Senior Associate

PQE: 5-8
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Emma Chadwick
Team: Property Dispute Resolution
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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced property/real estate litigation solicitor to join our team.

The team has an expanding client base and its reputation has been slowly growing for the last 10 years, a trend we expect to continue and the successful candidate will be exposed to opportunities that provide opportunities for further progress and development in terms of case load, progression and meaningful client contact.

The team

There are 20 people in the Litigation Dispute Resolution Department, of which 12 are dedicated to Property Litigation.  The Property Dispute Resolution team includes 1 partner, 3 senior solicitors, 6 solicitors, 2 legal executives, a trainee and 2 PAs.  There are additional shared support services across the department.  The candidate will report to the partner and will be working independently with their own case load and for / alongside all senior solicitors in the team and supporting the partner.

Client base and type of work

All members of the team are property litigation specialists.  We cover the full range of property litigation services including development and land disputes, property contract disputes, residential and commercial property disputes.  We work closely with the social housing and real estate departments in the firm who are as much our clients as external instructors.  Our client base ranges from property portfolio holders including large charities and retailers, house builders and developers, social landlords and institutional landlords.

Aims of the department

To deliver an expert service in property litigation with high quality advice at good value for money.  To raise our external profile in this field through quality of service and networking.

Candidate specification

Good academic background

Previous experience in social housing litigation (generally with a respected firm) is essential, to include emergency relief and advice on policies that involve tenancy management issues

Must have experience of residential landlord and tenant caseload focussing on tenancy management

Able to manage key client relationships

Good work ethic

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Enthusiastic and self-motivated

Ability to work independently on big cases and as part of a team

Strong organisational skills

Ability to work under pressure

Ability to conduct own advocacy where required would be helpful