The new special counsel joins the firm’s environment and climate change practice
Baker McKenzie has grown its team in Melbourne with the appointment of a new special counsel from a major Australian firm.
The firm has welcomed Meredith Gibbs to its environment and climate change practice in the Victorian capital. She was a partner until March.
She was also a special counsel at Ashurst in Australia and a senior lawyer at Hesketh Henry in New Zealand. She has also taught at The University of Auckland and at Massey University.
Gibbs specialises in environmental, water, and climate law.
Jennifer Hughes, Baker McKenzie environmental markets partner, said that Gibbs has advised on a wide variety of environmental regulatory issues and commercial arrangements in the areas of Commonwealth and state environmental laws, contaminated land and groundwater matters, associated waste disposal and clean-up issues, executive officer liability, incident response and environmental due diligence.
“Meredith's considerable experience in various aspects of climate change law including liability for carbon capture and storage, emissions trading, green financing and professional liability in the context of extreme weather events are a fantastic complement to our growing practice, both locally and globally,” said Martijn Wilder, who heads of Baker McKenzie’s global environmental markets and climate change practice.
Gibbs said she joined the firm because its leading environmental markets and climate change practice gives her an opportunity to utilise her broad range of skills and interests in climate law and in waste disposal and clean-up issues.
“The opportunities at Baker McKenzie are endless,” she said.