Commercial Property Solicitor

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 04/10/2022
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Commercial Property and Development
Location: UK-Wide
The opportunity

Are you a Commercial Property Solicitor looking for a new challenge? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

We can offer you:

This is an opportunity to truly increase the depth and breadth of your experience, and be able to work with high profile and sophisticated clients. The work is challenging, varied and interesting and will provide opportunity to develop and nurture solid client relationships, as well as work closely with others within the team and firm.

  • A great mix of work from a team that specialises in energy transactions alongside traditional commercial property work
  • Working with top 10 energy firms, FTSE 100 businesses and international clients
  • A culture of trust and empowerment with responsibility and autonomy over your work and the freedom to manage when and how you do it
  • The support and encouragement of a great team behind you and friendly partners who all want to help you thrive
  • Involvement in Business Development
  • A competitive package with great benefits

Meet the team:

Our Commercial Property team are one of the fastest growing real estate practices, having more than doubled income and significantly strengthened the team over the last two and half years. With the support of Planning and Construction, we have one of the best integrated teams. We act for local and national developers, pension funds and venture capitalists as well as foreign investors on projects throughout the UK.

Click here for more info Commercial Property Development Lawyers | Shakespeare Martineau (shma.co.uk)

The role:

We are looking for a solicitor who has gained good experience working within a recognised real estate team with experience of advising sophisticated clients on commercial property matters. Having experience of working on energy projects is welcome but not essential, however, a willingness to learn the skills required of a commercial property energy lawyer, with supervision, is required.

The successful candidate will work as part of a high-performing, friendly and supportive team providing assistance on all aspects of Commercial Property work but with a focus on energy projects  – including battery storage systems, wind farms, solar farms and district heating systems.

What you’ll need:

  • Strong knowledge of Commercial Property matters (including landlord and tenant)
  • A desire to enhance and build client relationships and exceed expectations, and play your part in ensuring the continuing success and growth of the team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a fast-moving environment
  • Excellent organisational and prioritising skills, where you will manage your own caseload to tight deadlines, remain calm under pressure and prioritise your workload effectively
  • Give clear, practical advice with sound commercial judgment and swift accurate implementation of instructions
  • Negotiate effectively and deliver commercial solutions for our clients
  • Carry out title reviews and reports on title and leases, and prepare certificates of title (including all title investigation, searches, enquiries, drafting, negotiation, research, analysis, liaison with clients agents and third parties, meetings reporting on title, indemnity insurance arrangements, project management, administration and financial aspects, Land Registry or other applications (including SDLT) and post completion formalities, as well as understanding and delivering on clients' requirements and expectations (including all reporting requirements));
  • Draft and negotiate side letters, conditional and unconditional agreements for sale/lease/surrender, options, pre-emptions, deeds of variation, etc.)
  • Have experience of (and ideally have led) sales and purchases
  • Carry out asset management work
  • Work closely and collaboratively with team members, clients, and other professionals (e.g. agents, surveyors, consultants, accountants and others)
  • Delegate where appropriate and supervise and mentor more junior fee earner team members

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role can be a blend of home and office based work from either our Birmingham, Nottingham or Bristol based hubs. 

Find out more about us:

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs. 

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.