Associate/Managing Associate – Real Estate Litigation (Residential Disputes)
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more
than 900 people with over 550 lawyers offering a wide range of legal
services to companies and individuals.
Based in London and Singapore, the firm services an international
community of clients and provides advice in situations where the
constraints of geography often do not apply. The work it undertakes is
cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core
practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment;
Intellectual Property; Private; and Real Estate.
Mishcon de Reya has grown rapidly in recent years, showing more than
70% revenue growth in the past five years alone. In 2015, the firm
moved into a purpose designed building on Kingsway, and has converted
to both an alternative business structure and LLP.
Mishcon de Reya prides itself on the diverse range of people who make
up the firm. The central role played by the Academy, the firm's
in-house place of learning, development and new thinking, and its
active and innovative social impact strategy are reflected in its
Investors in People Platinum standard.
We have earned a reputation as one of London's largest and best
specialist property litigation teams. The team is led by Daniel Levy
and all four of the team's partners are individually ranked in the key
legal directories. The way in which the team functions allows the
individuals in it to take on responsibility from an early juncture,
but at the same time provides on-going support and development in a
genuinely collaborative working environment.
Unlike other leading property litigation teams, we are equally at
home advising high net worth individuals as we are leading UK property
companies, developers, corporate occupiers, and investment funds. This
role will focus on servicing those individuals.
The lawyers in our team regularly participate in court and trial
work, including in the Appeal Courts. The size and complexity of the
matters not only requires commercial and strategic acumen but the
ability to handle the often significant media interest. Recent
examples of such matters include on-going involvement in the case of
Hicks v 89 Holland Park (Management) Limited which is currently
subject to an appeal, and the on-going claim currently being brought
by Netflix for damages in relation to asbestos at one of its film studios.
While recognised as assertive, highly skilled litigators, our team
are also renowned negotiators and regularly conduct mediations,
arbitrations and other dispute resolution alternatives.
The team's expertise covers the full range of real estate disputes
including: • Breaches of contract • Commercial, residential
and mixed-use schemes • Compensation claims • Construction
disputes • Development disputes • Dilapidations
claims • Insolvencies • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
maters; • Landlord and tenant issues including rent arrears and
forfeiture (both commercial and residential) • Mixed use scheme
advice (including tenants' rights of first refusal) • Party wall
disputes • Possession of land claims (both commercial and
residential) • Professional negligence • Rights of light
claims • Service charge disputes • Telecommunications Code
strategic advice and disputes
The property litigation team sits within the wider Real Estate
department. In addition to property litigation, the department's core
practice areas include construction, development and urban
regeneration, fashion and retail, investment, planning and
environment, residential, finance and taxation.
The department's clients span both the world of corporate and private
wealth giving us a unique perspective on the market. This role will
focus on the latter. Our infrastructure of connections and investors
coupled with our understanding of the complex policy landscape, are
both highly valued by our clients.
We find practical commercial solutions, underpinned by a tenacious
determination to get the deal done. We offer a one-stop shop for
property services from acquisition and planning, through to
construction, disposal and asset management, encompassing both
commercial and residential property.
Candidates should be confident in managing client relationships,
workloads and priorities. We are looking for proactive applicants who
are ambitious and have lots of drive and enthusiasm. Candidates should
be creative legal thinkers who are able to approach matters both from
a legal as well as a commercial perspective.
• Management of a varied and complex contentious property caseload,
with a focus on residential disputes.
• Exercise high standards of client care in a professional manner at
• To ensure that all client work is progressed in a timely fashion
and that the client is kept regularly informed on progress and costs.
• To ensure the confidentiality and security of all of the Firm's
client documentation and information.
• To play a key role in the success of both the team and the wider firm.
• Development of client relationships as well as relationships with
contacts in the industry.
• Be responsible for achieving agreed levels of billing and time recording.
• 4-8 years PQE.
• Excellent technical skills in the field of property litigation, an
ability to make a considered judgement call and a proven history of
meeting and exceeding client expectations.
• Expertise in the following aspects of residential property
litigation: serving notices (section 8 and 21 notices in particular)
to recover possession of residential property and managing and
progressing possession claims; and serving consultation notices under
the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and advising in relation to the
service charge recovery regime in a residential context.
• Desirable but not essential experience includes advising on::
tenants' rights of first refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act
1987; and the contentious aspects of collective enfranchisements and
statutory lease extensions under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and
Urban Development Act 1993.
• Candidates will need to be assertive, focussed and be able to
present themselves in a confident manner to clients, particularly high
net worth individuals. Resilience and an ability to remain calm under
pressure are also key attributes.
• Candidates will need to demonstrate excellent written and
interpersonal skills in order to meet the drafting and presentation
aspects of the role, as well as a keen eye for detail.
• Organisational and prioritising skills are also essential to meet
the demands of challenging internal and external clients.
• Good teamwork skills and the ability to communicate effectively
with people at all levels are essential.
• Candidates are expected to be pro-active and take the initiative
both in relation to the development of their development and their
relationships with key clients/contacts.
Please note that this job profile is not an exhaustive list of
duties but merely an outline of the key components of the role. You
may be required by your line manager to take on additional
responsibilities when requested.
Diversity & Inclusion lie at the heart of our core values. At
Mishcon de Reya LLP, our aim is to promote and foster a culture which
embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of
talent, to empower individuals to fulfil their, and the firm's,
potential. In order to support this, we recognise the importance of
flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how
this could work for you and our business.