Banking Contract Lawyer (Real Estate Finance) - no agencies

Term: Contract
Department: Financial Markets and Products
Location: London
The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley, Beijing and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and FTSE 100 companies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 600 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs. We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, China, Paris, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US - Silicon Valley. In the UK, we have approximately 700 people working in the London, Manchester and Birmingham.

The firm is growing rapidly and its revenue for 2016/17 was £165 million. The UK accounts for approximately 70% of the headcount.

We were the fastest growing UK law firm last year with 2016/17 revenue of £165 million and were named Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2017.

The Team

In our Financial Markets and Products group our banking lawyers provide expert advice on a wide variety of international and domestic banking and finance transactions, including acquisition finance, asset finance,  funds finance, private banking and wealth management, real estate finance and receivables and asset based lending.

Our team comprises leading lawyers in finance, real estate and tax and is able to provide a seamless service, addressing the complications of both small and large lending transactions seen in real estate.

We have experience in the finance of all types of real estate assets ranging from major office, retail and residential developments through to institutionally owned properties to trophy residential properties.

We have particular experience in the hotel and leisure sector and significant experience in the healthcare sector. We also act for more than 50 banks and other financial institutions from around the world, including global and domestic banks and specialist real estate lenders.

Due to continued growth we have exciting opportunity for an experienced Real Estate Finance qualified lawyer to join this expanding team, working in the Financial Markets and Products team, on a fixed term contract. The role is flexible, it can be offered on a part time basis and agile working will be considered.

  • Proactively manage own matters
  • Support the partners and senior lawyers on larger transactions
  • High levels of direct client contact – candidates would be expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with clients
  • Contribute towards business development strategy of the team by preparing briefing papers, attending and presenting at client seminars and developing their own contacts within organisations.
Key Skills & Experience
  • Relevant experience and a keen interest in Real Estate finance law.
  • Strong experience of transaction management (lender side) and a willingness and interest to work on general banking matters from time to time.
  • Strong academic record
  • Good legal skills including attention to detail in drafting and a genuine interest in the needs of the client
  • An ability to think laterally and identify related issues and problems
  • A confident and professional manner strong communication skills.

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role