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Planning Associate

  • GBP£60,000.00 - GBP£78,000.00
  • Edinburgh
  • Permanent

Are you a talented Energy and Infrastructure Planning Lawyer (NQ-5 PQE), looking to join a progressive Edinburgh team at the forefront of national work?

This Top 10 international law firm will provide you with an unparalleled platform to accelerate your career and is renowned for its unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and a dynamic approach to law.

The Firm:

This firm is unique in combining prestigious international heritage and deeply local roots in Scotland. It is one of the few firms in Edinburgh which successfully combined scale and profitability not dissimilar to what you see within Silver Circle firms.

Operational in 20 countries, this global law firm is positioned to assemble large-scale commercial services for its clients. They advise large corporations, emerging visionary businesses, and public bodies that have complex and multifaceted needs. Whilst remaining global in vision, they continue to place an emphasis on their domestic clients and have long-standing client relationships that have continued through the decades.

This firm is consistently recognised for its innovative and forward-thinking approach and has a strong focus on developed and emerging markets. It boasts an impressive track record in many sectors, including transport, energy, and insurance.

The resulting mixture of incredible legal talent and exemplary clientele means this firm has been recognised across countless practice areas with Legal 500 Tier 1 rankings. This firm is responsible for developing some of the most respected legal talents around the world.

The Role:

This is a stand-out opportunity for an Energy and Infrastructure Planning Lawyer to join this Top 10 law firm in their modern Edinburgh office.

You will be part of a team that is growing steadily and is very dynamic, and you will be exposed to a wide array of work, which will provide you with a great opportunity for development.

The team acts for some of the largest developers, energy companies, utilities and public sector bodies, and currently enjoys several high-profile DCO and major project mandates.

You will be taking a lead role with supporting partners in the Planning practice to deliver major energy & infrastructure and development projects, development consent orders (DCO), compulsory purchase and compensation matters, planning applications and appeals, s36 consents, marine licences, EIA and HRA, public local inquiries, roads law matters, judicial review, asset protection matters, and some major real estate and energy/infrastructure transactions.

The role will include working closely with colleagues across the firm, including in the wider Real Estate and Energy teams.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • A qualified solicitor with 0-5 years of PQE.
  • You will have enthusiasm for intellectually challenging work.
  • Is technically strong with up-to-date legal knowledge
  • Can manage a varied caseload and work with a range of clients
  • Has excellent communication skills, with the ability to engage with colleagues and clients alike
  • Is commercially aware and knowledgeable about the current planning law landscape


  • Market-leading salary and excellent benefits with clear and structured progression paths.
  • A flexible and friendly working environment and a supportive team culture
  • Exposure to large, high-profile UK and international issues.
  • Low billable hours targets and a lucrative bonus scheme

This is an excellent opportunity for an Energy and Infrastructure Planning Lawyer with 0-5 years PQE, to join this Top 10 law firm in Edinburgh.

If this exciting opportunity is of interest to you, apply now for immediate consideration or call Jules Grieve on 0131 460 7747 for a confidential chat.

Jules Grieve Senior Recruitment Consultant- Scotland

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