Residential Development Senior Associate - London

  • Trowers & Hamlins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Oct 09, 2017
Full time Residential Property

Job Description

Experience level: Senior Associate Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Practice area/Department: Real Estate: Residential Development Location: London The Firm

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.

Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.

We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.

While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.

The Practice area/ department

Real Estate is a key focus of our business.  From investment and management of existing assets to major development and regeneration schemes, about 60% of our lawyers practice full-time in the sector across a wide range of disciplines including investment, finance, development, construction, asset management, planning, environmental and dispute resolution.  We are ranked by The Lawyer as having one of the UK's Top 15 Real Estate practices overall.

We are continuing to grow and an exciting opportunity has arisen to join our leading Real Estate team in London and to specialise in development and large scale regeneration work acting for housing associations, developers, house builders, local authorities and other public and private sector clients. Our work spans development from the small to the large and complex and we are active in all elements of residential development including build to rent, student accommodation, senior living and care.


This is primarily a role for an acquisition and development Lawyer for residential and mixed-use schemes.

  • Involvement in all property aspects of development and regeneration schemes;
  • Advising and undertaking acquisitions of development sites for residential and mixed use schemes for private sector developers, housing associations  and other housing providers;
  • Dealing with portfolio sales for developer clients;
  • Undertaking a mix of property work for both housing association and private developer clients including acquisitions, disposals and contract and asset management;
  • Providing advice to borrowers and lenders upon the charging and financing of development sites;
  • Advising on management agreements, grant agreements and other forms of commercial contracts;
  • Strategic land acquisitions including options and promotion agreements;
  • Legal research;
  • Running own files;
  • Comply with core competencies as appropriate to the fee earner level of qualification;
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
  • Active participation in marketing initiatives;
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
  • Participating in firm-wide and departmental training sessions;
  • Training and development of junior legal staff and PA (where appropriate).

The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at different levels.  In particular, for this role we require:

  • Proven ability to take on responsibility, and manage and progress matters independently where appropriate;
  • Flexibility and 'can-do' attitude;
  • Excellent technical skills and innovative approach to their application;
  • Strong client focus;
  • Drive and enthusiasm;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Credibility;
  • Substantial client management experience;
  • Proven track record in origination/business development;
  • Team management experience.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Excellent academic record;
  • Qualified solicitor;
  • Proven expertise in the acquisition of development sites would be ideal; and
  • Experience of working with public sector clients would be beneficial but not essential.