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Goughs Solicitors
Company benefits: Healthcare, Pension scheme, Car Parking
Location: Chippenham
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 2, PQE 3, PQE 4, PQE 5, PQE 6-9
Contact: HR/Recruitment
Sector: Real Estate, Construction, Planning
Category: Solicitor Jobs

The team
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.

The role
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;

  • Completing on a conditional sale agreement for the acquisition of a 45 unit site in South Wiltshire;
  • Acting for the landowners in a complex land assembly for a site in Bath;
  • Acting for the Promoter in the promotion of a site for 200 + units in east Wiltshire;
  • Sale of 120 open market units and phased disposal of 50 affordable housing units in Corsham, Wiltshire;
  • Completion of the purchase of an unconditional 38 unit site in North Wiltshire;
  • Acquisition of two former school sites in South Gloucestershire in the same village for separate developers comprising a total of 29 units;
  • Acquiring and developing two bespoke sites in South Bristol of 8 and 18 units respectively for a Bristol based Housebuilder.
  • Purchase of a 36 unit site in Gloucestershire and an Option Agreement over the seller’s retained land.

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

  • Competitive salary.
  • A minimum of 26 days holiday per year plus bank holidays.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Work Place Pension Scheme after three months of employment.
  • Discretionary bonus scheme available to all fee earners based upon individual performance objectives.Career structure scheme available to all fee earners.
  • Buying and selling holiday scheme.
  • Healthcare Cash Plan.
  • Private Medical Insurance (available to employees at Associate/Functional Manager level and above).
  • Support with study and qualifications.
  • Employee Introduction bonus.
  • Discounted legal fees for staff.
  • Optional mobile phone (for Associate level and above)
  • Quarterly Goughs Value Champion Initiative – the Champion receives their next birthday off as annual leave.
  • Length of service awards (available after three years of service).
  • Bi-monthly prize draws.
  • Paid professional body membership.
  • Firm funded social events throughout the year.
  • Charitable events for our nominated charities including a registration/entry fee allowance for each employee paid for by the Firm.
  • Working for a Lexcel and CQS accredited Firm.

Your qualities
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.

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