Dearbhla Cantwell

Environment & Climate Change Managing Associate, London

"I have experience advising clients on a wide variety of environmental, social and governance matters. The nature of my role within the Environment & Climate Change practice means that I work on a wide variety of mandates from discrete pieces of regulatory advice to project financings and corporate M&A deals, as well as advising on a range of carbon trading transactions."


Education and qualifications


Dearbhla is a Managing Associate in Linklaters’ Environment and Climate Change practice and is part of the firm’s global cross-practice ESG team. 

Dearbhla advises a wide variety of clients on a range of environment, health and safety, social and governance issues in projects and corporate transactions across multiple sectors. Her experience includes advising on various regulatory regimes, including sustainability-related disclosure requirements and product liability. Dearbhla also has experience advising on a range of carbon trading transactions and due diligencing carbon offset projects. 

Work highlights

A selection of Dearbhla’s recent experience includes advising:

  • BP: advising on the environmental, health and safety aspects of the US$5 billion sale of its global petrochemicals business. 
  • Hillhouse Capital Group: advising on the environmental, health and safety aspects of its acquisition of the Phillips domestic appliances and personal care business for €3.7 billion.
  • National Grid: advising on the environmental, health and safety aspects of the sale of its gas transmission and metering business in the UK.
  • A consortium of international financial institutions: advising on the establishment of a blockchain based registry and trading platform for voluntary carbon credits and on their consortium arrangements. This was a market leading transaction aiming to bring greater liquidity to the secondary voluntary carbon credit market.
  • International Emissions Trading Association: advising on the development and drafting of the global market standard trading documentation for both the primary and the secondary carbon markets. 
  • Multinational corporations and financial institutions: advising on ESG disclosure and reporting obligations, including in relation to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the UK Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting regime.

Education and qualifications

Dearbhla was admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales) in November 2018 and in Ireland in January 2018. Dearbhla obtained her undergraduate degree in Law with French Law (BCL) from University College Dublin (which included a year at Université Aix-Marseille III).