Closing date: 07/03/2021
PQE: 1-5
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Energy
Location: Birmingham
The firm

Let us introduce ourselves…

It is the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special.  By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams; together we win.  As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together.  We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients.  We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!   

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves from how you dress, to how, when and where you work – we focus on outputs. 

Our Team:

Our Energy team delivers innovative and optimal solutions for our clients, helping them to make the most of the opportunities that exist in this diverse and fast-paced industry.  The team acts for a range of clients including for regulated network companies, major utility companies in the water, gas and electricity sectors, as well as developers and funders of energy (including low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure projects including wind, solar, battery and biomass projects).). We advise clients on how changing energy regulation will impact their businesses and on the full range of commercial contracts which they enter into when operating in the energy sector.

The team is increasingly active for clients involved in electric vehicle infrastructure and also works with lawyers in Brussels to keep abreast of EU law and policy in the sector.

The role:

We are looking for a passionate and ambitious Solicitor with between 1-5yr’s PQE and a genuine interest in the energy sector to join us. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an expanding team consisting of leading energy law specialists.  You will provide legal and regulatory advice and contract support work for our full range of clients and will often collaborate with other talented teams across the business to provide our clients with efficient “joined up” advice.

Your key duties will be:

  • drafting and negotiating a wide range of energy contracts
  • advising on regulatory matters e.g. compliance with energy legislation, regulations, licences and codes
  • advising on related procurement and subsidy control issues
  • playing a proactive role in the team’s client care and business development activities

Skills and experience you will have:

  • between 1-5 years’ experience handling contracts and related legal matters, preferably gained within an energy / regulatory background (though not essential)
  • proven experience working in a team environment
  • strong analytical skills with commercial acumen
  • strong IT skills
  • effective time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines

Key competencies you will need:

  • a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a fast-paced environment
  • excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • a desire to enhance client relationships through day-to-day activity
  • the ability to work in a busy team

Agile Working:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield.  This role will a blend of working from home and any of our office hubs; however, some travel to our London office hub will be required on an ad hoc basis.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.


Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.