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Sharona Coutts

Sharona Coutts is an associate in the Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie, with a focus on climate change law and policy. Based in Sydney, Sharona advises governments and corporations within Australia and around the world on legal issues relating to climate change, including policy, legislation, as well as legal risks and how to manage them. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Sharona spent nearly two decades as an investigative reporter, editor and executive, based mostly in New York City and Los Angeles. Her work spurred criminal investigations, legal reforms, and was recognised through professional accolades. She brings that experience to her legal work, providing clients with accurate, actionable products that are written in crisp language that is easy to grasp and use. She served as Associate to Justice Michael McHugh QC, AC at the High Court of Australia in 2005.

The Commonwealth Government has accepted a number of recommendations from the King Review of Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that would incentivise abatement opportunities in sectors which have had limited participation in the ERF to date. These could allow carbon projects to earn revenue faster through compressed crediting; allow greater…

The Baker McKenzie Global Climate Change practice expects 2020 to bring both scaled up developments and new challenges in a broad-based response to climate change. Given widespread coverage of the shortcomings of last December’s climate negotiations in Madrid, it may seem counterintuitive to anticipate positive movement on climate action this…