16 May 2023

Construction and the Climate: Building for the Future

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Tuesday 16 May, 5:30pm (registration from 5pm) to 6:30pm (followed by a drinks reception)


39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane

The built environment and construction sector accounts for 38% of global carbon emissions and it has been estimated that globally every week we build the equivalent of a city the size of Paris. The building sector is therefore well-positioned to have a significant impact on emissions reductions – future legal requirements and case law will reflect this.

The seminar will discuss the importance of climate change to the construction sector and be chaired by Marion Smith KC (39 Essex Chambers), with panellists: Jeremy Glover (partner at Fenwick Elliott), Tiffanie Chan (LSE’s Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project), Camilla ter Haar (39 Essex Chambers) and Ruth Keating (39 Essex Chambers).

This seminar will cover:

  • The recent trends in international climate change litigation – This will focus on the UK and global cases – what these cases indicate and what they mean for the future of construction sector litigation. 
  • Contractual requirements – how will they change and what the impact of these changes will be for construction clients.
  • Disclosure requirements  – the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and related UK reporting obligations. The session will cover what these requirements are and what increased disclosure requirements will mean for the construction sector. 
  • Greenwashing claims – how to manage the risks of these allegations, looking at recent claims and examples including those against HSBC and KLM.

Meet our panellists:

  • Jeremy Glover: Jeremy specialises in construction energy and engineering law at home and abroad. He is a member of both the Advisory Panel of the Built Environment Committee for The Chancery Lane Project and the FIDIC Net Zero Task Group, TG23, as well as being the immediate past President of Region 2 of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF).
  • Tiffanie Chan: Tiffanie is currently working on several projects exploring legal pathways to net zero, benefits of climate laws, and corruption risks in climate action. Tiffanie is a dual-qualified lawyer in England & Wales and in Hong Kong. Prior to her role at the Grantham Research Institute, Tiffanie was a corporate lawyer in an international law firm.
  • Camilla ter Haar: Camilla has experience of and expertise in international and domestic commercial and construction disputes. She co-authored “Remedies in Construction Law”, published by Informa Law. In addition, Camilla co-founded The Klosters Forum, an environmental discussion forum.
  • Ruth Keating: Ruth acts in and advises on a variety of construction and environmental cases. She has co-authored, with Nigel Pleming KC, the chapter on Climate Change Litigation in the UK in ‘Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives’. Ruth has previously worked at the Law Commission and Supreme Court.
  • Marion Smith KC: Marion is experienced as counsel representing and advising national and international clients in a wide range of business sectors, including construction, energy, engineering, infrastructure and insurance. She is regularly appointed as an arbitrator (sole, party and president) by major institutions, including the ICC, LCIA and SIAC, and as an adjudicator.

Event Materials:

The list of resources for the event is now available to download below.

If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact:
- Darcey Bourne, Practice Manager:

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