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Posted on July 15, 2019

PQE: 3-4 Term: Permanent Reports to: Partner Practice group: Energy Transport & Infrastructure Location: London Purpose of role
The energy transition challenge and the pressure to accelerate the process of decarbonisation is driving change in the energy sector. Governments around the world, industry participants and their investors and financiers and society in general are struggling to come to terms with climate change and its impact on current business models and technologies. This exciting, dynamic process creates challenges as well as opportunities for our energy sector clients and our talented team.

Our market-leading, energy practice was recently recognised as Projects, Energy & Natural Resources Firm of the Year 2019 by Legal 500 UK. We were one of the first law firms to have a dedicated energy team and one that has worked on flagship projects such as privatisations and with some of the biggest names , including international and national oil companies, oilfield services companies, electricity and gas utilities and system operators, conventional and renewables power generators, regulatory authorities, project financiers and governments both in the UK and internationally.

We have an immediate opportunity for an Associate to join the team. This role is ideal for a 3-4 year PQE lawyer, however we will consider more junior and senior candidates.

What to expect:
  • You will develop your career in one of the world's leading energy teams, working alongside some of the industry's best-known practitioners
  • We are committed to training and supporting you to enable you to achieve your maximum potential as an energy lawyer
  • You will be working on a variety of market leading UK and international projects with excellent career prospects
  • The primary focus of the role will be energy projects in particular power projects however you will also expand your experience across the wider energy and infrastructure sectors and be expected to assist where required including providing regulatory advice
  • You will support Partners and other associates and be expected to work autonomously on certain matters
  • You will be the first point of contact for clients
  • Where appropriate, you will have responsibility for managing and supervising the more junior members of the team
  • You will contribute to the team'sbusiness development activities and proactively engage with clients in a social setting
  • As part of your continued development, you will also prepare and deliver training (internal and for clients), write articles and seminar presentations
Required experience, skills and attributes Technical skills (essential)
  • You will have trained with a recognised legal firm or in-house team and will have exposure to transactional matters
  • A strong legal background
  • Ability to work with a degree of independence
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Exceptional drafting skills
  • Exceptional legal research ability
Technical skills (desirable)
  • Project, corporate, finance or regulatory experience in the energy sector
  • Experience of working with international energy clients
  • Experience of preparing and participating in pitches to clients
  • Experience of working in client organisations either as part of an in-house team or through secondments
Personal skills / attributes
  • Proactive approach with a 'can do' attitude and genuine enthusiasm for the energy industry
  • Excellent academic results, including at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent from a top University
  • Experience of complex commercial contracts, transactions and regulatory issues
  • The ability to take responsibility to manage your own workload, with attention to detail
  • Committed to developing your own career
  • Excellent team and client management skills
  • Entrepreneurial vision and a desire to get involved with business development
  • A willingness to travel
  • Fluency in a second language (specifically Mandarin) would be an advantage
The firm
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.
Diversity and inclusion
Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and encouraging diversity. This is right for our staff and for our business. Our promotion of diversity helps us achieve our aims: by creating and maintaining a firm-wide culture of inclusion, the unique talents and potential of all our workforce can be recognised, encouraged and supported.

Diversity and Inclusion are becoming increasingly important to our clients and many now seek appropriate assurance that we match their own corporate aspirations in this regard.

We are proud that in the Firm's most recent staff engagement survey 78% of respondents felt that we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences and that everyone is given equal opportunities for career development.
Equal opportunities
Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact us at recruitment.matters@dentons.com


If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com - Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

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