Marine and Fisheries Lawyer

The world’s oceans are in crisis. Existing legal frameworks are failing to protect the marine environment. Without adequate marine protection, commercial fisheries could collapse and ecosystem stability will seriously deteriorate.

Now is an exciting time for oceans management. The Common Fisheries Policy is undergoing reform, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is being implemented, and marine protected areas are being established and enforced.

ClientEarth is a unique, multi-discipline and cutting-edge organisation of experts. We bring together law, science and policy to create practical solutions to challenging environmental issues in Europe and beyond.

We have an opportunity for a junior to mid-level lawyer (NQ to 5 years PQE) to join our Biodiversity team in London and have a positive impact on the critical issues our oceans face through working on fisheries and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
Project Description: Reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

In July 2011 the European Commission published its proposals for the reform of the Common Fisheries. ClientEarth’s Biodiversity team is working intensively on the new CFP as it completes its passage through the European Parliament and Council, aiming to secure legislation that delivers sustainable and ecosystem based fisheries management and ends overfishing. We have developed clear and detailed recommendations on what the new legislation must contain. For the next two years, we will be working with European lawmakers to secure a sustainable future for fisheries.

Job specifications

The successful candidate will play a key role contributing to the success of our fisheries team and developing our work on CFP reform. We have an urgent need for extra capacity to allow us to increase the effectiveness of our work. The new team member will support the work of senior staff, producing analysis, research and legal drafting to underpin our advocacy and input into the new legislation. The role provides considerable scope for initiative and developing ideas within a team to secure sustainable and ecosystems based fisheries in the EU in the long term. The candidate should be a good communicator to both internal and external audiences, a precise analyst and clear drafter, should have a strong eye for detail, the ability to get to grips quickly with new subjects, have sound legal and technical expertise and be a good team worker.

Key responsibilities include

•providing sound, up-to-date legal analysis and jointly drafting combined legal and scientific briefings (with our marine scientists), legislative amendments, research notes, policy analysis, publications, press releases, presentations and other relevant materials;
•assisting with arrangements and preparation for external meetings with politicians, government advisers, and NGO partners;
•providing support to the biodiversity team’s advocacy on the CFP, and participating in policy advocacy, as necessary, under the supervision of senior lawyers;
•assisting in policy analysis, key events and the production of campaign materials, publications, blogs and other relevant materials;
•organising and participating in team meetings and knowledge sharing;
•monitoring and reporting on the progress of advocacy success;
•preparing reports to donors;
•supporting the activities of other members of the biodiversity team.

•excellent written and oral communication skills, including track record of explaining ability to grasp new and complex concepts and adapt to new work strategies accordingly;
•competent at identifying and resolving issues, and capitalising on opportunities;
•confidence working with industry stakeholders, NGOs and Government bodies; complex legal issues in lay language and ability to modify language, content, and style to address the needs of different audiences;legal drafting skills – for work on detailed legislative amendments;strong legal research, analytical, and advocacy skills and an interest in performing rigorous legal analysis in support of impactful work;
•ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience in a fast-paced work environment;
•entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work confidently with limited supervision;
•team player and strong interpersonal skills;
•ability to grasp quickly and accurately new and complex concepts and areas of law and policy;
•flexibility and ability to balance priorities and co-ordinate work effectively with colleagues.
Person Specifications

•energetic, positive attitude and a strong commitment to working for the environment;
•enthusiastic and self-motivated;
•law qualification (NQ – 5 years PQE) with relevant experience in environmental, marine, and/or fisheries law;
•knowledge of EU law and institutions desirable;
•fluent in English – other languages desirable;
•ability to travel, as necessary, within Europe;
•excellent judgment, flexibility, humour, diplomacy, and optimism.
The position will be based in London with travel to Brussels and Europe generally.

Salary will be commensurate with the requirements of the role, the candidate’s experience, and the non profit sector. The position is available starting as soon as possible.

To apply

Please send us a CV and a cover letter, explaining your interest in joining ClientEarth and the contribution you believe you could make to the organisation. Please address your application to James Thornton, Chief Executive, ClientEarth, The Hothouse, 274 Richmond road, London E8 3QW and send it by mail to Please include ‘ Marine & Fisheries Lawyer’ in the email subject line, and identify the documents you are sending by including ‘[your name] cover letter’ and ‘[your name] CV’ in the file name.

Recruitment is open now and you should send your application as soon as possible. Applications are scheduled to close on 24 July 2012. Interviews are intended to take place in the week commencing 30 July 2012.

If you have any questions about the roles advertised or recruitment process, please contact Sandy Luk, Senior Lawyer, Head of Biodiversity (



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