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Charity Property Disputes Associate

Legacy & Trust Litigation

Exeter, Taunton or Bristol

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We are seeking an enthusiastic Property Disputes Associate (ideally 2 years PQE+ or equivalent) to join our motivated and highly regarded Charity Property Team (forming part of National Charity Legal Services practice), based from Exeter, Taunton or Bristol, with a blend of home and office working to meet business, client and team needs.

We're incredibly proud to have established a leading national reputation as experts in resolving property related disputes for charities and have forged trusted and lasting relationships with clients through the consistent delivery of considered and commercially relevant advice. Specialists in partnering with prestigious charity clients to maximise the value of their legacies, support their legal teams and manage their property portfolios, the team works with an impressive list of high profile national charities and (together with the Charities team) is ranked in Tier 1 for Charities (Legacies) UK-wide in Chambers. This is a superb opportunity to further your career in Property Litigation whilst working closely with our Charity and Legacies colleagues, with a focus on delivering highly relevant and commercial advice to respected charity clients from the outset.

What you'll do

Our goal is to enable our charity clients to maximise the value of their properties (whether gifted to them through legacies, charitable purpose, operational or retail) in order to optimise their income and best achieve their wider goals. Day to day, you will be working with experienced and expert charity property colleagues on a wide range of property litigation and problem solving in those contexts: title queries, lost deeds, third party rights (rights of way, easements restrictive covenants, Town and Village Greens etc) landlord and tenant, overages and professional negligence. With natural curiosity and enthusiasm to explore potentially complex property issues, you will be proactive in the interests of each charity client, and consider options within a commercial context.

Although you may not have worked extensively with charities previously, you will be keen to understand the landscape within which they work and the challenges they face. You will be joining the wider cross discipline National Charities Legal Services team, which is comprised of over 25 people and has evolved to meet the specific needs of our charity clients over time. The team provides a range of tailored advisory services including dispute resolution, employment, commercial contracts, data protection and IP, estate administration and legacy income management, all focussed around the unique considerations of charity clients and their needs.

In this role, you will be working within an innovative environment where being proactive and forward thinking on behalf of our clients is actively promoted.  We use bespoke technology solutions and legal design to interact with our clients in order to deliver exceptional service. We encourage personal development through our Business Skills & Digital Skills Academy and other opportunities such as client secondments.

What we're looking for

An associate (or similar with 2+ years PQE or equivalent) with good experience across a variety of Property Litigation matters and potentially some previous exposure to contentious probate matters and /or charity (though not essential). You are also an enthusiastic problem solver and possess an active and enquiring mind. In this role, you will be working with charity clients as your primary focus, and as such, will need to share in their desire to generate the maximum potential return on their property assets. You will appreciate the importance of delivering value, considering proportionality in all aspects of your work by actively weighing up cost effectiveness against the perceived benefits to the client of a particular course of action you are recommending. We won't expect you to be familiar with the nuances of our work but will want you to be keen to learn from experienced colleagues and welcome their support in order to provide clients with the very highest standards of service. With strong rapport building skills, you will be able to demonstrate your aptitude to develop lasting and trusted relationships with key contacts, and possess an articulate, interested and naturally engaging style of communication.

In technical terms, you will have begun to gain confidence in handling more complex matters with supervision, combined with a good level of independence on straightforward Property Litigation and trust issues.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, we believe 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 the right solutions at the right time. We are on an exciting journey to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions, and we think how we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values guide the way we act, every day, from the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients:

  • collaboration over convention
  • championing aspiration
  • being refreshingly human
  • embracing entrepreneurial spirit
  • delivering integrated thinking

We're proud to have grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Retail & Consumer, Financial Services, Energy & Infrastructure, Media & Entertainment, 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 seven bases: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London.

At Foot Anstey our people, like our values, are at the very heart of our business. We work hard to help our employees achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. Wellbeing matters to us and our people enjoy a range of benefits which we think are a bit special, such as the weekly Lifestyle Hour to use as you wish, and our Family Hour option which makes a day of annual leave go so much further across the year.

Being forward thinking, we are continually offering opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy. We believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment where everyone can feel valued and rewarded. Understanding that being flexible makes us stronger, we actively encourage a variety of working patterns for most of our vacancies, dependent upon the needs of the team, and over 40% of our employees have a permanent flexible working pattern.

The recruitment process

Your time is precious and we fully appreciate what goes into applying for one of our roles. As such, we strive to acknowledge your application immediately and respond within 7 days regardless of outcome. We review applications on a rolling basis and don’t use closing dates for our roles as a result of this. Once shortlisted, we typically undertake a two-stage interview process, and naturally much of this is done via Microsoft Teams, though some in person interviews and meetings are beginning to take place. Our Recruitment Team will support and guide you throughout the process, ensuring you receive ample information about us and the role.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is central to our business, and essential to delivering our strategy, so we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard in 2018 and to successfully renew this in 2021. It is right at the heart of our priorities. This goes 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 are committed to ‘powering your ambition’, which defines and sets us apart as a firm. It means that 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 are encouraged to answer the diversity and social mobility monitoring questions. The answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Foot Anstey. Powering Your Ambition.


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