Environmental, Social and Governance


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At Hall & Wilcox, we believe how you grow your business matters and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) makes businesses better.

Companies are facing increasing pressure from clients, shareholders, regulators and employees to transform business with an ESG lens in all that they do. Failure to have a strong ESG approach can have significant commercial, operational and reputational consequences.

ESG can be complex and confusing, and Hall & Wilcox has cross sector expertise and can help with what needs to be embedded in your business’ strategy and operations.

And we understand the issues you face. With a national footprint and over 850 people, Hall & Wilcox is tackling the same issues as your business. We are committed to ensure our own approach to ESG is at the heart of everything we do and is embedded in our culture.

We are proud to have taken action and voluntarily joined the UN Global Compact and we are committed to advising and supporting clients on implementing the 10 UN Global Compact principles.

Our expertise


Matters relating to a client’s impact on the natural environment, and the energy/resources it uses to operate, including:

  • Climate litigation
  • Pollution
  • Carbon emissions, trading & reporting
  • Greenwashing claims
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Renewable energy projects and purchase agreements

Matters impacting a client’s relationship with their employees, customers/clients, and communities, including:


Matters impacting how a client is internally governed to make effective decisions on environmental and social issues, including:

  • Workplace policies and procedure, including whistle-blower policies
  • Leadership and corporate governance
  • Approach to bribery, sanctions and financial crime
  • Human rights policies and due diligence
  • Executive remuneration (eg connecting executive remuneration to environmental targets)
  • ESG investment & screening for Funds
  • ESG Reporting
  • ESG Due Diligence
  • ESG Policy Advice


Stay up-to-date with ESG developments.

Meg Lee, Hall & Wilcox Partner and Co-Lead ESG, outlines the key trends in environment, social and governance.

Environmental key contacts

Meg has over 20 years' experience as a property & projects lawyer, specialising in planning and environment law.

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Paul O’Donnell
Consultant & Head of Energy

Consultant Paul is a property & projects lawyer experienced in energy and resources, with a focus on renewable energy.

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Social key contacts

Nathan has over 20 years' experience as an insurance lawyer advising insurers on CTP litigation and liability claims.

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Governance key contacts

Stan is an Environmental and Planning Law litigator with over 25 years' experience as a NSW Local Government adviser.

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A highly regarded employment lawyer, Fay advises on proactive compliance, discrimination and performance management.

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Related thinking

Environmental, Social and Governance| 27 Jun 2022

ESG no longer a ‘woke’ agenda, it is now BAU

Environmental, social and governance is now business as usual in board rooms in Australia and it threads through and is integrated in all decision-making. That was the message at the Australian Financial Review's ESG Summit in Sydney.

Environmental, Social and Governance| 17 Jun 2022

Greenwashing: ASIC’s guidance on how to avoid it

ASIC’s newly released guidance on how to avoid greenwashing poses nine questions that should be considered when offering or promoting sustainability-related financial products. We unpack the environmental, social and governance aspects of the guidance and explain what this means for your business.

Environmental, Social and Governance| 18 May 2022

ESG trends to watch

Meg Lee, Hall & Wilcox Partner and Co-Lead ESG, outlines the key trends in environment, social and governance.

Environmental, Social and Governance| 07 Apr 2022

When is a noise limit not a noise limit?

In the landmark ruling of Uren v Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 145, the Victorian Supreme Court has held that noise emitted from the Bald Hills Wind Farm constituted a nuisance to its neighbours.