Associate - Housing & Regeneration

Manchester, Greater Manchester
07 Mar 2018
06 May 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Real Estate, Housing
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.

Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.

We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.

While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.

The department

Real Estate is a key focus of our business.  From investment and management of existing assets to major development and regeneration schemes, about 60% of our lawyers practice full-time in the sector across a wide range of disciplines including investment, finance, development, construction, asset management, planning, environmental and dispute resolution.  We are ranked by The Lawyer as having one of the UK's Top 15 Real Estate practices overall. 

The team

We’re focused on deeper connections between real estate and commerce, communities and culture that impact the way people live and work. From luxury city living destinations such as Angel Gardens, part of the NOMA masterplan, to working on large-scale regeneration schemes such as the high profile Hattersley Estate in Tameside, our thinking extends beyond the day to day delivery of transactional and advisory legal services to provide our clients with fresh thinking and commercially driven solutions.  Our multidisciplinary team advises on development across residential, commercial, retail and mixed use real estate.

The role

Not resting on our laurels, we have plans to grow and an exciting opportunity has arisen for a real estate Associate to join our top tier Housing & Regeneration development team in Manchester, which is currently a team of 16 lawyers. 

Work will include: crossover local authority and registered provider housing development, estate regeneration and joint venture projects; investment acquisition, disposal asset management work; private residential and commercial development for clients including registered providers, developers, local authorities and other public and private sector clients.  

Some of the teams recent transactions have included acting for a major North West Registered Provider on a large-scale mixed use development which was part of a major refurbishment of a city council estate, acting for a provider of student accommodation and acting on a joint venture with a landowner and registered provider on a large residential development.

Principal responsibilities

  • Involvement in property aspects of development and regeneration schemes;
  • Advising and undertaking acquisitions of development sites for residential and mixed use schemes for social landlords and private sector developers and housing providers;
  • Portfolio sales for landlords;
  • Undertaking a mix of property work including acquisitions, disposals, contract and asset management;
  • Advising on management agreements, grant agreements and other forms of commercial contracts;
  • Setting up the legal pack for sales of shared ownership properties and open market plot sales for developers;
  • Delivering training sessions and seminars to clients;
  • Legal research;
  • Running own files;
  • Comply with core competencies as appropriate to the fee earner level of qualification;
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
  • Active participation in client and business development activities;
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
  • Participating in firm-wide and departmental training sessions; and
  • Training and development of junior lawyers (where appropriate).

Person specification

The firm operates a Career Development Framework, a merit based and clearly defined career structure which sets out the competencies we expect of those at this grade and beyond.  In particular, for this role we require:

  • Proven ability to take on responsibility and manage files, independently where appropriate;
  • Strong client focus and a commitment to service delivery; and
  • Drive and enthusiasm;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Credibility; and
  • Flexibility and can do attitude.

Experience and qualifications required

  • Excellent academic record;
  • Qualified Solicitor
  • Proven expertise in real estate and the acquisition of development sites would be ideal.  Additionally experience of public sector work would be beneficial; and
  • Good team player.  

Additional Information

As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.

Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.

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