Our Real Estate, Land and Development team forms part of our Housebuilding and Land Development Sector which offers high quality legal services to Housebuilders, Developers and Landowners throughout the West Country and beyond.
Due to its success, the team, along with the rest of the Sector and the firm’s commercial lawyers, will be moving to new office premises on the outskirts of Chippenham within the next six months to enable it to continue to progress and expand.
The new premises are less than a mile from the train station which is on the Bristol to Paddington mainline and only three miles from Junction 17 of the M4.
This is your chance to join a team which is growing rapidly with an ever increasing reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Housebuilding sector in the south west.
Due to expansion we are looking to recruit two solicitors to the team which currently comprises four lawyers and two support staff members currently based at the Corsham office.
The team acts for a significant number of private Housebuilders (such as Redcliffe Homes, Stonewood Homes, Colburn Homes, Whitecroft Developments, Princeton Homes and Charlcombe Homes amongst others), Land Promoters and Landowners on a varied range of high value housebuilding projects from bespoke two-five home sites to mid range 20-200 units to 1000+ unit strategic land projects. These are high value and varied projects on your doorstep and further afield.
The team also works on a number of bespoke commercial development transactions each year and given the balanced mix of Housebuilder and Landowner work, it has a mixed caseload not found at most other firms.
You will be responsible for development land transactions from start to finish. When instructed to acquire a site with planning permission for example, you will handle the site acquisition in all aspects from taking instructions, walking the site, advising the client, agreeing the transaction documents, title due diligence, funding and legal completion.
You’ll then be responsible for any affordable housing disposal, infrastructure agreements and general site set up.
You’ll also be there to assist and supervise the Plot Sales Conveyancers at times on any technical matters.
You will have a diverse caseload and will be the lead lawyer handling Option Agreements Promotion Agreements, Strategic Land assembly, Conditional Sale Agreements, unconditional sales and purchases, Planning Agreements, Affordable Housing disposals, Infrastructure Agreements and more.
Andrew Given, the Head of Team will always be on hand to support and assist if needed but you will not be micro managed and you will be trusted to be confident, decisive and independent.
The team works within a collaborative and engaging environment and is keen to ensure a healthy work life balance whilst still fostering an atmosphere of ambition and excellence.
The team is now handling sites generating 150 plus plot sales per year and this is expanding year on year. Some of the projects the team has acted on recently include:
The South Chippenham expansion where Redcliffe Homes and Crest Nicholson secured outline planning for 1000 units;
Life at Goughs
We fully understand that work is a big part of our lives and we strive towards making the working day an enjoyable environment.
We actively bring together the offices and departments as much as possible through our social and charity committees. We have an annual away day which is all about team building, unwinding and having fun!
We are committed to helping our employees strive for a healthy work life balance and we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.
We believe in investing in our staff and offer a tailored career structure and appraisal scheme to our lawyers and central services staff. The two way career reviews allow you to have a major say into your own career direction and the sky's the limit.
Salary and benefits
We look for individuals who have the ability to work within, and the aspiration to help develop, a niche team.
You must be professional and dedicated to the practice area, with the experience of the house building sector. Ambition, drive and a desire to excel are essential.