General Counsel – Energy & Renewables

Location
London with flexibility for remote working 2 days
Salary
Highly Competitive
Posted
06 Sep 2021
Closes
13 Oct 2021
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House, Barristers
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Practice Areas
Company/Commercial, Energy
Experience Level
Senior Level

General Counsel – Energy & Renewables

Livingstone Bott Talent is working with Field on its key recruitment of a General Counsel.

About Field

Field’s mission is to solve big climate challenges – like how to store energy, solve grid intermittency and heat homes without fossil fuels. Field finances, builds and runs the renewable infrastructure needed to tackle these challenges. Starting with energy storage, the company is showing that building grid storage batteries is a totally viable part of our energy infrastructure, both in the UK and globally. With investment of £10m to date, targeting £120m over the next 4 months, the business is going through a period of accelerated growth and now seeks a General Counsel who will take a critical role in delivering the exciting growth plans - nationally and internationally.

Field was founded by Amit Gudka, a seasoned entrepreneur on a mission to make the transition to renewable energy happen. Amit co-founded Bulb, now one of the UK’s biggest energy suppliers.

This is a fast-paced, fast-growing business with a dynamic and experienced team.

Overview of the Role

This is a newly created role. The GC will have ultimate responsibility for the legal affairs of Field as well as taking a key strategic role in the development of the business, becoming a leading member of the Management Team. In the early stages, the GC will have a “hands on” role, working on Field’s project acquisitions, fundraising, battery procurement contracts, alongside external counsel. Alongside this, the GC will grow to have a strategic role in the development of the business, building out Field’s global renewable energy infrastructure footprint.  The GC will ultimately lead a function that encompasses global legal, risk and regulations.

The objective of the GC is to set up a legal function that enables Field’s rapid expansion plans while mitigating risk and achieving greater cost efficiencies than can be achieved by the company relying solely on external legal advisors.

Key Areas of Focus

Working with the founder and key stakeholders to guide the business through rapid expansion delivering against commercial objectives.

Act as a sounding board for the founder and CEO.

Active role on the Management Team, particularly working in close collaboration with the FD.

General corporate/commercial, and commercial contract advice and the identification and management of legal risks and regulatory obligations.

Corporate acquisitions of SPVs and associated due diligence.

Responsibility for drafting and the negotiation of a wide range of bespoke agreements, including commercial contracts, SPAs, fundraising agreements, battery supply and storage agreements, construction agreements, non-disclosure agreements, consultancy agreements and other agreements, as required, using external legal advisors where necessary.

Responsibility for legal aspects of fundraising (debt and equity), financing and other key features relating to projects.

Monitoring and advising on regulatory developments within the energy sector and on the regulatory framework applicable to projects (and the company) at a national and international level.

Responsibility for the legal aspects of land and planning matters.

Ensuring good governance and compliance with all regulatory aspects.

Stakeholder engagement and exacting management of external legal advisors (national and international) and budgets.

The role will be based in London with some flexibility to work remotely 2 days per week.

This is a full-time, permanent role with an attractive salary, benefits and share options. The salary is negotiable depending on experience but will be competitive with the market.

About You

We are looking for an experienced Energy and Renewables Lawyer with at least 6 years’ PQE, preferably with some expertise in infrastructure and/or battery storage projects and some experience of debt funding. We would love to hear from established in-house lawyers but we will also consider applications from Energy lawyers in leading private practice teams.

You will be confident both dealing with the detail of legal operations as well as adopting a strategic approach to drive the business forward. You will have the right balance between legal understanding and practical implementation, underpinned by a strong commercial approach.

This is a fast-paced business enjoying an accelerated pace of growth so you will be analytical, forward thinking and will thrive in a dynamic environment. You will be passionate about green energy and keeping up to date with developments in the sector.

To learn more about the role, please contact Kate Livingstone on 07949 268178 for a confidential discussion. Alternatively, please send your CV to Kate@LBTalent.co.uk or to Adrian@LBTalent.co.uk.

Livingstone Bott Talent is a specialist recruitment consultancy focused on the Technology sectors. We will respond to every approach. Please note, any references to PQE are offered as a guide only and we will also consider other suitable candidates with requisite expertise in the relevant areas. Livingstone Bott Talent is exclusively retained on this assignment and is the sole application point.

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