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Commercial Corporate Solicitor

Vacancy Number:  10882
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

Commercial & Corporate Lawyer


Vacancy Number: 10882 


The Role  

We are looking for a self-motivated Commercial & Corporate Solicitor or Barrister with a minimum of 3 years post-qualified experience to join ESB’s dedicated in-house legal team. Our team of thirty lawyers and nineteen legal executives and legal secretaries provides legal advice and transactional support to all core areas of ESB’s businesses and was recognised as Ireland’s Public Sector In-house Legal Team of the Year at the 2019 Irish Law Awards.


The successful candidate should be self-motivated, possess well developed interpersonal skills and have a solid background in commercial law.  


Electricity Supply Board

ESB is the largest and most diversified energy utility in Ireland and as a vertically integrated company its businesses range from large scale generation distribution and supply of electricity and gas to international asset ownership, operation, and consultancy. ESB owns and operates significant renewable generation on and off-shore Ireland and UK and provides energy consultancy services around the world.


To find out more about ESB please see our website at


Why you should apply?

ESB’s in-house legal team is recognised as playing a pivotal role in ESB’s Driven to make a difference: Net Zero by 2040 strategy, advising all ESB’s businesses across electricity generation, supply, and transmission on six core areas of legal practice; being Corporate & Commercial law, Regulatory & Competition law, Employment & Industrial Relations law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property and Planning & Environmental law. As a member of the Corporate & Commercial team, you will play a pivotal role in helping ESB deliver its strategy, which is anchored in ESB’s ambition to lead the national transition to a low-carbon energy future based on clean, reliable, affordable electricity.


ESB’s strategy calls for significant capital investment by ESB across multiple projects, requiring the provision of expert and timely legal advice and transactional support by our in-house legal team. You will join a dedicated team whose strength lies in the diversity of training and experience of its staff. Our lawyers come from varied backgrounds; some having trained in the ESB legal department itself and some having trained and worked in private practice, including in top tier commercial law-firms and multinationals. Collectively, our specialist legal advisers have decades of experience in the energy sector in Ireland, providing them with a unique ability to provide legal advisory services that one would normally only expect to find in a medium to large private practice law firm.


Key Responsibilities  

Responsibilities of the Commercial & Corporate lawyer will be very wide ranging and may include:  

  • Advising, drafting, and negotiating on all commercial legal aspects for multi million Euro thermal, hydro, solar, offshore, and onshore renewable generation construction projects, as well as waste to energy generation projects, carbon capture, large scale hydrogen production and battery storage projects; electrical and fibre optical telecoms infrastructure construction and trading projects and transactions in Ireland and in the UK.
  • Advising, drafting, and negotiating on all commercial legal aspects for power purchase, operation, construction, and maintenance contracts.
  • Advising ESB International on all legal aspects of major international transactions and investments in power engineering, construction and consultancy projects throughout the world including in UK / Northern Ireland, Malta, Pakistan, Bahrain, UAE, and Turkey.
  • Advising, drafting, and negotiating on contractual issues arising in ESB's customer solutions business, including the rollout of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and in ESB’s retail supply business (Electric Ireland).
  • Advising ESB Group treasury and finance divisions on project finance, derivatives and credit risk management transactions as well as drafting and negotiating short- and long-term loan facility documentation, bond issues, financial and security instruments.
  • Advising, drafting, and negotiating on commercial legal aspects of ESB’s procurement operations, including for IT infrastructure projects as well as advising on IPR matters, data protection, and software licensing etc.
  • Advising, drafting, and negotiating on commercial legal aspects of share and asset purchase and related investment transactions, including the establishment of strategic joint ventures with other energy and engineering businesses.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

  • Primary degree in law, business, engineering or related area.  
  • A good basic training, preferably in a private firm.  
  • Strong work ethic, contract drafting and negotiation skills with attention to detail.  
  • Good project and case management skills.  
  • Sound commercial judgement.  
  • Well-developed interpersonal, presentation and communication skills. Ability to influence and engage with clients and colleagues.  
  • Experience in advising on contract, commercial and corporate law.  
  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to provide practical advice in a commercial context.  
  • Self-motivated - working on own initiative and as part of the wider in-house client/legal team.  



Applications are sought from lawyers admitted to practice in Ireland with a minimum of 3 years of commercial (PQE) experience; either within an organisation as an in-house lawyer or as provider of legal advice and drafting from within a law firm or at the Bar.   



ESB Offices, 27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 in line with ESB's Smart Working policy.  


Terms and Conditions

Pay and Benefits

  • A competitive salary
  • Performance related bonus 0-10%
  • Defined contribution pension plan
  • Electricity discount


 ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working. The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review.    

ESB is one of the founding members of The Remote Alliance – a new initiative established by the social enterprise Grow Remote. Working with other like-minded members, we’ve committed to developing solutions that will ensure remote and hybrid working can become a sustainable part of our business.   

The Remote Alliance - Grow Remote 


Reporting to  

Legal Manager – Corporate & Commercial.  


Closing date  

15th of August 2022. 



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