Senior / Principal Associate- Real Estate

Gowling WLG
Birmingham or London
07 Mar 2018
09 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Real Estate, Energy
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.

About the Team

The Energy Sector is a key growth area for Gowling WLG and the Real Estate practice is a vital part of our cross-firm offering to clients. We act for many of the leading names in the energy sector, working on projects across a range of technologies, including solar, CHP, wind, peaking plant and landfill gas.

We advise on projects at all stages in the life cycle of an asset from acquisition, development, financing, refinancing and disposals, whether individually or as part of larger portfolio arrangements. The energy market in the UK is changing. We are moving to a more flexible, smarter, de-centralised model meaning the team is engaged in innovative new projects, typically driven by a combination of environmental (for example a desire to reduce carbon footprints) and economic (both supply security and financial) factors.

Our clients include landowners, operators, generators and investors. A trusted adviser, we are regularly brought in to lead on high-value and complex deals and projects.

What it's like to work with us

Our team is small enough so that you feel an important part of it, but spans the firm and is large enough so that it can and does undertake very high quality work.

We have a non-hierarchical structure in which everyone shares the same working environment and there are no closed doors. Everyone takes pride in what they do, which means that things just get done, well.

Working in an international law firm that deals with demanding work is challenging, but we like to have a life outside of work too. We have adopted an agile working policy that really helps you work around your own circumstances; whether that involves flexibility around core hours or working from home.

There is a wide array of training courses available to all depending on your needs. We also have monthly property update training sessions, run by our senior fee earners.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working as part of a busy team, supporting and working closely with a partner providing advice to developers, owners and investors on the full range of real estate issues arising from energy projects.

The team is dynamic, growing, and with a commitment to providing excellent, timely and pragmatic advice to clients and to developing the contacts needed to build and secure their business.   The successful candidate will be exposed to a broad range of real estate transactions and will be involved in a diverse and interesting blend of work. The ideal candidate should display an enthusiasm for business development.

Our clients include developers such as E.ON, Cofely, BasePower, Primrose Solar, Future Biogas, Reform Energy, Infinis Energy, RWE npower, and Covanta.

Key skills and experience

We are looking for a lawyer with development experience, including in the energy sector, working within a recognised real estate team with experience of advising sophisticated clients on the acquisition and the disposal of substantial real estate energy assets, development projects and asset management;

  • Maintaining and developing relationships with and obtaining instructions from sophisticated and demanding clients;
  • Demonstrating a keen interest to learn about our clients' businesses and to assist in growing our own business;
  • Experience of running transactions, with support and guidance from more senior members of the team where required;
  • Working in teams, supporting the partner and delegating to and supervising more junior associates and newly qualified members of the team;
  • Dealing with compliance issues, ensuring timely billing and assisting in the collection of bills as necessary.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

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