Friends of the Earth
13 Mar 2018
26 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide Friends of the Earth with legal advice and representation in support of our overall aims and objectives, including to inform campaign strategy and tactics, and to help win campaigns. To provide legal advice and representation to external clients to advance Friends of the Earth's aims and objectives, and to help win campaigns. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS Provide legal services, advice and representation to Friends of the Earth and external clients - such as community groups opposing fracking. Recruit and manage legal interns and volunteers. Educate and train colleagues, campaigners and activists and target client groups on key legal issues. Build and maintain relationships to further Friends of the Earth's aims and objectives. Represent Friends of the Earth externally to a variety of audiences including lawyers, campaigners, local communities, politicians and in the media. Defend, promote and strengthen access to environmental justice. Be aware of and follow Friend of the Earth policies and procedures, with particular attention to: Risk Management; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and our values. Attend training as necessary and update own Continuing Professional Development record. PERSON SPECIFICATION (ASSESSED AT SHORTLISTING STAGE) Essential Qualified solicitor or barrister. Currently (or recently) working in UK public law and environmental, or, planning law. Direct experience of taking cases to court, tribunal or public inquiry. Demonstrable experience of having presented legal information in various forms to non-lawyers, or to a range of public audiences and events. Has dealt with a wide range of people including technical experts, local campaigners, general public, politicians, government and other officials. Proven research and/or policy formation, lobbying and/or representation skills. A team orientated work ethic. Desirable Experience of managing staff or volunteers. Current knowledge of environmental and planning law, or considerable expertise in one. Knowledge of law relating to international climate change agreements. Knowledge of defamation law. In house experience of providing legal advice. Experience of campaigning. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES (assessed at the interview) Ability to manage competing priorities under pressure. Ability to work with people from a range of professional and demographic backgrounds - including local campaigners. Commitment to Friends of the Earth's aims and values. Results driven. A strong team orientated work ethic.

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