Associate Counsel - Fixed Term 12 months

Competitive salary & excellent benefits package
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Why choose us?

Choosing to work for SMS means choosing to make a difference. We are changing how businesses and consumers use energy for the better, helping achieve a greener, sustainable, and more affordable energy system for everyone. Through our range of innovative energy solutions, we are delivering the future of smart energy – working closely with private and public sector partners we are playing a critical role in transforming and decarbonising the UK economy by 2050. 

What's in it for you?

  • 25 personal holiday days per year (with additional 8 public holidays)
  • Hybrid working
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee assistance service
  • Medicash health plan offers a wide variety of benefits from cashback on everyday healthcare treatments like optical, dental and physio treatments. Discounted gym memberships and free 24/7 online GP
  • Access to our Share Incentive Plan which allows you to become a shareholder in a tax-efficient way and benefit from the success of the company
  • Life Insurance (4 x annual salary)
  • Pension matching scheme (up to 5% of salary)


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What's the role?

As Associate Counsel you will be working with the General Counsel/Company Secretary and Head of Legal to provide legal services on all aspects of the mandate and operational issues, covering governance, corporate and institutional legal matters. You must be a qualified solicitor in Scotland or England and Wales with valid practicing certificate at least 2 - 6 years PQE.

Work Schedule - Hybrid working Monday to Friday with 2 days per week at our Glasgow Head Office.

Key responsibilities:

  • Works on all legal and regulatory aspects of the company including:
    • Customer Contracts
    • Confidentiality Agreements
    • Litigation (including employee litigation)
    • Competition
    • Intellectual Property
    • Health & Safety
    • Property
    • M&A
    • Funding
    • Employee Terms
    • Data Protection
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • Works in a team of in-house solicitors
  • Consider legal risks, create strategies to mitigate them
  • Advising executive, senior management and board on various matters
  • Establish effective and best practice governance processes for the Board and Committees and ensure the efficient administration of the board and committees  
  • The duties listed are not exhaustive, and therefore additional duties, responsibilities, and projects as appropriate will be required


To be considered for this role, you must have:

  • An LLB Degree from a Scottish, English, or Welsh University
  • Experience at mid/senior level within an established top tier law firm, or substantial in-house organisation with at least 2 - 6 years PQE
  • Experience of corporate or related law, and knowledge of corporate governance issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient understanding of business sensitivities and confidentiality
  • A sound knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and regulations, and the ability to make prudent legal decisions
  • High levels of integrity
  • Strong experience working as part of a team with outstanding advocacy and people skills


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