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Solicitor (2887)

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 which 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, retail maritime and waste management sectors.

Some of the things we’ve been doing recently:

  • 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 in Shropshire
  • Advising a large PRS developer in respect of both specialist environmental due diligence on site acquisition as well as negotiation of statutory agreements

Advising a North West city council in respect of numerous Section 106 obligations.

Your Role

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious solicitor with a keen interest in planning and environmental law to join a growing national team. You’ll have the chance to work closely with partners and be involved in high-profile deals right from the start, working with well- established clients. Given the nature of the role, you will be highly organised and be able to work pragmatically.

You’ll work to participate in relevant practice development initiatives, seek to get involved with business development opportunities and keep up to date with changes in relevant law and practice. To drive best practice further, you will be an exceptional team player with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our clients. 

This role is a fantastic opportunity for a newly qualified solicitor looking for the next step in their career.

What we'll need from you
  • Ideally you will have a background in Environmental issues including environmental impact assessments or a keen interest in this area of law
  • A good working knowledge of Planning applications and appeals
  • Previous experience of supporting on drafting and negotiating planning, and other infrastructure agreements
  • A clear enthusiasm for this area of law and a commitment to securing the best outcomes for your clients whilst working under pressure

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. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


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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Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B2 5DB

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

  • Business Area:
    Client Services Team
  • Sub-Sub-Business Area:
    Real Estate
  • Company:
    IM LLP
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    Birmingham, Manchester
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