Property (Public Sector/Private Sector) Development Lawyer - 3+PQE - Birmingham

Pinsent Masons
Birmingham or Manchester
Closing date
1 Nov 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Real Estate
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Description

Our market- leading UK transactional real estate business is growing and we are currently looking for a Property Lawyer with 3+ years’ PQE to join our Birmingham Development and Investment team.

If you would like to be part of our successful team, then read on…

Did you know?

  • We employ over 400 specialist real estate lawyers in the UK
  • Our market leading practice is consistently recognised in the top tiers by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
  • We have 232 lawyers based in Birmingham, including 55 real estate specialists
  • We have a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in the delivery of public sector led development and regeneration projects across our UK network
  • We are well connected to help make introductions, our clients include regional, national and global organisations in the public and private sectors, including investors, developers, banks and central and local government
  • Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2021
  • Property Team of the Year at The British Legal Awards 2017 & 2019

 Don’t take our word for it…

“Full-service real estate practice acting for an impressive roster of blue-chip clients. Noted for its adept handling of investment, asset management and development matters, with expertise across a broad range of sectors, including commercial, automotive and retail. Regularly handles large residential development schemes and also enjoys a fine reputation for its real estate work in the energy and infrastructure spaces.”

"It's an excellent firm," says one interviewee, praising the team's "commitment, intelligence and technical strength."

"I consider Pinsent Masons a safe pair of hands that we can trust to progress deals on our behalf."

Chambers and Partners 2022

 Putting the role in context

Our team – you will be in good company!

You will be joining our Property Development & Investment Team in Birmingham, our transactional real estate team, which is one of the leading and most well-established teams in the city.  We’re part of our UK Property Group (and operate as a national team, rather than in regional silos), which means we regularly work with colleagues across our network of 8 offices in all the major business centres. We advise clients across the whole spectrum of their real estate acquisition, development, funding, investment and asset management requirements, with particular focus on large scale city centre regeneration schemes, public sector led development opportunities, new business park developments, Grade A office developments and investments, major logistics and manufacturing projects and new urban housing settlements. We’ve also got leading practices in the healthcare and property restructuring markets.

Our focus within our Birmingham and UK teams on a number of growth markets means that we are well placed to navigate and weather the volatile economic conditions the UK is currently experiencing and provide an excellent platform for any aspiring real estate lawyer to build a long term and secure career with the firm, itself a £500m+ turnover business with a global focus on a handful of key sectors, including Real Estate.  

Led by Partner Tom Johnson, the team has delivered some of the largest deals in the city over the last decade and beyond (as a firm, we have been in the city since the 1840s!), as well as routinely advising on high value and complex transactions across the UK.  The well-established team in Birmingham is led by partners who are well recognised in the market. 

Our Birmingham transactional team works (as one department) alongside (we’re all in the same place on the first floor of our offices at 55 Colmore Row) our market-leading specialist colleagues who enable us to provide an all round service on the most complex and high value deals, covering planning, environmental, CPO, property energy and infrastructure and disputes resolution issues.  

Our clients

We have a strong forward book of business in this practice, supported by significant and long-standing client relationships, including:

  • Kier Property
  • IM Properties
  • Lendlease
  • Lovell Partnerships
  • Urban & Civic
  • Barratt Group/Wilson Bowden Developments
  • BoKlok
  • London & Continental Railways
  • Harworth
  • Several institutional household name funds
  • Homes England
  • Birmingham City Council and other major local authorities
  • Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
  • Major US health sector investors
  • Property Restructuring clients

What our client and the market say about us:

Tom Johnson 
"Tom is a very able and practical lawyer. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has really put the effort in to keep transactions on track and kept on top of all the various moving parts."

Chambers 2022

Lisa Middleton acts for investors and developers on a range of complex real estate transactions, including strategic investments and forward funding.
"Lisa is diligent and committed. She can anticipate potential problems, make connections between issues which are not necessarily solely property-related and provide solutions."

Chamber 2022

“Carl Scott is a property-related restructuring expert and Tom Eastwood enjoys a prominent reputation in respect of healthcare assets.”

Legal 500 2022

 Recent deal highlights include advising:

  • Lendlease on the £3.5b development of the landmark Silvertown Quays site in London Docklands, including the recent deal with The Guinness Partnership to bring forward the first phase of affordable housing within the scheme, comprising 720 new homes
  • Kier Property on the landmark Arena Central office led development in the centre of Birmingham, including the forward funding and pre-let of over 200,000 sq ft of Grade A offices to create a new Government Hub.
  • Urban & Civic on the 20 year strategic development agreement with Hertfordshire County Council to bring forward the Baldock North Urban Extension, which will deliver c3000 new homes and a new mainline rail crossing
  • the NEC Group on the property and commercial contracts with the NHS to enable the set up and use of the NEC site in Birmingham as a Nightingale Hospital.
  • the Urban Growth Company, a development company created by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, in connection with the £300m upgrade of Birmingham International railway station.
  • Birmingham City Council on the competitive dialogue procurement of a joint venture/development partner for delivery of exemplar estate regeneration of its Ladywood Estate in Birmingham city centre.
  • Henry Boot Developments on the acquisition and remediation of the Phoenix 10 site in Walsall, to provide a new business park – the largest brownfield regeneration scheme in the Black Country.

Our vacancy

We are now looking to appoint a lawyer to join our team who:

  • is a real estate lawyer with 3+ years’ PQE
  • has gained experience in a large commercial law firm or in-house legal team and familiar with a range of investment and development transactions, including sales/purchases, lettings/pre-lets, acquisition of sites for redevelopment/reporting on development constraints, forward fundings, forward purchases and real estate support into M&A transactions – whether acting for public/private sector clients (or both) and across one or more different asset classes
  • is a proven team player, able to forge strong working relationships with colleagues in an agile environment
  • has excellent academics, is technically accomplished, with sound commercial judgment
  • has the interpersonal skills necessary for developing on-going relationships with an existing client base as well as helping to win and grow new opportunities

What will we offer you?

  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic and very well respected real estate team in Birmingham, working on landmark projects in the city/region and across the UK and linking in with colleagues across our UK and international office network. 
  • The chance to be involved in a wide variety of complex and intellectually challenging transactions for major clients that will enable you to develop your legal and practical skills and experience and take your career to the next level
  • The investment we make in you through our first-class training and career development programme – we will help you to develop as an all-round development lawyer, with exposure to valuable sector-focused experience and the opportunity to deliver "best in class" services.
  • The opportunity to take responsibility for your matters and grow a strong network of client and colleague relationships, both within the Midlands and via our UK and international network
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including a generous bonus scheme

To apply for this role

Should you require further details, please contact our in-house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Anwen Wallington who can discuss the role and requirements.

Contact details: 

At Pinsent Masons we value diversity and inclusion. We are committed to creating a better workplace where all our talent can succeed and feel like they belong. We want to attract, retain and develop people at all levels and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates whatever your ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/ long term condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

About Pinsent Masons, a market-leading professional services firm, with law at its core

For more about Pinsent Masons, have a look at the information via the following link

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Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating from 27 locations throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.  We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines. The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish.

We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery and believe that innovation flourishes in a diverse workforce. We are proud that in the same financial year Pinsent Masons was recognised as law firm of the year at the Legal Business Awards, we were also named the top employer for LGBT people by Stonewall, one of the top fifty employers for women and ranked 21st out of 700 companies by the Financial Times in their Diversity Leaders list. 

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