Real Estate Associate PQE: 1 year + Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Team: Real Estate Location: Edinburgh The firm A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 50 law firm to achieve “Platinum Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work. The team Our Real Estate group is one of the largest real estate teams in the UK, advising an impressive range of clients including commercial and residential developers, investors, major corporate occupiers and banks/funders. Offering exceptional market knowledge the team holds an outstanding reputation with our clients and is a recognised leader in the Scottish Living Sector. You will be part of a team of specialists within the Scottish residential development team who deal with issues around site acquisition for housebuilders, disposals, forward funding, affordable, mixed use, site set up and all related issues including planning, infrastructure, real estate tax, and construction. Our integrated teams work seamlessly to deliver specialist advice cost effectively and help clients achieve their goals, ensuring nothing is missed. Clients comment on Shoosmiths lawyers’ willingness to listen and understand the commercial goals of their scheme before offering clear, strategic advice. The role Our formidable real estate team is undergoing an unprecedented level of growth nationally and our Scottish team is taking a prominent role in that with a brief to take on additional associates. The successful candidates will be joining a recognisable force in the Living Sector and therefore candidates with expertise in this area is preferred however we will look at exceptional candidates who lack this experience. We act for major UK national developers and housebuilders through all stages of their development process so excellent client facing skills and efficient and organised working approach are essential. You'll be working with people who thrive on being pro-active, bringing energy and ideas to make a real difference to clients. You'll be expected to make things happen and take initiative from day one. If you join us, we'll give you the support to build your career and boost your skills. As a people centric firm, we invest heavily in developing our people by providing the structure, a supportive work culture in an innovative and flexible environment. Skills and qualifications * 1-5 PQE * Experience preferable * Residential development work – support on contract negotiations, drafting and completion matters including LBTT and registration * Conveyancing on disposals and acquisitions * Site set up including deeds of conditions, development plan approval, utilities disposals and servitudes, searches, advance notices, other servitudes and wayleaves * Sasine and Land registered title reports, title indemnity policies in respect of minerals reservations and/or other title restrictions * Reports and communication with clients including team to teams and calls * Client interface – good people skills * Business development * Article drafting and social media skills * Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to take initiative * Research on points of law/practice * Someone who will “go the extra mile” * With clients at the heart of everything we do there may be occasional ability to be flexible as regards working hours to meet the demands of the work. Equal opportunities Our approach to our people is underpinned by our approach to diversity, inclusion and well being. Our ambition is to build a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
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