Planning Associate

London (Central), London (Greater)
09 Apr 2019
08 Jun 2019
Role Classification
Practice Area
Real Estate, Planning
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

The department

Purpose of role

Our top rated Planning and Public Law team has been involved in some of the most exciting and high-profile projects of recent times.  The work includes new settlements and urban extensions, major regeneration and town centre redevelopment projects, mixed use, retail and residential led schemes, promotion of, and objections to, compulsory purchase orders.  Our lawyers advise on a huge variety of both contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

The client base is impressive and diverse, covering central and local government, leading developers, retailers, investors, corporate vehicles, national representative bodies and local community organisations. 

We now have an opportunity for an Associate to join the Practice. This role is ideal for a 1-2 year PQE lawyer, however we will consider more senior candidates.


The role is widely varied  You will advise landowners, developers and local planning authorities on all aspects of planning law, including:

  • Complex planning applications and environmental assessment processes

  • Section 106 agreements/undertakings, highways agreements, stopping up orders and infrastructure agreements

  • Community infrastructure levy issues

  • Advising on local plans, neighbourhood plans and local development orders

  • Review, assessment and drafting of planning policy

  • Garden cities and urban extensions

  • Affordable housing and viability

  • Complex issues presented by major infrastructure and transport projects, and urban development and regeneration schemes

  • Public inquiry and examination work

  • Judicial review and High Court litigation

  • Listed buildings and conservation areas

  • Compulsory purchase promotion and objection

  • Development Consent Orders and Transport & Works Act Orders

  • Planning due diligence on commercial and corporate transactions.

You will be able to communicate clearly with colleagues, clients and the wider market. You will be expected to work independently within a collegiate environment and act as a mentor to more junior members of the team, contributing to growing  the practice through networking and marketing. You will develop your skills to make a real contribution in developing the business and the profile of the team.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • A strong academic background

  • In-depth knowledge of legal planning and public law experience

  • Experience in advising landowners, developers and local planning authorities on a breath of planning legislation

  • You will ideally have some real estate experience

  • Takes responsibility for risk management and professional ethics

  • Good drafting skills and legal research ability

  • Able to communicate complex legal advice to clients effectively

Personal attributes

  • Is dedicated to exceptional client service

  • Business development ability and demonstrates market focus

  • Strong financial and business awareness

  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills

  • Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development

  • Ability to establish professional credibility and influence

  • High level of personal professional integrity

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact 

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