Working collaboratively to promote sustainable practice across the legal sector

Directors

Brendan Bateman
Partner and co-head of Climate Change and Sustainability Group, Clayton Utz

 

Co-Chair

Brendan is an internationally recognized environmental planning and administrative law expert. In addition to undertaking contaminated land and property related litigation, Brenda advises government and corporate clients on climate change risks and the implications of emerging government policy and legislation for a carbon constrained economy.

Brendan is an Environment, Planning and Major Projects Partner with Clayton Utz and co-head of the firm’s national Climate Change and Sustainability Group.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney

Kelvin O’Connor
Principal, Adjutus Consulting






Co-Chair

Kelvin is the Principal of Adjutus consulting a business with a focus on improving the sustainability of the legal sector.

Kelvin's core discipline is in information technology and he worked in this field with law firms for over 20 years. Kelvin previously provided strategic operational support to Henry Davis York and was responsible for the firm's Information Technology Group, along with the management of its operational areas including the building premises, office services group, legal resources and catering groups.

Kelvin spearheaded Henry Davis York's sustainability program. In 2008 he produced the firm's first Sustainability Report which was also the first report of its kind for an Australian law firm and one of only a handful worldwide. Kelvin's focus on sustainability also included responsibility for the firm's pro bono and community investments program.

Kelvin has completed a post graduate certificate in sustainable development at the University of Cambridge as part of the university's Sustainability Leadership program and holds a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales.

Mark Hornsby
Director, DLA Piper


Mark is DLA Piper's Director of Business Infrastructure for the Asia Pacific region with responsibility for the property portfolio across the region, as well as its operational support areas including Facilities, Information Technology and Knowledge Management.

Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant having spent 11 years at one of the major international accounting firms before joining the legal partnership of Phillips Fox in Adelaide as the Chief Operating Office in 1995. Since the financial integration of the Australian and New Zealand Phillips Fox partnerships in 1999, Mark has held a variety of senior management roles through to the financial merger with DLA Piper in 2001 and his current position.

Stuart Napthali

Partner, Maddocks

Stuart is a Partner at Maddocks' and leads the firm's CSR team. He has advised on a broad range of complex corporate transactions including private and public Mergers and Acquisitions (advising both bidders and targets), schemes of arrangement, strategic advice regarding corporate structure, equity capital markets work (including initial public offerings and public equity fundraising) and advising on general corporate and regulatory issues.

Stuart has advised on a number of private equity transactions, including advising private equity firms on strategic acquisitions and assisting portfolio companies in structuring for exits.

Stuart has experience across a broad range of industries (ranging from resources, industrials and financial services to food and beverage and IT) with a diverse range of clients (from large multinationals like Google Inc. to small domestic companies).

Elisa de Wit 

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


Elisa is a partner in the Melbourne office of international legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. She leads the Melbourne environment practice and is national head of the firm’s climate change and sustainability practice. Elisa has over 27 years of legal experience and has practised in three Australian jurisdictions and the United Kingdom. 

Elisa holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Environmental Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a Director of the Carbon Market Institute, Grampians Wimmera Malleee Water Corporation and Beyond Zero Emissions. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Terence Jeyaretnam
Partner, Ernst and Young



Terence is the Melbourne Partner at Ernst and Young's Climate Change and Sustainability Services and holds a degree in Environmental Engineering (UWA), is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Terence is an environmental and sustainability advisory and assurance specialist with over eighteen years experience in advising governments and corporations on sustainability issues. In 2005, Terence was named as one of the top 10 most influential young engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Queensland’s Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development.

Terence is only one of six professionals globally to be awarded the grade of Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioner by the International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) for signing off sustainability reports to the AA1000 Assurance Standard. He has signed off as an independent assurance provider on over 200 corporate sustainability and environmental reports over the past decade, including some of Australia’s largest companies. He was the youngest appointed EPA (Vic) Auditor, a role he held until 2008. Some of his early work includes authoring the National Framework for Corporate Public Environmental Reporting for the Federal Government in 1998 and advising The Body Shop in the mid 90s.

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