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Real Estate Associate/ Senior Associate (Asset Management)

Asset Management

Southampton or Bristol

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What you'll do

We are currently seeking to recruit an experienced and motivated Real Estate Associate or Senior Associate (3 + years PQE) to join our growing Asset Management team. Based from Southampton or Bristol with a blend of home and office working available to you, this is an excellent opportunity to work directly with Carol Phillips and her team on a variety of high value, high profile landlord and tenant matters.

Working with an impressive client list of national retailers and other large regional businesses, the team has developed a strong reputation for landlord and tenant work across the retail sector, providing support with acquisition and estate management strategies. We are delighted to have recently forged a new co-counsel relationship with a leading London firm, and arising from this, we are seeking an experienced lawyer to support transactional due diligence and management work (landlord side) around their client's sizeable and expanding retail property portfolio.

You will be involved in all aspects of asset management, from advising clients on acquiring, managing and disposing of real estate to helping them plan for the future and working with them to provide innovative solutions supplemented through the use of technology. We pride ourselves on working swiftly and collaboratively with our planning, construction and property disputes teams, whilst creating and deploying innovative technology solutions in partnership with our Client Innovation team. 

You'll gain the support you need to develop your skills and confidence, through access to our Business Skills Academy as well as within your team day to day. We'll help you to find the right balance between independence with matters you feel confident handling, and support with complex matters where you feel it is needed. You will be encouraged to develop strong and lasting professional relationships with key decision makers within your clients' businesses, and gain the insights and expertise needed to offer hands on, practical advice to them on an ongoing basis. 

What we're looking for

You will have become confident working closely with clients of varying sizes to support them with their asset management requirements, whether in the retail or another sector. Accustomed to asking good questions in order to understand and better align yourself to the needs of each client, you work with a good level of independence and enjoy responsibility and direct communication with key client contacts. In this role, you will be working seamlessly with our co-counsel partners, with a full focus on the needs of their client and the property portfolio assets they hold. You'll be personally motivated to continue developing your skills with clients, seeking to understand the commercial context of their business and gaining confidence in order to provide relevant advice at the right moment. An appreciation of the “bigger picture” for your clients to provide sound commercial advice is important.

Joining a welcoming and collegiate team, you will be a strong collaborator and keen to involve and engage with colleagues in order to ensure the client receives the best possible service, with work being done at the right level. You will naturally possess strong communication skills, have excellent attention to detail and be able to organise yourself effectively to meet deadlines as needed. 
You may be an experienced Solicitor or Associate seeking to work with a wider variety of high quality clients with more exposure to complex work in order to broaden your skills. In return for your efforts, we are fully committed to working with you to unlock your potential and take your career to the next stage. 

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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