Salary: Up to £45,360 (inclusive of London weighting and pay premium)
Location: The Printworks, London
Hours/days per week: 35 per week / Mon-Fri
Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 25 March 2018
Interview date: To be confirmed
Being a lawyer at Friends of the Earth is one of the most exciting jobs in environmental campaigning. You will be part of an organisation leading in the fight against major environmental issues, and champion environmental justice for people and the planet.
The legal team sits within our political, legal and planning unit – at the fast-paced heart of our campaigns. It consists of the Head of Legal, two lawyers and two legal interns, but our longer-term vision is for a larger team to support the delivery of our new organisational strategy.
As a lawyer we are looking for you to support our aims and objectives, informing campaign strategy and tactics, providing advice and legal representation to help win our campaigns. You may also be required to provide legal advice and representation to a variety of our key external clients; for example, to the community groups opposing fracking or battling air pollution.
Building and maintaining relationships will be important, as you’ll educate and train colleagues, campaigners, activists and target client groups on key legal issues. You will also represent Friends of the Earth externally to a variety of audiences including lawyers, campaigners, local communities, politicians, civil servants, and in the media.
As a qualified solicitor or barrister, with a working knowledge of UK public law, you will be able to use your understanding of environmental or planning law to identify campaigning and litigation opportunities. Being able to take cases to court, tribunal or public inquiry, and being able to present legal information in accessible and appropriate ways to a range of audiences and events, is also something you can do confidently and well.
We are also looking for you to have research and policy formation experience, as well as lobbying and representation skills. Confidence in dealing with a wide range of people including experts, local campaigners, the public, and government and other officials will be key to the role.
In return, we offer a competitive range of benefits, a good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and a vibrant and friendly organisational culture.
To apply, download our job description and complete our application form telling us how you meet the essential criteria stated in the person specification and press the apply button below.
Diversity and equal opportunities:
Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunities employer and we are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environment movement including: black and minority ethnic people; disabled people; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and woman in senior positions. Do contact us as we really do want you to see how you can become part of the Friends of the Earth team.
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