Associate

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Partner
Department: Commercial Development & Investment
Location: Birmingham
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.

About the Team

RDM (Retail Development Management) team focusses on retail development, management and major restructuring of retail schemes. The team is structured with senior fee earners, and paralegals, and takes a streamlined approach to the work it undertakes.

Main Purpose of the Job

Our business is growing and we are looking for a Legal Executive/Associate to join the team to provide support to and work within the retail development lettings ("RDM") sub-team which sits within the commercial development and investment team. This team focusses on retail development and major restructuring of retail schemes.

 

The team is structured with senior fee earners, and paralegals, and takes a streamlined approach to the work it undertakes. There is lots of client contact and an opportunity to get closely involved with often transformational city centre projects.

This is an opportunity to truly increase the depth and breadth of your experience, and be able to work with high profile and sophisticated clients. The work is challenging, varied, and interesting and will provide opportunity to develop and nurture solid client relationships, as well as work closely with others within the team and firm.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The role will have a broad high value, high profile property development and investors focus across all sectors and will involve:

  • Negotiation of development agreement for leases and leases for a number of schemes. This will be supported by the team structure and processes but the role will be hands on dealing directly with the negotiations and liaising with the client team.
  • The role will include assisting in scheme set up and will also the periodic attendance at scheme lettings meetings and project workshops.
  • Supporting the wider CDI team on retail scheme acquisitions funding and disposals of the retail schemes.
  • Some related management work linked to the schemes the team are acting on (largely by way of supervision of the paralegals within RDM).
  • Subject to capacity, there will also be the opportunity to support the wider CDI team by assisting on matters.
  • Including (as applicable) all title investigation, searches, enquiries, drafting, negotiation, research, analysis, liaison with clients agents and third parties, meetings reporting on title, indemnity insurance arrangements, communications, project management, administration and financial aspects, Land Registry or other applications (including SDLT) and post completion formalities as we well as understanding and delivering on clients' requirements and expectations, (including all reporting requirements);
  • Marketing, group practice development and client entertainment/training events and activities.
Key skills and experience

Working in an inclusive, sharing and collaborative culture, you will be expected to play your part in ensuring the continuing success and growth of the team.

You should be able to:

  • Experience of landlord and tenant work (acting for either landlord or tenant) with development, would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Manage your own caseload to tight deadlines, remain calm under pressure and prioritise your workload effectively;
  • Work in a team environment (which may involve working as part of a bigger project team) with supervision of junior members within the RDM team and generally to support your colleagues:
  • Give clear, practical advice with sound commercial judgement and swift accurate implementation of instructions;
  • Negotiate effectively and deliver commercial solutions for our clients;
  • Carry out title reviews, lease reviews prepare report on title and reports on lease;
  • Communicate appropriately at all levels within the team and the wider business as well as with clients, agents and other parties;
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Gowling WLG team members, the clients and their professional team (e.g. agents, surveyors, consultants, accountants and others);
  • Prepare for and participate in marketing functions as part of added value services to our clients;
  • Delegate where appropriate and supervise and mentor more junior fee earner team members (e.g. Paralegals)

You should have:

  • An effective, engaging and professional communication style with advanced interpersonal skills;
  • A proactive approach with the confidence to use your own initiative;
  • Effective time management and organisational skills;
  • Problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Enthusiasm;
  • Project management skills (would be beneficial but not essential);
  • Strong IT/keyboard skills;
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, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment,  sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.