Solicitor - Investment & Development

Exeter, Devon
21 Jul 2021
19 Sep 2021
Role Classification
Practice Area
Real Estate
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.

Who we are

Trowers & Hamlins is a top 40 UK law firm with turnover of in excess of £100m.  Real Estate is a key focus of our business.  From major development and regeneration schemes to investment and management of existing assets, approximately 60% of our lawyers practice in the sector across a wide range of disciplines including development, planning, construction, finance, investment, environmental, asset management and dispute resolution.  We are ranked by The Lawyer as having one of the UK's Top 15 Real Estate practices. 

Where you'll work

Based in the firm's second biggest UK office, the Exeter Real Estate Team currently includes 23 lawyers and advises on wide range of real estate transactions including (amongst others) investment, finance, development, regeneration, build-to-rent, co-living, student accommodation, social care and social housing. We provide our clients with fresh thinking and commercially driven solutions, working alongside colleagues in our corporate, planning, construction and tax departments. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a Real Estate Solicitor to join the team.  Our multidisciplinary Real Estate team advises on investment and development across the workplace, retail, industrial, leisure and mixed use sectors, with a strong inward investment practice. Work will include acting for property investors, listed funds, REITS, developers, occupiers and local authorities on investment and development acquisitions and disposals, property financing transactions and asset and portfolio management work.  Working alongside a Partner you would be given high levels of client contact and responsibility at an early stage.

Some of the team's recent transactions include:

  • acting for a major REIT operating in the logistics sector on refinancing transactions worth over £200m;
  • acting for a major telecoms business on their workplace strategy, signing deals for over 600,000 sq ft of office space across England, including the largest ever office letting deal in Birmingham;
  • acting for a major REIT operating in the social care sector on acquisitions worth over £150m;
  • acting for a number of local authorities on their commercial property portfolios, including over £100m of income strip deals in the last 12 months; and
  • acting for a developer on a major urban extension to Truro City involving 1,500 new homes together with associated infrastructure.

What you'll be doing

  • Involvement in all property aspects of development and regeneration schemes;
  • Undertaking a mix of property work for institutional and private investors and developers, government bodies and local authorities landlords including acquisitions and disposals of both investment and development sites for commercial and mixed use schemes, asset management, and joint venture projects;
  • Portfolio sales and acquisitions;;
  • Project management and working with other specialist teams on more complex matters;
  • Complying with core competencies as appropriate to the fee earner level of qualification;
  • Building and maintaining and where possible initiating effective client relationships;
  • Active participation in and, where appropriate leading, marketing initiatives;
  • Running own files;
  • 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 these grades.  In particular, for this role we require:

  • Excellent technical skills and innovative approach to their application;
  • Proven ability to take on responsibility, manage and progress matters independently where appropriate;
  • Strong client focus and service delivery;
  • Ensuring files are managed in compliance with Lexcel procedures;
  • Drive and enthusiasm;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Credibility;
  • Aptitude for business development;
  • Client management experience;
  • Ability to work to deadlines;
  • Proven track record in origination/business development;
  • Methodical, disciplined and organised;
  • Team player;
  • Training and development of junior lawyers (where appropriate);
  • Excellent communication skills with a collaborative approach.
  • Excellent academic record;
  • Qualified Solicitor with experience in real estate matters

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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