Lawyer (2 posts)

Reading, Berkshire and Solihull
£33,990 per annum
16 Mar 2017
03 Apr 2017
Practice area
Energy and environment
Barrister, Solicitor
Full time
Contract type
Locum/Contract, Permanent

Grade 5 Lawyer (2 posts)

Contracts: 1 x fixed term (ref: 4473), 1 x permanent (ref: 4315)  

Locations: Reading (ref: 4473) & Solihull (ref: 4315)  

Salary: £33,990 per annum

About the role

The Environment Agency’s diverse work provides a wide range of challenges for our Environment & Business Legal Team. Here, you will have the opportunity to tackle interesting cases and make your mark in a national body that offers a good work-life balance, salary, pension scheme and great professional development.

You will deal with across a range of functions and Area-facing work.  You’ll provide high quality advice to officers regulating permitted industry, notably waste, and dealing with pollution control, water quality and resources, habitats, fisheries and more. You’ll deal with civil enforcement action and may liaise with partner bodies in local and national government. You’ll handle challenges in the civil courts and through the statutory appeal process with colleagues and clients across the country.  You may have the opportunity to advise on collaborative national or local projects improving water, land and bio-diversity, including on regulatory risks and agreements on financial contributions.

About the team

Your team is one of three led by experienced regulatory lawyers, together comprising 15 lawyers, who provide essential legal support to officers in operational Areas across England. They work closely with colleagues across the Environment Agency’s Legal Services whether in Area-facing or National teams, and whose work includes prosecutions, flood risk and other specialisms as well as matters relating more directly to central government.

Experience/skills required 

You will be a fully qualified lawyer (barrister, solicitor or chartered legal executive) entitled to practise in England and Wales and educated to degree level. You will need to demonstrate that you are confident and credible, able to combine first-class communication skills with strong analytical skills and an ability to pick up new areas quickly. You’ll be customer-focussed with good organisational skills and the ability to handle your own case-load without supervision as well as being a strong team player. You will also have experience of influencing and persuading people at all levels, and be able to interpret technical legal areas to a variety of customers and stakeholders. Experience of environmental law and working for a regulatory body or local authority is desirable.

Contact and additional information 

The permanent role (ref: 4315) is full-time and will be based at our Solihull office. The fixed-term role (ref: 4473) will be based at our Reading office. You may be required to travel to other offices or to attend courts or appeal hearings in different locations as work demands.

For additional information on the permanent vacancy please contact Martin Swensson, tel: 0203 02 50836 or email

For additional information on the temporary vacancy please contact Kevin Bywater, tel: 0203 02 56076 or email

Closing date: 3rd April 2017