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Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland (ERCS)

Solicitor (Partner)  

Deadline for submission of applications: 10am Monday 1st July 2024

Salary for Lawyers: £41,280 (pro rata)

Annual leave: 35 days inclusive of public holidays (plus additional 1 day of leave per year of service up to maximum 5 days) (pro rata)

Hours: 21-35 hours per week agreed upon appointment 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Location: Hybrid working arrangements with office space in Edinburgh

Start date: Immediate

About us

The Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland (ERCS) was registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCO50257) in 2020. Our vision is of a Scotland where every person's right to a healthy environment is respected, protected and fulfilled. Our mission is to assist everyone, especially people who face the biggest barriers, to exercise their rights in environmental law and to protect the environment.

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated environmental lawyer to help us establish Scotland's only law centre for environmental justice. A key objective in the first year is to establish ERCS Law Practice as a not-for-profit law firm. Together with the Principal Solicitor / Legal Director, you will be a partner in the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) through which ERCS will deliver its legal services. You will provide clients with comprehensive legal advice and representation, in all aspects of environmental law, in a way which is practical, meaningful and easily understood; and identify opportunities to undertake strategic litigation.

 

We encourage applications from people who are Black or from minority ethnic communities, disabled people and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. ERCS is a Disability Confident Committed employer to demonstrate our commitment to welcoming disabled applicants for all roles. We commit to making reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process so disabled job applicants have the best opportunites to demonstrate that they can do the job.

How to apply

For more details including the full job description and how to apply see HERE

Closing date:  10am Monday 1st July 2024

Interviews: Friday 26th July in person at Royal Society for The Protection Of Birds office, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 9DH. Please include in your accompanying email any times that you would not be available to attend an interview if shortlisted. 

Informal enquires email Dr Ben Christman, Principal Solicitor / Legal Director 


 


Opportunity Green

Please note that we are currently hiring for two new positions in Opportunity Green’s legal team. Please only apply for one position (i.e., the position you think you are most suited to and are most interested in), but note that we may consider you for other suitable positions if appropriate and will contact you if this is the case.

About us

Established in 2021, Opportunity Green is a fast-growing not-for-profit organisation that helps to identify and unlock opportunities to tackle climate change. We build ambitious coalitions, support climate vulnerable countries in international negotiations and find innovative legal pathways to fight climate change. Our legal team works on climate legal actions relating to the aviation, shipping, buildings and steel sectors in the UK, EU and internationally. We provide strategic legal analysis to support decarbonisation in these sectors; undertake legal interventions, including legal challenges and litigation; and undertake legal advocacy, including submissions to international courts, states and the United Nations.

Senior Legal Manager, Sustainable Finance and Litigation 

Deadline for submission of applications: 1st July 2024 at 9am UK time

Salary: £60,000 plus 10% employer-contribution pension 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Work pattern: 4 day full-time work week (Monday - Thursday)

Location: London-based or remote, as long as travel to the office in London for two consecutive days per month is feasible

Job Description

We are now looking for a Senior Legal Manager to build our work on strategic legal interventions to help drive sustainable finance flows and systems across our sectoral focus areas.  Our objective is to use legal levers to ensure that finance flows are directed to projects and activities that are aligned with a 1.5°C pathway. By using the law, we believe we can effect change in the operation of financial markets, bringing about systemic change in the activities and operations of these sectors.

 

Reporting to Opportunity Green's Legal Director, you will be leading our sustainable finance legal interventions, with an initial focus on the aviation and shipping sectors, and you will be responsible for developing our sustainable finance workstream. You will be joining at an exciting time, as the team takes forward various legal actions and looks to develop new interventions. You will be working at the cutting edge of climate law in new and emerging areas, and will be required to identify and develop strategic legal action ideas that could help to drive change across the full legal lifecycle, from delivering policy-level change, to crystallizing the financial risk of investment in inadequate climate action, to shifting the investment profile of ineffective transition activities through bringing corporate accountability and greenwashing actions. You will be responsible for the day-to-day development and running of cases and other non-contentious legal actions, including coordination with external counsel where relevant. You will also work closely with a wide range of NGOs with technical, scientific, and campaigning expertise. We are particularly interested in applications from those with a background in financial law and litigation.

 

For a copy of the full job description click HERE

 

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please click HERE

Closing date:  1st July 2024 at 9am UK time

Interviews: online interview are likely to take place w/c 15 July. In person interviews will likely be shortly after the following week. 

If you have any questions, or you need additional requirements and/or reasonable adjustments at the application stage, please contact [email protected]

 

Legal Manager, Agriculture and Land Use 

Deadline for submission of applications: 15th July 2024

Salary: £50,000 plus 10% employer-contribution pension 

Contract Type: Permanent 

Work pattern: 4 day full-time work week (Monday - Thursday)

Location: London-based or remote, as long as travel to the office in London for two consecutive days per month is feasible

Job Description

We are now looking for a Legal Manager to help scope the potential to use legal levers to drive decarbonisation in the agriculture and land use sector. Reporting to Opportunity Green's Legal Director, you will be responsible for leading our new work on agriculture and land use, including strategic legal analysis and interventions. you will be undertaking initial legal research to identify and develop legal strategies for driving decarbonisation in the agriculture and land use sectors. You will then use your legal skills to lead the implementation of such strategies, with the support of the wider legal team. You will be working at the cutting edge of climate law in new and emerging areas, and will help identify and develop strategic legal action ideas that aim to drive system change in these sectors. You will use your legal skills to think outside of the box and develop innovative legal pathways for change in these sectors, with a view to taking forward the most promising actions. You will work closely with a wide range of NGOs across Europe to obtain technical and policy insight on your ideas to help you develop them into actionable concepts. Our legal team is already achieving outsized impact with a great team spirit. We are looking for someone who is analytical and organised, but who is also a people person with great communication skills, a collaborative approach and a passion for fighting climate change. Opportunity Green is a growing organisation so you will also be involved in supporting other aspects of work, such as contributing to funding proposals, developing campaign strategy, providing legal input into communications, and taking part in our committees.

 

For a copy of the full job description click HERE

 

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role, please click HERE

Closing date:  15th July 2024

Interviews: online interview are likely to take place w/c 29 July. In person interviews will likely be shortly after this (w/c 12 August). 

If you have any questions, or you need additional requirements and/or reasonable adjustments at the application stage, please contact [email protected]