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Real Estate Counsel

Allen & Overy LLP
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Experience Level
5+ yrs PQE, Partner-designate, Partner
Role Classification
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Job description

We are currently recruiting for a driven, enthusiastic and ambitious individual with a keen interest in real estate as a business and investment product and a desire to join a growing and dynamic team determined to firmly establish itself as the premier ‘big ticket’ equity and cross-border real estate investment practice in the UK and Europe to join our London office as Real Estate Counsel. Experience of working in teams leading the real estate elements of complex real estate financing transactions (to include cross-jurisdictional portfolio financings, development financings, and financings across a broad range of sectors including residential, senior living, hotels, student accommodation, logistics, and science parks)  would be an advantage.

This is a real estate role working with all partners within Allen & Overy’s award winning global real estate group.  The work will be diverse and challenging involving leading on high value investment acquisitions and disposals, structured as both asset and corporate vehicle purchases and sales, major landlord and tenant work acting for both investors and occupiers, development work, real estate joint ventures, loan portfolios and the real estate aspects of finance transactions. The role will encompass working on both UK and cross-border deals, often working alongside real estate teams in other jurisdictions within our global Real Estate group.  It will involve running pitches, client management and managing and mentoring of existing associates.  It will offer the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to run a vibrant practice and be the go to expert for our Real Estate and Banking lawyers. 

Role Definition
The role of Counsel at A&O carries status and credibility both internally and externally.  It was introduced as an alternative career option to partnership, offering increased responsibilities, greater standing with clients, and increased involvement in the practice group.  It recognises individuals who contribute at a very senior level in business critical roles. Whilst Counsel is not a bar to future partnership, the expectation is that it will be a long-term role with progression to partnership in specific cases.

The flexibility of the role permits opportunities to develop specialist skills, develop the practice, improve leadership skills and further develop client relationships and work.  As Counsel you will be expected to manage client expectations effectively on transactions and foster strong relationships 'off deal'.  You will also lead complex and large transactions/matters and demonstrate a high level of technical competence in your own area of expertise.  Counsel are expected to build A&O's profile and work alongside the partners in enhancing the profile of the firm in their specific product area and practice.

There are five key elements used in the assessment and development of those in the role of Counsel:

  • Clients
  • Knowledge
  • Practice & Financial Performance
  • People
  • Partnership

Allen & Overy LLP is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

Additional information - External

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. Embracing new trends and harnessing decades of experience, we’ve earned our place at the forefront of the legal industry. Our partners are recognised as leaders in their field and our deals and cases often make headline business news. As a result, we’ve developed a reputation for delivering exceptional legal solutions that not only solve our clients’ challenges but exceed their expectations. By embracing new ways of thinking, integrating technology into our everyday work and putting our people first, we’ve become known for leading by example. 

Join our team and you’ll be part of a flexible, inclusive culture underpinned by openness and consistent support for one another. Our culture enables people to define their own career path based on their strengths, while our ambitious outlook ensures we continue to provide each person with opportunities to thrive. We’re also committed to supporting a culture that drives diversity and inclusion. Every day, we’re working hard to create an environment where you feel you can bring your authentic self to work. To be comfortable and confident to be who you are in the workplace. To feel like you belong. If you’re ready to play your part in defining the future of law: It’s Time.


It’s Time

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. By turning our insight, technology and talent into ground-breaking solutions, we’ve earned a place at the forefront of our industry. Our lawyers are leaders in their field – and the same goes for our support teams. Ambitious, driven and open to fresh perspectives, we find innovative new ways to deliver our services and maintain our reputation for excellence, in all that we do.

The nature of law is changing and with that change brings unique opportunities. With our collaborative working culture, flexibility, and a commitment to your progress, we build rewarding careers. By joining our global team, you are supported by colleagues from around the world. If you’re ready for a new challenge, it’s time to seize the opportunity.

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+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD
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