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Associate/Senior Associate - FTC (3658)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team of people working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs. Working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things and make a real difference to our clients and communities. 

We are always looking to support our colleagues in working in a way that best works for them. Please do speak to one of our Talent Acquisition Team to find out more information about our flexible working policies, including working from home. 

We are looking for an experienced Contentious Construction Solicitor to join us on a Fixed-Term basis, initially for 6 months.

Your Role and What You'll Be Doing

The team are known for their work in the Real Estate sector, specifically working on construction and engineering projects, as well as advising on procurement law.

Some of the things we’ve been doing recently:

  • Re-cladding projects – we are at the forefront of this work, dealing with government on funding and setting up projects for owners of portfolios of tall residential buildings
  • One of the country’s largest M&E contractors - advising on projects and acting on disputes
  • Private developer - working on the construction documents for a new residential development in the Midlands
  • Developer - preparing the documentation for a forward-funded retail distribution project
  • Contractor - drafting subcontracts for a €200m project in Eastern Europe
  • Contractor - negotiating contracts for the installation of a CHP plant
  • Architect – acting on the contract for a project in Hong Kong
  • Developer – preparing and negotiating construction documents for a mixed use, residential and retail development
  • Developer - advising on £multi-million dispute on residential development
About You
  • Experience of contentious construction work and (ideally but not essential) non-contentious work
  • An ability to work on own initiative but also as a supportive team player, working as part of a national Construction team
  • The confidence to hit the ground running

We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a wide range of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace and to make sure you’re fully supported to work in a way that best suits you.  We have recently been ranked in the Best Workplaces for Wellbeing for Large Organisations for 2023!  

Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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2 Wellington Place, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, LS1 4BZ

We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

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