Senior Property Litigation Associate:- Reading / Hybrid - 5 PQE+
New! - our client is a leading Legal 100 firm with a pre-eminent reputation for all property litigation matters. Due to growth, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious Senior Property Litigation Solicitor / Associate to join their Reading team and advise, and assist, across a broad range of complex contentious property matters. The firm work with major blue chip clients including recognised names in commercial property and you can expect early client contact.
This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive Solicitor/Associate to join a successful, top-tier rated commercial Dispute Resolution team, working with their Property disputes practice. The successful individual will have an eye for detail and enjoy working as part of a cohesive team that works hard to deliver but has plenty of support and fun along the way.
You will enjoy a challenging and varied caseload as well as excellent professional development opportunities. The team is assisted by outstanding knowledge lawyers and dedicated support staff.
The department acts for a broad range of clients including:
- Commercial landlords and some tenants.
- Investors and Developers.
- The living sector investors and landlords including social housing providers and ground rent funds
- Private individuals
Essential & Desirable Criteria
Good grounding in a range of commercial and residential property litigation issues is sought.
Experience of either (i) telecoms and wayleave agreements (landowners) and/or (ii) fire safety issues (repairing and other obligations, fire safety legislation, service charge issues), would be of considerable advantage
The range of work the team covers includes:
- Commercial landlord and tenant including – in no particular order:
- 1954 Act renewals (contested and uncontested)
- rent recovery and forfeiture dilapidations
- tenant insolvency
- service charges alienation
Issues relating to:
- sale and purchase development agreements
- forward funding and agreements for lease
- complex transactional support
Real property disputes such as:
- rights of light nuisance and trespass restrictive covenants easements squatters planning disputes
A good grounding in property litigation such as the 1954 Act renewals, Leasehold Enfranchisement, landlord and tenant disputes, residential and commercial debt recovery and break clauses is desirable as are good client liaison/interpersonal skills (verbal and written) and the ability to organise, prioritise and handle a busy and varied caseload.
The successful individual can expect to advise investors; developers; landlords; retailers and significant public sector bodies. The firm promotes working from home flexibility and their modern office is ideally situated for easy commuting. Recognised for their collegiate culture and transparent career progression framework, the firm regularly attracts individuals from other respected firms in the city and region.
The real estate department handles a broad range of real estate work across different sectors and includes teams dedicated to real estate dispute resolution, construction and environmental law. The real estate disputes team sits within the department and handles the full scope of property litigation work including:
- Full range of commercial landlord and tenant work – including 1954 Act renewals and disputes; dilapidations; consents; rent reviews; break notices; forfeiture and possession;
- Development disputes and other contractual disputes relating to commercial and residential property;
- Easements, covenants and boundary disputes and advice;
- Land ownership including adverse possession and co-ownership claims;
- Insolvency matters with a property angle;
- Extensive advice on property issues arising from COVID-19.
- Litigation in the High Court and County Court as well as the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber); mediations and other forms of ADR.
Clients include mid-tier businesses (whether quoted or owner-managed), household name PLCs and other major international groups. The team act for owners and investors, individuals and developers and have extensive experience dealing with our corporate occupier clients’ property litigation requirements.
Qualifications and Experience
This opportunity is ideally suited for an ambitious property litigator who:
- Can assist with cases in both the county court and Lands Tribunal;
- Has technical expertise of hostile and non-hostile Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 cases, dealing with access disputes and/or breach claims;
- Can adapt to change and ambiguity in a complex, fast-changing environment, and who is competent in coping with uncertainty and risk;
- Has the ability to articulate complex matters in a concise and precise manner and to debate issues and ideas constructively;
The ideal individual will have excellent academics and experience of working to the highest standards - either from a recognised city or regional firm.
You will have a solid understanding of the civil litigation process and sound knowledge of Landlord & Tenant Law.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to monitor, manage and implement a significant caseload with numerous deadlines is key.
In return, you will be joining a progressive and forward thinking firm with an emphasis on exceeding client expectations on every instruction. The firm actively promotes agile working from home and has an active social committee with regular networking and events providing ample opportunity to integrate with other practice areas.
A highly attractive financial package is on offer + career progression + benefits.
To apply, please submit your CV via the link below or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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