Associate - Projects & Construction

London (Central), London (Greater)
22 Mar 2021
22 May 2021
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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.

Who we are

Our award-winning construction practice is, justifiably, one of the leaders in the construction legal field; equally comfortable acting on landmark national infrastructure projects or niche social housing developments, and our work takes us across the globe, wherever our clients are active.

Our national offering is a 'life span' service for all construction/engineering related matters, from initial structuring, procurement advice, setting up contracts, appointments, joint ventures and development agreements. We are integrated with our colleagues in real estate, corporate, tax and planning.  The team combines legal excellence, commercial acumen and an impressive track record together with a deep understanding of the construction industry.  A number of our team are ranked as experts and leading practitioners in their field by Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Where you'll work

You'll form part of a strong London team and will be supported in keeping ahead of the latest industry trends and developments to best deliver for our clients.  The scope of work in London is broad and has involved acting on a number of large and varied schemes within the housing, education, leisure and commercial sectors. 

Recent work includes:

Advising the Museum of London on the relocation of the Museum from its current site on London Wall to a new location in the historic Smithfield Market – described in the press as the most exciting cultural project currently being undertaken in the UK. The Projects and Construction team have been advising on all aspects of procurement strategy and construction. The project is complex involving a hugely varied list of specialisms reflecting both the nature of the site and its history and the wide variety of stakeholder interests including the City Corporation and the Mayor who are contributing to the funding of the project.

Acted for Apache Capital in connection with their joint venture with Moda to develop 515 build-to-rent apartments across two 16-storey blocks together with 9,000 sqf of commercial space in Leeds. This development is part of the "SOYO" development in a prime and significant regeneration zone in central Leeds which will include an arts and cultural hub, restaurants, a hotel and new public space. This is one of many projects we have advised Apache Capital on as part of their strategic joint venture with Moda Living to develop, deliver and operate a build-to-rent portfolio of approximately 5000 units with a GDV of £1 billion.

Helping St George, part of the Berkeley Group, with its partnership with Morrisons to deliver the regeneration of the Camden Goods Yard site in London. The scheme includes the phased delivery of circa 600 new homes (approximately 35% affordable), a new 6,500 sqm Morrisons store, 11,000 sqm of office space and a 1,000 sqm urban farm.

As part of a national department comprising 42 fee earners you can expect to work alongside colleagues in our other UK offices, as well as working closely with our London real estate practice in advising public sector and private developer clients.  

What you'll be doing

  • Advising clients including local and central government departments, developers, employers, contractors, investors, housing associations, subcontractors and consultants operating in the commercial / private and public sectors.
  • Advising on all aspects of development through design and construction.
  • Advising on asset management contracts and maintenance contracts.
  • Providing construction due diligence support to the real estate, corporate and banking teams on acquisitions and disposals.
  • Building and maintaining effective client relationships.
  • Active participation in marketing initiatives.
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures.
  • Participating in firm-wide and departmental training sessions.

What you'll need

The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at Associate grade.  In particular for this role we require:

  • Excellent technical skills and innovative approach to their application
  • Strong client focus
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Commercial awareness and excellent financial management
  • Flexibility
  • Credibility
  • Solid academic record
  • Qualified solicitor with a minimum of 4 years PQE across a whole range of non-contentious construction
  • Client management experience
  • Ability to manage files independently

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 values diversity and inclusion. All applications will be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role and will be treated equally irrespective of Ethnicity, Gender (including Trans and non-binary) Race, Disability, Religion and sexual orientation.

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