Our UK law firm client is specifically seeking a qualified lawyer who is either a senior associate or equivalent (legal director/counsel etc) to join the energy team as a first day partner. There is no expectation of a book of business at this early stage in your career.

This is a new role with a strong (but not 100%) focus on renewables. The team are now seeking a legally qualified commercial projects/ project development senior lawyer to assist with undertaking a broad range of UK renewable / clean energy projects.

Obviously, clean energy/renewables sector experience (and interest) is going to be important, but there is an acknowledgement that lawyers want to keep a broad practice so you will not be required to leave behind clients/profile/experience if you also want to focus on other, additional sectors. This is certainly a good move for those who want to move away from traditional energy work into renewables, and as above there is no requirement for a book of business – though the potential to develop clients over time will be important.

This law firm has made good inroads into this sector over the last 10 years. So, this isn’t a greenfield site, but nor is it the finished article (i.e. there is plenty of momentum, clients and pipeline, but the group is not so well developed that there are no spaces for career progression). The team are well supported by management and has experienced partners on hand to provide support and integration to new partners. Any lateral will also get the benefit of a full-service firm with plenty of the necessary expertise within the business to support these sort of deals (corporate, regulatory, finance, property etc).

Most of the work involves acting for private sector clients, investors and developers (although the firm is on some public sector panels which is of benefit for the NSIPs), across areas that include heat networks, solar, tidal, battery, low carbon and PPAs. Ideally, you will have a broad skill set which at its heart includes commercial contracts and advising on transactional deals.