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Senior Contentious Construction Solicitor

Job no: 524430

Work type: Permanent – Full Time, Permanent – Working Differently Available

Base Location: Reading, Glasgow or Perth with frequent travel to Glasgow.

Salary: £52,800 – £79,200 depending on skills an experience + car/cash allowance + bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours | Flexible working patterns available

What is the role?

We are seeking to recruit a senior contentious construction solicitor to join our legal team based in either our Perth, Glasgow or Reading offices with strong contentious construction experience.

Reporting to the Head of Dispute Resolution, you will work closely with the Dogger Bank Project team, in particular the procurement and commercial team. You will be responsible for overseeing the management of all contractual disputes on the Project, and providing strategic advice to stakeholders, to ensure effective resolution of any disputes. The role will involve advising the Project board and senior management at all stages of dispute, from early contractual correspondence and dispute avoidance to settlement options and formal dispute proceedings including arbitration, to ensure the best commercial outcome for the Project and its shareholders. You will be familiar with use of industry standard contracts including the FIDIC, NEC and Logic suites of contracts, O&M agreements, design, supply, installation and vessel contracts. An understanding of offshore wind and project finance is also highly desirable.

The Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a development project owned by SSE and Equinor. Comprising of three 1.2 GW projects (Dogger Bank A, B and C) it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm able to cover approximately 5% of the UK’s estimated electricity generation. Each project will be delivered under a multi-contract strategy using experienced contractors with a proven track record in offshore wind. DBA and DBB are both due to reach Financial Close later this year with DBA expected to be operational by 2023. Construction management is undertaken by SSE and operational management by Equinor. Financial Close for DBC is expected in 2021.

Our in-house SSE Legal function to ensure business actions and behaviours are aligned to business priorities, are legally sound, and reinforce a culture of integrity, quality, responsibility and ethical behaviour. We identify and rationalise legal risk, providing advice on both regulatory and statutory obligations, all whilst helping the business to achieve their strategic goals.

What do I need?

The essential skills and experience you will bring to this role:

  • English Qualified lawyer with circa 5 years plus PQE;
  • A comprehensive understanding of the legal and commercial issues that are pertinent to the off-shore construction business, the SSE Group and the Energy market;
  • Broad experience of construction law matters with experience of all areas of dispute resolution;
  • A passion to work as part of a high performing team, sharing knowledge, best practice and supporting colleagues;
  • Comfortable working independently and within project teams and leading matters of high value and high risk;
  • Proactive and pragmatic approach to giving legal advice and support in a clear and concise manner. Demonstrates authority, credibility and maturity in their approach to their work;
  • Willing to take an active role in managing and supporting more junior members of the team;
  • Has a high degree of confidence in their approach to their work, legal skills and knowledge with a demonstrable resilient attitude to challenging situations. Comfortable in taking the lead in challenging situations and effectively resolving conflict;
  • Be proactive and take initiative
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to manage own time, excellent organisation skills
  • Strong technical and research skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail

If you successfully secure a role with us, you’ll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining.

Our Benefits

We’re committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Click here to find out what else is on offer.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require submitting your application please get in touch with Kimberlee.Anderson@sse.com. We’ll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that’s what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra ‘if it’s not safe, we don’t do it’.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Q Reading, Glasgow or Perth with frequent travel to Glasgow.

Inveralmond House
200 Dunkeld Road

Tel: 0345 071 9710

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