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General Counsel

Posted: 12 October 2021Full Time RoleHybrid Working

A bit about Field

To reach Net Zero, we need to solve big challenges - like how to store energy, solve grid intermittency, and heat our homes without fossil fuels. And, if we’re going to prevent climate catastrophe, we need to do this now. Field will fund, build and run the renewable infrastructure we need to tackle these challenges.

We’re starting with energy storage, with a portfolio of batteries in the UK. Battery storage is critical to the future success of renewable energy in the UK and beyond. It will allow us to store renewable energy for when it's needed, creating a more reliable, flexible and green grid.

We need to massively accelerate the installation of battery assets. Field will show that batteries are a totally viable part of our energy infrastructure - now, not in some distant future. And, we have ambitious plans to become the leading energy storage player in the UK over the next few years.

Our founder is Amit Gudka, who previously co-founded Bulb, now one of the UK's biggest green energy suppliers.


The role:

This is a newly created role. The GC will have ultimate responsibility for the legal affairs of Field as well as taking a key strategic role in the development of the business, becoming a leading member of the Management Team. In the early stages, the GC will have a “hands on” role , working on Field’s project acquisitions, fundraising, battery procurement contracts, alongside external counsel. Alongside this, the GC will grow to have a strategic role in the development of the business, building out Field’s global renewable energy infrastructure footprint.  The GC will ultimately lead a function that encompasses global legal, risk and regulation.

The objective of the GC is to set up a legal function that enables Field’s rapid expansion plans while mitigating risk and achieving greater cost efficiencies than can be achieved by the company relying solely on external legal advisors.

Main responsibilities:

1/ General GC responsibilities

  • Key part of management team, working closely with Finance
  • Identify and manage any legal risks
  • Sounding board for CEO, and founder

2/ Fundraising

  • Responsibility for legal aspects of fundraising (debt and equity) process

3/ Contracting

  • Responsibility for drafting and the negotiation of a wide range of bespoke agreements, including commercial contracts, SPAs, battery supply and storage agreements, construction agreements, non-disclosure agreements, consultancy agreements and other agreements, as required, using external legal advisors where necessary

4/ Acquisitions & due diligence

  • Manage corporate acquisitions of SPVs
  • Manage associated legal due diligence
  • Responsibility for the legal aspects of land and planning matters

5/ Regulatory oversight

  • Monitoring and advising on regulatory developments within the energy sector and on the regulatory framework applicable to projects (and the company) at a national and international level

6/ Governance

  • Ensure good governance and compliance with all relevant regulation
  • Manage external legal advisors, and budgets

A bit about you:

  • Strong strategic, analytical and decision making skills
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity about the energy storage industry
  • Humble and hands-on team player, necessary in a small company environment
  • Ability to work well with others at all levels, including senior management
  • Ability to work to tight timescales and deadlines
  • Ability to multitask, manage time effectively, and plan across multiple initiatives
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Proactive and forward thinking
  • Business enabler, able to work on own initiation and quickly, to meet challenging deadlines
  • Right balance between legal understanding and pragmatic implementation, underpinned by a strong commercial approach
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Abreast of sector-related issues, able to anticipate likely future trends

Experience and skills we look for:

  • UK qualified lawyer, ideally with a minimum of 6 years’ PQE, although the degree of the candidate’s experience and expertise in the relevant sectors and technologies will have a greater bearing
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the Energy/Renewables sector, preferably with some involvement in infrastructure and/or battery storage projects.
  • Some experience in debt financing for companies with numerous subsidiaries would be a key advantage
  • In-house experience preferred but we will consider Energy lawyers looking to move from private practice

Why join us?

  • Genuine impact: You will actually be building and operating the renewable infrastructure we need to reach net zero. This is not a green CSR initiative, but a company that is taking a leading role in building one of the critical solutions to a generational problem.
  • Make things happen: We are still an early stage start-up, and you will have significant accountability to make things happen from day 1. You will have a lot of autonomy, will learn quickly, and be given a LOT of room to grow.
  • Define a new industry: The energy market is in a paradigm shift right now, evolving at a breathtaking pace, and you will play a leading role in defining how that market evolves and innovates over the next few years.
  • Exceptional, diverse team: We are an eclectic team with varied backgrounds. We have experience scaling billion dollar tech start-ups, building energy companies, as well as deep specialisms in the energy markets. You will learn from and work with a bunch of fun, curious, and entrepreneurial people that really want to make an impact.

Diversity & inclusion:

Diverse teams make better teams. Field is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment which is as representative as possible of our society. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership pregnancy/maternity, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, political beliefs and sexual orientation.


Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, benefits, and company share scheme
  • Flexible working (London office in Second Home co-working space near Spitalfields)