Real Estate/Sector Paralegal

  • Osborne Clarke
  • Bristol, UK
  • Jul 02, 2018
Full time Paralegal

Job Description

Top-quality advice combined with a commercial approach. Quite simply, they 'get it' " Chambers UK, 2013

We have a new opportunity for a Paralegal to join our Real Estate department and support our sector teams in delivering commercial and residential Real Estate work. You will be aligned to specific client teams and be will working with a wide range of fee earners across the department.

This is a permanent, full-time role based in our Bristol office, although occasional travel to our offices in Reading in London, and to client offices, will be required.

The Practice

Our real estate team overall has a strong reputation for providing commercial advice to clients on everything from investment acquisitions and disposals and portfolio and asset management, forward funding and forward commitments, to complex mixed-use developments. Our team advises across all our clients' entire investment patterns including BTR, student accommodation, logistics and energy.  

We are distinguished from our competitors by our market leading practices in a number of prominent specialist areas. These include student accommodation and build to rent where we are recognised national leaders, energy - in particular major renewables projects run by leading names in the sector such as Foresight and Oxford Capital Partners; student housing, where we have advised on significant deals for Global Student Accommodation Limited and Campus Living Villages; and retail, where our recent track record includes appointment to the prestigious Homebase/Bunnings panel and on-going work for Marks and Spencer. In addition, we are rapidly establishing a reputation as a leader in acting for UK and overseas institutions, as major investors in UK real estate.

Our clients include the UK's leading house-builders Persimmon, Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, Bloor Homes and Linden, advising on residential development work, strategic land joint ventures and consortia arrangements.

The Role

Providing a wide range of services to the Real Estate Sector Team including but not exclusively:

  • Preparing initial drafts Reviewing and reporting on Certificates of Title.
  • Producing Certificate of Title Questionnaires
  • Assisting investment, renewable energy and corporate teams in due diligence reporting
  • Acting for a broad spectrum of Real Estate clients in the sale of residential properties
  • Drafting leases and sale contracts, legal reports and title reports.
  • Dealing with asset management to include leases, licences, rent review memos and variations.
  • Reviewing and reporting on residential property acquisitions on behalf of major lenders.
  • Summarising occupational leases.
  • Dealing with Deeds of Easements, Wayleaves, Infrastructure Agreements, Substation Transfers, Transfers of land, Deeds of covenant.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will:

  • Have evidence of experience across a wide range of Real Estate matters in a similar role;
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills;
  • Be technically minded, enjoy variety, have the ability to prioritise and successfully manage multiple matters.
  • Show an enthusiasm for and the ability to present technical legal issues in a clear, approachable and professional way;
  • Demonstrate a client-orientated approach, both internally and externally; the ability to think laterally and to develop ideas in relation to business opportunities and training;
  • Show an appreciation of fee earner needs and constraints; and the ability to assist in the development of less experienced team members;
  • Be commercially aware;
  • Be a self-starter, enthusiastic, resourceful and driven to continually develop knowledge and skills in a challenging and supportive environment.
  • Be pro-active and motivated with excellent organisational skills; and an excellent team player.
  • Be flexible and pragmatic with a problem solving approach.

The Team

The team is made up of 17 paralegals/legal executives and is led by Lynne Cardwell (Practice Manager).

‘I really enjoy the high levels of responsibility OC gives paralegals.’

‘The lack of hierarchy means you feel fully integrated into the wider Real Estate team.’

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the Recruitment team on 0117 917 3072 or


At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive to be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.