Senior Associate - Real Estate - flexible location

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Preferred location

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Qualified Lawyer
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The role

We are looking for a highly motivated senior solicitor to join our growing Real Estate development team.  This is a national team and we welcome applications from candidates who would like to be based in any of our Manchester, Norwich or Cambridge offices.This exciting role will mean you are part of a national team working on large-scale, residential-led projects as well as providing you with an opportunity to continue to develop your skills in a wide range of RE work including landlord and tenant work, options, pre-emptions and overage agreements, development agreements and leases.You will have development experience (ideally this being your main practice area), alongside exposure to a wide range of general and specialised commercial property work.  Some investment experience would be advantageous but is not essential.The role includes development work (excluding construction) with a specific emphasis on large-scale, residential-led projects, property investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals acting for both buyers and sellers, advising private and institutional investors in relation to landlord and tenant issues and property portfolio management (including supervision of a wider team who administer this support).

Client base

Our clients are strategic land developers, comprising a range of landowners, promoters, development managers, master developers and corporates with portfolio property holdings.

Reasons for applying

This is an excellent opportunity to join a firm rated as first tier in the Legal 500 directory and Chambers directory for Real Estate work.

Experience needed

We would be pleased to receive applications from all those with at least 4+ years' PQE. You will have Real Estate experience gained in a large regional or City law firm, and also have supervision and marketing experience.

Skills and attributes

Good academics are required and you must be technically strong.  You will have excellent written English for drafting purposes, demonstrate attention to detail and negotiating skills.  You will have excellent time and file management skills and possess competent analytical skills. You will demonstrate a can do attitude with flexibility and ability to work under pressure, as well as working as part of a team. Good interpersonal skills are required as this work involves many challenges to practitioners, who must be able to deal with a variety of people issues.  You will be able to build relationships with clients and potential clients.

The Team

You will be part of a large national team of development lawyers acting for high quality clients. The team is part of the firm-wide Real Estate National Service Line ("RE NSL"), which is headed up by Richard Hanson, and supported by a professional support lawyer.

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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