Senior Lawyer

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Contract Type
£48,770 to £50,770 per annum
Job Description

Friends of the Earth is a leading environmental NGO, concerned with the protection of the environment. It is the largest grassroots environmental campaigning community in the country, and one of the oldest and largest worldwide. We are in the midst of a climate crisis, and the natural world around us is in decline. We need a Senior Lawyer to join our team to help save the planet and support communities achieve environmental justice.  

The Friends of the Earth legal team is a cross-cutting team providing expert support and intellectual leadership in our campaigning. We need a lawyer with a depth of experience in the environmental sector and a good understanding of using the law in campaigning. This is an exciting opportunity to use the law to make change happen. 

As Senior Lawyer you will provide Friends of the Earth with legal advice and representation in support of our overall aims and objectives, including to: inform and/or develop campaign strategy or tactics, identify and develop litigation opportunities, support communities, and to help win campaigns. A core focus of the role is to defend and extend environmental justice and to do that as an effective member of an established team. 

You must be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with a practicing certificate in England and Wales. You will have proven experience of working in UK public law, and with expertise in the environmental and/or planning sectors. 

Litigation experience is important, and you will have had conduct of environmental or planning cases. As a creative and strategic thinker, you will add value to campaigns by identifying legal opportunities that have impact. 

Being able to work well under pressure and to present complex legal information clearly and concisely to non-lawyers is an essential part of the job, and you will also be able to communicate effectively and confidently to a range of audiences and at significant public events. 

The successful candidate will ideally have strong managerial skills. They must also be able to work with a range of different people, and to value and respect that diversity. A strong team orientated work ethic is essential, along with a demonstrable understanding and commitment to environmental and/or social justice (including how law can effect positive change). 

The Legal Team sits within the ‘Political Legal Planning’ unit, which is a cross-cutting team of political, legal and planning specialists giving advice and support to the rest of the organisation. 

The Legal Team consists of: Head of Legal, Senior Lawyer, Lawyer, 2x paid Legal Interns.  

Closing date:  Wednesday 18th November 2020 (23:59) 

We offer a competitive range of benefits, good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and a vibrant organisational culture. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement. 

Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all. 

Additional Documentation
Closing Date
18 November 2020