Herbert Smith Freehills

Legal Adviser

Lead Contact

Naomi Hutchings
Special Counsel


ANZ Bank Centre, Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we believe that helping your business get results starts with understanding your perspective, whatever your sector and wherever you operate.As one of the world’s leading international law firms, we engage with the most important challenges and opportunities facing our clients.The effects of and accountability for climate change are not uniform across the world, with states and regions dealing with different types of threats, contributing to a fragmented coverage of climate and environmental law. In addition, climate change-related litigation against governments and industry is an emerging trend in a growing number of jurisdictions.Our global climate change practice supports clients across the full range of regulatory, transactional, project and contentious legal issues. We help our clients navigate this increasingly complex landscape by taking a holistic approach, combining our in-depth knowledge of global political agendas and trends, myriad of international and national laws and sector expertise to advise on compliance and risk mitigation strategies, and to counsel and defend clients in litigation and in contentious and non-contentious regulatory proceedings.Whether drawing on decades of sector focus, tapping into our 25-office global network or deploying world-renowned corporate and litigation teams, we engage with your business in depth, from Sydney to New York.We have been helping clients to successfully manage climate risks and opportunities for over three decades and hold a Chambers Global Band 1 ranking for ESG Risk. Our expertise includes: business and human rights, climate change-related litigation, environment and communities, green and sustainable finance, impact investment, reporting and disclosures, corporate governance, the development of ESG-related legislation, due diligence and the M&A process and ESG issues relating to funds and asset management.