I'm Michael Rawlinson QC.
I am a barrister in independent practice (called to the bar in 1991 and became a QC in 2009). I practice both from 12 Kings Bench Walk, Temple and Kings Chambers, Manchester. In addition, I am an independent non-executive director of Mere Plantations Ltd, a company based in Cheshire responsible for growing Ghanaian teak (Tectona grandis) in some of the largest tropical plantations in West Africa. At the present time we have grown and (more importantly) husbanded over 5 million trees, both on behalf of ourselves and on contract for companies and individuals in the UK. We have also, as a direct result, sequestered millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide. The picture below is drone footage showing around 5% of the Mere teak plantation.
Through my work with Mere I have, over the last few years, spent a great deal of time researching the public international and domestic law relevant to climate change and its mitigation together with climate-change finance (in particular the structuring of carbon offsetting). Climate Law Ltd is a single-person entity (i.e. its me) authorised to provide advice in this area (both via solicitors and by way of direct access). I emphasise that I will continue to accept the vast majority of my advisory instruction work via my chambers but I am using Climate Law Ltd for special project work.
The views on this website are my own. I will seek to add to this site regularly and, over time, to cover issues as diverse as the interconnection between climate law and environmental law, human rights law, mass-exposure torts as well as the nitty-gritty of legally growing, harvesting and offsetting the carbon sequestered from teak plantations. A number of my blogs are also present on the Mere website https://www.mereplantations.com
Acting through Climate Law Ltd, I remain regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Climate Law Ltd has a compliant policy of indemnity issued by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.
Mere Plantations - Teak, Ghana
What we do
We advise in relation to public international and domestic law relevant to climate change and its mitigation together with climate-change finance (in particular the structuring of carbon offsetting)
Why we do it
Climate change is a problem which can be broken down into manageable chunks, but paying a price for tackling it is an inevitability for us all. See my recent blog series which explains why: Click Here