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Senior Lawyer - Commercial Law team

Environment Agency
Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Peterborough, Reading, Warrington
Closing date
19 May 2024

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Senior Lawyer - Commercial Law team - 28935

City/Town: Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, Peterborough, Reading, Warrington

Permanent, Full Time or Part Time

Salary Minimum: £50,409


Job description

Join the Environment Agency as a Senior Lawyer and unlock a world of exciting opportunities. In this role, you will be at the forefront of advising on a wide range of commercial matters, from public procurement to dispute resolution, and from intellectual property to Carbon Net Zero and Biodiversity Net Gain. You will play a vital part in delivering the Environment Agency's Action Plan (EA2025) and the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan.

Collaboration will be key as you work with external partners from the public, private, and third sectors, while engaging with lawyers across the Government Legal Department and beyond. Your advice will be sensible, practical, accurate, and timely, helping shape a sustainable future. With a diverse and challenging caseload, every day will bring new and interesting opportunities to make a difference.

We value candidates from all backgrounds who bring a range of experiences and skills to the table. Whether you have expertise in the mentioned areas or possess transferable skills, we welcome your application. Join us and discover a role that is not only varied and high-quality but also client-focused, ensuring that our services truly make an impact.

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 include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

The team

The commercial law team comprises six lawyers based in Birmingham, Bristol, and Exeter, currently adopting a hybrid work model combining home and office arrangements. They handle a diverse client portfolio necessitating occasional national travel. One team member currently works part-time.

Experience/skills required

You will have:

  • A track record of successfully handling complex legal and technical issues, providing advice on a diverse range of commercial matters.
  • Preferred experience in public law, grants, civil litigation, procurement law, construction law and intellectual property law.
  •  A quick learning style with the ability to rapidly grasp new legal issues and effectively apply them in a commercial or other legal context.
  • Proficiency in producing detailed legal briefings for senior levels, including directors, boards, and government officials, as well as composing responses to challenging external inquiries.
  • The ability to provide guidance to managers, officers, and fellow lawyers on the strategic direction and management of casework.
  • Strong influencing and persuasive abilities, capable of engaging and convincing individuals at all levels, including organisational leaders.

Contact and additional information

You must be admitted as a barrister, solicitor, or legal executive with the current right to practice in England. Applicants from other common law jurisdictions are welcome, but at the time of applying, you must be fully qualified in England.

You will benefit from a culture that embraces difference and is inclusive. A place to work where you will feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We will invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career.

You will have access to our great benefits package including: an additional Market Forces Factor payment of £5,250, generous career average pension scheme and 27 days holiday + 8 bank holidays for full-time employees (pro rata for part-time).

Contact: Andy Pheasant (

Closing date: 19 May 2024

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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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