We are looking for a solicitor specialising in planning law to join our Cambridge real estate team. The role will cover the full range of planning work and includes strategic planning advice, legal review of planning applications, and advice on CIL, planning obligations, planning appeals/inquiries and enforcement.
In addition to acting for clients on pure planning matters, we also provide support to the real estate, corporate and projects teams from time to time.
You will have 4+years PQE in planning law, gained in private practice in a London or large regional firm or local authority.
Skills and attributes
- Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent and good A levels
- Technically sound
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting
- Negotiating skills
- IT literacy
- Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources
- Lateral thinking and problem solving skills
- Enthusiasm towards building and strengthening relationships with clients and their advisors
- Flexibility to work with several team members
- Effective time and matter management and a systematic approach to work
- Proactive team player
- Drive and commitment to see a job through
- An enthusiasm to market and develop the practice is required.
- Advocacy skills
What else should I know?
This is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 16 years - the only law firm to achieve this. This year we were named as Roll on Friday's Firm of the Year for 2019. We have also achieved the much sought after Three Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm's commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.
Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.
The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations.
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 access your character and suitability.
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.
As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. The firm's standard benefits are detailed in the following link:
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