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Junior Environment and Planning Associate

  • Job
    Full-time
    Junior Level
  • Legal
  • London

AI generated summary

  • You need a strong legal background in environment, energy, regulatory, and planning work, experience advising major clients, understanding of ESG issues, ability to work in teams, and be empathetic and reliable.
  • You will draft agreements, provide legal advice on environmental and energy regulations, advise on ESG and climate change issues, and support clients through planning processes for energy and infrastructure projects.

Requirements

  • This is an opening for a junior-level lawyer who can demonstrate a background within a similar field of (or at least some of) environment energy, regulatory and planning work, ideally gained at a City Firm, or at an overseas common law practice with a similar highly regarded profile. You will have an outstanding academic record.
  • The ideal candidate should:
  • Have experience of assisting in advising major corporates, financial institutions and investors in relation to some of planning, environmental, energy and utilities issues
  • Have experience of assisting clients in the industrial sector and energy and infrastructure sector
  • be able to demonstrate experience of advising on transactional and regulatory matters
  • Have a good understanding of the fast-moving ESG agenda and topical issues such as climate change and biodiversity and how they impact on legal practice.
  • be able to work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; and
  • be empathetic, responsive and reliable

Responsibilities

  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for transactions and projects in the energy space (particularly renewable), such as basic SPAs (and associated ancillary documents), power and heat supply and other services agreement, coordinating the legal due diligence for clients investing in UK energy projects including reviewing and reporting on planning and environmental issues, and energy matters (including grid connection, fuel and equipment supply, contracts for difference and other renewables incentives, and offtake arrangements).
  • Advising on the regulation of the energy market, focused particularly on electricity generation technologies and renewables but also covering gas and electricity distribution, transmission and supply as well as regulation of other utilities and infrastructure.
  • Drafting and negotiating environmental warranties and indemnities in respect of M&A and real estate transactions and subsequent post-acquisition advice on claims.
  • Providing stand-alone advice on environmental issues including the contaminated land regime and chemicals regulation.
  • Collaborating with the wider firm in advising on ESG and climate change issues in different sectors.
  • Advising on emissions trading and voluntary emissions reduction purchase agreements and investments into carbon offset projects.
  • Supporting clients through the entire planning process including the review of planning applications, statutory agreements, inquiries and legal challenges.
  • Advising on consenting and planning issues for major energy and infrastructure projects, including development consent orders, compulsory purchase orders and highways works.
  • You will also contribute to the Group's growth by assisting on various business development and knowledge-related initiatives including new business pitches, briefings, presentations and knowledge-sharing tasks.

FAQs

What kind of work will I be expected to support as a Junior Environment and Planning Associate?

As a Junior Environment and Planning Associate, you will be expected to support the Group's work across a wide range of transactional and regulatory/advisory matters, including drafting agreements, providing advice on energy market regulation, assisting with environmental due diligence, advising on ESG and climate change issues, and supporting clients through the planning process for major projects.

What qualifications and experience are required for this role?

The ideal candidate for this role will have a background in environment, energy, regulatory, and planning work, preferably gained at a city firm or a similarly highly regarded practice. Strong academic credentials are essential. Experience in advising major corporates, financial institutions, and investors on planning, environmental, energy, and utilities issues is also important.

How can I contribute to the Group's growth as a Junior Environment and Planning Associate?

As a Junior Environment and Planning Associate, you can contribute to the Group's growth by assisting in business development initiatives, such as new business pitches and knowledge-sharing tasks. You can also support the Group's success by working in teams, sharing knowledge, motivating and coaching junior colleagues, and being responsive and reliable in your work.

What areas of law will I be working in as a Junior Environment and Planning Associate?

As a Junior Environment and Planning Associate, you will primarily be working in the areas of environment, energy, regulatory, and planning law. This includes drafting agreements for energy transactions, advising on energy market regulation, providing environmental due diligence, advising on ESG and climate change issues, and supporting clients through the planning process for major projects.

What skills are necessary to excel in this role as a Junior Environment and Planning Associate?

To excel as a Junior Environment and Planning Associate, you should have strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in teams. You should also possess excellent communication skills, be able to adapt to a fast-paced work environment, and have a good understanding of environmental, energy, regulatory, and planning issues. Being empathetic, responsive, and reliable are also important qualities for success in this role.

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