Key Responsibilities and Challenges
This role provides an opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of high-value, complex and challenging commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals (both asset and share), development/regeneration work, landlord and tenant work, and the real estate aspects of corporate and finance transactions (including distressed real estate), across a broad range of sectors. You will work on both UK and cross-border transactions, working alongside colleagues in our international real estate team.
As an associate in the Real Estate group, you will be involved in a range of tasks, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating documentation and providing research and advice to clients. The transactional nature of much of the work conducted by the group necessitates that associates think practically and commercially to accommodate the needs of clients and to meet the often-challenging transaction timetables. There is a strong emphasis on teamwork and you will be expected to work well with others.
- Understanding of legal principles of practice area.
- Taking initial instructions internally and/or externally, delegating where appropriate.
- Undertaking due diligence.
- Providing clients with accurate and well-structured advice, judging appropriately when to seek advice internally and when to advise without supervision.
- Drafting and reviewing documentation while appreciating; legal and commercial arguments and client goals.
- Anticipating and meeting deadline
Client Relationship Management
- Taking a lead role in providing commercial and legal advice to the client, under appropriate supervision.
- Presenting advice to the client in a clear and practical manner.
- Exceeding client expectations by anticipating client needs and resolving problems.
- Building and maintaining co-operative, communicative relationships with the client team.
- Networking with clients to capitalise on new business opportunities.
- Contributing to quality know-how, client training and thought leadership.
- Keeping up-to-date with market developments and their implications.
- Contributing to business planning, demonstrating awareness of the firm's strategic direction.
- Contributing to client pitches.
- Contributing to know-how and precedents development, and participating in the development and delivery of practice specific training.
- Sharing knowledge and expertise.
- Regularly giving and seeking clear meaningful performance feedback to / from others.
Legal Skills and Character
- Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to communicate assertively when under pressure.
- Ability to assimilate and process information quickly.
- Ability to respond very quickly under pressure.
- Networking skills.
- Ability to learn quickly.
- Inspires confidence, drawing on own and others' experience.
- Calm under pressure.
- Innovative and resilient.
- Team player and relationship builder.
- Proactive and focused on delivering outstanding service.
Law degree or other degree.
Completed LPC and training contract or equivalent.
Admitted to the roll of England & Wales or equivalent.
0.5-3 years' post qualification experience
Candidates will ideally have experience of working on a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including:
- acquisitions and disposals of commercial real estate (ideally, both asset and share transactions);
- real estate financings, transactions involving distressed real estate, and large corporate transactions (particularly those which are cross-jurisdictional);
- lettings (acting for both investors and occupiers);
- development work; and
- property, asset and development management agreements.
Experience of client / business relationships.
Please note our advertisements use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.