PQE: 1-3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (09:30 - 17:30)
Reports to: Colette McCormack
Team: Planning
Location: Manchester
The firm

Winckworth Sherwood is an exciting, diverse and growing business. Joining our team will see you work with some of the UK’s most interesting clients.

In the last year alone we have:

  • Worked on corporate transactions valued at over £3 billion
  • Advised our developer and social housing clients on over £1.6 billion of residential sales and over £1 billion of refinancings
  • Advised on HS2 which will see the development of over 330 miles of railway network with an expected £59 billion benefit to the wider economy
  • As if that wasn’t enough, we are also involved in the transformation of Battersea Power Station and act for the majority of London’s major Housing Associations who together own assets of over £17.3 billion.

However it’s not all about big numbers and high-profile projects; the real success of our business comes from the ability of our teams to provide fantastic service and create long-lasting relationships.


The role

We are looking for a planning solicitor (1-3 yrs PQE) to join our team in Manchester.

You will work ‎as part of a close team in the delivery of class leading commercial advice (which encompasses statutory, policy and common law elements) to residential developers, housebuilders, commercial organisations, PRS developers, local authorities, investors and landowners. Work will include drafting, negotiating, litigating (planning appeals and court), policy and political advice.



The team

The planning team has a partner and a senior associate in the Manchester office and 3 partners, 2 solicitors and a trainee in the London office.

Client base and type of work

This is an exciting opportunity to work on high profile projects such as Nine Elms, Battersea Power Station and the Liverpool Waters development. Clients include house builders, social housing providers, commercial developers, local government and energy providers.


Aims of the department

To deliver a first class commercial service and form strong relationships with our clients and intermediaries.

Candidate specification
  • Must have done a planning seat in training contract

  • Client focused

  • Excellent work ethic

  • Team player

  • Ambitious for the team

  • Genuine interest in planning law, policy and development.