Sophie Whitehead

Baker McKenzie


Sophie Whitehead is an associate in the Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. Sophie is an environmental lawyer who specialises in domestic and international climate change law and policy, carbon markets and environmental compliance. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2015. 

Sophie advises governments and corporations on matters relating to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, including on their participation in the international climate change negotiations, engagement with carbon markets and the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Sophie also advises on legal and policy issues associated with Australia's Emissions Reduction Fund and Safeguard Mechanism.

Sophie advises corporations on environmental compliance and planning approval pathways.

Practice Focus

Sophie specialises in domestic and international climate change, environmental and planning law and policy.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Adjunct Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • Member, Investor Group on Climate Change
  • Member, Carbon Markets Institute


  • New South Wales (2017)


  • Macquarie University (LLB Hons I) (2016)
  • Macquarie University (B.S.C.) (2014)

Author, "Rethinking threatened species legislation in the context of climate change" (2017) 34 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 94

Co-author, Ilona Millar & Sophie Whitehead, "Climate change law in Australia - A History and Current State of Play" (2018) 92 Australian Law Journal 756