Job Description | Associate - Energy, Marine and Natural
Department: Energy, Marine and Natural Resources
Location: Guildford (flexibility to work up to 3 days
from home and from our London office)
We specialise in dispute resolution and international arbitration in
the energy, renewables international trading and shipping sector. Our
clients include some of the biggest international energy companies,
and commodity traders in the world. In addition to our mainstream
energy work, we have a particular focus on offshore wind, carbon
capture, biofuels and energy transition work. Some notable clients,
matters and work types include:
Summary judgment in the Commercial Court in relation to
non-delivery of a petrochemical cargo and recovery of a pre-payment
(with various issues around FM and injunctive relief).
Back to back FOSFA arbitration for non-delivery/non-acceptance of
a cargo of soyabeans after an accident leading to the arrest of the
vessel onto which part of the cargo had been loaded.
Advising on a variety of trading disputes regarding issues such as
shortage, contamination, non-payment and force majeure as well as
advising on the drafting of trading contracts, particularly in
relation to the sale/purchase of petrochemical products.
Advising on live trading issues, particularly around
specification, rejection and battle of the forms issues.
Advising on live shipping issues relating to charterparty and bill
of lading dispute, arrest etc.
Bespoke drafting of charterparties (particularly LNG) and off-take agreements.
Advising client in claims arising from collapse of Zenrock
Commodities Trading Pte Limited including in regard to defending
against assertion of pledge rights, claims under assignments and
defending bank's challenge of a set-off agreement. Advising in
regard to two banks claiming an assignment on the same chose in action.
Clients include TotalEnergies, Sinopec, INEOS, Unipec, Sinochem,
Saudi Aramco, Mitsui & Co.
Essential Skills & Experience
The candidate will work within our Energy, Marine and Natural
Resources group on both disputes and non-contentious work in the
energy and renewables (, commodity trading and shipping sectors. The
candidate will support the team on a broad spectrum of work but with
a key focus on trading. Contractual and commercial dispute
resolution experience is a requirement and contentious commodities
trading work would be highly valued. In addition, experience (either
contentious or non-contentious) in any of energy, renewables or
shipping or construction would be a plus. The successful candidate
will have qualified as a solicitor or barrister in England & Wales.
4+ years post qualification contractual/commercial dispute
resolution experience a requirement.
Strong academic background (minimum 2:1 or equivalent)
Essential Skills & Experience
Clyde & Co is a leading global
law firm, specialising in the sectors that underpin global trade and
commercial activity, namely: insurance, transport, construction,
energy, trade and commodities. It is globally integrated, offering a
comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious legal
services and commercially-minded legal advice to businesses
operating across the world. Clyde & Co is committed to operating
in a responsible way. This means progressing towards a diverse and
inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of its communities
and clients, using its legal skills to support its communities
through pro bono work, volunteering and charitable partnerships, and
minimising the impact it has on the environment. The firm has 480
partners, 2400 lawyers, 3200 legal professionals and 5000 people
overall in over 60 offices and associated offices worldwide.
Our values are the principles that
guide the decisions we make, unite us in our endeavours and
strengthen our delivery, for our clients and our firm. We:
Work as one
We are a globally connected team of talented people
who act with a firm-first mentality to achieve success
Excel with clients
We aim high and challenge ourselves to deliver
unique excellence for our clients, keeping them at the centre of
everything we do
We help each other to be at our best and believe our
differences result in greater achievement
Act boldly We
seek new opportunities, take action and learn as we go, recognising
that curiosity drives our development and contributes to growth
Role Competency Requirements
Clyde & Co is committed to providing extensive, personal and
professional development opportunities for our people enabling them to
be highly effective in their current role as well as assisting them to
fulfil their career aspirations.
The competencies are used to inform all aspects of career
development. They vary across levels and different business areas and
fall under the following areas:
Technical legal expertise: the knowledge of the law and ability to
Research: the ability to conduct research effectively and apply it commercially
Managing legal processes: the ability to ensure all legal processes
are followed efficiently and effectively
People and Team
Guiding individual performance and development: develops the skills
of self and others
Teamwork and collaboration: working cooperatively and effectively
Leadership: creating high performing teams
Client Relationships and Business Development
Building business relationships: establishing, maintaining and using
relationships to create and develop business opportunities
Commercial thinking: understanding the commercial drivers
Cross-selling and business development
Finance and Practice Management
Finance management and understanding of the business
Project management: ensuring projects are delivered
Clarity of thinking
This is the job description as constituted at present; however the
Firm reserves the right to reasonably amend it in accordance with
the changing needs of the business.