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5 months ago
Russell-Cooke LLP
Salary: Competitive
Company benefits: Life insurance, Pension scheme, Cycle to work scheme
Location: Putney
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 1, PQE 2, PQE 3, PQE 4, PQE 6-9
Contact: HR Department
Sector: Planning
Category: Associate Jobs

Our dynamic and growing Planning department is seeking a new solicitor to join our Putney office.   The Planning team sits within Russell-Cooke’s well regarded Real Estate team.

The team, comprised of partner Alex Ground and associate Carina Wentzel, has over 16 years of combined experience working in the City (Herbert Smith and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP respectively).  The practice has been consistently recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners and we are looking for an ambitious associate to help us grow our reputation further. 

Candidates from all backgrounds and with all levels of experience are invited to apply for this role.  Regardless of PQE, the critical skills that we are looking for are technical excellence, a willingness to broaden your range of skills and expertise and a desire to develop and maintain excellent client relationships.  Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate a clear understanding and appreciation of Russell-Cooke’s ethos and values.

This role would suit those wishing to work in a warm, collegiate environment, where associates at every level are encouraged to either lead or support business development and management initiatives.

Types of work

You will undertake varied and high quality work, which will include:

  • negotiating planning and highways agreements;

  • advising on compulsory purchase and compensation claims;  

  • providing strategic advice on planning applications, promotion agreements, CIL and permitted development rights;

  • advising on planning appeals, judicial review claims, high court challenges and enforcement advice and appeals;

  • preparing CLEUD and CLOPUD application;

  • the planning aspects of due diligence.


We have a wide range of clients including energy companies, strategic land owners, property developers, land promoters, charities, retailers and individuals.  Specific examples include:

  • Perenco

  • Stonegate Homes Limited

  • Matalan Retail Limited

  • The Gym

  • Borough Market

  • Copperwood Developments


  • Educated to degree level, preferably in Law and having preferably obtained a 2:1 or above although all applications will be considered.

  • LPC / BVC qualified essential.


Motivation & Competencies

  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, the success of the firm;
  • Understanding of and commitment to Russell-Cooke’s values and ethos which can be seen on our website;
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal - the role involves liaison with internal and external people at a senior level;
  • A self-starter, able to demonstrate high levels of initiative and motivation, but also work closely with other team members and displaying trust and loyalty;
  • Ability to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient and timely manner;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrating professionalism in all dealings. Able to deal sympathetically and appropriately with clients and to show empathy with them;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Must be able to multitask and keep calm under pressure;
  • The flexibility to work outside normal office hours as may be required from time to time.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

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