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Legal Counsel - Renewable Energy
Our client is the world's largest independent renewable energy company. Guided by a simple yet powerful vision: to create a future where everyone has access to affordable, zero carbon energy.

They know that achieving their ambitions would be impossible without their people. Because they're tackling some of the world's toughest problems, they need the very best people to help them.

Our client is a family with a diverse workforce, and are dedicated to the personal professional growth of their people, no matter what stage of their career they're at. They can promise you rewarding work which makes a real impact, the chance to learn from inspiring colleagues from across a growing, global network and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Their competitive package offers rewards and benefits including pension schemes, flexible working, and top-down emphasis on better work-life balance. They also offer private healthcare, discounted green travel, 24 days holiday (with an additional discretionary day given by the company) with options to buy/sell days, enhanced family leave and four volunteering days per year so you can make an impact somewhere else.

The role

6-10 years + PQE lawyer qualified in Scotland and/or England & Wales to provide legal advice and support to relevant business units working closely with other members of the legal team. This full-time role is required to support an increased portfolio of renewable energy projects, in line with growth strategy, including onshore wind, battery storage and solar across the UK and Ireland and an increased number of corporate sale transactions.

You will support the development teams (in particular the property managers) and a wider group of commercial and technical teams.

Key Accountabilities

This role will focus primarily on property work (and some aspects of planning work) to include transactional work on major projects, corporate support work on major project sales and involvement in approvals of documentation being dealt with by external solicitors. In addition, the role will involve providing general ad hoc legal and commercial advice typical of an in-house position as well as dealing with property and planning issues specific to the renewable energy industry on a wide variety of renewable energy projects. The role will also involve instructing and managing external legal counsel in specialist areas and major transactions/projects.

Knowledge and skills you have that we need:

  • Renewable energy or large infrastructure project development
  • Diligent with attention to detail
  • Demonstrates initiative and has a constructive attitude
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to build rapport and work alongside a range of commercial and technical personnel, sharing a genuine interest in the business and future


Experience and qualifications you have:

  • Post qualification experience in property and ideally also in planning
  • General experience in other areas of law would be beneficial although not essential
  • Commercial awareness
  • Dual-qualification (qualified in both Scotland and in England & Wales) would be beneficial as work is cross-border, otherwise a willingness to become dual-qualified

For more info please contact Michelle mluck@allen-york.com

About us: Allen & York have been matching purposeful people with purpose-led organisations for 30 years. We partner with our clients and candidates on roles that build an understanding of climate change, promote sustainability and create inclusive and responsible organisations, working towards a sustainable world for us all. Committed to inclusiveness in the workplace, we aim to increase diversity across all areas and therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or whether or not they have a disability. Let's help build a better world, together.

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