Lucy is an Associate in the climate and sustainability team at Global Counsel. Lucy has an MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions from the University of Exeter. 

At GC, Lucy supports clients on a broad range of sustainability issues, monitoring and advising on key developments in climate policy and regulation. 

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Assessing and monitoring global ESG regulatory updates including key developments on the evolution of nature-related financial disclosure regulation. 
  • Supporting an Asian pulp and paper company to navigate the ESG requirements of financial institutions in order to help them access project finance.
  • Supporting a multinational food and drinks cooperation to devise their new Future of Food strategy. 

Latest Insights by Lucy Cairns

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Unpacking the IPCC Synthesis Report and what it means for COP28


On March 20th, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its summary for policy makers of the Synthesis Report covering the latest research on climate change and its impacts. It condenses hundreds of pages into a digestible soundbite to inform policymakers and policymaking. The resounding call is for urgent and immediate action with current national…

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The other side of the coin: CBD COP15 and what it means for the private sector


This week, over 15,000 delegates, including environment ministers from around the world and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be attending the Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD) or ‘COP15’ which is being hosted in Montreal. Building on the momentum of COP27 (the climate COP) which saw progress towards agreements to halt especially deforestation, COP15 is…

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