Associate - Investment, Landlord and Tenant

London (Central), London (Greater)
26 Feb 2018
27 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

The firm

This is an exciting time to join Howard Kennedy. The firm has completed two recent mergers and has moved to smart new offices at London Bridge. The firm has grown quickly, both in terms of revenue and profitability, and is an ambitious firm looking to exploit the potential that these mergers have brought. 

The role

To work as an Associate in the Investment, Landlord and Tenant team in the Real Estate department.

The Real Estate department covers all aspects of property-related legal services and acts for a wide range of clients including many household names in the retail and hospitality sector, property investors and funders and large-scale residential developers. 

Tasks and responsibilities

Ability to work generally independently, supporting partners and senior fee earners in the Investment Landlord & Tenant team on appropriate tasks across a wide range of matters, including:

  • Leading work on new leases and renewal leases
  • Leading and managing Landlord & Tenant management work
  • Drafting of Certificates of Title
  • Commercial acquisitions and disposals of property assets
  • Buying and selling vacant possession property:
    • Reviewing and commenting on Heads of Terms
    • Reviewing and commenting on contracts for sale and purchase
    • Reviewing title
    • Dealing with enquiries and searches
  • Assisting with the drafting of Options
  • Assisting with overage agreements
  • Dealing with post-completion matters
  • On all matters, dealing directly with solicitor and client enquiries
  • Ensuring that all client matter schedules are up to date and are maintained for both internal and external use
  • Participating in and instigating business development activity, including attendance at appropriate events and production of content for publication
  • Attending departmental and other appropriate briefings to assess current and future needs

Technical skills/experience

  • Qualified Solicitor with strong relevant real estate experience of landlord and tenant work, property transactions and general commercial Real Estate
  • Proficient  in Microsoft Office and familiar with other IT systems

Personal attributes

  • A demonstrable interest in real estate and the type of work carried out
  • Intelligence and ability to deal with complex problems
  • Have a commercial approach to problem solving and providing innovative solutions
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Organised: manage and prioritise workload, working to tight deadlines where the input of others is often required, keeping accurate time records, organising files and carrying out all necessary administrative tasks
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Confident and effective communicator
  • Ability to get on with clients and other colleagues at all levels
  • Commerciality: ability to see matters as a whole and to be able to identify what it takes to get the job done/consider settlement/best solutions for client
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to manage and prioritise workload


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

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