Updated Hutley opinion on directors' duties and climate risk | CPD

The Hutley legal opinion on directors’ duties and climate risk, first released in 2016, has been updated by Noel Hutley SC and Sebastian Hartford Davison to emphasise five developments in the elapsed three years which increase the need for directors to consider climate risks. Those are: regulator alignment on the impact of climate change; new reporting frameworks; investor and community pressure; advances in scientific knowledge; and increased litigation risks. The authors write:

“In our opinion, these matters elevate the standard of care that will be expected of a reasonable director. Company directors who consider climate change risks actively, disclose them properly and respond appropriately will reduce exposure to liability. But as time passes, the benchmark is rising.”