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Senior Associate Solicitor (Planning and Environmental) (2186)

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, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, 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.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Our Team

Our experienced Planning and Environmental team has a strong track record for providing the very best legal advice across a range of planning and environmental issues. It is nationally recognised in both Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and the Planning Magazine’s top planning practices.   The team have considerable experience across a range of sectors, most notably in the development – commercial, residential and retirement living, education retail, logistics, manufacturing and waste management sectors.

The members of the team are regular contributors to various national publications such as EG, Property Week, Planning Magazine and ENDS Report.

Some of the things we’ve been doing recently:

  • Complex Section 106 Agreements in respect of mullti- use residential led developments
  • Due diligence reporting for re-financing of major property portfolios
  • Judicial review of mining scheme
  • Complex planning enforcement issues in relation to a luxury residential developpment
  • Providing advice in respect of major brownfield redevelopment for city centre regeneration
  • Advising a large port group in respect of environmental liability and damage in relation to its operations
  • Advising a PLC in relation to its acquisitions of multi-site fuel businesses in particular the ongoing environmental liability
  • Representing a waste organisation in relation to an odour statutory nuisance claim
  • Representing a large wood recycler in respect of an investigation and prosecution brought by the Environment Agency
  • Advising a PBSA developer in relation to its regeneration of university campuses
  • Advising a large PRS developer in respect of both specialist environmental due diligence on site acquisition as well as negotiation of statutory agreements
Your Role

As a solicitor in the team, you’ll deal with a wide range of planning, environmental and highway matters on behalf of many notable clients and use your expertise to take on more complex cases. This is a key hire for the national team and the successful candidate can expect to support with the growth of the team and business development activities, as well as coaching and mentoring junior members of the team. 

As part of our strategic growth plan, we would also be interested to hear from talented planning lawyers at all levels.

We would welcome applications from any professional background such as private practice, local authority or any other public sector body. 

What We're Looking For
  • A strong track record in planning and/or environmental matters
  • A good working knowledge of planning and/or environmental matters
  • A good working knowledge of highway issues
  • A good working knowledge in Planning applications and appeals
  • Previous experience of drafting and negotiating planning, and other infrastructure agreements
  • A strong understanding of property and corporate due diligence.
  • The confidence to hit the ground running
  • A clear enthusiasm for this area of law and a commitment to securing the best outcomes for your clients whilst working under pressure
  • A good network of third party intermediaries and the enthusiasm to network, raise profile and use social media to attract new clients

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.

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 huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. 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.


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

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    Business Legal Services
  • Team:
    Real Estate
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
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