WHO WE ARE
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 offering the opportunity for a senior solicitor to become part of our dynamic Climate Change and Sustainability practice group, which advises on a full range of matters assisting our clients in transitioning to a low carbon future, and securing long term sustainability, particularly focusing on human rights, climate change, and supply and value chains from an ESG perspective.
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 senior professional, technically strong and engaging individual to join us as a London-based Climate Change and Sustainability Associate.
Our multi-specialist approach to the Climate Change and Sustainability practice group comprises of a core group of dedicated Climate Change and Sustainability lawyers working alongside expert lawyers from across the firm advising on the wide range of sustainability, energy transition and climate change issues that organisations face.
These include carbon and wider sustainability reporting, advising on governance matters, human rights, ESG issues in the context of supply and value chains, climate change from a regulatory perspective, 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 Climate Change and Sustainability 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 Climate Change and Sustainability 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 Climate Change and Sustainability practice is led by corporate and financing partners and a senior environmental lawyer with a dedicated group of Climate Change and Sustainability associates and a professional support 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 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 Climate Change and Sustainability 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 solid 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 there is no “typical” candidate, though 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
- 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
- Excellent 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.