Principal Associate - Real Estate

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Qualified Lawyer
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The role

We are looking for an experienced solicitor to join the Real Estate National Service Line - NSL , based in our Birmingham office.You will provide a wide range of general and specialised non-contentious commercial property advice. The work will involve a mixture of sole conduct of matters and assisting partners on larger property (or property related) transactions. Our clients are many and varied ranging across the private and public sectors. Work types cover the full spectrum of property transactions you would expect to find at a firm where real estate work is a key driver in its continuing success. The nature of the work and the clients concerned encourages the development of long lasting and fulfilling relationships with both clients and their agents.The Birmingham Real Estate team has particular strengths in, and a focus on, giving the full range of commercial property advice to universities, further education colleges, healthcare providers and corporate occupiers. The team also works closely with our Corporate and Commercial NSL and provides real estate support and advice to that NSL on corporate and banking transactions. The role will involve working across these work types.You will work with lawyers in construction, planning, real estate disputes, tax, corporate, environmental and procurement as well as lawyers in the cross office Real Estate NSL.The caseload will be stimulating, varied and challenging, and you will be given a diverse mixture of work with direct contact to clients and agents from the start, whilst benefiting from close supervision from members of the team.

The team

The Real Estate practice at Mills & Reeve is one of the leading teams in the UK. Nationally we number over 100 lawyers and regularly advise some of the UKs leading and most prestigious organisations and institutions on the most complex of projects.You will be working with Birmingham partners, Christian Bull and Michael Whatley, together with other Real Estate NSL lawyers. The Real Estate NSL is headed up by Richard Hanson.

Experience required

You will be 8+ years PQE (or equivalent experience) with experience gained with a City or large regional law firm, recognised for real estate work.EssentialYou will possess good academics (2.1 degree or equivalent and good A levels or equivalent), have excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting. In addition you will have good numeracy skills, negotiating skills, lateral thinking, problem solving skills with good attention to detail. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required for this role, together with enthusiasm towards building and strengthening relationships with clients and their advisors. You will be a proactive team player, being flexible to work with several team members from both inside and outside the Real Estate NSL. You will have effective time and matter management skills and a systematic approach to work, together with drive and commitment to see a job through. Good marketing technique with clients and multipliers is key too.DesirableExperience of participating in team projects; and experience of advising clients in the health or education sectors on property matters would be desirable.

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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