Associate - Planning - Manchester

  • Mills & Reeve
  • Manchester, UK
  • Oct 07, 2021

Job Description

Looking for a solicitor specializing in planning law to join our Manchester real estate team. The role will cover the full range of planning work and includes strategic planning advice, legal review of planning applications, and advice on CIL, planning obligations, planning appeals/inquiries and enforcement. In addition to acting for clients on pure planning matters, we also provide support to the real estate, corporate and projects teams from time to time.


Skills and attributes

  • Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent and good A levels
  • You will have 2+years PQE in planning law, gained in private practice in a Manchester, London, or large regional firm or local authority.
  • Technically sound
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written English and ability to produce clear, logical drafting
  • Negotiating skills
  • Numeracy
  • IT literacy
  • Good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources
  • Lateral thinking and problem solving skills
  • Enthusiasm towards building and strengthening relationships with clients and their advisors
  • Flexibility to work with several team members
  • Effective time and matter management and a systematic approach to work
  • Proactive team player
  • Drive and commitment to see a job through
  • An enthusiasm to market and develop the practice is required


  • Advocacy skills

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.