The energy and environment offer new challenges for lawyers and the courts as many current statuses are not appropriate for the standards and legal issues that are raised by this ever-evolving commerce sector. The “green sector”, as the energy and environment are sometimes referred to, are most attractive to young lawyers as the advancements in this area are easily understood by the fresh minds of the young lawyers. This sector does not disappoint recent graduates as it offers a significant number of placements and opportunities.
Sustainability is another word for opportunity in the energy sector as green jobs are a growing sector of the economy as many laws are passed to prohibit builders and commercial companies from using environment harming materials in their buildings and pursuit of commerce. Since most of the population is in favour of protecting the environment as best we can for the future, a large section of consumer protection and other issues dealing with the preservation of the environment have opened the ranks of jobs for lawyers.
Since sustainability is important for the future, it involves the production of the materials that are used for building materials. The area of law gets involved with the growing and manufacturing sectors as well as the commercial sector. Therefore the flow of work for lawyers is a wide and far reaching field. The world in which the environmentalists and the commercial efforts work in unison is not yet reached in this century. The future holds promise, though.
Project development in the gas and electric sector is a specific area that has kept many lawyers employed in India. Depending on the location of the practice many lawyers in India have clients involved in the building of roads and especially ports in cities where they are accessible for trade. Depending on the size of the firm the amount of business that can be handled expeditiously in the business many times determines the opportunity available to the lawyers. All will have some sustainability or clean environment issue on the table.
The average lawyer involved with the pipeline most likely received a salary that is slightly above average. For other lawyers in the clean energy and sustainability sector, the pay varies quite substantially. Based on the report in NaukriHub (http://www.naukrihub.com/salary-in-india/lawyer.html), the salary range is from INR 19,50,000 to INR 1,76,874. The differential is the size of the firm. Most firms specialise so the clean energy sector would have large, medium, and small firms with the representative salary. For young lawyers fresh out of law school the amount will vary again depending on the size of the firm. Clean energy and sustainability firms are attractive to young lawyers because of the futuristic nature of the cases as well as the attractive salary that can be obtained at a large firm.
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