Senior Associate

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Specialist Real Estate Services (SRES)
Location: Birmingham
About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

About the Team

The SRES team forms a key part of the Gowling WLG Real Estate practice, acting for a number of leading retail, leisure and corporate occupier clients including Specsavers, Starbucks, Halfords,  Midcounties Co-Operative, Forest Holidays, GKN, QinetiQ, Premier Foods and Smiths News. We support these clients across a range of retail transactions, whether that is acquisitions, disposals or asset management of both freehold and leasehold interests. The team also provides advice on the commercial property issues of cross-firm transactions including corporate, projects and insolvency transactions as well as large property investment transactions.

As trusted adviser, we are regularly brought in to lead on high-value and complex deals and projects.

What it's like to work with us

Our team is small enough so that you feel an important part of it, but spans the firm and is large enough so that it can and does undertake very high-quality work.

We have a non-hierarchical structure in which everyone shares the same working environment and there are no closed doors. Everyone takes pride in what they do, which means that things just get done, well.

Working in an international law firm that deals with demanding work is challenging, but we like to have a life outside of work too. We have adopted an agile working policy that really helps you work around your own circumstances; whether that involves flexibility around core hours or working from home.

There is a wide array of training courses available to all depending on your needs. We also have monthly property update training sessions, run by our senior fee earners.

Main Purpose of the Job

The team is dynamic, growing, and with a commitment to providing excellent, timely and pragmatic advice to clients and to developing the contacts needed to build and secure their business.   The successful candidate will be exposed to a broad range of real estate transactions and will be involved in a diverse and interesting blend of work. The ideal candidate should display an enthusiasm for business development.

Key skills and experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A desire to advise on a range of commercial property work, with a focus on landlord and tenant work in the retail and corporate occupier spheres
  • A strong academic background and training within a regarded commercial property department
  • Experience of telephone liaison with clients and internal personnel of all levels
  • Experience reviewing and, ideally, negotiating property transaction documentation
  • Experience of working within a team on complex matters
  • Extensive experience of running a caseload under partner supervision
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Sound drafting, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication 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 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.