Up to £50,000 per year
London or Leeds based
London: upto £50,000 (including pay premium)
Leeds: upto £46,980 (including pay premium)
Friends of the Earth is a leading environmental NGO campaigning to solve the major environmental problems of our time. 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 get active too.
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 genuine depth of experience in the environmental sector and a good understanding of using the law in campaigning.
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, and to help win campaigns. A core focus of the role is to defend and extend environmental justice.
You must be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with a current practicing certificate in England and Wales, with significant PQE. You will have proven experience of working in UK public law, and with a depth of expertise specifically in the environmental and/or planning sectors.
Litigation experience is important, and you will have had conduct of environmental or planning cases with examples of success. As a creative strategic thinker you will be able to add value to campaigns by identifying legal opportunities that have impact.
Being able to work 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 need to demonstrate managerial skills and the ability to work with a range of different people, and to value and respect that diversity.
A strong team orientated work ethic is a must, 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 providing specialist advice and support to the rest of the organisation.
Lawyers support Friends of the Earth’s campaigns adding an extra edge, and in particular work with other PLP members to uphold environmental and civil society rights related to the overall objectives of the organisation. An aspect of our work that PLP holds specific responsibility for.
Currently the Legal Team consists of: Head of Legal, Lawyer, 2x paid Legal Interns.
Closing date: Friday 9th August 2019 (11.59pm)
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.