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Senior Legal Counsel (UK) RWE Renewables Offshore Projects England & Wales


Coventry, COV, GB, CV4 8PB Swindon, Wiltshire, GB, SN5 6PB

RWE Renewables UK Management Ltd., Coventry, Swindon

To start as soon as possible, Full time, Permanent


Functional area: Legal / Compliance 


Your role


As a Senior Legal Counsel within the Renewables Legal Team you will be acting as one of the key legal advisors handling specialized legal matters relating to RWE Renewables’ offshore projects. Being allocated to selected offshore projects, you will be the first point of contact or lead lawyer (depending on the size of the project) providing legal support for those projects. To start with, you will be responsible for our Offshore Project Development in England. You will advise the projects directly in your area of expertise as well as coordinate the legal advice of specialized inhouse and external legal experts.


This role provides you with the opportunity to work on high profile, complex renewable energy projects and transactions. You will deliver commercial and solution-oriented legal advice to our Renewables offshore business.


Your role will focus on


Planning, Consenting, Permitting

  • Advise the business on permitting and planning procedures, environmental legal topics, as well as work with expert advisors on obtaining permits and other consents required for the development, construction and/or operation of offshore renewables projects
  • Develop, assess and coordinate permitting strategies, as well as overlook project development legal paths
  • Handle permitting procedures and supervising obtaining consents


Real estate

  • Advise the business on real estate and property law matters, including drafting and negotiation of options, leases and easements for onshore cable routes and substations of offshore renewables projects and expropriation/compulsory right procedures
  • Provide legal advice and risk assessments of greenfield sites and property asset acquisition transactions



  • Advise the business on obtaining the right to generate energy i.e. generation license, entries to registers
  • Advise the business on grid connection matters, renewables regulatory and subsidy regimes and offtake auctions
  • Advise the business on other specific electricity legislation and regulation (eg. REMIT fundamental data reporting), including engagement with regulators and market operators
  • Evaluating impact of global green policies onto the business, integrating by working closely with Regulatory & Strategy departments


Your role will also include


Project Legal support

  • Provide legal support to establish and maintain the projects’ compliance with applicable laws and regulations throughout the projects’ lifetime, including the development of respective guidelines and processes
  • Keep oversight about all legal matters and advise the senior management about all legal related risks of a project, including claims and disputes
  • Be the projects’ first point of contact t for legal advice and coordinate specialised inhouse (esp. procurement law, M&A law, project finance law, corporate law, commercialization law) as well as external legal advice in a cost and work efficient manner for the benefit of the project


General legal support

  • Assist and manage the legal interface in M&A and joint-venture transactions
  • Assist and manage the interface in legal matters during the construction & operations phase
  • Assist and manage the interface in route-to-market and transactions relating to the commercialisation of electricity, including power purchase agreements and hedges
  • Manage organizational or coordination tasks including process optimization  initiatives
  • Establish and nurture effective cross-functional and cross-cultural working relationships with legal but also business colleagues in the regions of interest and the wider RWE group


Your profile

  • Graduated in law with distinction and qualified as solicitor in England and Wales
  • Several years of working experience in an energy practice in an international law firm or company, preferably in the renewables energy sector
  • Ability to demonstrate thorough expertise at least in one of the following legal areas and openness to become an expert in the others relevant for our project development, in particular: (Renewables) Energy Regulatory matters, Permitting, Planning, Consenting, Environmental Law
  • Exceptional legal instinct, combined with a strong understanding of planning, consenting and permitting law, real estate law, energy regulation and/or infrastructure projects
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a dynamic, deadline-intensive environment
  • Commercial and technical understanding, customer-orientation and consulting skills with an ability to integrate details of renewables business into legal requirements
  • Organizational, analytical and communication skills, solution-oriented mindset
  • High level of engagement, enjoy working in an international team including travel
  • Strong team contributor, able to work individually and cross-functionally
  • Flexibility and ability to work professionally and accurately under pressure
  • Project management or project leadership experience is beneficial

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Any questions? Contact Dennis Mielke


We look forward to meeting you!


We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications, irrespective of gender, disability, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and beliefs, age or sexual orientation and identity.

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RWE represents change, innovation and sustainability. As one of the world’s leading generators of electricity from renewable energy sources, we aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and to enable a sustainable life for people around the world. To achieve this, we are looking for dynamic and motivated people to join us in creating a sustainable and secure energy future.


RWE Renewables GmbH, based in Essen, Germany, is RWE’s youngest subsidiary and one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energies. With an international team of around 3,500 employees, we are drivers of the energy transition – and provide electricity for a sustainable life. Our total capacity of more than 9 gigawatts results from onshore and offshore wind parks, photovoltaic plants and battery storage. We focus on growth: on the American continent, on the European core markets and on new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

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