Junior Associate Public & Environmental Law

Junior Associate Public & Environmental Law

Allen & Overy

Operating in over thirty countries - and at the forefront of our industry - A&O is one of the world's leading law firms. Working together within our teams and side-by-side with our clients to solve every challenge, however complex, we make headlines, break new ground and set precedents. We lead, so others can follow. Ambitious and creative, by embracing new ways of thinking and bringing together the most talented legal minds in the industry, we do more than open up possibilities in law; we provide our people with the space to be themselves, and unleash their potential. We're committed to supporting a culture that drives diversity and inclusion. Every day, we're working hard to create an environment where you feel that you can bring your authentic self to work. To be comfortable and confident and to be who you are in the workplace. To feel like you belong.

Bring exciting ideas to the table and we'll make sure your voice is heard. Demonstrate tenacity and we'll show you a brave new world. If you're ready to be a part of a team that goes the distance: It's Time.

Job Description

To sustain its growth, Allen & Overy is currently looking for a Junior Associate (training contract) to join our Public and Environmental Law practice in Brussels. Our Public and Environmental Law practice:

  • Is a market leading international and national public sector practice and is involved in public sector transactions across Europe;

  • Advises on Belgian and EU public law and regulatory matters including constitutional law issues, public procurement, public-private partnerships and mixed entities, environmental law and planning and zoning, regulatory compliance, climate change and carbon trading, privatisations and matters related to EU Institutions;

  • Is the go-to practice for environmental work, including product and waste management regulations, contaminated sites, environmental permitting and noise and nuisance, and advises on the environmental and regulatory aspects of complex project finance and transactions;

  • Advises clients on the implementation of the European Green Deal and climate regulations;

  • Adopts a cross-sectoral approach to sustainable corporate governance and advises clients on existing and future evolutions;

  • Is actively involved in litigation in relation to public and environmental law issues.


Your profile

  • You obtained or will obtain a Belgian Master in Law (or its equivalence) with outstanding academic results;

  • You are looking to start your Bar traineeship in 2022 or you have up to two years of experience;

  • You have excellent language skills (English/French/Dutch);

  • You like to work in a team, but you are able to work independently at the same time;

  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.


What we offer


  • You will be a part of a well-integrated team that works on high profile Belgian and international matters;

  • We offer you a dynamic work environment and the opportunity to be a part of a leading international law firm;

  • We make a long-term commitment towards our lawyers. We offer a variety of interesting work and the opportunity to work with other departments and in an interdisciplinary way, both in Belgium and internationally;

  • You will be a part of a dynamic team, closely involved in both cross-departmental and cross-border transactions and cases, backed up by regular team meetings which enable the team to share relevant experience in an efficient way;

  • We run national and international secondment programmes to allow the lawyers to work with other departments, other people and to be exposed to the different cultures that the firm encompasses;

  • We offer dedicated local and global training programmes and also organise professional training on communication, IT skills, management and business development skills;

  • You will have the support of specialised know-how managers and have access to dedicated support staff and support systems.

How to apply

Please upload your application by clicking 'apply for job'. Thank you for adding your CV, cover letter and Bachelor and Master transcripts to support your application.

In this document, Allen & Overy means Allen & Overy LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. The term partner is used to refer to a member of Allen & Overy LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or an individual with equivalent status in one of Allen & Overy LLP's affiliated undertakings.

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