About the Company
Ventient Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s largest generator of onshore wind energy, and the largest non-utility owner of onshore wind. With 34 wind farms located from Caithness to Cornwall, comprising 509 turbines and 690MW of installed capacity, Ventient Energy supplies the equivalent of 420,000 homes annually, offsetting 0.75 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. The company was formed by combining the Zephyr portfolio of 15 wind farms with 19 wind farms that were formerly owned by Infinis, with the entire portfolio of wind farms now owned by institutional investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. The company Headquarters are in Edinburgh where most of its staff are located. Staff who support our wind farm assets are located throughout the UK in regions within close proximity to the wind farms. Current headcount is approximately 42 people.
- Position Title: Legal Counsel
- Reporting To: Head of Legal
- Department: Legal
- Key Contacts: Ventient Executive Team, JP Morgan Asset Management, external stakeholders and Legal Counsel
- Location: Edinburgh
- Direct Reports: N/A
- Role Type: Permanent
- Work Pattern: Full Time - Monday to Friday
A significant role within a busy and expanding legal department, with a strong focus on UK and international acquisition and subsequent integration work. Part of a team with significant importance in the business throughout acquisition, integration and the ongoing management and development of a portfolio of operational windfarms.
The position requires and provides for the development of a wide range of legal, management and communication skills through (i) assistance with all types of legal work, but particularly from a commercial contract and corporate point of view and (ii) the management of external stakeholders and legal counsel, and (iii) the provision of advice to internal stakeholders on all legal, risk, compliance, ESG and regulatory matters.
- Due diligence required for and an involvement in all types of acquisition, both within the UK and internationally.
- A key role in the legal work required to integrate new assets into an existing portfolio, and associated corporate structuring work.
- Assistance with any re-financing activities.
- Ongoing assistance with all types of legal work required in the business, liaising both internally and externally with stakeholders and specialist legal counsel where required (including in relation to power purchase agreements, maintenance contracts and operational management contracts).
- Managing external legal counsel to achieve successful and cost-effective advice and support.
- Help to create and implement legal strategies, policies and governance solutions consistent with the long-term interests of the company, together with the implementation of shareholder portfolio level policies.
- Develop and enhance the company’s ability to identify and understand contractual, commercial and legal risks and issues at an early stage and use best practice and cost-effective solutions to consistently manage and resolve those risks and issues
- Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of developments in relevant legislation and regulation and advise senior management on the same.
- Maintaining all documentation and legal records to ensure compliance with internal governance.
- Assistance with company secretarial duties for the company.
Qualifications, Training & Professional Memberships:
- 2 – 4 years PQE experience in a busy corporate / project team.
- Experience in the renewables / power / M&A sector and a solid understanding of the processes.
- Strong technical knowledge of commercial legal contracts, key points and structure.
- Experience in financing work
- Good drafting and negotiation skills.
- Good working knowledge of standard office technology and legal database systems.
- Familiarity with company secretarial type work.
- Language skills.
- A willingness to provide solutions, and to expand expertise.
- Dedication to achieving both personal and team goals and a drive to succeed.
- Proactive, autonomous and adaptable.
- Good commercial awareness and ability to liaise with different members of the business.
- Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- A demonstrable commitment to ethical practices.
- Good team player, able to build trust within the team and the wider business.
- A flexible approach to working hours.