Edinburgh or Glasgow - Planning Lawyer

Term: Permanent
Reports to: Partner
Practice group: Real Estate
Location: Edinburgh or Glasgow
The department

 

 

Purpose of role

Our top rated Planning and Public Law team is involved in a range of exciting and high-profile projects.  The work includes new settlements and urban extensions, major regeneration and town centre redevelopment projects, mixed use, retail and residential led schemes, promotion of, and objections to, compulsory purchase orders.  Our lawyers advise on a huge variety of both contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

The client base is impressive and diverse, covering central government, leading developers, retailers, investors, corporate vehicles, national representative bodies and local community organisations.

We now have an opportunity for two lawyers to join the Practice, based in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Our top rated Planning and Public Law team is involved in a range of exciting and high-profile projects.  The work includes new settlements and urban extensions, major regeneration and town centre redevelopment projects, mixed use, retail and residential led schemes, promotion of, and objections to, compulsory purchase orders.  Our lawyers advise on a huge variety of both contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

The client base is impressive and diverse, covering central government, leading developers, retailers, investors, corporate vehicles, national representative bodies and local community organisations.

We now have an opportunity for two lawyers to join the Practice, based in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

We are seeking a candidate qualified in Scotland, but there is the opportunity to gain dual qualification in English law if desired.

We are seeking a candidate qualified in Scotland, but there is the opportunity to gain dual qualification in English law if desired.

Responsibilities

The role is varied, with a particular focus on Scottish planning law. You will advise landowners, developers and local planning authorities on all aspects of planning law, including:

  • Complex planning applications and environmental assessment processes
  • Planning agreements/undertakings, highways / roads agreements, stopping up orders and infrastructure agreements
  • Advising on local development plans, local plans, neighbourhood plans and local development orders
  • Review, assessment and drafting of planning policy
  • Garden cities and urban extensions
  • Affordable housing and viability
  • Complex issues presented by major infrastructure and transport projects, and urban development and regeneration schemes
  • Public inquiry and examination work
  • Judicial review
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Compulsory purchase promotion and objection
  • Development Consent Orders and Transport & Works Act Orders
  • Community infrastructure levy issues / land value capture
  • Planning due diligence on commercial and corporate transactions.                     

You will be able to communicate clearly with colleagues, clients and the wider market. You will be expected to work independently within a collegiate environment and act as a mentor to more junior members of the team, contributing to growing the practice through networking and marketing. You will develop your skills to make a real contribution in developing the business and the profile of the team.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • A strong academic background
  • Knowledge of legal planning and public law experience
  • Experience in advising landowners, developers and local planning authorities on a planning legislation
  • Scottish real estate experience
  • Excellent drafting skills and legal research ability
  • Able to communicate complex legal advice to clients effectively

Personal attributes

  • Dedicated to exceptional client service
  • Business development ability and demonstrates market focus
  • Strong financial and business awareness
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good judgment and resilience skills
  • Strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development 
  • Ability to establish professional credibility and influence 
  • High level of personal professional integrity
  • Entrepreneurial vision and a desire to get involved with business development
The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

Inclusion & Diversity

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

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