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Minters climate practice head joins investment firm Pollination

The global head of climate and sustainability risk governance at BigLaw firm MinterEllison is joining climate change investment and advisory firm Pollination and bringing three lawyers with her.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 11 April 2024 Big Law
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Sarah Barker (pictured), who has served at MinterEllison for over 13 years, including as a partner since January 2021 and the head of the firm’s climate and sustainability risk governance practice since January 2019, is joining Pollination as its managing director.

Pollination is a global investment and advisory firm that looks to accelerate the transition to a “net zero, nature positive future”.

Speaking about the move, Barker said that the chance to join Pollination “is a chance to work alongside the clear thought leaders when it comes to sustainability and was one I absolutely jumped at”.

 
 

“Working in an area that is so fast-moving and dynamic is a great opportunity to be surrounded by an entire firm of people who have a deep understanding of the trends, issues and opportunities that the net zero and nature positive transition throws up,” she said.

Barker is also an associate at the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is the co-chair of the Climate Governance Community of Experts with the World Economic Forum.

“When I started working in the area of climate risk and governance, it was not really considered a mainstream area of corporations law,” Barker continued.

“That has now changed to the point where it is an unavoidable necessity.”

“Whether it’s advising on directors’ duties, reporting and disclosure, contract implications or a host of other areas where climate and law intersect, I can’t wait to get started working as part of Pollination’s global team of experts, helping our clients navigate their way through these areas.”

Joining Barker at Pollination will be a team of three lawyers, including Phoebe Roberts, who was a senior associate at Minters. Roberts will serve as an executive director at the investment and advisory firm. Lawyers Tatum Joseph and Lucy Sanderson are joining as associate director and associate, respectively.

Pollination co-founder and chief executive Martijn Wilder – who served at Baker McKenzie for two decades, including as its global head of climate change law – added that the core value proposition of the investment and advisory firm is that it provides clients “access to the best expertise from an integrated team of global thought leaders and practitioners”.

“Adding Sarah to the team bolsters that capability in many ways. The experience and relationships she has forged across 25 years in the field mark her as an unparalleled expert and resource when it comes to navigating the intersection of company law and climate change,” he said.