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Job Title Lawyer - Senior Associate – Trading Disputes
Job Location Guildford
Job Type Lawyers/Attorneys
Expertise International Trade and Commodities

Job Description | Associate - Energy, Marine and Natural Resources

The Role

Department: Energy, Marine and Natural Resources

Location: Guildford (flexibility to work up to 3 days from home and from our London office)

Role: Permanent

The Team

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

The Firm

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

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
  • Celebrate difference 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 Excellence

Technical legal expertise: the knowledge of the law and ability to apply it

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 with others

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

Knowledge sharing

Personal Effectiveness


Clarity of thinking

Personal contribution

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.


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