Development Risk Lawyer

PQE: 1-3
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (09:30 - 17:30)
Reports to: Tim Fogarty
Team: Planning and Development Risk
Location: London
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

Our Planning department are looking to recruit a 1-3 year pqe lawyer to join our growing Development Risk practice.  The team is led by partner Tim Fogarty and provides advice on a broad range of development risk issues which face the firm’s developer client base. 

Winckworth Sherwood act for a significant number of the UK’s major housebuilders and Registered Providers who are generating an increasing volume of development risk work for the team reflecting the continuing pressure on housing delivery.

The team works in close collaboration with the firm’s planning and real estate practices and advises clients on the following core areas:

  • Rights of Light with a particular emphasis on the tactics for managing risk, negotiating release deeds and the suitability of insurance cover
  • Neighbourly matters arrangements in including access, oversail and scaffolding rights
  • Planning disputes and the judicial review of planning decisions
  • Planning enforcement including breach of condition notices, planning contravention notices and other enforcement action by local planning authorities.

The role is fast moving, involves a significant degree of client contact and requires an appetite for problem solving across a broad range of development issues.


Candidate specification

The successful candidate is likely to be a real estate  lawyer with experience of acting for residential developer clients and an interest in the areas of work the Development Risk team handles.  Past experience (as a trainee solicitor) in planning and/or property litigation would be beneficial but not a requirement.