Mining & Oil & Gas Lawyer - London

Pinsent Masons
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Job Description



We are currently looking to recruit a Mining and Oil & Gas Lawyer with 5+ yrs PQE, to join the Projects Group in our London office. 

The partner, to whom the candidate will report and have direct access to, is head of the global mining team, head of the West Africa team, head of the African O&G practice. He is on the Legal500 Powerlist of leading energy & infrastructure lawyers in Sub Saharan Africa.


The team

Energy is one of the firm's key sectors and we have one of the largest dedicated energy teams of any international law firm. We are widely recognised as one of the leading providers of legal services to the energy industry covering the entire value chain internationally. As the world moves from a high carbon to a high metals environment, there will be increasing demand for lawyers who can bridge the mining, wider extractives (including oil & gas), sustainability and energy fields.

The role sits within the London Energy team, which is part of the International Projects Group which encompasses a team spread across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The team leads on some of the most important international transactional and advisory matters in the EMEA region and works closely with M&A and disputes teams on multidisciplinary mandates where an “energy” skill-set is a leading strategic driver.  The team has acted on the acquisition of Africa’s largest lithium project, on the creation of Azule Energy, Africa’s largest oil & gas business, and on Africa’s largest energy restructuring.

Clients include:

  • TotalEnergies (we are also on the UK and Singapore panels)
  • ENI S.p.A.
  • Ganfeng Lithium
  • Anglo American
  • Oriental Energy
  • Dangote Industries
  • DNO
  • Aker Solutions
  • Subsea 7
  • NEO Energy
  • Ithaca Energy
  • Pharos Energy plc
  • Sound Energy plc


‘Great work led by Akshai Fofaria. Great knowledge of UK law, but also French speakers with experience in French law, which was very helpful for our project. Very proactive and engaging’.

‘Akshai Fofaria offers great engagement, managing the team and addressing client needs’.

‘Well-connected in the oil and gas arena and, as a result, an experienced and capable team’.

Legal 500, 2023

The Candidate Required

Our requirement is for a candidate ideally with a minimum of 5 years PQE. The candidate should be commercially aware with keen eye for detail and have strong corporate, commercial or extractives experience. Enthusiasm for transactional and advisory work as well as a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills are required. The candidate will be given considerable responsibility. Experience in mining or oil & gas work is desired, and English law capability is essential.

The role demands undertaking business development and marketing activities with enthusiasm, and may involve international travel including to Europe and Africa. Additional languages are helpful but not a pre-requisite.

The Opportunity

  • The very best national and international energy work.
  • Early responsibility and opportunities to develop client relationships.
  • Genuine long-term career prospects supported through our "best in class" training and our Academy personal development programmes.


Pinsent Masons won the ‘Best Talent and Inclusion’ award at The Lawyer Awards 2022 and is the only law firm named in the top 16 most inclusive businesses in Europe by the Financial Times Diversity Leaders Report. The firm is named amongst the top inclusive UK employers for the 16th consecutive year by LGBT+ equality charity Stonewall in its Workplace Equality Index and won the Legal Business ‘Law Firm of the Year’ award in 2021. Go to to view all of our global awards and nominations.

To apply for this role

Should you require further details, please contact our in-house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Anwen Wallington who can discuss the role and requirements.

Contact details:

[email protected] 

At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

About our culture:
Champion change, promote progress and enable everyone, to make business work better for people.

Our purpose informs everything we do. In combination with our code and values it gives us a clear direction for how we can make business work better for people for you, our colleagues, our clients and the wider community.

How flexible working works with us:
As part of the firm's HR strategy, we are committed to being supportive about flexible working patterns and consider it important that we allow all individuals the opportunity to take advantage of flexible working should they wish to and if the firm can accommodate it. At application stage our recruitment team are happy to discuss what flexibility is required and will always have open and honest conversations with the hiring team to agree what works for you and the business.
We are a truly agile firm and believe work is something we do and not somewhere we go. Agile workers may work from any location – including but not necessarily from home. They may also break up their working day to enable them to take time out for caring, family or other interests and responsibilities, before completing their work outside traditional, 'core' office hours.
In 2021 we introduced a Carers Policy to help support individuals in the business with significant caring responsibilities, allowing up to five days paid carers leave per year on top of the standard holiday allowance.

How we support parents:
- Flexible working policy
- Agile working policy
- Carers Leave policy
- At senior support level, you are entitled to private healthcare for you and your immediate family
- Employee Assistance Programme provides lots of useful information on looking after your health and wellbeing of you and your family
- Access to a savings platform to get discounts and offers from some of the UK's most popular retailers and attractions.
- Family Matters support network
- Maternity/ Paternity leave
- Global Family Leave (new in 2022) offering new parents – whether expecting or adopting – 16 weeks of paid leave up
to the child’s first birthday, for parents of any gender, regardless of where you are based.

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