Construction Associate

PQE: 1-3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (7)
Department: Construction
Location: London
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

Our specialist team provides a comprehensive range of construction law solutions across the wide spectrum of projects undertaken in the construction industry. Clients include private and public institutions, property owners, developers, funders, contractors, specialist sub-contractors, suppliers and construction/design consultants.

At Penningtons Manches, we are involved with projects from the outset and work with clients to shape their procurement and contracting strategies. We negotiate and draft all types of construction documentation.

We help clients to prepare agreements that best reflect their interests and the appropriate placing of risk. These can be based upon standard form contracts or on bespoke drafting, and tailored to meet a project’s requirements. They vary from project specific EPC and EPCM contracts to multi-party and collaborative working arrangements, and encompass NEC and traditional JCT contracts.

Our team has extensive experience of preventing the failure of construction projects affected by insolvency, and we advise on the recovery of project assets which have become 'distressed' through insolvency or funding restrictions.

Most clients realise that formal disputes are to be avoided where possible. We are engaged to advise on live projects - to help avoid disputes and to shape commercial negotiations and deals. When formal disputes are unavoidable, we successfully represent clients across all dispute forums.

Much of our focus is in the UK but we also advise on a range of international projects across many jurisdictions and work with our network of trusted international law firms and consultants.

Summary of role

Our construction team is looking for a full time associate with 1 - 3 years PQE to join our London office. The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working at a large firm with an established construction team.

The candidate will mainly have experience of non-contentious construction law but some experience of problem solving, disputes avoidance and contentious construction law will be useful. The principal focus of the role is non-contentious but opportunities to get involved in some contentious work are likely.

A good working knowledge of the various JCT form contracts, their amendments and market norms is ideal, as is a willingness to advise on bespoke, complex agreements. Experience of procurement and contracting strategies, funding and financing agreements, contract tendering and frameworks and security documentation including advance payment bonds is essential.

The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to work as a team player and build strong client relationships.