A former ministerial policy adviser has been named the new leader of the climate change practice at Simpson Grierson.
Mark Baker-Jones has been appointed as a special counsel, adding extensive experience as a climate change policy adviser in New Zealand and Australia to the firm.
“Climate change adaptation is a strategic focus for us and we have been actively advising business in key sectors on how they can prepare for the upcoming changes. Mark’s expertise will give us a significant edge in helping clients to stay ahead of climate change adaptation and impact mitigation, that will build and elevate our cross-firm practice,” said Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson chair.
Baker-Jones was most recently adviser to James Shaw, climate change minister, on the development of a new climate change legislative regime for New Zealand, Simpson Grierson said. He has also been heavily involved in climate change policy development in Australia and is currently an advisory board member of the Queensland Climate Advisory Council.
Baker-Jones was previously a special counsel at DLA Piper and a partner at DibbsBarker in Australia.