Property Litigation Associate

  • Osborne Clarke
  • London, UK
  • Jul 12, 2018
Full time Property Litigation

Job Description

"They have some very good lawyers. They are very smart, very business-focused and very aware"- Chambers & Partners

We are looking for an Associate to join our highly regarded property litigation team in London. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team that has enjoyed significant growth over the last 3 years.

You will have the chance to work with every member of the cross-office team and cover the full spectrum of property litigation matters. We encourage our Associates to win their own work and build client relationships from the outset. You will be joining a successful firm with a collegiate and supportive culture, which makes it a rewarding place to work.

The practice

Our specialist real estate litigation lawyers excel in helping clients resolve all manner of disputes, ranging from landlord and tenant to complex and highly technical development disputes. We cover the full spectrum of services and have a wide range of experience, from advising clients on the effective management of their property portfolios, to early-stage dispute avoidance advice and mediation, all the way up to full-blown litigation and third-party determination.

As well as handling complex, high value development and landlord and tenant disputes, we also have specialist expertise in niche areas such as rights to light, telecoms disputes, residential property (including Build-to-Rent assets) and energy and utilities

Find more about our property litigation practice using this link:

The team

The team is based across our London and Bristol offices and made up of 20 lawyers overall. The London-based team is led by Gary Lawrenson (Partner) and also consists of 1 Associate Director, 2 Senior Associates, 2 Associates & 1 Trainee Solicitor. The team pride themselves on their collegiate and supportive approach to career progression and business development.

The work

Represented lead appellant in a landmark Supreme Court appeal concerning recreational easements.

Acted for UNITE Group plc in relation to a development dispute with Arsenal FC group regarding rights to light issues.

Successfully acted for Topland Group in dispute relating to the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995. This decision provided welcome clarity to the commercial landlord and tenant world about how to unwind an unlawful assignment.

Successfully acted for Gazeley in Lands Chamber and Court of Appeal in Claim for compensation for the diminution in the value of a development site caused by overhead electricity lines.

Acted for a luxury hotel in relation to a dispute with British Land plc related companies in respect of rights to light issues.

Trusted adviser to a range of landlords and corporate occupiers, assisting with their day-to-day asset management work as well as wider strategy for their portfolios.

Technical skills and experience

Due to the technical nature of the practice, we are looking for evidence of a strong academic record and training ideally gained within a large regional or City Firm. We are also looking for candidates with a good grounding in property litigation matters, ideally having completed a specialist seat during their training. As a guide, due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking to appoint an Associate within this area, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you;
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke LLP 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 email

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.