Simon Watt remains only New Zealand climate change expert in Chambers Global

17 February 2020

Bell Gully partner Simon Watt has once again been ranked as the leading climate change lawyer in New Zealand.

Simon is one of just 18 lawyers around the world recognised for their climate change expertise as part of the internationally respected Chambers Global directory.

Chambers said clients praised Simon for “consistently providing clear, concise, right-sized, commercial advice." As the leading climate change lawyer in New Zealand, he has been ranked by Chambers Global in this practice area s​ince 2008, the only New Zealand expert included for the past six years.

Simon advises clients across the public and private sectors and is a key figure in New Zealand's ongoing climate change legislative discussions. His vast experience in climate change also allows him to work with clients across a range of advisory environments including climate finance, forestry and energy.

Bell Gully has been at the forefront of climate change action in New Zealand for the last 20 years. We helped to develop core climate change legislation in New Zealand and have had longstanding involvement with New Zealand's emissions trading initiatives, including advising the New Zealand Government on the design of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Internationally, we worked on the world's first carbon trade for avoided deforestation and on pioneering emissions trading activity.