Property Dispute Resolution Lawyer (from 6yrs+ PQE) - Birmingham/Leeds/Manchester

  • Pinsent Masons
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14, 2017
Full time Property Litigation

Job Description




Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 23 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.


In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.


Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations. Pinsent Masons has also recently acquired a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham which further enhances the firm's innovative and market leading offering.



We are currently looking to recruit a Property Dispute Resolution ("PDR") lawyer for fixed term maternity cover to join our regional teams based in Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester. We are looking for candidates who have 6+ years post qualification experience.


We boast one of the largest teams of dedicated property lawyers in the UK. When you instruct Pinsent Masons to act on your property matter, you are tapping into the combined expertise of over 330 highly skilled lawyers, including many renowned experts. Clients praise us for our commercial approach, providing clear, relevant and timely advice.

Our breadth of experience coupled with our specialist knowledge means that whether we are advising on a complex multi-million pound development or arranging a quick sale of a single building with the accompanying PDR advice that ensues usually on an urgent basis, our clients receive the legal support they require, when and how they want it.

The PDR team was rated in the first tier in Yorkshire and North East and second tier in Real Estate Disputes in the Midlands in this year’s Chambers directory and thus in the top five firms respectively  in these regions. It acts for a wide range of impressive clients including leading institutional investors, developers involved with some of the largest projects in London, London Estates, well known energy and infrastructure providers, local authorities and universities, working collaboratively with colleagues in Development, Planning and Environment and Energy and Infrastructure teams to nip potential issues in the bud, suggesting drafting to avoid litigation but where required, rolling up their sleeves and engaging in litigation, arbitration or other alternative dispute resolution.


Chambers’ credentials speak of Pinsent Masons’ PDR practice as “"Powerful practice acting for household names from a broad range of sectors including energy, food and drink, retail and development.  Handles high-profile, one-off claims such as those relating to compulsory purchase and dilapidations and also manages all contentious aspects of a number of clients' extensive property portfolios. And “"They have got the resources to call upon specialists - they offer a full service."  "Entrepreneurial, flexible and responsive - they really seek to understand the client's position."


The Candidates Required


The successful candidate will ideally have gained experience in a City firm or large regional practice.  Candidates must be technically excellent, commercially aware and committed to excellence in client service. They should also be ready to become involved in business development. They will be a team player with proven supervisory skills and a strong client focused approach. They will also have a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills. 


The successful candidate will have 6+ years' experience of handling property dispute matters.  We are looking for individuals who enjoy black letter law, problem solving, working closely with clients and are enthusiastic about developing the team and generating new business and cross-selling. 


It would be beneficial (but not essential) if the successful candidate had experience of an interest in advising local authorities or public sector clients, developers and/or investors on the impact of residential tenants’ rights (e.g. enfranchisement, rights of first refusal etc.) on mixed use developments and the ways in which schemes can be structured to (i) avoid or mitigate the impact of these rights applying, and (ii) maximise the prospects of full service charge recovery. An involvement in advising local authorities on housing-led mixed use regeneration schemes, in particular vacant possession strategies (including under grounds 10/10A of the Housing Act 1985), consultation requirements and dealing with challenges and steps to mitigate risk:

A role in PDR will provide a varied workload across the breadth of the firm, including:


a)     commercial property management work (covenant enforcement, 1954 Act renewals etc) requiring efficiency and organisation in dealing with routine matters (with the help of our paralegals) and a high level of familiarity with the relevant law to ensure non-routine matters are identified and dealt with properly; and

b)    property development related risk avoidance, advice and litigation involving black letter law and strategic and commercial thinking; and

c)     cutting edge work, particularly for our sector clients involving a willingness to take on new property related areas outside the usual PDR work and become expert in those.