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Solicitor (2-4+yr PQE) Commercial Real Estate Manchester or Newcastle

Job Introduction

The DAC Beachcroft Commercial Real Estate team comprises 65 lawyers working across all offices – London, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds. It forms part of a wider real estate department comprising 135 lawyers including specialists in construction, planning, residential, and a dedicated portfolio asset management practice.

This role is for a Solicitor to work in either Manchester or Newcastle as part of our Non-Health Public Sector Commercial team, a cross office location team comprising 4 Partner/Legal Directors and 6 lawyers at various levels.

The client portfolio provides opportunities to work on national strategic projects and traditional investment sales and purchases and leasing - for government departments, local authorities, real estate developers, large corporates and funds, universities and corporate occupiers. Often our work provides the opportunity to work cross cluster with colleagues in planning, construction, procurement, finance and commercial.

Our team is well established and due to new panel appointments and increased levels of work is looking to grow. High quality work and supervision will be provided. The successful candidate will work with the team in helping to deliver our service and grow our business.

Role Responsibility

An expanding client list and increasing volumes of work mean that new team members are needed to play an essential, valued role in delivering the time-critical, high quality service expected by our clients. Working as part of dedicated client teams you will:

  • Work closely with the seniors in the team having responsibility for key tasks as well as generally supporting the wider transaction.
  • Where appropriate, act as primary contact for clients on a day to day basis providing them with commercially focused legal advice and running transactions (following training and under supervision).
  • Work closely to client protocols and processes.
  • Comply with the required standards for file opening, conflict management, and financial management of files, billing regimes etc. as well as the specific reporting or other management requirements of individual clients.
  • Handle confidential information in line with the firm's data security protocols.
  • Make an appropriate contribution to non fee-earning activity e.g. knowledge sharing, training, client seminars, business development and/or client care and relationship management.

The Ideal Candidate

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and dedicated, have a strong work ethic and be keen to seize the opportunity to progress their legal career by developing their technical skills and commercial awareness in a friendly, collaborative environment. Key skills include:

  • A 2-4yr PQE Solicitor with a strong academic record.
  • Experience from a national/regional firm in commercial real estate: for example landlord and tenant and commercial property acquisition and disposals.
  • Must be comfortable with public sector work.
  • Experience in reviewing and reporting on titles and leases.
  • Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues with assistance.
  • Confident communicator with an ability to develop relationships internally, as well as being able to undertake client marketing and influence at all levels.
  • An ability to deal confidently and professionally with clients on day to day issues, building up strong relationships.
  • A positive, flexible approach with strong organisational skills to work towards the implementation of new initiatives.
  • An ability to handle a complex and constantly changing workload and to work under pressure.

About the Company

We're a leading international legal business with over 3,000 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We're market leaders in insurance, health and real estate but with a full-service offering, including growing Financial Services and Tech capabilities. We represent a wide range of clients – from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for nearly all of the top-20 UK and global insurers, we're market leaders in the provision of strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to providers and commissioners in the health sector, and in real estate we advise all of the UK’s top-five housebuilders.

We are a fast-growing international business with offices around the globe.  In addition to our 11 UK offices, we also have offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Rome, Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Miami, plus a broad network of affiliations across the globe. 

Working with us

Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. Combine this with our supportive culture and hybrid working model, and you have: a Life that Works.

Our flexible approach means that we help our colleagues to be their best at work, while recognising that they have all sorts of different interests and commitments outside work.

We pride ourselves on our supportive, approachable culture. We are trusted, appreciated as individuals and embraced as part of a team. At DACB, we don’t just accept your differences, we celebrate and advocate for them. From bespoke solutions for our clients, to treating you as an individual. Our strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the ‘whole you’ to work. So if you’re good at what you do, come as you are!

Note for Recruitment Agencies – the DAC Beachcroft recruitment team is responsible for managing all current vacancies through direct hiring and referrals wherever possible.  We do work with recruitment agencies and where we require external support we will formally release those vacancies to the agencies on our Preferred Supplier List deemed best placed to assist us.  Speculative CVs sent by any agency to any DAC Beachcroft employee without a specific request by the resourcing team will not be accepted and with no introduction fee applicable.  Our resourcing team can be contacted at

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