Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 160 partners and 950 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Asia, 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.
Where you'll work
Real Estate is a key focus of our business. From investment and management of existing assets to major development and regeneration schemes, about 60% of our lawyers practice full-time in the sector across a wide range of disciplines including investment, finance, development, construction, asset management, planning, environmental and dispute resolution. We are ranked by The Lawyer as having one of the UK's Top 15 Real Estate practices overall.
From large scale investment and regeneration of Birmingham city centre to local housing in The Wirral, our thinking extends beyond the day-to-day delivery of transactional and advisory legal services to provide our clients with fresh thinking and commercially driven solutions. Our multidisciplinary real estate team advises on investment and development across commercial, retail, residential and mixed use real estate, with a strong inward investment practice. Some of the teams more notable transactions have included acting for one of the UK's largest pension funds on their property portfolio and advising a UK/US joint venture on various industrial development schemes.
What you'll be doing
We have plans to grow and an exciting opportunity has arisen for an NQ Real Estate Solicitor to join our Investment & Development team in Birmingham . We cover a large array of work which is ideal for a newly qualified Solicitor. We provide our clients with fresh thinking and commercially driven solutions which is why we are looking for new junior talent to join our expanding team.
Our multidisciplinary real estate team advises on investment and development across commercial, retail, residential and mixed-use real estate, with a strong inward investment practice. For example, we cover large scale investment and regeneration projects, such as
the £6bn UK Central Hub, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Birkenhead 2040. There is also an increasing practice for industrial developments and lettings. Our national strategic land promotion practice has a significant amount of work carried out by the Birmingham team. We are also expanding our retail lettings and asset management work. With so many of our service areas expanding there is plenty of room to support different types of work before focusing into an area of choice. With such a broad spectrum of work the team is a perfect home for an animated, interested and ambitious lawyer. With a friendly and collaborative environment the team hasm also developed a really supportive and collaborative culture. This is key to the continued success and was a vital element in keeping the team motivated during the difficult times of the pandemic. Part of a national practice the Birmingham real estate team is led by partners Chris Plumley and Fiona Thomson.
The team is expanding and currently comprises 5 Partners, 6 Senior Associates, 4 Associates, 2 Solicitors, 2 trainees and paralegal and team assistant support. With significant work pipelines we want to continue our growth and so an exciting opportunity has arisen for additional lawyers to join. Work will focus on all aspects of property work for developers, strategic land promoters and public bodies, and will include: all types of development work, acquisitions, disposals, leases, and joint venture projects. You will be working as part of our national team so there will be opportunities to support colleagues in our other UK offices.
- Commercial landlord and tenant/asset management;
- Involvement in all property aspects of development and regeneration schemes;
- Undertaking a mix of property work for housing associations and similar clients including acquisitions of development sites for residential and mixed-use schemes, asset management and joint venture projects;
- Portfolio sales and acquisitions;
- Advising on management agreements, grant agreements and other forms of commercial contracts;
- Assist partners and assistants on management and supervision of the wider team;
- Project management and working with other specialist teams on more complex matters;
- Comply 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 operates a Career Development Framework, a merit based and clearly defined career structure which sets out the competencies we expect of those at this grade and beyond. In particular, for this role we require:
- Proven ability to take on responsibility and manage files, independently where appropriate for qualification level;
- Strong client focus and a commitment to service delivery;
- Drive and enthusiasm;
- Commercial awareness;
- Credibility; and
- Flexibility and a 'can do' attitude.
Experience and qualifications required:
- Excellent academic record;
- Qualified Solicitor with a training seat undertaken in Commercial Property
- Good team player.
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.