Former Baker McKenzie partner joins HFW

Ruth Dawes brings over 20 years of environment and climate change law experience

Former Baker McKenzie partner joins HFW
Ruth Dawes

HFW has welcomed former Baker McKenzie partner Ruth Dawes to its Sydney office as a partner.

Dawes brings over 20 years of experience in guiding all aspects of environmental and planning law. She has a particular focus on matters involving major projects, sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy.

She has done work in strategic project planning, approval pathways, climate change, ESG, biodiversity, land contamination and remediation, and environmental compliance. She has also advised governments in Australia and internationally on treaty commitments, commercial/contractual work in carbon offset projects and carbon exchanges, carbon capture and storage, and nature investments.

As an experienced solicitor advocate, Dawes has represented clients in the Land and Environment Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, and the High Court.

"ESG, sustainability, and energy transition are of paramount importance for most, if not all, of our clients, and the legal and regulatory landscape governing these areas is complex and constantly evolving”, HFW Australia managing partner Gavin Vallely said. "Ruth is one of only a handful of genuine experts in this field in Australia and she will be an invaluable asset for our clients in Australia and internationally as they seize the opportunities and navigate the challenges of the energy transition”.


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