BRIEF – 30 March 2010 – The Victorian Bar has launched The Climate Change and Environmental Law Panel in Melbourne, establishing a panel of barristers to specialise in cases involving climate change.

Acording to Victorian Bar spokesperson Adrian Finanzio, the panel was established to promote the understanding of climate change and environmental law as well as to represent and advise litigants on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in matters of public interest arising out of concern for the environment and the impact of climate change.

Mr Finanzio says development in low-lying coastal areas is already shaping-up as a legal issue and that changes to regulatory regimes may have an impact on ordinary people who own land in such areas.

The panel will also contribute to the development of effective legislation governing impacts to the environment as well as look to develop green initiatives for the bar itself.