More than half the world's population currently live in urban areas, and this proportion will grow to around 70 per cent by 2050 putting huge demands on urban infrastructure and resources.

Without an actionable urban strategy, cities face the prospect of increasing congestion and pollution, inadequate and unreliable energy, lack of basic public services and poor environmental management. Clear links between climate resilience and economic resilience are prompting cities around the world to embed sustainable principles into their city strategies. Managing sustainability is now one of the most significant issues of our generation.

Global trends of urbanisation, digitisation and sustainability affect both companies and individuals. Integrated city solutions together with emerging business models such as the circular economy will transform the way our clients do business.

Our sustainable cities team is made up of more than 100 lawyers in more than 50 cities across the world. They are able to draw upon the in-depth industry knowledge from our other key industry teams including technology, infrastructure, energy, transport and the built environment to deliver a truly global solution to clients.

Our role is to help our clients prepare themselves and their supply chains for disruption. To help them understand the legal issues arising as legislation evolves; to help them meet the challenges of new operating environments; to help them leverage new opportunities and business models.

Helping our clients respond and adapt will influence those that survive, and thrive.

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