Glasgow - Senior Associate, Real Estate

PQE: 5 years +
Term: Permanent
Reports to: Partner
Practice group: Real Estate
Location: Glasgow
The department

We are the largest real estate team in the World with a leading reputation across a broad spectrum of industries and markets. Real Estate is a core sector of our business and a strong element across the Firm and its different geographies. Our offices offer 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 planning and property litigation. We work seamlessly with our colleagues in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London and Milton Keynes to provide a truly UK-wide, cost effective service to our clients.

Our real estate department acts for some of the highest profile, sophisticated and demanding clients of the firm who expect high quality advice and service. The global expansion of our firm over recent years has broadened our inward investment platform and brings an international angle to our real estate practice.

Purpose of role

Our Real Estate practice remains dynamic and an opportunity has arisen to add to the team in Glasgow.. We are looking for a 5 years + PQE lawyer to join our team in Glasgow. The team advise clients on a wide variety of high profile domestic and international real estate investment, development and finance transactions with a particular focus in the development and investment sectors. This includes disposals/acquisitions, landlord and tenant and restructuring/insolvency. You will also work with a major national infrastructure manager on real estate transactions across the whole spectrum including acquisitions/disposals, leasing, acquisition/granting of servitudes. You will undertake a broad and varied range of real estate work working with some of the most sophisticated actors in the market involved in heavily publicised deals and drawing in the expertise of specialist departments. It is expected that you will play a fundamental role in business development and have a prominent role within dedicated client service teams.


Assisting on real estate finance, investment based disposals and acquisitions (including corporate share acquisitions), development and restructuring and insolvency transactions and other transactional work;

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial real estate documents, including sale/purchase contracts, development agreements, agreements for lease and leases.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating security documentation and ancillary property documentation on real estate finance transactions.
  • Liaising with our tax, planning, construction, employment, corporate and banking teams as appropriate.
  • Dealing with the usual real estate due diligence requirements such as the preparation/review of certificates/reports of title and summary report.
  • Active participation in business development and client relationship management.
  • Carrying out transactional sale/purchase, leasing and portfolio management work and general commercial property work.
  • Carrying out asset management type work (eg shopping centres) and dealing with Landlord/Tenant leasing matters.
  • Carrying out transactions aligned to the operational requirements of a national infrastructure client.
Required experience, skills and attributes
  • 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.

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

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