Real Estate (Development & Investment) Lawyer

Pinsent Masons
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Closing date
17 Mar 2023

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Real Estate
Experience Level
5+ yrs PQE
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Job Description

Our market-leading UK transactional real estate business is growing.  We're looking for senior property lawyers to join our Manchester team to undertake a mixture of development and investment works for both regional and national clients.

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 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
  • We are supported by the UK’s largest Planning Team, ranked #1 by the Planning Journal for several years running, with a number of the UK’s top 10 Planning Partners.
  • Additionally, we have the support of a construction practice that is recognised as Global#1

Putting the role in context

Our team – you will be in good company!

You will be joining our Property Development & Investment Team in Manchester, our transactional real estate team, which is led by Jonathan Brocklehurst and 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 major logistics and manufacturing projects, alternative asset classes (hotels, student accommodation and BtR), private sector residential development, public sector led development opportunities, new business park developments, Grade A office developments and investments, major infrastructure projects and nuclear sector support.

Our focus within our Manchester 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.  

Our Manchester transactional team works (as one department) alongside (we’re all in the same place on the 12th floor of our offices at 3 Hardman Street) 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.  

Chambers 2022/Legal500

  • Jonathan Brocklehurst leads the practice and acts on development projects and real estate transactions, with experience handling matters in the logistics and student accommodation sectors. His client base consists of developers and local authorities.
  • Ann-Marie Salmacis heads up the international logistics practice, an area of considerable growth.
  • Matthew Rowlands leads the firm's minerals and aggregates practice.

Our clients

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

  • St Modwen
  • Harworth Estates
  • Bricks Capital
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Tritax Symmetry
  • Hines
  • Homes England
  • Premier Inn
  • United Utilities
  • North Star
  • BoKlok
  • HIMOR Group
  • HBD (Henry Boot)
  • Casey
  • Wilson Bowden
  • Aviva
  • Ardstone
  • Credit Suisse
  • Merseyside Pension Fund
  • NDA/Sellafield

What our clients say about us: 

"Jonathan Brocklehurst is great to work with on difficult matters."

“Ann-Marie Salmacis is very professional and is committed to providing and excellent service to her clients”

“The real estate team of Pinsent Masons in Manchester deservedly has a very good reputation for providing a very good all-round service”

“A strong team”

Work highlights include:

  • Advising Bricks on the proposed development of a 177 bedroom Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Cornbrook, Manchester.
  • Advising iQ Student on the real estate aspects of a development framework agreement relating to their portfolio of 11 sites in Manchester.
  • Advising Northern Gateway (the Harworth Estates/Russell Homes JV) on the acquisition, promotion and development of a 1000+ acre site near Bury which is likely to include c10m square feet of industrial and logistics and advanced manufacturing and technology space and 1500 houses.

Our vacancies

We are now looking to appoint two senior property lawyers to join our team. Required experience/attributes include:

  • experience of advising investors and developers
  • experience gained in a large commercial firm, or in-house legal team
  • a proven team player, able to forge strong working relationships with colleagues in an agile environment
  • excellent academics, technically accomplished, with sound commercial judgment
  • the interpersonal skills necessary for developing and managing on-going relationships with an existing client base as well as helping to win and grow new opportunities
  • experience of supervision of and delegation to junior lawyers and managing teams of junior lawyers on large transactions (often working cross-office)

What will we offer you?

  • The chance to join a market leading, dynamic and growing team, with a strong Manchester presence and part of a global business, with a very well-recognised brand
  • The chance to play a role on 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 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 North West and via our UK and international network
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including a generous bonus scheme

To apply for one of these roles

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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