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Clifford Chance adds Adam Hedley as partner to its Environment and ESG teams further strengthening global ESG credentials

28 October 2022

Clifford Chance adds Adam Hedley as partner to its Environment and ESG teams further strengthening global ESG credentials

International law firm Clifford Chance announces that Adam Hedley will be joining the firm in December 2022 as an Environmental and ESG partner based in London. Adam joins from Reed Smith's ESG and Environmental practice where he advised on a spectrum of UK and international, environmental, ESG, product compliance, carbon and climate change law matters.

Adam's appointment reflects Clifford Chance's continued investment in its global ESG expertise and client support which spans across a range of practices and sectors, bringing additional strength to the firm's Global Environment Group, in particular its climate change and carbon trading, environment, health and safety (EHS) governance, and product compliance and liability offer.

Adam has a developed a specialist focus on the environmental and health & safety aspects of ESG. Key areas include climate change adaptation and mitigation projects; climate-related corporate reporting; carbon offsetting and neutrality objectives; renewables and alternative/sustainable fuels regulation, compliance and incentive schemes; and compliance with the myriad of environmental laws on environmental damage, pollution, waste and extended producer responsibility. A recent headline mandate for Adam includes EHS governance work and product compliance for one of the largest global cloud platforms.

Nigel Howorth, Head of the Global Environmental Group said: "At a time when businesses on the global stage are understanding how to best mitigate the environmental impact of their operations and value chains, Adam is a brilliant addition to our team. His appointment supports our drive to further strengthen the firm's depth of climate and sustainability resource, to continue to meet demand in a rapidly changing area of law."

Adam Hedley adds: "It’s a pleasure to be joining a team with such hands-on technical knowledge and decades of deep experience. I feel energised to be joining at such a pivotal time in the ESG journey for so many businesses and look forward to working across the broad Clifford Chance network."

The firm's long established Global Environment Group is a specialised group of lawyers from across a broad international network working on all aspects of environmental and associated areas including climate change, carbon trading, product safety and liability and EHS governance. The Group supports a diversified client base who face challenges posed by ever stricter national, and international environmental and ESG regulation and requirements, as well as dealing with the opportunities and risks of the transition to a low carbon economy.