Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 160 partners and 950 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Asia, we provide a full-service integrated offering.
Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.
We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.
While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.
Our cross-departmental Energy & Sustainability group advise on a range of energy related projects and energy efficiency initiatives across the UK. This includes advice on all aspects of the project process – from initial risk management and management of funder requirements through to construction and operation. We also advise on the drafting and negotiation of related commercial agreements, including concessions, operation and maintenance agreements, fuel purchase and supply agreements.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced associate who would join our UK team to focus on the development of the domestic energy market.
We are integrated with our colleagues in real estate, corporate, tax and planning. The team combines legal excellence, commercial acumen and an impressive track record together with a deep understanding of the construction industry.
You will form part of a strong team of over 46 fee earners - one of the largest construction teams in the country - and will be supported in keeping ahead of the latest industry trends and developments to best deliver for our clients
As part of a national department you can also expect to work alongside colleagues on work which is being led out of our other UK offices including national and international real estate transactions.
What you'll be doing
- Advising developers, landlords and operators on District Heating schemes (including ESCO concessions, customer supply agreements, outsourced services such as billing/administration and operation and maintenance and construction/operating issues).
- Advising on Energy Performance Contracts (EPC/ESPC).
- Advising on contracts for the delivery of energy efficiency and decarbonisation works for residential and commercial property.
- Advising on Renewable Energy projects, including rooftop solar models
- Support on regulatory/licencing issues relating to energy supply.
- Advising on utility connections including ICP and IDNO arrangements.
- Advising on Power Purchase Agreements and Heat Supply Agreements etc.
- Advising on Electric Vehicle Chargepoints and related infrastructure/contracts.
- Monitoring and reviewing developments in UK Government Policy and developing structured advice on implications for wider works/services contracts.
- Active participation in marketing initiatives aimed at the energy sector.
- Building and maintaining effective client relationships
What you'll need
The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at the Associate grade. In particular for this role we require:
- Candidates with 2-4 years' relevant post qualification experience gained from a reputable firm,
- Experience of advising on heat networks and renewable energy projects,
- Experience of advising on power purchase arrangements and supply/generation licence requirements,
- Excellent technical skills,
- Strong client focus,
- Ability to prioritise work effectively and meet deadlines
- Ability to deal with innovative deals and bespoke documents
- Drive and enthusiasm,
- Commercial awareness,
- Excellent academic record,
As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.
Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.