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Senior Construction Lawyer

Location: 

Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  Legal BP UK Transmission and GSO
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  29974
Job Category: 
Job Function:  Legal, Regulatory and Compliance

About the role

 

Job Title: Senior Construction Lawyer
Position Type: Full time, permanent
Location: National Grid House, Warwick.  We operate a Hybrid Working approach with a mix of home and office working to suit the needs of the business and our employees, using technology to ensure we always feel connected.

 
We are recruiting a qualified solicitor or barrister, with significant experience in non-contentious construction law. 

 

The UK is on a journey to reach net zero by 2050. The energy sector plays a vital part in helping the country to make this transformational change but to deliver on this ambition we need people with talent, the drive, and the passion to help us tackle climate change. Constructing new infrastructure sits at the heart of realising this ambition. We are therefore seeing unprecedented growth in the need for construction legal support. The need for a construction lawyer in the UK Legal team is to provide construction and engineering legal advice to National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET), in both the delivery of existing infrastructure projects and new infrastructure projects both on and potentially offshore. These are large projects in terms of scale and complexity. 

 


You will work closely with colleagues in the UK Legal team, alongside other stakeholders to plan and deliver NGET construction projects ranging from £millions to £billions. Such projects include the construction of new substations, overhead line and underground cable routes and potentially offshore cable projects. 

 

You will be part of the UK Legal team. You will be working with two other construction lawyers and will also work closely with other lawyers in the team to deliver NGET’s infrastructure projects. 

 

Alongside strong legal skills, we are looking for an individual who is passionate about energy and the net-zero ambition and who has the drive to support and enable the business in its ambitions. You will also have commercial awareness of the industry within which NGET operates.

 

You will be a natural and instinctive communicator, able to listen effectively and advise at all levels within National Grid while using your experience and expertise to develop other members of the UK Legal team and colleagues in the wider business.

 

You must be able to take the lead on the construction law aspects of major infrastructure projects, with the ability to influence through a broad range of contacts. 
 

 

About you

 

 

 

•    Qualified solicitor or barrister with significant experience in non-contentious construction law, acquired in private practice and/or within an in-house legal team (likely to have at least 6 years PQE, although all levels of PQE will be considered if you can show the requisite experience). 
•    Experience of advising on ad hoc construction disputes (not a prerequisite).
•    Ideally you will have knowledge of advising on the Utilities Contract Regulations along with experience of advising in the energy sector or another regulated environment (training will be provided).
•    Ideally have experience of drafting commercial contracts. 
•    Excellent communicator, also able to listen effectively in a team or business environment and build strong relationships. 
•    Ideally have experience of working on large scale and complex infrastructure projects.
•    Capable of using experience and expertise to develop and train other members of the UK Legal team.
•    Capable of taking the lead on the development of legal construction contracting strategy and a credible voice in setting the overall strategy.
•    Effective project manager with ability to lead and deliver high profile and strategic projects with ability to influence through broad range of internal and external contacts.
•    Ability to manage and deliver against competing priorities.
•    Experience and strong track record in project or relationship management.
 

 

What you'll get

 

 

A competitive salary – dependent on experience. 

 


As well as your base salary, you will receive a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, a salary sacrifice technology scheme, support via the employee assistance line and matched charity giving to name a few.

 

We will also support with your development during your career with National Grid. 
 

 

Key accountabilities

 

 

•    Responsible for delivering first class legal advice and steering, developing and delivering appropriate legal strategy for contractual arrangements for construction projects, strategic construction contracts and construction activity to help NGET deliver its commercial outcomes.

•    Responsible for drafting and leading negotiations on a wide variety of construction contracts for construction services and/or goods including: NEC, FIDIC, EPC, professional service contracts, framework agreements (including call-off contracts), performance bonds and parent company guarantees.

•    Advising the relevant business teams and the procurement team on the Utilities Contract Regulations in the context of the procurement of construction goods and/or services (training will be given where necessary).

•    Providing legal advice to project managers and other stakeholders in relation to projects which are in the delivery phase. This may include advice on contractual interpretation and advice on compensation event claims. 

•    Representing UK Legal at internal meetings where construction legal support is required. 

•    Ad hoc advice on construction law matters in relation to customers wishing to connect to the National Grid electricity transmission system. 

•    Ad hoc advice to NGET’s commercial arm who provide third party construction and engineering services. 

•    The role also envisages advising the relevant business teams on a wide range of general construction matters, supported by other lawyers in the team.

•    There is the opportunity to broaden your skills and knowledge and support NGET in other legal work carried out by the UK Legal team, for example, commercial contracts, GDPR, IP and outsourcing contracts. 

•    Working closely with, and sharing know-how with other colleagues within UK Legal working on infrastructure projects and construction/commercial matters.  

•    Drafting briefing notes to internal stakeholders (including the Board) where appropriate.

•    Highlight priority areas requiring the mitigation of legal and commercial risk and agree with the NGET Legal Business Partner action plans to address issues to ensure timely delivery of changes or corrective actions.

•    Identify and work with NGET and the UK Legal team in the implementation of continuous improvement to deliver on-going improvements in business performance, including proactively identifying, managing and mitigating construction, commercial, contractual, procurement and competition law risks.

•    Manage external counsel to deliver timely drafting and other advice that accurately and effectively implements agreed commercial principles or business strategy to a high standard, within budget and demonstrably driving value for money. This will include building strong working relationships with NGET’s external counsel. 

•    Work with other members of UK Legal and deliver specific expert support in the conduct of construction disputes and to facilitate external lawyers to deliver timely support to a high standard.

•    Support in drafting precedent contracts for UK Legal and the business.

•    Deliver insightful and easy to understand presentations and training to other members of the UK Legal team and business teams on relevant construction law topics or other topics to drive continuous improvement within both the UK Legal team and NGET.

•    Contribute to ad hoc internal projects within UK Legal.

•    Use your experience to develop and supervise other members of UK Legal team on construction matters.
 

About us

 

 

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow. In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) owns and operates the high voltage electricity transmission system in England and Wales. Our role is key in enabling the transition to a low carbon energy system by designing and building the generation and demand connections and wider infrastructure needed to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets.

 


There’s never been a better time to work in energy. It’s a time of opportunity and transformation as we strive to provide a greener, cleaner energy system for the country. We’re looking for people with the skills and enthusiasm to help deliver for our customers today and build an energy network that’s fit for the future. In return we can offer you the chance to make a real impact at work.
 

More information

 

 

The closing date for this vacancy is 22 May 2022 however we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid reserves the right to remove this advert or close it for further applications at any point during the recruitment process.


At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.


Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.

 

 

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At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.