Commercial Property, 3-7 yrs PQE

  • Watson Farley & Williams
  • London, UK
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full time Commercial Property / Real Estate

Job Description

The firm

Watson Farley & Williams was established in the City of London in 1982 and expanded rapidly into a major international law firm. The firm has offices in London, New York, Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dubai.

The scope of the firm’s practice and geographical spread has expanded rapidly. The firm’s origins were in shipping finance and it remains pre-eminent in that sphere, however it has since applied its finance expertise to other asset classes. Today, the firm focuses on five core sectors: Maritime, Energy, Natural Resources, Transport, Real Estate and provides a full range of legal services.

The department

WFW real estate lawyers act for some of the largest and most active property investors in the world.  The firm represents developers, landlords, occupiers, investors, lenders, substantial family offices and sovereign funds on both domestic and cross-border projects.

Experienced and pragmatic, our team advises on matters throughout the life-cycle of a property - from financing and funding (including advising on inward investment into various markets), sale and purchase (including headquarter purchases), planning and project development, construction and renovation, to sale and leaseback/management back arrangements, off-plan sales and dispute resolution and insolvency. In addition, we deliver premium services in relation to closed-end funds and joint ventures, tax and corporate structuring, lettings, site assembly and acquisitions and regulatory matters, and have particular experience in the hotels and leisure sector.

Real Estate Finance

With specialist expertise in real estate financing, we work with lenders and investors in relation to private equity, bank funding, investment, recapitalisation and restructures.

The team have advised on a significant number of Real Estate Finance matters ranging in value from £5m to £370m. 

Clients vary in size from institutional Blue Chip organisations, pension funds, family offices, sovereign funds as well as substantial private companies and High Net Worth individuals, in each case we deal with both domestic and overseas matters.

Role overview

We are looking for a 3-7 years PQE lawyer to:

  • Take the lead and project manage Real Estate Finance transactions
  • Assist in the structuring of transactions
  • Draft and negotiate credit, security, inter-creditor and corporate documents


Key activities/responsibilities

  • Property acquisition funding
  • Commercial development funding
  • Residential development funding
  • Investment property financing
  • Joint venture funding
  • Mezzanine funding
  • Mortgage portfolio sales/acquisitions
  • Principal financing

Skills and experience – essential

  • The ability to draft and negotiate security documents
  • Experience of drafting credit agreements and a good working knowledge of the provisions of the LMA standard real estate finance documents
  • A good understanding of key real estate and finance concepts and an appreciation and awareness of the real estate finance market
  • Experience of leading on projects
  • Good academics
  • Excellent client service skills
  • Project management skills
  • A team player with the ability to work in a collegiate environment
  • Commercially focussed with an intellectual curiosity
  • Confident in front of clients
  • Ability to work independently but know when to seek additional support
  • Clear and concise communication skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability