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Case Study. Legal Counsel – Regional O&M Company – Dubai

Client

An agile and confident multi-jurisdictional power generation projects company; a strong market leader in the MENA region.

Role

Company’s VP Legal reached out to us looking to recruit a UK, US, Canada or Australia-qualified lawyer with experience in the power generation industry. This new role was created due to the business’s success in the growing markets of the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

The objective of the role was to ensure that all project activities were being effectively executed in accordance with contractual requirements, cost/time objective and technical standards, timely highlighting the major non-compliances and suggesting mitigation procedures.

Profile

The legal team was looking for 2-5 years of experience in the power generation industry related to IPPs, IWPPs and IWPs contracts with extensive hands-on experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and project documentation in the Power and Water Industries.

Other skills and personality requirements included excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently, and as a team leader with minimal supervision; self-directed, proactive, motivated, thriving in a challenging environment and possessing a positive, entrepreneurial attitude.

Location

The role was to be based in Dubai, UAE, close to the operational teams.

Solution

As the client was looking for a niche specialist, we made sure to engage both passive candidates in our network who were happily employed but would be open to the right opportunity as well as active candidates on the market with the relevant experience. A structured search was run using our database, professional social media, specialist legal networks. The role was also advertised in niche online media. Both efforts targeted Commonwealth-qualified lawyers based both in their home countries as well as locally in UAE.

We identified two strong junior lawyers with IPP and IWPP-related experience, private practice background and proven track record working in-house. Both of them were based in Dubai so the client was able to interview quickly and selected a Canada-qualified lawyer whose personality met their requirements.

Outcome

Within 2 weeks the hiring manager commended on the superb culture fit of the candidate and their confident, proactive and tenacious personality and very good technical skills of the new hire who was “already making a valuable contribution to the team”.

Within a month the new team member was included into the succession planning and leadership mentoring scheme.

2 years down the line they are still successfully employed with the business.