Associate/Senior Associate

PQE: 6-8
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Andrew Kinsey
Team: Real Estate
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

Associate/Senior Associate in Commercial Property Investment Team

PQE: six - eight years

We are looking for a bright, experienced and motivated Associate to join our Commercial Property Investment Team. Sitting within the wider Real Estate Group, you’ll act for clients ranging from ultra - high net worth offshore investors and major UK property companies to international  funders. You'll be engaged in the full range of high-value commercial property investment work including: -

     1. Sales and purchases;

     2. High-value lettings;

     3. Day-to-day property management work; and

     4. Funding work

A transactional role, you will have extensive day-to-day contact with clients and their other advisors at a senior level providing high quality legal and commercial solutions to whatever issues arise. For the right candidate, this is an opportunity to sit at the heart of high value complex transactions for major investment clients.

The team

9 partners, 2 trainees, 17 solicitors, 3 legal executives, 9 secretaries

This structure, as well as our in depth understanding of the property market, enables us to provide a flexible approach to our clients’ requirements. Partners, who have a specific brief and business plan themselves, maintain close involvement with the team but there is plenty of opportunity to take responsibility, to deal with clients directly and to continue to develop your skills and experience over a wide variety of challenging work.

Client base and type of work

The Real Estate department represents a significant part of our business and clients include Residential Developers and National House Builders, Investment Funds, Entrepreneurs and Housing Associations undertaking large high profile developments, urban regeneration projects and Joint Ventures. This involves a huge variety of challenging legal and contractual work.

As a firm we have acted as lawyers on major regeneration and development schemes in London and beyond for over 25 years, and advise many of the leading residential and commercial developers in the UK. Over the last few years, we’ve built teams around experts in planning, construction, tax, finance, investment funds, asset management, plot sales and property litigation. We serve major real estate investment funds, private equity investors and commercial landlords as well as leading retail brand occupiers.

Aims of the department

To be the best in its field of expertise and provide good value for money.

Candidate specification

We are looking for someone with the following experience/skills:

  • strong academics - minimum 2:1
  • strong landlord and tenant and investment experience
  • has experience of working on a full range of high value commercial property including lettings, sales and purchases, day to day management
  • technically strong

The ideal candidate would probably be from a London firm but we would consider candidates from good regional firms.