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Construction Lawyer (Contentious) – Energy, Projects, Infrastructure, and Construction

Projects, Infrastructure and Construction

Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol

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We are seeking an ambitious and experienced Contentious Construction Lawyer to join our successful and highly regarded Energy, Projects, Infrastructure, and Construction (EPIC) team. Based in Plymouth, Exeter, or Bristol; with a blend of office and home working available based around client, career, and community. This is a superb opportunity to progress your career, working with high quality clients as part of an encouraging and supportive team. 

The Energy, Projects, Infrastructure, and Construction (EPIC) team at Foot Anstey, which is ranked and recommended in the inaugural Legal 500 Green Guide UK, has huge experience in the renewable / clean energy field and are recognised leaders in the industry. You will be someone we can invest in to help us to build and grow the contentious construction practice and you will be proactive and ambitious for its success. In return, you will be fully encouraged, supported and resourced to be successful in growing your skill set and practice, and complementing the considerable skills across the sector team. You’ll be keen to progress, and we will work with you to ensure you realise your potential by agreeing realistic and achievable goals which will get you to where you want to go.

What you’ll do

From the outset, you will be involved in a range of innovative energy, project, infrastructure and construction disputes matters, encompassing all forms of risk management, strategic advice and dispute resolution including adjudication, litigation and arbitration.

You can expect to be using your existing skills and knowledge to work with independence where you feel comfortable doing so, while benefiting from support as needed from senior lawyers on more complex matters. We will actively encourage you to develop your skills and confidence over time, whether with client contact and business advisory expertise or with the supervision and development of more junior members of the team. If you enjoy client development opportunities, there is considerable scope to engage and  to develop or enhance your profile.

What we’re looking for

The team already boasts a wealth of experience acting on significant national and international projects and in growing the team we are looking for future leaders who will help us continue to  expand our practice. You will be  team orientated and enjoy collaboration across immediate and wider teams, as well as working  with colleagues across the firm. We’re an enthusiastic, personable and grounded team that enjoys working together to deliver great solutions to our clients, both remotely and  through working together in person. 

With recent experience working as part of a busy contentious construction or similar team, you will be seeking to take the next step in your career, where you can enhance your profile and create new and lasting connections with household name clients. We’re seeking someone who is motivated and equally able to motivate others, with the enthusiasm and commitment to share knowledge and build capacity across the wider team.  You will have an interest in one of our specialisms, whether that is renewable energy, developers, infrastructure, modern methods of construction, nuclear, retail or one of Foot Anstey’s other core areas.  

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. We encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with 28 days annual leave, private medical insurance (eligibility applies) and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. You can also buy holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, or anything else, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients’ goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we’ve grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers  and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients’ needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from nine locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as a ‘hub’ base in Oxford and Manchester.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy, and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021. We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities, and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

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