As practice area grows, Kirkland adds ESG partner to UK firm as practice area grows

As practice area grows, Kirkland adds ESG partner to UK firm as practice area grows ...

- Kirkland & Ellis said Monday that it expanded its environmental, social and governance group with Paul Barker, who joined the business in San Francisco from the US-based Doughty Street Chambers.

The Chicago-founded company hired Barker as the company gets the press forward and bolsters the demand of clients. He added lawyers to existing practices, allowing law firms to advise their clients on the topics of energy and climate change finance and policy.

The company immediately reacted to what Barker asked for comment on his departure.

Legal firms, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Kelley Drye & Warren and Seyfarth Shaw, launched ESG-related practice groups this year.

The announcements made on its website reveal that at least four other partners will be added to its ESG in 2021. Sara Orr, previously the leader of Latham & Watkins' ESG task force, joined Kirkland in May.

The company focused on Barker's cross-border expertise.

Paul is a well-known international arbitration attorney with vast experience in transborder and sustainable investment matters, according to a statement made by Alexandra Farmer, president of Kirkland's ESG & impact practice.

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