Our Agriculture, Farms and Estates team is one of the largest teams of rural lawyers in the country acting for some of the biggest private landowners in the UK. The team have established genuine long-term client relationships characterised by trust and affection, they rely on their thorough understanding of all countryside issues and why shouldn't they? With over 200 years' experience of providing multi-disciplinary advice to landowners, they know they're in good hands.
Just because we're big, though, doesn't mean we've lost our personal touch. It's the quality and commerciality of our service, our industry insight and the talent and passion of our people that engages our clients, and they love what we do. It also means that our people are engaged, and excited about the opportunities for growth and development in our business – there is no doubt that it's an exciting place to be.
The team led by Partner, Simon Kirkup, has an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to join them in either Newcastle or Bristol, providing a genuine chance to join a highly motivated and supportive team with a wealth of relevant experience.
What will you be doing?
You'll be working closely with lawyers in the wider Real Estate and Private Client teams, providing comprehensive advice to clients with agricultural property on instructions ranging from supporting landowner clients buying and selling property, or promoting land for development by way of options or promotion agreements, through all aspects of management of rural assets, including tenancy issues and planning, to both the implementation of green energy schemes and the letting of land for these purposes. You'll also be acting for lenders to rural borrowers wishing to offer agricultural land as security, but with one or more challenging factors.
What does the ideal candidate look like?
You'll either be a qualified lawyer who has had exposure to quality real estate work (albeit not necessarily in agriculture) during your early career or a more experienced real estate lawyer welcoming the challenge of a move into this specialist area. Just as important are excellent drafting skills, a sense of commercial pragmatism and the desire and ability to build long lasting relationships with rural clients.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships.
Through our D&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued. We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have an ethnic diversity, an LGBT+, a family network and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody). We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work. We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders. We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. My name is Lisa Gater (firstname.lastname@example.org) No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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