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Job Title Associate/Managing Associate – Real Estate Litigation (Residential Disputes)
Job Location London
Description

The Firm

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.

The Department

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 team's key clients include, among others:

• Brookfield
• Blackstone Property Management
• Chelsfield
• Capital & Counties Plc
• Delancey
• IWG (Regus)
• Berkeley Square Investments
• TK Maxx

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.

Responsibilities/Duties

• 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 all times.

• 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.

Required Skills/Experience

• 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.

No agencies

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.

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