Chemicals Lawyer (maternity cover)

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23 Sep 2018

We have an excellent opportunity for a reliable, self-motivated lawyer to join the ClientEarth Chemicals team, delivering and supporting strategic legal interventions to push for a system that works to phase-out harmful chemicals and ensure they are replaced with safer alternatives.

The Chemicals team focuses on the EU’s chemicals legislation (REACH, CLP, nanomaterials) and related product legislation and policies (pesticides, plastics, cosmetics, food contact materials, etc), and there are opportunities to explore working on the circular economy. The role will involve analysing complex legal questions and policy scenarios and producing high-quality outputs, including public facing briefings, court pleadings and regulatory complaints. There will be a strong focus both on carrying out advocacy of ClientEarth’s recommendations to decision-makers and on providing advice to other NGOs.

The successful candidate will have a legal background, with experience of applying legal research and using legal processes in a practical way, preferably in an EU Member State, and an interest in using their skills to support public-interest environmental advocacy work. They will be professional and confident, with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, and have knowledge of EU policies and laws relevant to chemicals and/or pesticides, and related fields.

This is a maternity cover role and ideally the role will commence in the first week of December 2018, continuing through to summer 2019. The role can be offered on a full time or part time basis (at 80% FTE), and in the Brussels office (preferred) or London office.


  • The salary bracket for this role starts at €3,570 gross per month (if Brussels based) or at £39,000 per annum (if London based), depending on experience.

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Deadline for applications is 23h59 on Sunday 23 September 2018.

About us

ClientEarth is Europe’s first and leading environmental law charity. We find real, practical solutions to the Earth’s most pressing challenges.

Our programmes cover democracy, wildlife, oceans, forests, energy, climate change, business and health. We currently employ over 100 staff including legal experts qualified in more than ten jurisdictions, based in London, Brussels, Warsaw and Beijing.

This is an exciting time to join ClientEarth. In 2017, we were voted Charity of the Year and were named as one of the top 50 innovative law firms in Europe. We have recently established a fund-raising office in New York and we are using our expertise to support implementation of China’s new environmental laws.

Join a growing organisation which uses the power of the law to protect people and the planet. 

ClientEarth is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Please note that ClientEarth will only be able to employ those who have the legal right to work in the country where this post is based.

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