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about 1 month ago
Location: London
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs

Practice Overview

Linklaters has a market-leading environment and climate change practice in London as well as a global network of environmental specialists across Europe and Asia. The team’s strength lies in its ability to navigate complex sustainability issues including in relation to environment and health and safety, climate change, governance and risk management, business and human rights and product stewardship. In addition to providing standalone advice, the team frequently works on M&A transactions and major project financings alongside Linklaters’ top tier corporate and project finance teams. It also works as part of a close-knit team of specialists from across the firm on crisis response mandates.

Key Responsibilities and Challenges

You would work under the guidance of highly experienced senior team members but should also expect to have significant responsibility for workstreams on larger matters, and for smaller pieces of standalone advice. You can expect to have regular client contact even at a junior level. The team is highly collaborative and proud of its track record of nurturing top talent.

* Legal Knowledge: You should have a willingness to learn and engage with environmental and climate change law as well as broader concepts of compliance and risk management.
* Legal Skills: You will be expected to demonstrate mature legal research and writing skills and an ability to communicate succinctly, objectively and logically.
* Commercial Acumen: You will be expected to keep abreast of developments in the business world, learn how clients’ businesses work and actively share insights gained from client interactions.
* Matter management: You will be expected to have advanced matter management skills and the ability to supervise trainees and paralegals, identifying responsibilities, priorities and deadlines, and integrate seamlessly into broader cross-practice projects.
* Client care: You will be expected to interact appropriately and proactively with clients, delivering top-quality advice whilst also running matters efficiently and informing clients of status and costs.

This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive but is intended to describe the general requirements for the performance of this job.

Please note this role will be open from 20 September 2019 to 20 October 2019. A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Characteristics, Skills & Experience required


* Candidates will have at least 2+ years post qualification experience.
* Candidates will need experience in relevant work at a commercial law firm, as well as an interest and enthusiasm for working in new and emerging areas of law.


* Strong written and oral communication skills.
* Ability to assimilate and process information quickly.
* Ability to communicate assertively when under pressure.
* Networking skills.
* Ability to influence using appropriate techniques.
* Adaptability and willingness to meet client’s expectations in emerging areas.


* Innovative and practical.
* Calm under pressure.
* Team player
* Commercially minded
* Motivates others

How to Apply

Please apply online, attaching your CV and academic transcript to the application form. Should you have any questions, please contact LateralRecruitment@linklaters.com.

Further Information

A band of PQE as advertised on a role does not intend to preclude applications from those candidates that may have more or less PQE. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to how long we would expect a qualified lawyer to have practised so as to have gained the necessary skills for the role as described.

This list of duties and responsibilities above is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. As such, the role may also include the undertaking of additional tasks as required.

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Pre-joiner screening

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers. Your offer will be subject to the successful completion of these checks which will be initiated following your consent.

Equal Opportunities

As a responsible business, it is important that we represent the diversity of our people, our clients and our communities. We know that diversity makes us a better law firm and helps us attract the best talent, drive innovation with diversity of thought, and deliver the best experience to everyone who comes into contact with us. We recruit on the basis of merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process. Selection criteria and, where appropriate, technical skills tests are in place to measure an individual’s ability for the safe and effective performance of a job. Those involved in recruitment and selection decisions and processes are also provided with guidance on diversity issues. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the selection process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance. Specific experience requirements advertised on a role do not intend to preclude applications from candidates who may have more or less experience. Our intention is only to indicate a guideline as to the necessary skills for the role as described.

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