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Construction Associate, non-contentious

Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Team: Commercial Construction & Engineering (UK)
Reports to: Commercial Construction & Engineering Partners (UK)

Purpose of job

To work as an associate in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's market-leading commercial construction team, providing clients with specialist, tailored advice on a wide range of projects and transactions.

The commercial construction team has a strong and well-established client base of its own and is not reliant on being solely a support team for other teams. That said, we work closely with teams from across BCLP. In addition to working with the wider real estate department, we regularly work with lawyers from our corporate, finance, litigation and tax teams.

What's in it for you?

Our team is one of the largest commercial construction-focused teams in the City, with 24 specialist commercial construction lawyers advising a range of clients on some of the UK's most high profile development and infrastructure projects.

Ranked as a Tier 1 team in the legal directories for over 14 years, our team has been involved in some of the biggest, most complex and high profile projects including: the Bloomberg Building, 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie), Chelsea Barracks, the Cheesegrater, the Paddington Cube and the Nova Building.

Our clients include The Crown Estate, Landsec, Grosvenor, Qatari Diar, Canary Wharf, GPE, Thames Water, Schroders, Bloomberg and Pembroke.

You will join an ambitious and dynamic team, working on some of the most high profile projects for an unparalleled client list. The role is ideal for an ambitious candidate seeking to further their career.

You will join an extremely successful team with excellent prospects for career progression. You will be part of a team advising on projects across a range of sectors for clients of the highest calibre.

Key responsibilities
You will:
• Draft and negotiate on a wide range of construction documents;

• Act as the main point of contact for a number of clients;

• Deliver high standards of work, ensuring deadlines are met and clients are kept informed;

• Delegate work as appropriate to junior members of the team;

• Contribute to group pitches and the publication of articles.

• Contribute to team training and know how.

• Draft and negotiate a number of contracts across various suites of standard forms, including JCT and NEC.

• Draft and negotiate bespoke consultant appointments.

• Advise in connection with agreements for lease.

• Advise in connection with the construction aspects of facility agreements.

• Advise in connection with the construction aspects of corporate SPAs.

• Advise clients in regulated environments i.e. Rail, healthcare

Key relationships

Partners and Associates in the Commercial Construction & Engineering team as well as the wider real estate team and the construction disputes team.

Experience and knowledge
A broad range of in-depth real estate non-contentious construction and engineering at a similar practice.

Skills and competencies

• You will have already gained significant experience within a leading Commercial Construction & Engineering team.
• You will have a good understanding of key real estate and construction and engineering concepts and an appreciation and awareness of the real estate market.
• You will be able to draft and negotiate contracts and also have a good working knowledge of the provisions of construction and engineering documents and broader real estate transaction documents such as agreements for lease development agreements, facility agreements.
• You will be able to demonstrate excellent client service skills and want to work as a team player in a collegiate environment. We are looking for someone who is relaxed and appropriately confident in front of clients, but knowledgeable enough to know when to seek additional support.
• You will be highly motivated and able to work independently where appropriate.

Diversity, inclusion and working differently
At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we understand the value of a diverse workforce and we believe people perform at their best when they can truly be themselves at work. We aim to create an inclusive environment where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In order to provide the best possible service to our diverse client base, we are committed to recruiting, retaining, rewarding and developing our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political belief, disability or any other protected characteristic.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce and is supportive of flexible working arrangements, tailored to the individual, wherever possible.
Please feel free to speak to the Resourcing Team about the flexibility we are offering for this role.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will ensure all hardcopy and electronic materials containing confidential information are securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content.

As a regulated firm of solicitors, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is required to undertake appropriate vetting of staff. In addition to completion, by applicants who accept a job offer, of a regulatory questionnaire, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner uses a specialist provider to undertake professional verification and background checks (including through electronic data sources, and directly with employers and professional bodies/regulators) on our behalf. We will also undertake certain verifications ourselves.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner adopts a risk-based approach to its vetting procedures, which are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with IT, legal and regulatory obligations. For further details, please see our recruitment website

This employer is a corporate member of myGwork - LGBTQ+ professionals, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.
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