Associate (NQ) - Real Estate

  • Mills & Reeve
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Apr 29, 2021

Job Description

The firm's 2025 strategy for our national Real Estate Group will envisage substantial growth and development for our Birmingham real estate practice.  This is an opportunity for a newly qualified solicitor to play significant part in helping to achieve those goals.You will provide a wide range of general and specialised non-contentious commercial property advice.  The work will involve a mixture of sole conduct of matters and assisting partners and principal associates (our most senior lawyer level below partner) on larger property (or property related) transactions.  Our clients are many and varied ranging across the private and public sectors.  Work types cover the full spectrum of property transactions you would expect to find at a firm where real estate work is a key driver in its continuing success.  The nature of the work and the clients concerned encourages the development of long lasting and fulfilling relationships with both clients and their agents. The Birmingham Real Estate team has particular strengths in, and a focus on, giving the full range of commercial property advice to universities, further education colleges, academies, healthcare institutions and corporate occupiers.  The team also works closely with our Corporate and Commercial Group and provides real estate support and advice to that Group on corporate and banking transactions.  The role will involve working across these work types.  There may also be the opportunity to help grow new and emerging sectors, and the team will look to support your own ambitions.You will work with lawyers in construction, planning, real estate disputes, tax, corporate, environmental and procurement as well as lawyers in the cross office Real Estate Group.  This is an exciting time to join an established and well-regarded team, where we put teamwork, innovation and expertise at the heart of what we do. 

The person

You will be an NQ with real estate experience gained in a City or large regional firm.

Skills and attributes

-  Good academics: 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A level grades or equivalents- Real estate experience - Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade - Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources - Ability to build good working relationships with clients and potential clients - Good time and file management skills - Self-starting with common sense and initiative - Advocacy skills - Excellent written English for drafting purposes

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

More information can be found here.

The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to access your character and suitability