Location London
Job-type Permanent
Salary £Competitive
Reference 19673

Are you a commercially astute, strategically minded legal practitioner? Are you keen to use your skills to build up a legal function in a high-impact and high-growth environment? If so, look no further.

Acre is thrilled to partner with Climate Impact Partners, a leading provider of high-quality carbon credit programs, in identifying a leader to grow and elevate their legal function and commercial transaction capabilities. Our client is seeking a General Counsel to be a strong strategic partner within the senior leadership team and to evolve the commercial value that the legal function can play within their evolving go-to-market. This is a remarkable opportunity to build and integrate an intuitive corporate legal function across a private equity-backed, impactful group at a critical juncture in its growth trajectory.

The ideal candidate will have experience across international project development and contract negotiation, managing a complex global business from a legal perspective and will bring a commercial mindset to complement their legal expertise. The General Counsel will also bring a practical and operational approach to our client's smaller company, where all strategic partners must support the execution of department deliverables.


Strategy and Business Partnership

  • Act as a true legal partner to senior executive staff to drive balanced outcomes for the business.

  • Collaborate with client solutions and sales departments, positioning legal as a partner to 'get deals done' and contribute to our mission to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

  • Devise and implement a 'go-to-market' strategy for the legal function and fully integrate legal within the business.

  • Manage wider business needs at a staff level, educating employees on legal issues and implementing company policies, including anti-corruption, code of business conduct and ethics, data protection and privacy.

  • Partner with CFO and HR to audit and improve business process elements.

  • Lead global expansion efforts and foreign subsidiary management.

  • Review legal team structure to maximise effectiveness and employee engagement.

  • Responsible for coordinating litigation matters if they arise.

Commercial and Project Development Support

  • Responsible for a wide variety of sales, purchase, development and other commercial agreements and commercial contract negotiations, with a specific focus on purchase and sale contracts for environmental attributes.

  • Advise on legal aspects of project development with a focus on emerging markets and new models, in partnership with the Commercial team.

  • Manage prompt and effective responses to legal requests from sales, operations, management, marketing, corporate finance, and other internal clients, advising on recommended courses of action and legal risks.

  • Drive continuous improvement of standard form agreements, policies, and legal processes.

  • Manage intellectual property portfolio (e.g., copyright and trademark) with assistance from outside counsel.


  • Qualified to practice in either UK or US with additional jurisdictional experience.

  • Role model of excellent ethical legal and commercial practice.

  • A commercial mindset with the ability to offer balanced advice.

  • Ability to manage risk in a setting without clear or tested solutions.

  • Leadership and coaching capabilities.

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills to communicate with internal and sometimes external parties at all levels.

  • A solutions-focused mindset to partner with Senior stakeholders when solving problems and to bring matters to a close.

  • Experience working within the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) is advantageous.

  • Keen interest in learning about the VCM and in contributing to our reputation as a leader in this space.

  • Previous experience at General Counsel level, or second-to.

Reporting to: CEO, and part of the Senior Management Team

Direct reports: Three legal professionals

Please note this role can be located in London/Oxford or East Coast, US on a fully remote basis, open to working flexible hours.

If you are an experienced legal practitioner, please apply now or contact Lucy Chapman at lucy.chapman@acre.com for more information.