Navigating Legal Risks, Opportunities and Regulation in Sustainability

Climate change is recognised internationally as a material risk to the global financial system and has resulted in requirements for climate–related financial risk disclosure. Ensure that you are across the evolving and proposed climate-related risk financial disclosure requirements in Australia and enforcement powers for non-compliance. Gain an insight into risk mitigation, sustainability innovation and practical tips for crafting sustainability claims and validation options.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $213.50
10.00am to 11.00am The Changing Landscape for Climate and Nature Related Financial Disclosure, Regulation and Litigation: Where are we Now?


  • Mandatory climate change reporting
  • The International Sustainability Standards Board
  • Accounting and auditing standards update
  • ASIC and ACCC enforcement activities
  • Climate change litigation
  • Taskforce on Nature-related financial disclosures

Presented by Stephen Newman, Executive Counsel, Hope Earle Lawyers


Attend and earn 2 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Michael Chin, Senior Legal Counsel, APA Group, Legal 500 GC Powerlist Rising Stars

9.00am to 10.00am The Current and Future Issues (and Opportunities) of ‘Sustainability’


  • Current developments in sustainability claims regulation: risk mitigation
  • Current trends in sustainability innovation in manufacturing and other commercial environments: capturing opportunity
  • Project management essentials for innovative businesses
  • Practical tips for crafting environmental and sustainability claims
  • Case studies: evidencing sustainability claims, including external certification/validation options

Presented by Amelia Edwards, Chief Counsel, Universal Counsel, and Lauren Branson, CEO, Calyx.Eco


Mr. Michael Chin, Senior Legal Counsel, APA Group
Michael is a highly experienced corporate, commercial, finance, projects and regulatory lawyer with over 24 years of work experience. He has a diverse skill set in various industries, including energy, resources, and infrastructure. Michael has led and advised on complex contracts, managed risks, and managed governance and compliance programs. He has held leadership roles and led change. Michael is known for his solution-oriented, collaborative, adaptable, and strong communication skills. He has worked on projects such as renewable energy generation, electricity and gas transmission and storage, gas production and processing, LNG export and LNG import projects. Michael is also actively involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Ms. Amelia Edwards, Chief Counsel, Universal Counsel
Amelia is the founder and Chief Counsel of Universal Counsel, the one-stop professionals. Amelia is an experienced outsourced commercial in-house counsel and managed services consultant, specialising in business strategy, negotiation and advocacy, innovation, IP protection & commercialisation, and complex regulatory compliance. She works with in-house counsel and directly with business leaders to provide comprehensive support services, refined through her deep understanding of the risks, opportunities, and commercial practicalities facing businesses in key regulated industries including F&B, health, tech, and creative services. Amelia speaks regularly to legal professionals, industry, and authorities about how businesses can best navigate and thrive within regulatory frameworks (not just mitigating risk but capturing opportunity) and how the law and industry standards can evolve to best support businesses and the broader community; innovation and sustainability are two of her primary areas of focus. Universal Counsel is a complete end-to-end managed professional services solution for businesses, always on call and always in your corner. The UC network model is specially designed to make your life easier by covering everything from managing risks and regulatory requirements to getting products to market, protecting your assets, increasing sales, building your team and capacity, solving problems, securing funding and investment, and simply helping you get what your business wants to do done. #UCthedifference.

Ms. Stephen Newman, Executive Counsel, Hope Earle Lawyers
Stephen is a senior lawyer who has been with Hope Earle Lawyers for many years. He advises clients in many areas of the law including corporate law, corporate governance and risk management, regulatory compliance and regulator enforcement, privacy and data protection, commercial transactions and commercial litigation. Stephen has been a partner with boutique and mid-tier law firms and was the General Counsel of BDO, Chartered Accountants for five and a half years. He has advised clients operating in many industries including banking and finance, energy, resources and renewables, higher education and training, retail and manufacturing, technology and innovation and professional advisers including auditors and accountants. Stephen has a keen interest in law reform and in giving his experience to the profession. He is a member of the Corporations Committee and Insolvency and Restructuring Committees of the Law Council of Australia and is a regular presenter at seminars for lawyers, auditors, and accountants. He also lectured at Melbourne University’s Graduate Law School on the subject ‘Shareholders’ Rights and Remedies.’ Stephen has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Laws.

Ms. Lauren Branson, CEO, Calyx.Eco
A leader in global food system sustainability and passionate about delivering on a new normal - one that measures success on a triple bottom line - people planet and profit. Lauren has worked across the public and private sector and is a successful entrepreneur using technology to scale food systems change and save the planet.


Navigating Legal Risks, Opportunities and Regulation in Sustainability


Morning Session
Tuesday, 14 May 2024
9.00am to 11.00am Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 2
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $213.50
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