Senior Legal Manager - Sustainable Finance & Litigation

Opportunity Green

London / Remote with travel to London
£60,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Monday, 1st July 2024  

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, steel, and agriculture 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.

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.

What’s the role?

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.

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.

About the candidate:

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • A passion for using their legal skills to direct finance flows away from ineffective solutions and towards sustainable activities, who is brave enough to try new things and persuasive enough to convince others to follow their leadership.

Desirable skills and experience:

We do not expect any candidate to have all the skills listed below but rather we look for transferable skills and potential as well as past experience.

  • A high level of self-motivation and commitment to Opportunity Green’s values, ethos and purpose.
  • Qualification as a solicitor or barrister (practising or non-practising).
  • Experience in litigation, ideally in the financial and regulatory sectors.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to manage other team members.
  • An ability to see solutions to complex problems through a creative legal lens.
  • Experience of writing high-quality legal analysis and/or court submissions.
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to work with technical and legal material, but also an ability to think strategically and not get bogged down in detail when that is unhelpful.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and interact with lawyers and non-lawyers from around the world with kindness and respect.
  • Passion for stopping climate change.
  • Excellent time management, and the ability to meet deadlines, logically tackle problems and set and communicate priorities.

Diversity and inclusion:

Diversity and inclusion are important principles at Opportunity Green. We believe that diversity and inclusion make teams stronger and more effective. We are committed to fair and equitable employment practices, and we are striving to ensure that a variety of voices and experiences are included in our organisation. Our commitment to diversity and our parental leave policy are available to view on our website, here.

We will consider all applicants who meet most or all of the competencies regardless of their identity or background. That said, we know that diverse candidates may be reluctant to apply for jobs where they don’t meet 100% of the criteria outlined in the job description. We encourage anyone to apply who can demonstrate the variety of skills and experiences relevant to meeting the requirements of this role.

We recognise that many diverse experiences and perspectives are not represented in our current workforce, and are seriously underrepresented across the non-profit sector in general, and as such, we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, people of colour, people from marginalised backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. We will use positive action under the Equality Act 2010 to appoint from these groups if two candidates are equally qualified. We also value flexible working and are open to those who would want to work part-time in this role.

What we offer

The successful candidate will be offered an annual salary of £60,000 plus 10% employer-contributed pension. Please note that Opportunity Green has fixed salary scales, with the possibility of step increases with strong performance. When hiring we always hire at the bottom of a band and do not enter negotiations with new employees as negotiations have been historically shown to disadvantage women and minorities.

We take our team’s well-being and professional development seriously. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer:

  • A commitment to work/life balance, with a 4-day work week at 28 hours
  • A generous holiday entitlement of 20 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year’s that does not count towards your holiday entitlement (and expectation that you fully disconnect when taking time off)
  • A market-leading pension of 10%
  • A progressive parental leave policy, including 26 weeks’ paid leave for both parents
  • Lots of flexibility within a hybrid working arrangement, with regular opportunities to come together as a team
  • Support for your professional development as part of Opportunity Green, with a budget to support your learning & development plus opportunities to lead projects, publish content, learn from experts, work directly with policymakers and stakeholders, and take part in conferences and events.

However, it is important to note that while this role is permanent, employment is always reliant on Opportunity Green continuing to receive philanthropic support from our funders, which we expect every member of the team to play their part in working towards.

How to apply:

To minimise the risk of unconscious bias, we ask that applicants remove certain identifying elements from their CVs. If you do not remove these details, we reserve the right to withdraw your application from review.

  • Photos
  • Name – if needed, please use ‘Applicant’
  • Age
  • Email and/or phone number

Unfortunately, if you do not already hold the right to work in the UK and/or require sponsorship to continue working in the UK, Opportunity Green will not be able to consider your application at this time.

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2024 at 9:00am UK time.

What happens next?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview to discuss their experience and suitability for the role. After this, candidates that are most suitable for the vacancy will be invited for an in-person interview in our London office, for which there may also be a short task. Travel will be reimbursed for non-London-based applicants (within the UK).

Online interviews are likely to take place w/c 15th July. In person interviews will likely be shortly after this the following week.

We reserve the right to ask for references during the recruitment process.

We actively encourage applicants to reach out if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to help them demonstrate their full potential in the hiring process. 

Please get in touch at [email protected] and we can discuss how to best make the recruitment process as accessible and comfortable for you as possible.

You can read our application guide here.

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