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  • Job reference: 914527
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: GBP30000 - GBP45000 per annum + Additional Benefits
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Building, Construction & Infrastructure
  • Date posted: 06/09/2017




SALARY £30,000 - £45,000 PLUS BENEFITS

One of the largest and most diverse energy companies in the UK and Ireland with around 9 million customers and over 19,000 staff. The in-house Legal team has recently been nominated for a number of industry awards and it is recognised as a market leader in the provision of legal services for a FTSE 100 business. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Solicitor to join the Legal team in our Reading and / or London office to lead on the development of legal frameworks, and contractual arrangements, in new markets.

The primary purpose of the role is to provide legal support to the Enterprise Utilities and Heat Networks business. The Utility business is a multi-utility company that carries out design and construction works in respect of assets owned and operated by other Group companies and third parties. The Heat Networks business designs, constructs, owns, operates and maintains district heat projects. This role has been created to work with both businesses on reviews, negotiations and drafting of complex and high value commercial and construction contracts projects throughout the UK.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide legal advice on a range of legal, commercial and operational issues and provide proactive and practical options to your internal client to ensure legal risks are understood and managed.
  • Review, comment on, negotiate and/or draft agreements including construction and commercial agreements.
  • Provide legal advice and liaise and support the business on major bids and tenders.
  • Coordinate and manage the outsourcing of legal work when required.


To be successful in this role, you should:

  • Be an NQ to 2 years qualified solicitor.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the construction industry.
  • Have the ability to deal with a varied range of commercial and construction contracts, including standard form construction contracts (JCT, NEC3 and FIDIC) and understand what is acceptable in the market.
  • Have the ability to work on your own and within a team. Strong negotiation, drafting, communication and inter-personal skills are essential for this role.
  • Excellent organisational skills.

Knowledge of the energy, utility and construction industries will be advantageous.

As this role involves some travel throughout the UK, a full driving licence is desirable.

You can be based form wither our London or our prestigious new Forbury Place office in Reading. If you are London based then you will initially need to travel to Reading 2 days per week in your first few months of employment. Your benefits will include pension scheme, share save and share incentive schemes, generous annual leave entitlement (with the opportunity to purchase additional leave), discounted energy, phone and broadband, plus a host of other lifestyle choices.

Successful candidates will be subject to the Company's verification and vetting process. This includes a basic criminal record check.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.

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