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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  Competitive Salary & Benefits

Sunderland, GB

Career Area:  Legal, Strategy & Compliance


Vacancy Overview

EDF Renewables. Building a sustainable future through wind power and other renewable technologies, in partnership with local communities.

Solicitor, Durham (Edinburgh considered), Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Opportunity


EDF Renewables UK (“EDF RUK”) is one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies, specialising in wind power and battery storage technology. EDF RUK develops, builds, operates and maintains wind farms and other renewable technologies throughout their lifetime. The EDF RUK portfolio of nearly 1,000 MW consists of 36 wind farms – including two offshore wind farms – and one of the largest operational battery storage facilities in Europe. In addition, EDF RUK is seeking to deliver further growth from its own development pipeline or through securing new acquisitions of projects, and has more than 2 GW consented, in planning and development.


In line with our growth plans, we are seeking a qualified Solicitor with experienced of Onshore Technologies to join our Legal team based in either Edinburgh or Durham.

As a partner and advisor to the business, you’ll embed yourself within our project teams to deliver a proactive and commercially relevant legal service to EDF RUK, including all its business units and subsidiaries, with a particular focus on delivering onshore wind and solar renewables projects across the UK and Ireland. 

The Role


You’ll thrive in this role if you possess very strong organisational skills, are able to prioritise and enjoy working in a team environment, and can demonstrate flexibility, excellent business focus and problem-solving skills. You will be an accomplished lawyer with demonstrable experience, strong academic credentials, a distinguished professional record and natural business orientation.

You will be driven by high standards of work and professionalism and will also have high expectations for yourself and the team. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and are a self‐starter. You can maintain a clear head and efficient manner throughout periods of increased pressure and are accustomed to a fast-paced working environment, acting with a sense of urgency to meet deadlines spanning multiple and complex legal projects. You’ll demonstrate intelligence, sound judgement, common‐sense and a mature outlook. You’re highly motivated with a versatile personality. You have commitment and an ingrained personal style for working within a dynamic environment whilst building a successful business.

The Skills


  • It is essential you are a solicitor qualified to practice Law in Scotland or England and Wales.
  • Possess post-qualification experience in the energy sector and exposure to project development and construction, operation and maintenance and other related energy work.
  • Have experience of drafting and negotiating complex commercial and/or corporate contracts.
  • Be able to work with EDF Renewables shareholders’ respective legal departments, request their support when necessary and report on activities on a regular basis.
  • Analyse legal issues and provide comprehensive and practical legal advice to all levels of management throughout the company, becoming a valued partner.
  • Possess substantial knowledge and experience in dealing with the laws and regulations of UK jurisdictions, particularly with regard to the energy industry and renewable project development.
  • Be detail oriented and meticulous with efficient communication skills (both written and verbal) supported by strong legal research and drafting skills.

Compensation Data

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a pension scheme, a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle, and the opportunity to earn bonus.  

Please let us know if you require flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application.  We’re happy to talk flex in line with the requirements of this opportunity.

Why EDF Renewables?


EDF Renewables is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies and our investment and innovation in the UK is bringing down costs for consumers and bringing significant benefits for communities.  

With our operational portfolio of 36 wind farms – including two offshore wind farms – and one of the largest operational battery storage units in Europe, from the Scottish Highlands to Northamptonshire, we are providing some of the much needed new affordable, low carbon electricity to the UK.  


Work is well underway on the 450 MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm project which is in the Firth of Forth and we’ve extended our Edinburgh office to accommodate around 60 new team members.  


We have more than 2 GW of renewables projects in planning and development and a quarter of those are consented. We also have offices in Rainton Bridge near Durham and in London.  


We know our people are our most valuable asset and we work hard to create a great place to work. This means we’re focused on creating an inclusive and fulfilling working environment, where everyone has a voice and the opportunity to thrive.

Job Segment: Sustainability, Energy

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