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Sustainability and Climate Change Associate

Slaughter and May
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Energy, Environment
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
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Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm, recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise across the spectrum of legal matters including high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions, contentious matters and all aspects of risk. We typically advise on high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions. We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, providing clear legal advice that reflects a deep understanding of the client’s business and attitude towards risk.

 We are now offering the opportunity for a solicitor to become part of our dynamic Sustainability and Climate Change group, which advises on a full range of matters assisting our clients in transitioning to a low carbon future, and securing long term sustainability, and engaging with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.

At Slaughter and May, everyone's contribution is valued, and we all enjoy an open, friendly and supportive environment. We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader. To support our employees in achieving their professional development objectives, we offer an unrivalled variety of learning and development opportunities to everyone, as well as a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. In light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the firm has evolved a new hybrid approach to working, which sees our people working between their respective remote environments and our prestigious Headquarters at One Bunhill Row, in the heart of the City of London.

Would you like to join one of the world’s most prestigious law firms?

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for a professional, technically strong and engaging individual to join us as a London-based Sustainability and Climate Change Associate, as part of our ESG team.


Our multi-specialist approach to the Sustainability Climate Change and practice group brings together expert lawyers advising on the wide range of sustainability, energy transition, ESG and climate change issues that organisations face.

These include carbon and wider sustainability reporting, advising on governance matters, the development of provisions in contracts and finance documentation addressing climate change and sustainability concerns, sustainability drivers in directors’ remuneration packages, due diligence considerations relating to sustainability and supply chains, renewable energy projects, emissions trading schemes, and access to sustainable finance products.

Our clients increasingly view climate change and sustainability related matters as an opportunity to establish authentic purpose and differentiate themselves in the eyes of customers, investors and employees beyond just risk management.

We are providing our clients across various sectors, including energy, utilities, real estate and retail, with the legal tools to support their work in this area. More generally, our Sustainability and Climate Change lawyers have been advising and training a broad range of clients, including those within the FTSE 100, government departments and think tanks, on integrating sustainability considerations into contractual documentation and business strategy.

As a firm we focus on high-value, complex and challenging transactions which are interesting and varied. This approach is adopted by our Sustainability and Climate Change practice, both in terms of standalone advice and transactional support.

The role is primarily client facing and fee earning. However, given the developing nature of the practice there will be a significant knowledge and innovation and business development angle to the role.

Group structure of our practice

Our Sustainability and Climate Change practice is led by corporate and financing partners and a senior environmental lawyer. Our ‘hub’ is comprised of more than 40 partners, senior counsel and senior associates form across the firm, supported by junior associates and trainees. There is a dedicated Professional Support Lawyer and business development team.

The practice group supports and is integrated with our Corporate, Commercial, Financing and Environmental practices. It also works alongside our highly regarded Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources practice.

The firm also has strong practices in Financial Regulation, Tax, Competition and Pensions, Incentives and Employment and lawyers from those groups are also represented in our Sustainability and Climate Change practice group.

The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of matters. The matters we work on are generally challenging and sophisticated. We do, however, aim to give associates as much responsibility and client contact as they are ready for.


The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed.

  • Advising on the wide range of matters described above
  • Developing professional relationships with clients and potential clients
  • Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising the profile of the firm
  • Managing/supervising   the    work of others including newly qualified lawyers and trainees
  • Providing effective support for partners.


This role would be best suited to someone with a number of years of experience working within private practice, or a suitable senior position elsewhere, with experience advising sophisticated clients and/or stakeholders on complex matters relating to sustainability and climate change. Given the varied and flexible nature of the role we are reluctant to be too prescriptive about the candidate’s prior experience.

It is important that candidates have a clear understanding of the breadth and dynamism of the sustainability, climate change and energy transition areas, and a keen appreciation of their increasing profile and significance.

Candidates should be enthusiastic about retaining a broad practice and prepared to stretch themselves intellectually. Associates will also be expected to take on responsibility from an early stage, from client contact and managing transactions to coordinating internal teams and other groups.

Candidates for this position must have:

  • First rate legal/commercial knowledge and analytical skills
  • Solid base of experience and exposure to sophisticated commercial arrangements and advisory work, including in respect of regulatory advice
  • First rate drafting skills
  • Strong academic background and a high level of intellectual rigour
  • Excellent client relationship skills
  • Excellent efficiency and project management skills
  • Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment
  • Resilience under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Experienced in running negotiations/meetings
  • Willingness to present to large and small groups, both internal and external
  • Attention to detail
  • High level of professionalism and integrity, displaying the highest standard of professional ethics
  • Experience of working in a diverse team whilst fostering an inclusive team culture.


Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise on high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions and on contentious matters delivering bespoke solutions to clients for over 130 years.

We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally. We provide clear legal advice that spans the globe whilst tackling the cultural nuances between jurisdictions. Our lawyers understand how to coordinate and manage matters in the jurisdictions most relevant to our clients.

Across our four offices in London, Brussels, Beijing and Hong Kong we have 109 partners and over 1300 employees worldwide. We make sure we have the finest lawyers in the market and train them to the highest standards. This means our clients always get advice which is clear, confident and commercial, but also advice which guides and leads them towards a recommended solution. 

We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader.

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+44 (0)20 7600 1200
One Bunhill Row
United Kingdom
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