Corporate Real Estate Lawyer

Clifford Chance LLP.
London (Greater)
Competitive salary
26 Aug 2018
24 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

This is an opening for a mid-level Corporate Real Estate Lawyer who can demonstrate a background within a similar field of work, probably gained at a City Firm, or at an overseas common law practice with a similar highly regarded profile.

The Practice

Clifford Chance's leading real estate practice has over 300 Partners and Lawyers worldwide and offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. We advise the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ and on the full range of real estate-related transactions. 
One of the key selling points of our practice is our ability to carry out corporate real estate work directly from the real estate department. This gives the client the benefit of expert lawyers who understand the underlying real estate regardless of whether the transaction is an asset or a share sale and it avoids bifurcating work between real estate and corporate teams where things can easily slip between the gaps.

Key Responsibilities 

Able to take day-to-day responsibility for advising, managing and completing your own workload.

Drafting and negotiating both direct real estate and corporate real estate transaction documentation including:
• share purchase agreements
• joint venture documentation
• asset sale agreements
• landlord/tenant documentation

Providing real estate advice and input on Finance and Corporate 
support matters

Working closely with Partners and other Lawyers and supervising more junior Lawyers.

It will involve a high proportion of client contact.

It may involve managing and/or coordinating cross-practice area and/or multi-jurisdictional teams.

Key Requirements

Skills and Experience:

• Solid experience of drafting and negotiating corporate real estate documentation including share purchase agreements and joint venture arrangements. This experience should include the substantive terms of the agreements themselves and not just providing support to specialist corporate teams. 
• Awareness and undertaking of the tax and regulatory provisions affecting international real estate transactions including common joint venture structures would be beneficial.
• Solid experience advising on direct real estate matters including acquisitions and disposals and landlord and tenant matters. 
• Experience of real estate development, due diligence and Corporate and Finance support would be beneficial. 
• Experience should be in respect of complex and high-value commercial real estate transactions. 
• You will have strong legal skills with the ability to provide commercial solutions. 
• Good transactional and management skills.
• Experience of taking a leading role in advising clients, supervising junior Lawyers and completing transactions.
• You will enjoy working in a busy and supportive team, supervising others and liaising with Lawyers in other practice areas and/or offices in the firm.
• First class negotiating and presentation skills.
• Good drafting skills.
• Sound commercial judgment.


• A good knowledge of the commercial real estate market and an interest in the real estate market are important.


• You will have an outstanding academic record.


Client Focus 

In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused.
We are looking for lawyers who: 
- can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business;
- can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and  contributing to overall success;
- are empathetic, responsive and reliable;
- are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients;
- are good at fostering relationships with clients

Equal Opportunities

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. 
The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. 
The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. 
The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

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