Built Environment – Future Construction Lawyer
Projects, Infrastructure and Construction
Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, PlymouthApply now
We are looking for a Construction Lawyer to join our successful and highly regarded Projects Infrastructure & Construction team. Based in Bristol, or another of our office bases to suit you, with a blend of office and home working available based around client, career and community, this is a superb opportunity for an ambitious and motivated lawyer to play a key role within the real estate group.
What you'll do
In this challenging and varied role, you will play a crucial position in growing and developing the future Developer sector. You will have experience of construction developments and will be leading on transactional (non-contentious) matters directly in collaboration with our team's Partners and Legal Directors. Your focus will be to deliver exceptional client service, working with colleagues to strengthen the skills needed at each level to ensure our clients receive all the support they need, when they need it.
You will be advising our developer (including housing associations), landlord/tenant and funder clients in the developer sector projects, ensuring work is being carried out at the right level and with client service central to everything you do. You will work collaboratively with clients and tailor your approach to their goals; with an understanding of what their commercial drivers are.
Working with us, you will encounter a broad range of development / construction work, acting for a range of well-known, high-profile clients on large and nationally significant commercial property transactions. You will be experienced in developing strong and effective relationships, offering commercially relevant and practical advice from the outset. This is a great opportunity to also be involved in work at the forefront of legal developments, including in respect of facilitating net zero transitions working closely with The Chancery Lane Project.
What we're looking for
The successful candidate will ideally have gained experience in construction contracts work with a large regional or national practice; and have some experience working on development projects, including knowing your way around the sector-specialist elements of building contracts (JCTs, NECs, FIDIC), professional appointments, agreement for leases, development agreements and associated security documents and warranties. We're seeking someone who is personally self-motivated and equally able to motivate others; with the enthusiasm and commitment to share knowledge and build capacity across the wider team. In your current work, you will be a strong business developer, able to engage with new clients whilst expanding existing relationships as a trusted business advisor. You do this by readily understanding the commercial context of your clients and the nuances and influences which shape the sector.
The Projects Infrastructure and Construction team is fully integrated with our highly successful Real Estate offering, and we consider that our size presents enormous opportunity for flexibility in terms of the types of work we seek to undertake for our clients. We pride ourselves on our team's agility to respond to the clients' and target sectors' needs, which aligns with our wider firm culture around sector development. We're seeking someone to invest in, who will build and grow our sector strength, and be proactive, motivated and ambitious for its success. In return, you will be fully encouraged, supported and resourced to be successful in growing your skill set and practice, and complementing the considerable skills across the sector team. You'll be keen to progress, and we will work with you to ensure you realise your potential by agreeing realistic and achievable goals which will get you to where you want to go.
Our offer to you
In return for your efforts, we will invest in you. You will be encouraged, supported, and resourced to be successful in growing your skill set and practice. We will work with you to ensure you realise your potential, by agreeing realistic and achievable goals that will get you to where you want to go.
You can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. Tailored to match the level you're working at, we encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level.
We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with private medical insurance for all lawyers, 28 days annual leave and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. Employees can also buy holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team. Contact us at [email protected] and we will come back to you as soon as we can.
Why Foot Anstey?
As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions. By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.
Over our history we've grown into a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from eight locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as a 'hub' base in Oxford.
Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.
Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021. We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work-related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us. As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role, you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.
Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.