Associate - Energy & Regulated Industries

7 days left

Gowling WLG
06 Jul 2017
03 Aug 2017
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About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

About the Team

Energy is one of the most dynamic and economically robust sectors of the UK economy, and with fundamental changes being promulgated by Government it is an exciting time for commercial lawyers to utilise their legal skill sets in a sector which is going through extensive change.

Our Energy team is extremely highly regarded in the UK market. We are consistently recognised as a leading energy practice in both Legal 500 and Chambers and, in 2013. We are named one of Legal 500's Projects, Energy and National Resources firms of the year.

We have a reputation for being at the forefront of the fast moving sector and providing technically excellent advice in a robust, pragmatic and friendly manner. We pride ourselves on our supportive and business-driven approach.

Our work is broad ranging. It includes both advising on (and often developing) a wide range of commercial contracts, agreements and Codes relevant to the energy sector - from long term highly valuable power purchase and fuel supply agreements to multi-party industry Codes and standard supply, terms and advising on (and often being at the forefront of) major Government led transformation programmes and the application of incentive mechanisms.

We are also heavily involved in supporting energy transactional work- development projects, corporate transactions and energy financing. Our role includes helping structure projects to ensure they fit within and benefit from the various regulatory regimes and incentive mechanisms underpinning the sector and advising on the suite of commercial contracts that are relevant to any energy project. Our sector specialism means we are often the route in to transactional work in the energy space.

Our clients include the UK Government (we have advised the Department of Energy & Climate Change on a number of cutting edge sector critical programmes), overseas Governments,

Regulatory bodies, major utilities, project developers, network owners and operators, suppliers and traders and funders. Their requirements are diverse, but all receive first class commercially focused advice from a team that is deeply immersed in the sector.

Our practice is thriving. We have grown continuously over the last 5 years, both in top-line revenue and profits terms and have a varied and high quality client base that sees our services very much in demand.

Main Purpose of the Job

Each member of the team has a client facing role and is given the opportunity to develop client relationships. This role is no different and provides a real opportunity to develop a range of client handling skills. You will therefore be good at dealing directly with clients (with appropriate levels of support) both on the telephone and in face to face to meetings.

The team is tight-knit and not at all hierarchical. There are three partners, one Director, two associates, one solicitor and two PAs. Some members of the team are principally regulatory focused, others (like the person required for this role) have more of a commercial focus.

However we work seamlessly together utilising those skill sets to deliver a first class service to our clients whatever their requirements. We also frequently work with specialist lawyers from across the wider firm on transactional energy mandates.

Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture, your success will be integral to ensure the continuing success and growth of the team over the long term.

Key skills and experience

You will be able to demonstrate strong academic performance and good experience of advising on (including drafting and negotiating) a wide variety of commercial agreements including complex contracts. Strong commercial contracts experience is a pre -requisite of the role. Energy experience (or experience of advising in other regulated sectors) is desirable, though not essential.
Energy stakeholders also often require advice on the application of relevant law (including new developments) to their business. You will also have the strong research skills and the ability and confidence to produce accurate, succinct written advice to clients.
You will be level headed and pragmatic, willing to learn and prepared to apply the commercial contracts and advisory skill sets you have developed (and will continue to develop) in a different and exciting context.
The appointment is Birmingham-based - but the role requires flexibility. Our work often takes us to London, whether for London based clients or for meetings with counterparty advisors (who are often major City based lawyers). You need to be flexible enough to work out of our London office as required by the needs of the business.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.