Legal Counsel

Equans UK&I has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Counsel within its Digital and Energy Services (“DES”) division. DES is a division of Equans which offers fully integrated digital and energy solutions for our customers including embedded energy, energy solutions (in particular solar and hydrogen), energy and carbon consulting, connected cities, electric vehicle charging and smart buildings solutions.  

This role reports directly into the Head of Legal for the DES division. You will also work closely with the DES legal and business teams especially business development, commercial and senior management and externally with counterparty legal advisers, Equans external legal advisers, contract counterparties and customers.

What will you deliver? 

  • Providing commercially focused legal advice on a broad range of projects ensuring compliance with applicable law.
  • Reviewing, negotiating and/or drafting agreements and conducting contract negotiations with project counterparties including development, construction, O&M, financing, offtake, joint venture and SaaS agreements for a wide range of projects
  • Supporting on commercial and contractual matters for tenders, projects, variations and on-going contractual and operational matters.
  • Assisting on the governance of transactions at local and Equans’ group level.
  • Working closely with colleagues throughout the Equans’ group and with customers.
  • Managing external legal resource as required.
  • Assisting in developing and delivering training on legal matters for colleagues across the Equans’ business. 

What can we offer you? 

On offer is a competitive salary, car or car allowance, bonus and benefits package, which includes;

  • 25 days annual leave (+ public holidays)
  • Life Cover equivalent to 3x times annual salary
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • 2 corporate social responsibility days per year
  • Broad range of learning opportunities, such as professional qualifications, collective/individual training, and personalized support programmes
  • Attractive Employee Referral Rewards Scheme
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app

Who are we looking for?

  • UK (or common law equivalent) qualified solicitor or barrister Experience in both private practice and in-house roles preferred but not essential
  • We will be flexible depending on the quality of experience
  • Understanding of the contractual framework surrounding energy projects in particular renewables within the UK energy market. 
  • Experience of energy projects preferred. Experience in or familiarity with hydrogen projects would be useful.
  • Experience of or a keen interest in new and evolving technologies and digital transformation.
  • Experience of negotiating bespoke construction and O&M agreements and also agreements based on industry standard forms in particular the JCT suite of contracts, NEC, FIDIC and IChemE.

Who are we?

Equans is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.  

In the UK & Ireland, Equans is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

Equans’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live.

Equans is a Bouygues group company.

What's next?

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch.

As part of a positive action drive to address under-representation in senior management positions we encourage applications from women, ethnically diverse individuals and people with disabilities, along with all candidates who identify with protected characteristic groups under the Equality Act 2010.

In support of our positive action measures, we will consider applications that do not meet all the technical requirements if candidates can demonstrate how transferable skills will enable them to successfully deliver the remit of the role in an environment which promotes a flexible working culture.

At Equans we're committed to delivering a culture where everyone's voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you'll find a welcoming and open workplace where you're supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. You'll also have access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), Veterans & Reservists, WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals


Senior Legal Counsel

Equans is looking for a Senior Legal Counsel to join our team in London or Leeds on a 12 month fixed term contract basis. This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week. On offer is a competitive salary, company vehicle or allowance, bonus and benefits package.

This role reports directly to the Head of Legal for the Sustainable FM division but will work closely with the Sustainable FM legal and business teams especially operations, commercial and senior management and externally with counterparty legal advisers, external legal advisers, contract counterparties and customers.

What will you deliver?

  • Providing commercially focused legal advice across a portfolio of FM contracts within PFI projects, particularly in the healthcare, education and central government sectors, together with non-PFI public sector contracts, and ensuring compliance with applicable law.
  • Reviewing, negotiating and/or drafting agreements and conducting contract negotiations with project counterparties, including facilities management services agreements, variations, construction works contracts and ancillary documents.
  • Supporting on commercial and contractual matters with respect to FM tenders, projects, variations and on-going contractual and operational matters for PFI and non-PFI FM projects.
  • Advising on legal aspects of proposed and existing subcontracts, appointments, bonds, guarantees, warranties and similar.
  • Preparing corporate authorisations and working with Equans’ Company Secretarial Team.
  • Ensuring compliance with Equans’ group policies and procedures.
  • Assisting on the governance of transactions at local and Equans’ group level.
  • Liaising with the relevant parent companies within the Equans group regarding the wording and approval of parent company guarantees, and any variations to these, to secure Equans’ obligations.
  • Monitor disputes/ potential disputes and collaborate with internal disputes team and external advisors (legal/experts etc.)
  • Managing legally privileged health and safety investigations within Sustainable FM with external counsel.
  • Working closely with colleagues including throughout the Equans’ group and with customers.
  • Selecting, appointing and managing external legal resource as required.
  • Review current legislation and regulations and to advise on their potential impact on present and future activities within the division.
  • Advise on planned future legislation, regulation and their potential impact on activities within the division.
  • Involvement in developing and delivering training on various issues for colleagues across the Equans business.
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What can we offer you?

On offer is a competitive salary, car or car allowance, bonus and benefits package, which includes;

  • 25 days annual leave (+ public holidays)
  • Life Cover equivalent to 3x times annual salary
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • 2 corporate social responsibility days per year
  • Broad range of learning opportunities, such as professional qualifications, collective/individual training, and personalized support programmes
  • Attractive Employee Referral Rewards Scheme
  • Access to our growing employee networks including WiE (Women in Equans), RISE (BAME), LGBTQI+, Working Parents, YPN (Young Persons Network) and our Disability Network
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app

Who are we looking for?

  • Good knowledge of relevant areas of law including PFI, projects, facilities management and construction law.
  • Knowledge and experience of the UK PFI sector is essential.
  • Strong drafting, negotiating and analytical skills. Ability to draft and negotiate a variety of documentation including PFI services contracts and related projects and construction documentation.
  • Experience of negotiating bespoke facilities management agreements and construction agreements based on industry standard forms such as the JCT suite of contracts and NEC is required.
  • Ability to deal with risk management, governance and compliance.
  • Ability to manage a sizeable workload in a fast paced environment.
  • Comfortable with stakeholder management but also able to work with colleagues at all levels of the business.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills, with the ability to influence and persuade others in a constructive manner.

Who are we?

Equans is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.  

In the UK & Ireland, Equans is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

Equans’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live.

Equans is a Bouygues group company.

 

What's next?

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch.

At Equans we’re committed to delivering a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you’ll find a welcoming and open workplace where you’re supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. You’ll also have access to our growing employee networks including WiE (Women in Equans), RISE (BAME), LGBTQI+, Working Parents, YPN (Young Professionals Network) and our Disability Network.

For this role, you must have evidence of the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a re-location package with this job role.  Certain roles may require applicants to undergo a Disclosure check, as noted in the role requirements.

The Equans Resourcing Team supports this job advert. Agency involvement is not required. All related enquiries must come to the resourcing team not direct to Equans Managers.