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TOP 10 FIRM - Senior Associate - Real Estate


Job Description


Deliver excellent client service and manage and deliver discrete pieces of legal work.

Make an effective contribution to the firm’s work by aiming to meet and exceed target hours.

Build a solid foundation of commercial and legal expertise within a chosen area of law and strengthen relationships with clients, frequently acting as a direct point of contact.

Be responsible for some management and delegation of work to and support of junior colleagues.

Key responsibilities

  • Role-specific - this role will entail a broad range of transactional real estate work, including investment, restructuring, development, acquisitions, disposals, corporate support work and real estate finance
  • Manage work to support optimal utilisation; assist senior lawyers as required, acting as lead lawyer, where appropriate; delegate and provide feedback to juniors and communicate progress on tasks to supervisor and team members, consulting and offering solutions on difficult technical client issues; and manage the billing process as appropriate.
  • Manage, develop and strengthen client relationships through anticipating client needs and expectations; and provide prompt responses and updates on progress.
  • Support the firm and others - establish effective relationships with individuals and groups, across the global network; uphold the firm’s values; contribute to the firm’s initiatives (eg corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion activities); mentor and support juniors; raise profile by being involved with external bodies and supporting and attending marketing/industry events; and assist with internal training and preparation of legal precedents.
  • Comply with risk requirements, firm policies and all relevant professional responsibilities and legislation and contribute to billing, engagement and client acceptance processes.


  • Excellent academics
  • Significant post qualification experience in transactional real estate, operating at Senior/ Managing Associate level
  • Extensive experience across real estate development, investment, acquisitions and disposals required
  • Be admitted to practice in England & Wales or having recent transactional experience within the jurisdiction
  • Solid knowledge of chosen area of law and industry sector(s).
  • Strong legal skills, including drafting, negotiation and project management skills; foundation level people management and business development skills.
  • Good understanding of law firm profitability and key drivers for financial efficiency; and ability to help manage costs and budgets.


  • Personal leadership
  • Takes initiative, embraces challenge and brings energy and drive to their work

  • Technical capability - Seeks opportunities to grow and develop to deliver value for clients

  • Collaborates with others - Works as a team player, learns from and supports others

  • Plans and delivers outcomes - Operates as an effective legal project manager

  • Enhances the client experience - Helps to create a positive working relationship with clients

  • Contributes to building the firm - Builds relationships and innovates for the firm’s future


The firm’s core real estate practice in London comprises 13 Partners, 3 Of Counsel and 42 Associates.

Their award winning international real estate practice has a reputation for executing the largest and most complex real estate deals with accuracy and at speed.

They provide advice on all aspects of general commercial property including investment, restructuring, development, acquisitions, disposals, corporate occupiers, PPP, corporate support work and real estate finance. The group also has first-class standalone planning, dispute resolution and construction practices.

Dedicated real estate group widely recognised as a market leader. Experienced in all aspects of property work for a diverse range of clients, including institutional investors, leading developers and public sector bodies. Instructed on many high-value and high-profile deals in the market, as well as handling major urban regeneration work. Widely respected for its ability to complete structured transactions that feature a blend of corporate, finance and land issues.

Main areas covered

  • Investment
  • Development
  • disposals
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • leasing
  • joint ventures
  • large-scale regeneration
  • infrastructure and energy development projects
  • real estate financings and restructurings
  • pre-letting

Key clients include

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Almacantar
  • Ballymore
  • Blackstone
  • British Land
  • Brookfield
  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • GLP
  • Hammerson
  • TFL
  • Nuveen

Directory rankings include

Top band for Chambers 2023 (Real Estate: over £150m)

Legal 500 2023 Real Estate Tier 1 for Investment

Development and Corporate Occupiers

Awards include

Property Team of the Year, The British Legal Awards 2022

Real Estate Team of the Year, Legal Business Awards 2022

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have any further questions, please contact Stefan on 0203 355 2262 or directly via email