Legislators and institutional investors are mounting pressure on businesses for greater transparency on climate risk and ESG performance.

The need for a legal framework governing the sustainable investment and operations of hospitality businesses has never been greater. The EEA General Counsels Committee is developing a comprehensive legal framework for the hospitality industry to facilitate the implementation of ESG initiatives; the attainment of net zero carbon together with robust reporting & governance, through sector-wide collaboration, resource pooling and inspirational leadership.

The Committee oversees the creation of:

  1. The EEA Hospitality Legal Repository, including a databank of legislation covering environmental, social and governance laws for the industry.
  2. New contractual clauses, which hospitality businesses can incorporate into commercial agreements and contracts. These clauses will be balanced between parties and will promulgate commercially robust, environmentally sustainable operations through their provisions. They will include climate aligned boiler plate clauses that can be adapted to embed net zero and other ESG targets in key contracts used throughout the hotels sector including, HMAs, construction contracts, leases, supply contracts and employment contracts.
  3. Guidance on board practices, corporate incentives, and policies governing risk.
  4. Workshops, training programmes and events to engage industry executives and law firms in drafting and adapting new clauses to contracts.
  5. Informative notes on key legal ESG issues and trends facing the sector such as greenwashing and “green-finance”.

The Committee also advises the EEA on submissions to legislators, reviews government proposals including white papers, and champions the advancement of sustainable hospitality in new regulation.

The Committee is devoted to delivering ongoing modifications in line with peer reviews and continual change in legislation, case law and guidance notes. We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions or comments regarding any work produced by the Committee or if you have any suggestions for work which would be suitable for the Committee to undertake. If you do, please send an email to [legal@eea.international] with your questions or comments, where a member of the EEA team or the Committee will be delighted to hear from you and will get in touch with you.

General Councels Committee

2022-02-08T06:57:02+00:00

Rob Atkinson
GC at Black & White
Hospitality

About Rob

2022-02-08T06:56:08+00:00

Luke Baines
Partner at
Addleshaw Goddard

About Luke

2022-08-23T15:06:33+00:00

John Beesley
Asset Owner and Operator
Yenton Hotels

About John

2022-02-08T06:54:17+00:00

Imran Bhatia
General Counsel at
Ennismore

About Imran

2022-08-18T19:54:29+00:00

Ashley Borthwick
Specialist Regulatory Lawyer
Womble Bond Dickinson

About Ashley

2022-08-23T15:04:18+00:00

John Buttanshaw
Senior Counsel at
Travers Smith

About John

2022-08-23T14:55:50+00:00

Ben Chivers
Partner at
Travers Smith

About Ben

2022-08-23T15:03:10+00:00

Michael Cuthbertson
Senior Counsel at
Travers Smith

About Mike

2022-02-08T06:53:16+00:00

Karen Friebe
Real Estate Partner at
Bird & Bird Law Firm

About Karen

2022-02-08T06:52:26+00:00

Josh Gibbons
Managing Associate at
Addleshaw Goddard

About Josh

2022-09-20T08:14:44+00:00

Josie Hearnden
Partner at
CMS Banking

About Josie

2022-02-08T06:49:26+00:00

Jonathan Lass
Partner at
The Ince Group plc

About Jonathan

2022-08-23T14:38:16+00:00

Jelle Martens
General Counsel at
Cycas Hospitality

About Jelle

2022-02-08T06:47:48+00:00

Katherine Metcalf
Associate at Addleshaw
Goddard

About Katherine

2022-02-08T06:45:07+00:00

Nadia Milligan
Chair of the General
Councels Committee

About Nadia

2022-02-01T14:15:47+00:00

Thomas Page
Partner at
CMS

About Thomas

2022-02-01T14:15:00+00:00

James Salford
Partner at
Bird & Bird

About James

2022-02-01T14:13:55+00:00

Susan Samuel
Partner at
DLA Piper

About Susan

2022-02-08T06:42:38+00:00

Lucy Sturrock
Partner at Addleshaw
Goddard

About Lucy

2022-02-08T06:41:48+00:00

Katharine Thomas
Company Secretary at
Travelodge

About Katharine

2022-02-08T06:40:56+00:00

Kelli Turner
General Councel at
Village Hotels

About Kelli

2022-02-08T06:38:18+00:00

Hadrian Beltrametti Walker
VP Legal at Kempinski
Hotels S.A.

About Hadrian

2022-02-08T06:35:41+00:00

Louise Wallace
Partner at
CMS UK

About Louise

2022-09-26T20:13:19+00:00

Claire Wilkinson
Partner at
Womble Bond Dickinson

About Claire

2022-02-08T06:34:38+00:00

John Wilks
Partner at
DLA Piper

About John