Commercial Property Lawyer (no agencies)

Term: Permanent
Department: Real Estate
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.

The Team

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

In addition to the more conventional real estate finance work, we work closely with our Funds Group in the structuring and setting up of property funds, and their funding of real estate investments.

We also work closely with our Structured Finance and Securitisation Group. We have experience in the finance of all types of real estate assets ranging from major office, retail and residential developments through institutionally owned properties to trophy residential properties.

We are keen to appoint an experienced commercial property lawyer to join our team based in London who will work closely with our partners.

Responsibilities

Our clients include several large private lenders and you would be expected to cover the following work:
 

  • Buying and selling commercial properties, working on property developments, granting and taking leases, dealing with options on land and generally dealing with matters incidental to the foregoing
  • Acting in connection with the property due diligence required in taking property security and including either reporting on a certificate of title or report on title being provided to the lender or undertaking our own report on title.
  • In connection with certain lenders, preparing the relevant security package and putting that in place with accompanying board minutes etc.
  • Reviewing on simpler transactions the form of facility letter or loan agreement and in connection with more complex and sophisticated facility agreements, commenting on any property led points.
  • Reviewing security packages already in place in the context of a possible purchase of the underlying loans by an investment fund and then acting on complex issues in the context of selling either through a receiver, administrator or by a mortgagee and overcoming and creating solutions to issues which often arise in relation to such sales.
  • Acting for receivers and administrators on the sale of property assets following enforcement by a mortgagee.
Key Skills & Experience
  • Qualified lawyer with proven experience from a well-respected Real Estate practice
  • Relevant ‘hands-on’ work experience of commercial property and real estate finance is essential
  • Good team management skills
  • Excellent client management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sound time/case management skills
  • Strong academic record

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