Coal Finance Lawyer (Asia Focus)

Expiring today

Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, Warsaw
£45k - £49k p.a. or equivalent by geography
12 Aug 2019
16 Sep 2019
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time
4-6 Years
Experience Level
Mid Level

Job purpose

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified lawyer with relevant experience in Asia to make a key contribution to the work of our Climate Finance Initiative, which sits within ClientEarth’s Climate Programme. The Initiative 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. Our objective is to encourage a shift towards a cleaner, more sustainable and resilient economic system that is well prepared for the risks of climate change, which fully integrates environmental externalities and does not simply pass costs on to future generations. Coal power in particular is rapidly becoming uneconomic due to climate policies and the declining cost of renewable energy, with new coal power plant development at high risk of becoming stranded. This position will drive financial sector actors to consider and manage such risks in making financing decisions to accelerate the shift towards clean, renewable energy

You will initially be responsible for expanding the focus of our work to target the financing of coal power plant and related infrastructure development in Asia (including SE Asia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Bangladesh and Pakistan). You will use your expertise in corporate and financial law in Asia (preferably across multiple jurisdictions) and have a broader understanding of the legal, policy and political context of private and public finance in Asia, in order to scope and identify legal interventions to support the aims of the Climate Programme. You will also contribute to the Climate Finance Initiative’s broader work with governments, regulators and financial sector actors to align financial flows with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement

Working relationships

The position reports to the Climate Finance Initiative Lead. The post holder will also have key relationships within the Climate Programme, the Strategic Climate Litigation Programmes, the Central Litigation team and other lawyers within ClientEarth working on cross-programmatic climate-related legal interventions.  The post holder will also work closely with an external network of campaigners, NGOs, experts and external counsel.

Key responsibilities

  • Analysing and augmenting mapping of existing networks and identifying gaps and the need for legal support within the existing network of organisations working on the financing of coal power plant development in Asia;
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies for targeted legal intervention, including using shareholder rights, litigation, regulatory complaints or public law remedies, in relation to the financing of coal power plant developments and other infrastructure projects in Asia;
  • Prepare high-quality written work – for example, legal letters, legal briefings, regulatory complaints and other work product designed to communicate our thinking to a wide variety of corporate, legal, policy, political, civil society and interdisciplinary audiences;
  • Initiate and maintain collaborative partnerships and working relationships with key partners such as investor groups, other NGOs, lawyers, experts, journalists and other stakeholders; and  Participate in formal and informal forums and groups, and representing ClientEarth’s thinking and analysis in external forums.


This position will be based in one of ClientEarth’s European offices (London/Brussels/Warsaw/Berlin/ Madrid).  Other European locations are potentially available.  Please specify when applying the office to which you are applying and/or any other location arrangement you would request/require.  There will be a need to travel to relevant jurisdictions in Asia throughout the project to establish relationships with local partners and scope potential programmes of work.

Person Specification

Education and training

  • Law degree or equivalent (essential)
  • Relevant legal professional qualification (essential), preferably in a relevant jurisdiction in Asia

Experience & knowledge

  • Fluent in English (essential) and preferably one or more Asian language(s)
  • Relevant professional experience, ideally in litigation or dispute resolution, in private practice or in-house
  • Experience working across multiple jurisdictions in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Energy sector experience in Asia (desirable), such as with energy sector companies, financial sector or government in Asia
  • An interest and understanding of climate and energy related issues, particularly the financial implications of climate change
  • An understanding of the financial sector and its regulation, ideally in Asia 

Key competencies

  • Excellent creative, critical and lateral thinking and analytical skills;
  • Ability to grasp new concepts and relevant laws quickly, with an openness to learning and developing new ideas;
  • Excellent legal research, analytical, writing, advisory and advocacy skills;
  • A practical, outcome-focused approach to the law;
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, and to break down complex issues and strategies into defined, outcome-orientated activities;
  • 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 policy-makers, funders and press;
  • Confident working with and assimilating complex technical, scientific, political and legal material as the basis for a big picture understanding of problems, intervention points and possible solutions;
  • Ability to engage constructively and develop relationships with a range of external stakeholders in government, industry and civil society and represent ClientEarth confidently in a range of forums;
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative manner within a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual and multicultural environment;
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks and react positively in light of shifting and competing timelines;
  • Motivated to achieve results and to spot and take advantage of opportunities to achieve change;
  • Excellent commercial, political and practical judgement and diplomacy.

Salary Ranges

  • London – 45,000-49,000GBP/year
  • Brussels – 3,807-4,526EUR (monthly gross)
  • Berlin – 53,000-62,000EUR /year
  • Warsaw – 8,333-10,000 (monthly gross) 
  • Madrid -  43,000-48,000EU/year

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