Bonds Lawyer

Job Description

Salary: From £45,900 gross per annum

Bond markets are generating fresh capital for coal, gas and oil development, helping to fuel the climate crisis. We are looking for a self-motivated and independent lawyer with a strong fixed income markets background to make a key contribution to the work of our climate finance initiative. 

Working in close collaboration with the Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII), you will be responsible for developing a new programme of work using legal tools to make funding of fossil fuel projects more expensive and making climate change mitigation a natural component of more bonds portfolios.

You will use your legal expertise to identify, develop and implement legal interventions to support this new programme of work. The role involves a mix of developing and managing litigation and regulatory interventions and participating in policy and advocacy work.

Meet your Manager

In this role, you will be managed by Joanne Etherton, the Climate Finance lead for the Climate team who is based in London. Joanne joined ClientEarth in November 2017 after more than 25 years working as a pensions lawyer in private practice for international law firms in London including as a partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.  Before joining ClientEarth she gained a broad experience of advisory and transactional/restructuring work as well as litigation. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Main Duties

  • Reviewing bonds prospectuses to identify failures to disclose climate risk
  • Developing legal interventions targeted at banks and asset managers who fail to uphold their climate commitments
  • Developing advocacy and policy recommendations for better regulation and guidance for fixed income offers.
  • Gathering information about the final owners of fixed income instruments

Role requirements

  • Law degree or equivalent
  • Admitted to practice in the United Kingdom, US or an EU Member State
  • Significant relevant legal experience in private practice or in-house with a focus on fixed income markets
  • A strong interest in the intersection of climate change risks and opportunities with debt capital markets
  • Demonstrated experience of financial services regulation and/or litigation

Further Information

Have a question about this job? Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more.

Flexible working: Post-covid, we are giving our staff the choice to decide where they want to work for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based. See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the UK.

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

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