Legal specialist – Climate Finance


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  • Salary:
    From £45,900 gross pa (London), €54 060 gross pa (Berlin) €3 884 gross pm (Brussels)
  • Location:
    Berlin, Brussels, London
  • Contract Type:
  • Hours:
    Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    14 June 2021
  • First Interview Dates:
    Week commencing 5th July 2021

About the role

We need to stop money flowing into industries that contribute to climate change. At ClientEarth we are using the law to make this a reality. We’re looking for a self-motivated lawyer with a strong financial services and/or corporate background to join our climate finance initiative. The project uses corporate and financial laws to drive greater integration of climate-related financial risks into the management decisions of influential actors in the financial sector.

In this role, you will be responsible for leading the existing workstream which focuses on corporate reporting and audit, but you will also be leading work on climate finance initiatives in the United Kingdom and the European Union including in the policy arena. You will use your expertise in the legal, policy and political terrain which governs the duties of financial and corporate actors and advisors in the United Kingdom and the European Union in order to identify, develop, and implement legal interventions.

Meet your Manager

In this role, you will be managed by Joanne Etherton, the Climate Finance lead for the Climate team who is based in London. Joanne joined ClientEarth in November 2017 after more than 25 years working as a pensions lawyer in private practice for international law firms in London including as a partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.  Before joining ClientEarth she gained a broad experience of advisory and transactional/restructuring work as well as litigation. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Main Duties

  • Identifying opportunities and developing strategies for targeted legal intervention, litigation, or regulatory complaints in relation to the financial services industries and corporate sector
  • Preparing high-quality written work – for example, writing complaints to regulators and producing other work products designed to communicate our thinking to a wide variety of audiences
  • Initiating and maintaining collaborative partnerships and working relationships with key partners
  • Participating in formal and informal fora and groups, and representing ClientEarth’s thinking and analysis

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

Role requirements

  • Law degree
  • Admitted to practice in the United Kingdom or an EU Member State
  • Significant relevant legal experience in private practice or in-house with a focus on financial services and/or corporates
  • A deep understanding of the formal and informal relationships, working practices etc. which pertain to financial markets and/or the corporate sector as well as their advisors
  • Significant experience working with financial services and/or corporate regulation and/or litigation
  • Fluency (CEFR level C2) in English
  • Excellent creative, critical and lateral thinking and excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to give authoritative advice and influence external audiences, to adapt language, content and style to make communications relevant to industry, policy-makers, funders, press, civil society

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

Further Information

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Flexible working: Post-covid, we are giving our staff the choice to decide where they want to work for 80% of their week, with the other 20% of their week 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 country where this post is based.

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