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Residential Development Lawyer (0196)

An "outstanding real estate team with a national reputation for excellence" is how we are recognised in the latest edition of Chambers UK where our Real Estate practice has a band 1 ranking in the South.  We're now looking to expand the team and have the opportunity for a Senior Lawyer to join in Southampton.


What will you be doing?

We are seeing significant growth in this sector. We already have an impressive list of major clients and panel appointments including blue chip house builders, promoters, registered providers and land owners.

You would be joining a high profile team with the best exposure to high value residential development work available which will include conditional contracts and transfers, conditional options, collaboration agreements and development agreements, with a focus on high value residential development and investment projects.

There will be plenty of opportunities for client contact and you'll be expected to build and maintain strong relationships with these contacts. Business development is also an important aspect for all of our lawyers, and you will be expected to contribute to the growth of the team by assisting with the organisation of client events, writing articles and other marketing activities. 


What does the ideal candidate look like?

We're interested in your development expertise and proven track record. It goes without saying that you will be able to offer first-class commercial advice and sector insight. You'll be contributing to a high performing team offering creative and effective business-focused solutions for our clients.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a talented and enthusiastic residential team who will be as invested in your career development as you are. In return, you'll bring a broad and varied skillset that includes previous experience of residential development work. You'll need to be a robust and resilient lawyer, used to working in a fast paced environment. You'll play an integral part in the delivery of some of the UK's most exciting residential developments for premier clients. The work is fast paced and challenging but the team are collaborative and enjoy what they do, which makes for a positive working 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 18 US cities and eight 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.


Next steps

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!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (

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Oceana House, 39-49 Commercial Road, Southampton, UK, SO15 1GA

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Sara Casey

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