Senior / Principal Associate – Corporate Occupier/Energy, Real Estate – (21000004)

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Senior / Principal Associate – Corporate Occupier/Energy, Real Estate  (21000004)

 We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There’s strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that’s tailored to our clients’ world.

“Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do” Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone’s different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

What the team does

Gowling WLG is home to one of the world’s strongest multi-disciplinary real estate legal teams. The real estate team works with some of Gowling’s most high profile clients, delivering commercial, fast paced and creative advice to those clients, in our role as trusted advisor.

This role is split between  supporting our:

  • Energy generation clients in acquiring freehold and leasehold sites for the development of new generation facilities, redevelopment and disposal of the same, together with acting in relation to finance/refinance transactions; and
  • Corporate clients, for whom real estate may not be their core business, with all of their real estate needs, whether that is procuring a new build headquarters building, re-gearing a portfolio of offices across the country or disposing of a manufacturing facility.


What it’s like to work with us

Our team is small enough so that you feel an important part of it, but spans the firm and is large enough so that it can and does undertake very high quality work.

We have a non-hierarchical structure in which everyone shares the same working environment and there are no closed doors. Everyone takes pride in what they do, which means that things just get done, well.

Working in an international law firm that deals with demanding work is challenging, but we like to have a life outside of work too. We have adopted an agile working policy that really helps you work around your own circumstances; whether that involves flexibility around core hours or working from home.

There is a wide array of training courses available to all depending on your needs. We also have monthly property update training sessions, run by our senior fee earners.

Clients of the team include:

Our energy clients include Cadent Gas, Infinis Energy, Basepower, Lightsource, Longspur, St Modwen.

Our corporate occupier clients include Net a Porter, Birds Eye, and Coca Cola.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working as part of a busy team, supporting and working closely with a partner and independently providing advice to owners, occupiers, developers and investors on the full range of real estate issues, both in respect of the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold land.

The team is dynamic, growing, and with a commitment to providing excellent, timely and pragmatic advice to clients and to developing the contacts needed to build and secure their business.   The successful candidate will be exposed to a broad range of real estate transactions and will be involved in a diverse and interesting blend of work.

The ideal candidate should display an enthusiasm for business development.



 Key Skills and Experience

We are looking for a senior or principal associate with experience of working within a recognised real estate team with experience of advising sophisticated clients on the acquisition and the disposal of substantial real estate assets, development projects and asset management;

  • 6 years pqe and above
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with and obtaining instructions from sophisticated and, on occasion, demanding clients;
  • Demonstrating a keen interest to learn about our clients’ businesses and to assist in growing our own business;
  • Experience of running transactions, with support and guidance from more senior members of the team where required;
  • You will have experience in reporting on complex registered and unregistered property titles
  • Working in teams, supporting the partner and delegating to and supervising more junior associates and newly qualified members of the team;
  • Dealing with compliance issues, ensuring timely billing and assisting in the collection of bills as necessary.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone’s potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


Work Locations


Snow Hill Birmingham 
Two Snowhill 
 Birmingham B4 6WR


: Lawyers


: Legal


: Full-time

Employee status

: Regular

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