Legal and Policy Research Officer (Clean Air) (0491)


  • Full Time

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  • Salary:
    From £28,505 per annum gross
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  • Hours:
    Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    27 September 2021
  • First Interview Dates:
    Week commencing 18th October 2021

About the role

Illegal and harmful levels of air pollution are damaging people’s health, reducing their quality of life and cutting lives short. We are all affected by this, but some – especially children, older people, and people on low incomes or from ethnic minorities – are more vulnerable and affected than others. At ClientEarth we are fighting hard to safeguard everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

As Legal and Policy Researcher you will be an integral member of our UK Clean Air team. You will be conducting detailed policy and legal analysis in this highly technical area. This will be key to supporting the development of litigation and wider campaign work pushing for policies to protect the health of people and the environment from harmful and illegal air pollution particularly road transport but also other sources such as domestic solid fuel burning and agriculture.

Meet your Manager

You will be managed by Katie Nield. Katie joined our London office as UK Clean Air Lawyer in April 2018, having previously interned with our Clean Air team in 2010.

Before joining ClientEarth, Katie practiced as a planning and environmental lawyer at an international law firm in London. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, as well as an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Katie’s work currently focuses on UK clean air issues; promoting compliance with European air quality standards, as well as pushing for the law to be strengthened to better protect people’s health. You can find out more about Katie’s work in this recent video.

Main Duties

  • Monitor and critically analyse relevant legal and policy developments at a local, national and international level
  • Prepare high quality written work for external audiences as part of legal interventions and policy advocacy
  • Work with campaign, public affairs and communications colleagues on advocacy activity to increase public and political pressure for action on air pollution
  • Support fundraising activities
  • Edit and proof-read documents

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role.

Role requirements

  • Law degree, equivalent legal qualification (for example, the Graduate Diploma in Law), or significant professional experience carrying out legal research
  • Good knowledge of environmental law and practice in England and Wales
  • Good knowledge of UK air pollution law, vehicle emissions rules, policies and/or and practice (desirable)
  • Excellent legal and policy research skills, with the ability to take an efficient, robust and methodological approach to analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to succinctly and accurately communicate complex information and adapt language, content and style to various non-expert audiences
  • Interest in environmental and/or public health issues

See the job description (below) for a full list of requirements for this role.

Further Information

Have a question about this job? Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more.

Flexible working: Post-covid, we are giving our staff the choice to decide where they want to work for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based. See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the UK.

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

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