New – Real Estate Disputes Associate, 1-3 PQE, Leading Global Firm, London

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New – Real Estate Disputes Associate, 1-3 PQE, Leading Global Firm, London

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  • Sector:

    Dispute Resolution, Real Estate

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  • Contact:

    Chris Woodward

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  • Contact phone:

    020 3005 3265

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  • Published:

    3 months ago

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  • Startdate:

    As soon as possible following end of notice period.

Job Description:
New – Real Estate Disputes Associate, 1-3 PQE, Leading Global Firm, London
The Role
This Global Firm are looking to recruit a bright and personable Real Estate Disputes associate to join their impressive London team.
The team are recruiting a Real Estate Disputes solicitor to join the London team and are looking for candidates who have 1 - 3 years post-admission experience in handing real estate dispute matters. The successful candidate will ideally have gained experience in a City firm or large regional practice.
You will work alongside partners and associates across the real estate sector to provide technically excellent, commercial advice to the team's diverse client base.
Essential skills and experience:
  • You will already have acquired experience in real estate disputes and will be able to contribute to professional development and know-how initiatives and participate in training where appropriate.
  • You will be effective in communicating with clients in order to understand their needs and how best to meet them. You will also have the ability to assist clients in arriving at practical and cost effective solutions.
  • You will be ready to become involved with business development, including client seminars, article writing in the trade press and cross-selling.
  • You will have a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • You will have excellent attention to detail, identifying inconsistencies that indicate problems with quality of work or a misunderstanding of clients' needs.
  • You will gather information from a variety of sources to identify your own strengths and weaknesses.
  • You will be ambitious and highly motivated and be willing to go the extra mile in your contribution to the wider Real Estate group.
  • You will have excellent matter management skills including in relation to client and court deadlines, and billing.
  • You will be a team-player who can work effectively with colleagues at all levels.
  • You will have a commercial approach.
About Us:
We are a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law.
In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, we will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, we, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.
Team Overview:
Our Real Estate Disputes team advises on a wide range of contentious issues and has particular expertise in working with property investment companies and investment funds, commercial landlords, occupational tenants, commercial property developers, retailers, technology companies and banks on their property disputes. The team regularly advises on dilapidations, breach of covenant claims, contractual disputes including options and guarantees, service charge and rent review disputes, telecoms, development disputes, possession claims, rights of light, insolvency and property aspects of corporate restructurings.
The team currently consists of a partner, two senior associates, an associate, a trainee and a legal apprentice.
The team are regularly quoted in the national and property trade press as the 'go to' for expert opinion on real estate dispute issues and high profile judgments.
The Real Estate Disputes team works very closely with our leading Real Estate team, being a top-tier practice. We are one of a handful of large global law firms for whom both real estate and litigation remains a key area of focus and of strategic importance.
Our strong market position is demonstrated in our industry rankings, notably Tier 1 for Commercial Property Investment, Commercial Property Development and Commercial Property Corporate Occupiers and Tier 2 for Property Litigation in the Legal 500 UK 2021
" A new team who are vibrant and dealing with good quality work from in-house referrals to gaining high-profile new clients. The team is dealing with work across the spectrum of the industry and is establishing itself within a firm of prestige, thus giving the capability to compete for the best work within the city and beyond" - Legal 500 UK
"The team is very well run and able to provide a quick response with good advice. They are incredibly experienced and professional". - Chambers UK
Recent work highlights include:
  • Advising the UK Government, the Official Receiver and the Special Managers of Thomas Cook Group plc in all real estate aspects of the compulsory liquidation of the group, including a retail portfolio of 555 stores.
  • Acting for several investor landlords in litigation against Boots and WeWork to recover unpaid rent during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for various TfL entities including the Docklands Light Railway, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority on their real estate dispute matters including an expert determination.
  • Advising the Church Commissioners on the collapse of Intu into administration and the impact on the Metrocentre Gateshead.
  • Acting for Hines on its three acquisitions in London's West End in 2020 - 7 Soho Square, New Bond Street and Grain House on Drury Lane and the rights of light strategy for these developments.
  • Acting for Westfield on their major retail led developments at White City, Stratford and Croydon, including successfully defending an application for pre-action disclosure in the High Court, Chancery Division.
  • Acting for Mapeley STEPS Limited in connection with High Court proceedings on behalf of the UK Government concerning the interpretation of a break option in a lease of premises at Bradford Centenary Court.
  • Advising IBM in relation to all contentious, and potentially contentious, aspects of its UK property portfolio, including its UK headquarters rent review.
  • Advising FRP Advisory in relation to the portfolio sale of the Carluccio's restaurants to the Boparan Group and defending forfeiture actions in relation to three stores included within that sale
Representative Clients:
Oxford Properties, Lendlease, BP, Transport for London, Stanhope, Great Portland Estates, Almacantar, Invesco, Norges Bank, DWS, Grosvenor, UK Government, H&M, Westfield, Berkeley Group, IBM, Hines and Tritax.
Please do get in touch for a quick confidential chat about the position if it sounds of interest. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and provide the name of the firm, job specs, salary info etc. If you aren't actively looking we are always happy to have a chat about the market.