Alice Garton is a lawyer (Australian-qualified) at ClientEarth and leader of the company and financial project. Prior to joining ClientEarth, she worked as a litigation lawyer at Olswang (in London) and Clayton Utz (in Australia), and as a company lawyer at Brookfield Multiplex, where she managed the complex Wembley Stadium dispute. In parallel to her litigation practice, Alice developed and implemented corporate social responsibility programmes at Clayton Utz and Brookfield. At Brookfield she also advised the board of directors on the UK and EU climate change regulatory regimes, including identifying strategic business opportunities in the green economy. Alice has researched and written about various issues in international environmental law through her work at Chatham House in 2006 and in her other roles.
In Australia recently, shareholders filed legal action against Commonwealth Bank—it had allegedly failed to disclose climate risk accurately. Could this be the first of many such cases? How should directors report on climate change risks in the face of an uncertain future?