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Legal Counsel

Job Description

We are seeking a Legal Counsel, based in Cape Town, working for a Global Renewable Energy Company.

The Legal Counsel will report to the Legal Manager.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Admitted attorney, LLB Degree;
  • Postgraduate diploma in contract law, environmental law or project finance would be advantageous;
  • At least 3 years post qualification (admittance) experience;
  • Ideally have experience in the renewable energy industry;
  • Candidate must be independent;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Software program knowledge: Good master of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, MS Teams

The Legal Counsel's role will include:

  • Providing professional legal advice to the various departments/employees
  • Project development, including land right laws, environmental laws;
  • Financing, including project finance and corporate finance;
  • EPC and construction;
  • Asset management and O&M;
  • General commercial and contract law;
  • Business development;
  • Human resources and labour law;
  • Health and Safety;
  • Commercial negotiations;
  • Economic development and community trusts;
  • Provide legal inputs to support the various managers in elaborating strategies; taking decisions, and solving issues;
  • Doing legal research and providing legal opinions;
  • Legal work and support required for the company's activities


  • Contracts drafting and review for legal robustness and compliance to the relevant legislative environments;
  • General legal and corporate legal work as may be required by the Company from time to time including contract negotiation, providing legal advice and corresponding with external parties;
  • Assisting with bid preparation and bid submissions;
  • Managing the relationship between the company and external legal advisors.
  • Project Development
  • Drafting/reviewing commercial agreements;
  • Advice on environmental legislation;
  • Assisting with responding to appeals etc.

Financial Close

  • Managing and negotiating financial agreements and funding documents such as may be necessary with the Lenders and other parties;
  • Assisting with the CP process;
  • Project documents, Power purchase agreement negotiations;
  • Construction and operation contract negotiations;
  • Construction and operation
  • Support for construction and for operation contract management (variations, claims, notices, etc.);
  • Support for any insurance claims;
  • New structuring (e.g. from EPC to split contracts);


  • Including shareholder agreements, sale of business/project agreements, sale of share agreement, and joint venture agreement, project/ company acquisition;

Bid submission

  • The preparation of bid submission documents various tenders including reviewing Request for Proposals, Shareholders Agreements, Memoranda of Understandings, and EPC and O&M Heads of Terms and other contracts;
  • Bid compliance / Regulatory compliance verification;