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Associate / Senior Associate - Housing Development and Regeneration

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50362 - 67000 GBP ANNUAL

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

London, United Kingdom

Peter J. Lukasiewicz.

$100 to $500 million (USD)

Company - Private



Published 328 days ago

About the team

The Housing, Development and Regeneration (HDR) team sits within the Real Estate Group, the third largest Real Estate practice in the UK. We work closely with colleagues in social housing, planning, construction and corporate/tax.

The HDR team comprises 12 partners and 70 other qualified lawyers, supported by a team of paralegals, advising on all aspects of residential development and housing led regeneration. The HDR teams acts for house builders, mixed use developers, affordable housing providers, landowners (public and private) and investors.

The housing sector continues to be a key area of investment for the government, supported by opposition parties, and demographic demand requires a continuing increase in supply. The 'living' sector combines a number of residential asset classes such as affordable housing and senior living, and we are specialists in these areas too. Our large, experienced team and excellent client base of growth year on year, and strong resilience in a downturn. We provide significant opportunities for progression and promotion, with bespoke training tailored to individual needs. We invest in each person and conduct regular reviews to help them achieve their career aspirations.

This opportunity is to work in residential and mixed use development for public and private sector entities including local authorities, central government, Highways England and Transport for London as well as for private sector clients that specialise in residential led development such as Muse Places, Moda Living, Quintain, Vistry, Wates, Countryside and Land Securities. The team’s areas of expertise includes:

  • acquisitions, disposals and exchanges of land and property;
  • overage arrangements, and security;
  • joint venture arrangements, with related site assembly;
  • joint venture structuring (with support from corporate/tax colleagues)
  • procurement and public subsidy (with support from public law specialists)
  • planning and infrastructure agreements;
  • building licences and development agreements;
  • development management agreements;
  • mixed use schemes, with related structuring advice;
  • build to rent;
  • institutional investment in the residential sector;
  • investor acquisitions and disposals of residential portfolios;
  • mixed use development

Our clients include:

  • Muse Places, Moda Living, Quintain, Vistry, Wates, Countryside and Land Securities
  • London boroughs of Barnet, Ealing, Westminster, Barking & Dagenham, Hammersmith & Fulham and Sutton
  • Transport for London, National Highways, Government Property Agency, Central Government

About the role

The purpose of the role is to provide cutting edge specialist advice on all aspects of residential and mixed use development schemes. We work for the public and private sectors, we develop and maintain strong client relationships and become immersed in many aspects of development and regeneration.

The role covers work streams involving title due diligence, land acquisition (both short and long term) and property development whereby we add real value to client relationships and projects. Over time you will gain an understanding of relevant aspects of public sector law including governance, procurement and public subsidy but that is not a requirement for the role.

The role presents the opportunity for a long and meaningful career in residential led development, working as part of one of the largest real estate teams in the country and for some of the top clients and high profile projects.

We have a separate team of paralegals dealing with plot sales and part exchange transactions. Therefore, this role does not include any element of domestic conveyancing.

About you

  • You will need to have at least 2 years' post qualification experience in similar fields or in commercial property or development
  • Be prepared and eager to forge yourself a long and successful career acting on some of the most high profile projects in the country. These include Brent Cross Town, the London Cancer Hub and the London Film Studios by way of example.
  • You must be ready to learn, to work hard and to reap the benefits of joining a well-established and successful regeneration practice.
  • Some experience working for public sector clients is helpful but not necessary - all candidates with clear drive and determination will be considered.

There is always scope to learn on the job and some base level experience (alongside careful supervision) will help accelerate that development.

What we can offer you

The opportunity to work for a firm which has been recognised as one of the top 10 best places to work in the UK and has been ranked by Great Place to Work® for 23 consecutive years.

  • A hybrid approach to office and remote working, with up to 50% remote working available.
  • Excellent benefits, including:
  • Lawyer bonus
  • Generous annual leave, with the option to buy up to a week's extra annual leave
  • Private medical insurance, and the option to add family members
  • A generous pension allowance
  • Life assurance covering four times your annual salary
  • The chance of a three-month sabbatical every five years
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes
  • A range of health and wellbeing programmes
  • State of the art offices, in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, with an onsite restaurant
  • Opportunities to flourish in your role through training and personal development

Many of our people work flexibly in some way. If you would like to explore your own flexible working arrangements with us, we are happy to discuss this during the recruitment process.

Equal opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.

Any offers we make will be conditional subject to clearance by the SRA, evidence of eligibility to work in the UK and DBS clearance.

If you have any queries in relation to this position, please contact Nina Marshall - [email protected]


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