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Senior Lawyer – Area Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Planning and Health and Safety

Environment Agency
Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Peterborough, Reading, Warrington, Worthing
Closing date
14 Mar 2024

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Practice area
Planning law
Contract type
Full time
3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years+
Public sector/Charities

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Senior Lawyer – Area Flood & Coastal Risk Management, Planning and Health and Safety

Location - Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Peterborough, Reading, Warrington, Worthing

Staff Grade 6 - £50,409


Job description

The Environment Agency operates at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We work closely with a wide range of partners to make sure there is enough water for people and wildlife, reduce the risk of flooding, protect and improve air, land and water quality and apply environmental standards within which industry can operate.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please clearly include any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application. Working on ever-evolving challenges and with a high level of autonomy, this is your opportunity to make your mark in a national organisation that promises a good work-life balance, generous defined-benefits pension scheme and great professional development.

This crucial role is based in our Area Flood & Coastal Risk Management (FCRM), Planning and Health and Safety team. It is a defined role providing both FCRM, Planning and Health and Safety and Environmental Management advice. No two days will be the same as you take on a diverse caseload: from providing high quality legal advice to colleagues on Health and Safety at Work Act issues, occupiers’ liability, environmental damage incidents, protected species, RIDDOR reporting requirements and Coroners’ Inquests. In relation to FCRM you will advise on our powers of entry, major scheme development, planning, highways, navigations and litigation. You'll work closely with internal clients and play an influential role in the team to ensure standards are met in a client-focused manner.

The team

The team is led by a Senior Managing Lawyer and Team Leaders and works closely with other FCRM and planning lawyers in the wider Area FCRM and Planning team and also with National colleagues who advise on implementation of policy and legislation matters.

Experience/skills required

You'll be a fully qualified lawyer (solicitor, barrister or legal executive), with a track record of handling technical legal issues and ideally experience advising on environmental law. You'll need to demonstrate that you are confident and credible, able to explain complex issues in a simple and concise way, with proven analytical skills and an up-to-date knowledge of public law and regulation. You'll also have a demonstrable track record of influencing and persuading people at all levels, and the ability to explain environmental law to a variety of customers and stakeholders.

Contact and additional information

For further information, please contact Nick Hayden ( for further information.



We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. EA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. We employ around 10,600 people throughout England in a variety of roles. Our head office is in Bristol and we have another office in London. We have offices across England, divided into 14 areas.

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