Senior Associate

PQE: 5-8
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Reports to: Head of Department
Team: Real Estate Litigation
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

We are a busy, highly skilled and collaborative team specialising in real estate litigation. The team comprises 2 partners, 3 senior solicitors, 4 solicitors, 1 legal executive, 3 paralegals, a trainee and 3 PAs.  We share support services with our commercial litigation team.  The candidate will report to the partners and will work both independently with their own case load and with other partner led teams in the department, involved in all aspects of litigation, ADR and risk advisory work. We work flexibly with part home part office working agile working. We have consistently good directory entries at individual and team level and are proud of our client base. We value and are engaged in a wide range of networking and business development activities and encourage this at all levels.

Client base and type of work

Our practice is purely real estate litigation rather than a mix of litigation work and candidates with this type of experience are preferred. We work for an extremely diverse client base from social housing providers, to prestigious developers, from HNW private clients to investment portfolios and are well represented in the development, housing, charities, ecclesiastical, education, investment, retail and leisure and restaurant sectors, amongst others. Our work ranges from development and land disputes, property contract disputes, Long leasehold, tenancy disputes and asset management work. We collaborate with many of our internal clients and are proud of our own client base.

Aims of the department

Excellence in advice and delivery are paramount. We focus on commerciality and pragmatic solutions. The team ethos is to work hard in a supportive environment and to be inspired by our work as individuals and as a team. Our profile as a specialist team is very important.

Candidate specification

Requirements for the role:

Track record in a strong property litigation team is preferred. A willingness to work independently and as a team and a strong work ethic essential.

An ability to management key client relationships and internal relations is important.

Good work ethic and passion for real estate and real estate litigation.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and organisational skills

An interest in development of and supporting other colleagues.

Career opportunitities:

The team has a strong reputation within the market and has been expanding its client base for the last 15 years and steadily growing. The firm places strong emphasis on building excellent client and legal skills within a collegiate and collaborative environment and encourages career development and progress and values its people. The successful candidate will be exposed to opportunities for further progress and development in terms of case load, progression within the firm and meaningful client contact.