Associate - Real Estate - Leeds

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The Role

We are looking for a Solicitor to join our Real Estate Team based in Leeds.  Working under supervision, you will assist partners and other fee earners, undertaking a wide range of commercial property work.Areas of work include land acquisitions including options and conditional contracts; property investment acquisitions and disposals, acting for both buyers and sellers; acting for landlords and tenants in connection with the grant of business leases; retail, leisure and healthcare development work (excluding construction); general management work to include dealing with surrenders, licences, easements, rent reviews, lease renewals and property finance.

Client base

Our client base includes developers, corporate occupiers with multi-site holdings, property Investors, including family trusts, private office and global investment funds.

Experience required

You will be NQ+ years PQE with real estate experience gained in a large regional or City law firm.

Skills and attributes

EssentialYou will have good academics 2.1 degree and good A levels or equivalents.  You will be technically strong, have excellent written English to be able to produce clear, logical drafting.  Key skills include numeracy, and good negotiating skills.  You will have effective time and matter management with a systematic approach to work and attention to detail.  You will also have lateral thinking and problem solving skills, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  You will be flexible to work with team members and be a proactive team player.  You will display enthusiasm towards building and strengthening relationships with long established clients and advisorsDesirableIt would be helpful if you have property management experience.

The Team

You will work with partner Simon Sherwood and his team. The team is part of the firm-wide Real Estate National Service Line which is headed up by Richard Hanson, and supported by a professional support lawyer. You will also work with other partners in the RE NSL on specific projects or as part of a wider client service team.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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