Our national Property Dispute Resolution team is one of the largest and most highly rated in the UK. We're proud of our Legal 500 ranking - Band 1 in the South West so you can be assured of the quality of the team you're joining.
As a business we're growing, and our national Property Disputes practice are contributing to that through some exciting new client wins. We now have an opportunity for a lawyer to join the team in Bristol – if you are at the start of your legal career, looking to grow and develop your career within property litigation this could be the ideal opportunity.
What does the team do?
Led by Partners, James Rees and Sasha Hinton, you'll be working with some truly talented lawyers at all levels. The team advise a broad range of clients on all aspects of commercial property dispute resolution and property management. We have an enviable client list, made up of landlords and tenants (with national portfolios), developers and investors, ranging from significant public and quasi-public sector bodies to FTSE 250 household names across a range of sectors including retail, leisure, telecoms, energy, central and local government, charities and transport and infrastructure.
You'll see yourself advising our clients on a wide range of substantial contentious property matters, including landlord and tenant (e.g. 1954 Act renewals, dilapidations and break notices), the Electronic Communications Code and general property issues such as adverse possession, easements and title disputes.
The Property Disputes Team works very closely with our transactional Real Estate team so you will have the opportunity to develop strong ties across the practice, as well as access to quality work from our existing high calibre client list.
What does the ideal candidate look like?
Due to the growth in our work, as well as the variety and complexity of what we do, this role needs some previous experience of property litigation either from previous paralegal roles or your training contract. The team are close-knit and very supportive so you will develop quickly. Most importantly you will have a genuine enthusiasm for this area of law and the aspiration to deliver a first class service to our clients.
You'll need strong academic ability, a thorough approach to complex legal analysis with swift assimilation of complicated sets of facts. Your written advice will be fluent and concise and your high level of commerciality will enable you to address the client's overall objectives. Strong interpersonal skills will give you the ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with the different interests of our clients.
As important will be the ability to work with and alongside a range of colleagues, across locations, as some of the work we deal with involves multi-disciplinary teams. This is an exciting time to join this team and the role offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn from the best, to develop a career in a growing specialism, and to be mentored and supervised in a supportive environment.
Who are we?
A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 400 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and seven UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing; Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm's experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
What makes it great to work here?
We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships. In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our D&I page to find out more.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!
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