Milton Keynes - Associate, Real Estate

PQE: NQ - 2
Term: Permanent
Reports to: Partner
Practice group: Real Estate
Location: Milton Keynes
The department

Dentons Real Estate team is the largest in the largest in the world with a leading reputation across a broad spectrum of industries and markets. Our Team located in Milton Keynes forms an integral and seamless part of an award winning practice which spans a complete range of real estate services to clients, from development, joint ventures, structured investments, acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, retail and real estate finance to construction and property litigation.

The team combines a deep and current legal expertise with sophisticated marketplace knowledge and industry expertise and acts for the full spectrum of stakeholders including Network Rail, Dept of Work & Pensions and Sainsburys.

The global expansion of our firm over recent years has broadened the international angle to our real estate practice.

Purpose of role

Our Milton Keynes Real Estate team is looking for an Associate with experience in general commercial real estate work.  

Our Milton Keynes office pioneered flexible and remote working well before it became the industry norm so the successful candidate would benefit from a mature remote supervision, support and collaboration structure should they wish to.

The team works on a wide variety of real estate transactions, both domestic UK transactions and supporting activities of the firm's global clients. We deliver a client-focused responsive service for blue chip clients who expect the highest quality, great value and the delivery of excellent work. They, and we, expect our lawyers to be specialists in their sectors, and to be pro-active and commercially minded.

Work highlights for the Milton Keynes team include:

  • Advising Network Rail on a range of headline-making rail, infrastructure and commercial development projects and the management of their portfolio across the UK.
  • Advising household name retailers including Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis on the management of their portfolios.
  • Acting for most of the UK banks, and many other funding parties, on several high-profile real estate funding transactions.
  • Acting for a Developer on a large regeneration project in London to build a new Football Stadium, Hotel and approximately 100 high-end apartments.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern investor on its sale of a trophy investment site in Pimlico, London for c. £70m.
  • Acting for an Islamic Bank in the grant of a sharia compliant Ijara facility to a customer of the Bank seeking to purchase a property for £20m.
  • Acting for a large hotel owner in the listing of a portfolio of English and Scottish hotels and apart-hotels on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
  • Acting for Administrators on a large pub-sector administration affecting multiple sites.
Required experience, skills and attributes

Ideally NQ applicants will have completed a training seat in a commercial property team or have prior experience as a real estate paralegal. 

More senior would preferably have experience of the following:

  • Development and infrastructure projects.
  • Investment based disposals and acquisitions (including corporate share acquisitions).
  • Working with a project team including construction and planning colleagues.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial real estate documents such as sale/purchase contracts, easements, licences and agreements for lease.
  • Dealing with the usual real estate due diligence requirements such as the preparation/review of certificates/reports on title.
  • Carrying out asset management and portfolio management work (e.g. shopping centres) and providing general landlord/tenant leasing advice.

Core Competencies

  • Teamwork - Maintains productive and harmonious relationships within own team and across the firm to achieve objectives. Promotes team based working and shares knowledge.
  • Communication - Communicates clearly, concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Adaptability to change - is receptive to changing requirements in the job and the firm. Adapts approach to meet new priorities and able to promote new ideas and improvements.
  • Customer focus - Proactive in identifying and addressing the needs of clients and internal customers to ensure the delivery of valuable and efficient services.
  • Problem Solving - Analyses problems and information, evaluates options and risks in order to identify the most appropriate solutions. Bases decisions on sound judgement and initiative.
  • Achievement - Displays a high degree of commitment and purpose in pursuing objectives. Prioritises plans and organises workload. Focused and energetic in ensuring tasks are carried through to successful completion.
  • Personal Effectiveness - Projects confidence, self-motivation and enthusiasm. Displays a positive attitude and demonstrates self-control when under pressure.
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.

Diversity & Inclusion

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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