Associate

PQE: 1-4
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (37.5 per week)
Department: Housebuilders
Location: Chelmsford
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, Essex, London and the surrounding areas.  With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

The Housebuilding Sector Group at Birketts is expanding its core Chelmsford team! Together, as a collaborative firm, we have close to 1000 people working with us and we are ranked highly in the Legal 500 across all areas we practice in. We are people orientated, offering a dynamic, progressive and supportive culture where you can learn from our Partners and Senior Associates who are experts in their field.

Birketts has one of the highest regarded and largest dedicated property teams within the country, that numbers over 100 specialists.  Our property lawyers are particularly experienced in dealing with development and investment, planning, secured lending and landlord and tenant matters.

Our lawyers come from a range of backgrounds, including major City practices, other major national and regional firms, industry and local government and include individuals with construction, planning and commercial expertise. The depth and range of expertise means the team can work together in major and complex transactions on cost effective terms, providing our clients with true value for money. 

The candidate

Due to growth, we are seeking an Associate or Solicitor, with 1+ years' PQE experience, to come and join our Chelmsford office on a full time permanent basis. Preferably you will have gained experience within a well-regarded city, national or regional firm, with well-developed knowledge in Commercial Property law. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a working background in acquiring land for residential development or a keen interest to learn and specialise in this area.

The successful applicant would play an active role in marketing and practice development as well as providing a high level of service to existing clients within the house builder sector. Birketts acts for eight of the top ten national housebuilders.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious property lawyer to join a successful team in our Chelmsford office in a growing firm which enjoys an excellent reputation and can offer good career prospects.

Our Legal Talent framework can see Solicitors become Associates after 3 years and Senior Associates after 6 years with further promotion to Legal Director and Partner. We welcome candidates who can bring ambition, drive and growth to our team and in return we can offer the first class training with a progressive career path.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.

Benefits

One of the best things about joining Birketts is our rewards package. At Birketts we’re appreciative of the people who work for us and our rewards package is reviewed regularly to reflect that. You can expect to receive:

  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service
  • Agile Working Policy
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme 
  • Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)
  • Paid ESG day (Environmental, Social and Governance)
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Subsidised gym membership (Gym Flex)
  • Electric vehicle scheme
  • Private Healthcare - BUPA (after 6 month's probation)
  • Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance
  • Dress for your Day Policy
  • Discounted legal services.

For further details about this exciting role, please email harriet-griffiths@birketts.co.uk.