ESG Breakfast Briefing: “Net zero strategies and climate change litigation”
with Niall McLean and Dr Rachel Gavey

Join us for the first in our series of Scottish Energy Forum Breakfast briefings at Scotland House in London.

Scotland House
52 Victoria Embankment
Wed 7 Feb 2024 | 7:30 AM - London
ESG Breakfast Briefing: “Net zero strategies and climate change litigation”, with Niall McLean and Dr Rachel Gavey

at Scotland House, London

As the Energy sector continues its transformation to a Net Zero future, Environmental, Social and Governance practices are coming under increased scrutiny.

Join us for the first in the series of Scottish Energy Forum breakfast briefings in 2024 with ESG expert Dr Rachel Gavey and Brodies Partner Niall McLean.

The cumulative number of climate change-related cases worldwide has more than doubled since 2015. With companies under growing pressure to set Net Zero strategies, alongside increasing climate related laws being brought in, this is likely set to increase.

Key areas of challenge include those against companies, governments and public authorities in relation to their emissions strategies and robustness of their Net Zero plans.

In this breakfast session we will look at the trends seen in recent climate change litigation cases, what these mean for companies setting their net zero strategies, and how they can set strategies that are relevant and honest

This session will be relevant to anyone working in or discussing net zero plans; operators, service companies, communications and PR companies, consultants, developers, public authorities, or any person with an interest in climate change litigation.

There will be a 20 minute open presentation provided by ESG and emissions advisory company sustain:able (www.esgable.com) and Brodies (https://brodies.com/), a top 50 UK law firm with 710 specialists working across Scotland, the UK and internationally. This will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking session with delicious breakfast included.

In this session we will cover:

  • best practice for setting ESG strategy and goals;
  • data focussed emissions goals;
  • robust Net Zero planning and implementation
  • different types of climate litigation;
  • recent case law; and
  • key trends.



Niall is co-head of Brodies Government and Business team and is part of Brodies’ Government, Regulation and Competition practice. He gives both public and private sector clients advice in a broad range of areas including: environmental law, governance, defamation and reputation management, public law and statutory interpretation. Niall has experience advising on the data protection and reputation management issues that arise from cyber attacks.

Rachel is an ESG specialist developing Net Zero strategies for organizations supporting ESG reporting practices.
Rachel has a PhD in Marine Geology, a BSc in Geological Oceanography and many years experience working in a variety of roles across the energy industry around the globe. As a Board Director of the Scottish Energy Forum, she places herself at the forefront of the most topical energy discussions.


7.15AM – Doors Open, Registraion and Breakfast

7.45AM – Presentationand Discussion

8.30AM – Networking

9.00AM – Event Close