Woodfines is a regional firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Cambridgeshire. Originally the firm was based in and around Bedford but over the years as part of its business strategy has expanded in to Cambridge and Milton Keynes through a mix of organic growth, merger and acquisition. It is now ideally positioned to benefit from the continued growth and development along the CAMKOX Corridor.
Woodfines is a modern firm which is focussed on excelling as long term business advisers and supporters to a full range of businesses. The firm prides itself on providing practical solutions, being proactive and adding value to its clients. Woodfines delivers value for money, allocating resources cost effectively and being upfront in relation to costs. It has a modern and open approach to the practice of law; the firm’s backup facilities and its investment in technology provide effective support to transactions so that they progress as expeditiously as possible. Woodfines’ specialist teams of lawyers, enables them to provide a collective, cost effective and comprehensive service to all their clients.
Woodfines is working tirelessly to constantly improve and implement a corporate strategy focused on working smarter to ensure Woodfines can deliver effective and efficient services whilst maintaining a positive working environment for its staff to thrive in. Woodfines is committed to working with the community, supporting events, functions, and local charities where possible.
The Commercial Property Department provides legal expertise extending to cover all areas of real estate. We act for international and national corporations as well as all sizes of privately owned businesses, dealing with the full spectrum of business premises and property interests. This includes strategic acquisitions and disposals, all landlord and tenant matters, portfolio management, development work, finance and insolvency and receivership situations. There is often the need to deal with intellectually challenging matters and work which can only be considered as novel or bespoke. The work is spread across a number of sectors including office, retail and leisure developments (including licensed premises), as well as agricultural, manufacturing and industrial premises, construction work; including building contracts, negotiation of related warranty documentation; and a considerable amount of work for statutory bodies and other agencies.
Additionally we benefit from a healthy flow of introduced work from the other commercial teams within the firm, from corporate or litigation support to wider considerations within regulatory regimes.
Clients benefit from a partner-led approach and a close working team who understand the importance of excellent communication and a practical commercial attitude to transactions. Individuals within the team are encouraged to progress and develop areas of specific expertise and knowledge around their core clients and interests.
We tailor our services to the individual requirements of each client forging a close working relationship and acquiring a full understanding of the demands of their particular business. We have an extensive team of lawyers who are able to deliver specialist support across our offices. We add value where we can to our clients’ businesses and are keen to go the extra mile to support them.
Our Milton Keynes office is keen to grow. We are looking to recruit talented and ambitious individuals who are keen to build their career whilst at the same time making a significant contribution to the continued success of the department and the firm.
Our workload includes working for offshore investors with portfolios of prime retail units; advising on all Landlord and Tenant matters with strong covenant tenants. Acquisitions and disposals with average values of £2million; leases with rental yields of £2m+ per annum, corporate support transactions valued up to £30m; together with a mixture of development work, corporate financing, infrastructure agreements; pension scheme property investments and other commercial property matters.
Ideally you should be a qualified solicitor with a healthy amount of commercial property experience; or an ambitious and commercially minded newly qualified solicitor or legal executive who wishes to advance their career. Equally it would be an opportunity for candidates returning to the law after a career break looking for a supportive and understanding environment. You should have knowledge of landlord and tenant matters and a broader exposure of commercial property transactions generally. The successful applicant will be a dynamic, strong, team player, with excellent communication skills and be able to use sound and professional judgment for problem solving; You should enjoy a challenge but with an awareness of exposure to risk.
You will need:
· Excellent drafting, research and negotiation skills
· Excellent attention to detail
· Excellent communication skills
· Strong IT skills
· Strong awareness of a variety of social media platforms
· Good business development skills
In return we offer:
· A competitive salary
· Discretionary bonus scheme which rewards outstanding performance and a firm wide bonus scheme
· 33 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays
· Pension Scheme
· Employee Assistance Programme
· Parking Permit
· Medicash Cash Plan
· Income Protection Scheme
· Death in Service Benefit
· On Line Discount portal
· Employee Introduction Scheme
· Payment of Professional Subscriptions
· Financial Support for studying professional qualifications in line with Firm policy
You will benefit from career development and progression with a widening scope and exposure to different types of transactions. You will work in a modern office environment with parking in a central location. We may consider flexible working hours, a generous pension scheme, strong commitment to education, training and support; together with family friendly working arrangements that will allow you to balance your work and home life.
If you would like to be part of a proactive, innovative and progressive organisation and feel you possess the relevant qualifications, skills and experience, then please do get in touch.