Environmental Solicitor

Job Description

Salary: £55,000-£65,000

Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.

The Department

We have a market leading environment team undertaking a diverse range of cutting edge work in a range of sectors for a range of clients some of whom are household names. The work of the team covers three broad areas – (i) advisory work on a range of topics – waste duty of care, end of waste, MEES, REACH, (ii) transactional work in relation to real estate, corporate and infrastructure projects – the sale of landfill sites, the closure and sale of permitted facilities, large scale renewable and other energy projects, and the sale and purchase of regulated facilities, (iii) contentious work in relation to both investigations and enforcement by regulators, as well as third party claims too – criminal prosecutions for environmental offences, the negotiation of civil sanctions, third party claims relating to environmental incidents and issues. The team also frequently deliver training for clients on a range of topics, write regular client updates and provide comment to the environmental press.The team is engaged in a number of sector bodies and organisations – UKELA, IEMA, CIWM.

The Regulatory Department which the Environment Team sits within is very diverse, offering a broad range of expert advice to organisations and individuals facing Health & Safety, criminal and other regulatory prosecutions. The department also advises Trusts and organisations on issues ranging from best interest decisions to DPA requests and inquests, as well as healthcare professionals facing possible criminal and professional regulatory sanctions.

The role

Whilst Manchester is the preferred location for this position we will consider applications from other office locations.

To provide advice and support across broad client sectors on environmental incidents, litigation and compliance.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide advice to a broad range of clients on their environmental risks, responsibilities and compliance requirements
  • To ensure you maintain an up to date knowledge of environmental legal developments
  • Assist with business development initiatives including training and networking
  • Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values and procedures
  • Achieve set financial and chargeable targets

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will have other duties and responsibilities that fall within the remit of the role

The person specification
  • An experienced environmental lawyer circa 5 years PQE + or equivalent
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience of supporting and developing junior team members
  • Ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets
Other Information

Please note:

  • Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.

 

  • The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.

 

  • We're committed to diversity and inclusion and to creating an environment where everyone can reach their full potential

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