Driving the E of ESG or falling behind?  Why In-house lawyers are instrumental

Driving the E of ESG or falling behind?  Why In-house lawyers are instrumental


Environmental and climate issues are key for all organisations, with some in-house legal playing an instrumental role in driving this agenda in their organisations, and those that aren’t risk being left behind.

This session will focus on how in-house lawyers are supporting their organisations on their sustainability journey, highlighting practical steps and top tips.

We are delighted to be joined by Adam Woodhall, CEO of Lawyers for Net Zero , as well as influential GCs, including Andrew Dixon-Smith, Head, Legal, Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); Neil Dodds, General Counsel and Company Secretary for Arco and Nichola Westlake, Associate General Counsel for Commercial Legal Services at Centrica plc.

This is the official launch of a report from LexisNexis and Lawyers for Net Zero based on conversations with influential GCs and in-house counsel, conducted independently by Spinnaker Research.


Date: Wednesday 29th June 2022

Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Format: Virtual event

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Guest Speakers:

Adam Woodhall:

Adam founded Lawyers for Net Zero in 2021 with a mission to support GCs and their teams to take climate and ESG leadership. As the CEO of this rapidly growing non-profit, he is an established entrepreneur, sustainability expert and widely published author on climate issues including articles for the Economist Group.

Andrew Dixon-Smith:

Andrew Dixon-Smith is Head, Legal, Client Coverage at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) based in Singapore. Andrew has over 20 years in financial services legal coverage and is currently responsible for transactional legal coverage and legal governance of the corporate client segment across SCB’s regions including lending, corporate finance, transaction banking and sustainable finance for this client segment. Andrew joined SCB in July 2010. Prior to joining SCB, Andrew spent 13 years in legal roles in financial services including 11 years at Deutsche Bank in London covering legal support for Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets and Strategic Financing businesses. Andrew is dual qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and a South African qualified Attorney.

Neil Dodds:

Neil Dodds is General Counsel and Company Secretary for Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, and a champion for Lawyers for Net Zero.

Neil has nearly 20 years’ experience of working for in-house legal teams and in private practice.

An alumni of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, Neil played an important role in establishing and advising Arco’s ESG Committee.

Nichola Westlake:

Nichola is Associate General Counsel for Commercial Legal Services within Centrica plc, leading a team which supports Centrica in complex, strategic, high value/high risk negotiations group wide.

Nichola has a passion for all matters touching on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and is combining that passion with her legal skills to influence positive change and is proud to be Champion #45 for Net Zero for Lawyers.

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