Non-Contentious Solicitor

PQE: 5 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Construction
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 team

The department currently has 3 Partners, 4 Senior Associates, 3 Solicitors, 1 Trainee and 1 Paralegal.

This structure, as well as our in-depth understanding of the development market, enables us to provide a flexible approach to our clients’ requirements. Partners maintain close involvement with the team but all legal staff deal with clients directly, enabling them to continue to develop their skills and experience.

Client base and type of work

We specialise in both contentious and non-contentious construction. Our clients include residential and commercial developers and national house builders, investment funds, entrepreneurs and housing associations undertaking large high profile developments and urban regeneration projects.

The team works closely with other departments of the firm and forms part of the significant real-estate offering to clients. In addition to development projects, we also work on large infrastructure projects and have a particular specialism in renewable energy.

Our contentious practice covers the full variety of dispute resolution procedures including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination, on issues ranging from delay and final account claims to defects and professional negligence claims.  

Aims of the department

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

Candidate specification

The successful candidate will have a strong academic background, be commercial and intelligent in their approach with sound drafting and presentation skills, a team player, with the ability to make the complex understandable. We are looking for a key member of the team who is enthusiastic and self-motivated.

Although we are seeking a specialist in non-contentious construction law, we are willing to consider candidates that specialise in both contentious and non-contentious construction law provided that they otherwise meet the specification.

Examples of the specific areas of expertise/ability we require are detailed below:


  1. Experienced in negotiating and drafting bespoke construction documentation, including performance bonds, parent company guarantees, collateral warranties and third party rights schedules.
  2. Experienced in negotiating and drafting bespoke amendments to standard forms such as JCT, NEC and others.
  3. Familiar with non-traditional construction procurement including construction management, management contracting and others.
  4. Understanding of insurance in a construction context.
  5. Effective project manager.
  6. Ability to advise and report effectively.
Recent work highlights

Non-contentious construction

  1. Advising Barratt on its construction management role for a joint venture formed between Barratt and TfL for the development of sites adjacent to Wembley Park and Blackhorse Road stations.
  2. Advising a commercial landlord on the refurbishment of prestigious premises on Oxford Street, London for a range of retail, office and residential uses.
  3. Advising Harwich Haven Authority on its dredging contract for its port in the North Sea.
  4. Advising Countryside Properties on the construction aspects of a multi-development framework with a local authority partner.
  5. Advising a property fund on the construction due diligence associated with its investment in a range of development projects.
  6. Advising Redrow Homes in relation to the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London over a 10-year period. 
  7. Advising a family office on several development and refurbishment projects of high value office, retail and residential properties throughout the UK.
  8. Advising Notting Hill Genesis (a Registered Provider of social housing) on its role as lead developer in regenerating the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark. 
  9. Advising various landowners on contractual arrangements for remedial work contracts to address fire safety issues at residential developments.