Infrastructure Solicitor - Water for Life Project
Southern Water
West Durrington, West Sussex
34m ago

Description :

Job Title : Infrastructure Solicitor (x 2 roles)

Location / Base of Work : Durrington (Worthing), West Sussex and / or Falmer, Brighton

Employment type : Permanent

Hours : 37 (Mon-Fri)

Salary : Up to £76,200 p / a, subject to knowledge and experience (more for the right candidate)

We are currently looking for two Infrastructure Solicitors to join us as embedded members of our Water for Life - Hampshire (WfLH) Programme, as well as to provide support to the general day-to-day activities of the Environment and Planning team on all significant infrastructure projects.

Working alongside both the wider Legal Services team and various external professional advisers, the successful candidates will provide advice and implement solutions relating to infrastructure, planning and consenting, environment, and regulatory law matters.

To this end, experience gained acting on development consent order matters, particularly in the utilities sector, or in taking infrastructure delivery projects through consenting in a regulated sector would be particularly desirable.

Adapting to a Changing World

Our world is changing the twin pressures of more extreme weather events and a rapidly growing population are stretching our finite natural resources, including water.

This challenge is felt strongly in the water-stressed South East of England, particularly in Hampshire. New strategic water sources are necessary to keep local taps and rivers flowing today and in the future.

Our Water for Life Hampshire programme will enable us create greater water resilience for our customers and the environment, whatever the weather.

Between now and 2030 (and beyond), we are investing in substantial infrastructure to improve how we source, treat and supply water across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The programme will reduce the amount of water we source from the Rivers Test and the Itchen by creating a modern water supply network.

The regulatory and funding mechanism for the delivery of these assets is the Regulators’ Alliance for Progressing Infrastructure Development (RAPID) gated process.

The gated process is there to ensure that companies complete certain activities to receive additional funding as they pass through the gates.

The preferred consenting mechanism for delivering these new water resources infrastructure is the development consent order process.

However, the town and country planning process does also form a critical part of our consenting strategy.

Responsibilities, include :

To provide high quality infrastructure development, structuring and consenting legal services to the Environment & Planning, Regulatory, and Capital Delivery function of Southern Water (focused primarily on the Water for Life Hampshire (WfLH) Programme) through :

  • providing day-to-day support for the WfLH Programme activities and working with the wider legal team, external legal advisers, and individuals at all levels across the programme delivery team
  • advising on the full regime of consenting regulations and practical planning issues, including acting as guardian of relevant legal policies;
  • advising the company on the legal ramifications and structuring of a wide range of the significant and complex infrastructure projects, including often complex and expansive engineering and construction arrangements and diverse projects, transactions and contracts (working with the Commercial Legal team);
  • focussing on the full remit of regulatory engagement required to progress and deliver all aspects of infrastructure projects;
  • supporting the senior specialist Environment & Planning Solicitor on these complex infrastructure and capital projects, and in advising on such technically challenging and highly specialist projects, working with, advising and supporting project teams and operational functions;
  • supporting and liaising with the Commercial and the Property legal teams (internal and external) on the legal ramifications and structuring of a wide range of project arrangements, land access issues, and diverse capital / commercial projects, transactions and contracts related to the Water for Life Hampshire Programme and similar significant infrastructure projects.
  • The successful candidates will be required to attend our offices in Falmer, Brighton at least 2 days per week with occasional attendance at our main offices in Durrington, Worthing.

    Key skills required, include :

  • UK qualified Solicitor or Barrister
  • Expert in their field and an acknowledged authority; expected to have a good grounding in infrastructure, planning, environment, and related regulatory law
  • Knowledge of statutory and environmental regulations within which the Company operates
  • Expert knowledge of law and legal research techniques, contract drafting and interpretation
  • Knowledge of the development consent order process
  • Self-starter with ability to work as part of a team and to work proactively across and with a number of other functions
  • An understanding and recent experience of the UK utilities industry and its regulatory and quasi-regulatory obligations (working on any side of relevant transactions) would be very useful.

    Does this opportunity excite you but you’re not 100% sure if you meet all the requirements for the role? Or are you concerned that normal’ office hours aren’t possible given your personal circumstances?

    Whilst we can’t accommodate every flexible working request, we’ll try to find a practical solution. So why not engage with us and find out more about this role?

    Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, because delivering water for life is our core purpose. To achieve this, we need 24 / 7 support in place to resolve incidents quickly and efficiently.

    All our employees understand the importance of out-of-hours incident support because when problems appear, fixing them is our top priority.

    That’s why our people join together and support when and however needed to make sure our customers get the service they deserve.

    Joining the Southern Water family means you’ll become part of our incident support team. During your interview, your manager will speak to you about any incident support rotas that apply to your position.

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    All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of eligibility (e.g. a passport or long birth certificate and proof of NI) and current proof of address (dated within the last 3 months), will be required as part of the recruitment process.

    If you do not meet these criteria, your application will not be considered

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