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Job Specification

We're looking to recruit a technically capable, diligent and motivated real estate finance / property development lawyer to act as an assistant solicitor to our Legal Counsel. This role will have a strong focus on real estate finance and property law, although the candidate will also be required to assist with a variety of general counsel duties. 

This position would suit a candidate with 1-2 years’ PQE in real estate finance, having managed their own caseload ideally for property developer/lender clients. Seats and / or paralegal experience in commercial property and construction law would also be highly beneficial. 

We are a London based residential property developer and the successful candidate will be joining us at a time of fast growth and a widening portfolio. Since the Company was established in 2013, we have acquired approximately £56m worth of property for development into over 210 flats, with a GDV of around £125m.  We have ambitions to grow significantly over the coming few years, and our portfolio is broadening in scope, geography and size of properties under acquisition - so this is a really exciting time to be joining us. 


Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Working closely with and assisting our Legal Counsel with our property acquisitions, focussing specifically on the organisation and administration of development finance
  • Preparing, drafting and negotiating relevant finance documentation including facility agreements and security documents 
  • Monitoring and reporting internally on the practical operation of the finance documents e.g., drawdown mechanisms, conditions precedent, interest, re-financing, representations and warranties, events of default
  • Liaising with lenders and other relevant third parties including contractors, sub-contractors, architects, structural engineers and other professional consultants in order to assist with the production of development documents 
  • Reviewing and negotiating JCT design and build contracts and professional appointments
  • Assisting with risk and compliance matters 
  • Assisting with company administration tasks such as company board  minutes and resolutions (although please note that you will not be expected to undertake full company secretary duties) 
  • Assisting with onward plot sales as necessary 
  • Assisting with general internal legal queries as necessary 
  • Liaising with our external legal providers as and when appropriate 

Essential criteria

  • Minimum 1-2 years’ PQE in real estate finance / banking law 
  • Excellent academics (minimum 2:1 degree) 
  • Training contract completed at city or large regional law firm 
  • Seats and / or paralegal experience also completed in corporate commercial, commercial property and construction law not essential but highly desirable
  • Excellent technical skills coupled with a wider understanding of what makes a deal commercially viable
  • Proactive and “can do” attitude, with a readiness to take responsibility and use own initiative 
  • Problem solving ability and creative mindset 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and positive team ethos 
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written


Reporting to: Legal Counsel 

Pay Scale: TBC, depending on candidate

Working hours: Full-time, permanent position working Mondays to Fridays. 

Contact: recruitment@upliftproperty.co.uk 


October 2015