Our Legal Counsels support all areas of the EDF business, from our construction and generation teams, to our corporate and customer-facing teams. Here, Emma Brown, Jo Ryan-Smith, Ben Sealy, Abby Lloyd and Jack Baumgardt share their experience with us…
What attracted you to the energy sector and, specifically, EDF?
Jo: I fell into the energy industry when construction work dried up in all other sectors following the credit crunch. It felt meaningful to work in renewables and nuclear, and I joined EDF for the opportunity to work at Hinkley Point C, the biggest construction project in Europe.
Jack: It’s a crucial and interesting industry in so many respects. It's a key part of dealing with climate change, a global challenge, and it’s also important in the short term for everyone’s day to day lives – keeping the lights and heating on isn’t optional. There are a huge variety of projects to work on; the challenges facing the nuclear fleet are very different from those facing thermal assets, or renewables projects. It’s also an industry facing a lot of change and innovation – it isn’t stagnant or boring, which always keeps things interesting!
Emma: It’s an industry which is constantly changing, particularly in light of COP26 and other recent developments with regard to how we approach the climate crisis. It's an exciting industry to be a part of and, because of it’s dynamic nature, drives professional and personal development.
Having worked in private practice for a few years, I was ready to make the move in-house, but wanted to do so with a prestigious and well-known company. EDF was an ideal choice. I was also keen to be part of a business whose values are aligned with my own, so EDF’s commitment to Net Zero is something that is very important to me.