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Mid to Senior-Level Construction Lawyer

JR-2288 Requisition #

Group Overview


Clifford Chance's Construction Group is unique in operating at the top tier of all industry sectors. Our approach is to be innovative and commercial, providing a complete and market-leading service to clients.


The Group's four main areas of work comprises




We are working on pathfinding edge renewable and energy transition technologies including green hydrogen, floating offshore wind, CSP+storage and carbon capture projects in addition to our established market leading position on  nuclear, fixed offshore wind, onshore wind, hydropower, PV solar, thermosolar, biomass, energy from waste and conventional energy projects.  Recent examples include a major UK new nuclear project, the first 3 commercial-scale offshore wind projects in France and a hydropower project in Georgia.


Social and Transport Infrastructure


We are proud to be associated with some of the world's most iconic and vital transport, utilities, defence and social infrastructure projects.  We are currently working on light rail projects, new hospitals and major new bridges and tunnel projects.


Real Estate & New Communities


From signature office buildings to urban regeneration; from sports stadia to luxury hotels.  Examples include Battersea Power Station redevelopment, major new data centres and leading international sports projects.


Industrial Processes and Natural resources


We cover all industrial process facilities from mines to mills.  We work on some of the world's largest mineral deals including LNG liquefaction and regass projects, refineries and petchem facilities and mining projects.


Key Attractions


The only leading law firm to maintain a highly specialist construction team of such size and dedicated focus.


The future of the practice: the quality of our instructions and the continuing success of the Construction Group make it one of the leading places to be doing this kind of work.


A wide variety of instructions from a variety of clients, including the very biggest and complex deals.  We work with some of the firm's strategic clients on projects which will touch and change all of our lives – often involving pathfinding technology.


Regular training sessions, alternating between detailed, single issue reviews and broader industry topics – an intensive regime of training and skills development keeps us at the top of our game as Construction Lawyers.


Knowledge sharing – members of the Group regularly contribute to blogs and pitches as well as delivering workshops to clients and contacts.


A highly competitive base salary, with potential for a substantial bonus under the Clifford Chance bonus scheme.


Great prospects for long-term career development.


Who you will work with


The prominence of our Construction Group makes this an unrivalled opportunity for high calibre candidates who wish to work on the biggest and most iconic projects globally to develop their careers in a fast-moving sector.  We aim to be market leaders in the sectors in which we operate and look for Lawyers who share this ambition.


As part of the group, you will work closely with the firm's top-ranked Energy & Infrastructure, Real Estate, and International Arbitration Groups, often in other offices in the network.  Our clients are primarily project sponsors and developers, but we also advise lenders, investors and contractors.


The Construction group in London is made up of 3 Partners and approximately 10-14 Lawyers and Trainees.  It is also the central hub of our global construction group of over 100 Lawyers.  Our work regularly involves projects in Africa, Latin America as well as Continental Europe and the UK.


The group is non-hierarchical, and Lawyers will find themselves working directly with Partners and handling certain matters themselves.


What you will be responsible for


As a Lawyer at Clifford Chance your remit will be to apply your full knowledge of the law within your specialist area by identifying legal issues, drafting and advising clients.  We have an extensive education programme, but you will also be expected to be proactive in ensuring that your technical expertise is up to date.  You will collaborate in knowledge initiatives for the Firm.


Lawyers working in our Construction Group act for sponsors/developers, funders, contractors and other project participants and you can expect to be involved in the drafting, negotiation and analysis of construction, operation/fm and ancillary documentation. 


There is a clear transactional bias to the Group's work and our Lawyers are required to involve themselves in the management and organisation of teams of clients, Lawyers and professional advisers.  You will utilise client focus initiatives to understand and drive service levels to meet client needs.


Managing matters with a disciplined practice is key, including adhering to matter opening and conflicts clearance processes. 


We have a wide range of tools and support services available and you will be expected to utilise Best Delivery tools: e.g. templates, Legal Support Centre, Resource Management, Legal Project Managers and Matter Balance Reports.


We encourage all Lawyers to take charge of their own development and you will be expected to complete any mandatory and relevant skills, risk and legal training.  

Your career experience so far


You will have first class mid to senior-level non-contentious construction/projects experience, probably gained at a City firm, or at an overseas common law practice with a highly regarded profile.


As a mid or senior-level lawyer in our team, you will be expected to take a lead associate role, often managing teams of lawyers, often across multiple practice areas and/or jurisdictions; or working as a construction specialist supporting a wider team of lawyers from across the London office and/or the wider network.


You will have proven experience of working across infrastructure and/or energy/power projects. 


You will naturally be able to demonstrate excellent document drafting skills.  You should also demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills, along with a high level of commercial awareness and will have had strong exposure of collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams.


It is crucial that you can demonstrate an appetite for developing client relationships and thought leadership.


A strong academic history is essential.


How we will support you


From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and development your skills and knowledge.  From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.


As well as recruiting the best people, we insist on the professional development of all our employees.  Our Lawyers work continuously to develop both legal and personal skills through the training programmes offered by the 'in-house' law education system, the Clifford Chance Academy. 


About the Firm


Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance.  And wherever you’re heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.


Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and languages.  In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career. 


We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working.  Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.


Equal opportunities


At Clifford Chance we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.


We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.


Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm.  Find out more here.


Competitive Salary and discretionary bonus, plus a range of exceptional benefits including pension, private medical cover, life insurance and income replacement insurance.


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