About us

Theory of change

Commercial law firms and the law can play an essential role in implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Legal frameworks, products and services are critical to aligning finance flows consistent with net zero. The law can - and must - enable the transition to net zero.

Lawyers are also uniquely positioned to help their clients understand the evolving net zero landscape they are operating in, and recognise and act on climate-related risks and opportunities.  

Our story

The Net Zero Lawyers Alliance (NZLA) was established ahead of COP26 to mobilise commercial law firms, lawyers and the law to accelerate the transition to net zero. Since then, the NZLA has been pivotal in positioning commercial law firms to help their clients reduce their emissions and build climate resilience, in turn supporting the global transition.

Today, our membership includes over 35 member firms, encompassing over 100,000 lawyers across more than 40 jurisdictions. The NZLA is committed to leveraging the collective expertise of its membership to provide net zero aligned legal services and align commercial law with net zero in a systematic way.

Meet the secretariat

Georgina Beasley
CEO
Georgina Beasley (MA, LLB (Honours)) is the CEO of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, leading its efforts to ensure the law accelerates the transition to net zero emissions. Georgina has worked in environmental law and both domestic and international climate policy and strategy, including as a UNFCCC negotiator for New Zealand and as a private secretary to New Zealand Ministers for Climate Change. Georgina is driven by connection and community, believing that both are critical to solving the climate crisis.
Fazilat Damani
COO
Fazilat Damani (MLA, MSc, BBA (Honours)) is the COO of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance and brings a wealth of experience in strategic leadership and business transformation. With over a decade in various executive roles, she specialises in driving operational excellence and sustainability initiatives. Fazilat's expertise in risk management, financial governance, and innovation makes her a key player in advancing the Alliance's mission towards a transition to net zero.
Jemima Jamieson
Senior Executive
Jemima Jamieson (LLM (Honours), MSc (Distinction), BA) is a Senior Executive at the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance. With a diverse background that spans report writing, environmental law and climate change policy, Jemima plays a key role in progressing the work of the Accelerator Groups, with an initial focus on fiduciary duties.
Lara Douvartzidis
Senior Legal Executive
Lara Douvartzidis (LLB, BEnvs, LLM (Ad.), GDLP) is a Senior Legal Executive at the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance. She has extensive experience in environmental law, disputes and business and human rights law, having worked in both private practice and legal policy, including leading the International Bar Association UNFCCC delegation. She serves as an Officer of the IBA Business and Human Rights Committee and is an Associate Fellow of the Centre For International Sustainable Development Law. She lives by the motto 'Teamwork makes the dream work'.
Thomas So
Legal Secondee
Thomas So (LLB, LPC MSc) is currently a trainee at Clifford Chance on secondment to the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, having previously worked in structured and real estate finance. Thomas' interests span the full spectrum of climate issues, with a particular focus on sustainable finance and ESG policy.

Meet the board

Kelly Clark
Board member
Kelly Clark is a Net Zero Lawyers Alliance board member.
Anna-Marie Slot
Board member
Anna-Marie Slot is a Net Zero Lawyers Alliance board member.
Nathalie Allen
Board member
Nathalie Allen is a Net Zero Lawyers Alliance board member.

Proud to be:

A Race to Zero Accelerator
An Earthshot Prize Nominator

Publications

Failure to act on climate change violates human rights: the KlimaSeniorinnen case

On 9 April 2024 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) handed down its judgment in Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz v Switzerland (KlimaSeniorinnen), finding that Switzerland violated the applicants' rights under Articles 6 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) by failing to take adequate measures to mitigate climate change and the effect of global warming.
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US Law and Climate Atlas

The US Law and Climate Atlas is an online resource that maps the intersections between climate change and many different fields of law. Its concise outlines describe how different areas of the law are influencing - and are being influenced by - climate change.
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Framework for Net Zero Alignment

The Framework for Net Zero Alignment (“Framework”) provides guidance on the steps that commercial law firms (“firms”) can take to reduce their own greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, manage firm climate-related risks and unlock opportunities to facilitate the global transition to net zero. The Framework recognises the unique skills and positioning of commercial lawyers to accelerate the transition in ways that go far beyond value chain mitigation.
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"The Net Zero Lawyers Alliance will accelerate the Race to Zero and facilitate systemic change in law and legal practice to help deliver a zero-carbon world in time."

Nigel Topping

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UN High Level Climate Champion for COP26

"It's fantastic to see the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance bring commercial lawyers into the collective effort to support businesses and financial institutions transition to net zero. Collaboration between lawyers and financial sector members of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero will be an important part of building a financial system for net zero ahead of COP26."

Mark Carney

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Chair, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance Adviser to the Prime Minister for COP26

“I’ve seen some great announcements... we’ve seen at the climate week the launch of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and this of course includes the likes of DLA Piper and Clifford Chance.”

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma

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MP, COP 26 President

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