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ESG Lawyer

Glasgow, Scotland

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ESG Lawyer

Glasgow, Scotland

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Date live: May. 23, 2024

Business Area: COO & Functions

Area of Expertise: Legal

Reference Code: 90386080

Contract: Permanent

Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Lawyer

As a Barclays ESG Lawyer, you will provide advisory support to the Sustainability and ESG team. You will be advising on the development and implementation of the bank’s strategic Sustainability agenda, as well as day-to-day support to Barclays business’ across the group on transactional and BAU queries.  This role will include supporting interactions between the S&ESG team and external stakeholders including shareholders, regulators, NGOs and industry peers.

Barclays is one of the world's largest and most respected financial institutions, established in 1690, with a legacy of success, quality, and innovation. We offer careers that provide endless opportunity – helping millions of individuals and businesses thrive and creating financial and digital solutions that the world now takes for granted.

At Barclays, we offer a hybrid working experience that blends the positives of working alongside colleagues at our onsite locations, together with working from home. We have a structured approach where colleagues work at an onsite location on fixed, ‘anchor’, days of the week, for a minimum of two days a week or more, as set by the business area (or nearest equivalent if working part-time hours). Please discuss the working pattern requirements for the role you are applying for with the hiring manager. Please note that as we continue to embed our hybrid working environment, we remain in a test and learn phase, which means that working arrangements may be subject to change on reasonable notice to ensure we meet the needs of our business.

What will you be doing?
•    Supporting all aspects of Barclays’ Sustainability agenda, including but not limited to policy de-velopment and Sustainable Finance product development
•    Providing technical expertise on key pieces of emerging UK and European banking and financial regulatory changes, including CSRD, and supporting the legal work
•    Strategically inputting into Barclays’ house view on policy proposals and advocacy positions across a range of issues that have the potential to impact our Sustainability strategy
•    Supporting the team, and leading workstreams, on Annual Reporting and other Barclays public disclosures on ESG, Sustainability and Climate Change including ESG taxonomies
•    Working alongside other internal stakeholders to develop and provide bank-wide input into trade association and related initiatives relating to S&ESG
•    Working alongside Legal colleagues to ensure continuous Legal coverage for Sustainability on a global basis; and meeting regularly with Legal colleagues to identify regional issues, etc
•    Running matters independently, and providing timely escalation, reporting and MI relating to key challenges, milestones and opportunities arising from the ESG and climate programmes
•    Instructing and managing Barclays relationships with external counsel across multiple jurisdic-tions, reviewing advice and legal opinions and liaising with internal stakeholders

What we’re looking for:
•    Qualified UK, US, EU or Commonwealth Lawyer (Solicitor, Attorney or equivalent)
•    Experienced Advisory Lawyer with significant legal experience gained in-house or in a challenging private practice environment
•    Subject matter expertise or significant interest and awareness in relation to the ESG agenda
•    Ability to advise on new and evolving technical areas of law without established precedent

Skills that will help you in the role:
•    Ability to provide strategic advice to senior stakeholders and effectively balance legal and commercial risks
•    Awareness of regulatory issues and confidence in advising on key risk issues and mitigants, and helping the businesses to make decisions
•    Technical legal skills and academic background

Where will you be working?
Our new state-of-the-art Campus, right in the heart of Glasgow is a hub of creative collaboration. A place where everyone can bring their true selves to work and reach their full potential. Home to 5,000 of our colleagues, our Tradeston campus will support the community in more ways than one - by creating thousands of new career opportunities and celebrating local artists. A short walk from Central Station on the south of the Clyde, it will be a key location for the Barclays business that will deepen our ties with the city and its communities.


More about working at Barclays

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Barclays offers a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture. A place where people can bring their whole selves to work and be respected for who they are, valued for what they do and celebrated for their contribution to our business and our community.

We are an equal opportunity employer and opposed to discrimination on any grounds. It is the policy of Barclays to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law.

We’re committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment for you to work in. This environment recognises and supports ways to balance your personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business. Providing the opportunity for all our employees, globally to work flexibly empowers each of us to work in a way that suits our lives as well as enabling us to better service our customers’ and clients’ needs. Whether you have family commitments or you’re a Carer, or whether you need study time or wish to pursue personal interests, our approach to working flexibly is designed to help you balance your life. If you would like some flexibility then please discuss this with the hiring manager.

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