Real Estate Associate

Real Estate

Job Reference



Real Estate




Birmingham, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Leeds, United Kingdom
Liverpool, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Manchester, United Kingdom
Sheffield, United Kingdom

The role

We are currently recruiting for an Associate to join DLA Piper’s global Real Estate team to be based in London.

With more than 600 lawyers globally, we have one of the world’s largest real estate teams, working across borders and consistently top-ranked around the globe. Our growth in the sector is directly linked to our clients’ growing needs -we have expanded to support our clients, who want consistent, high-quality real estate advice everywhere they operate.

Our lawyers have a vast range of experience and can advise on any area of real estate. We manage every type and size of transaction or project, and quickly mobilise teams of any size – anywhere.

We overlay our real estate practice area with a sector-based approach – allowing us to support clients throughout the entire life cycle of their investments. We offer a full range of real estate services in areas including financing, fund formation, acquisitions and disposals, tax efficiency, land use, environmental law, planning and development, construction and leasing across a broad range of asset classes.


As part of our market leading global team, candidates will enjoy a broad range of work acting for domestic and international institutional, developer and corporate clients from across the globe:

  • Advising on complex and multi-faceted real estate transactions including structured investments and disposals, joint ventures and developments for both single asset and high end portfolios
  • Advising on the sale, purchase and negotiation of commercial leases, including short term and longterm leases, the assignment and sub-letting of commercial property
  • Advising on all aspects of real estate development and the real estate aspects of financing transactions
  • Advising on the real estate aspects of corporate/M&A transactions; and
  • Advising in relation to real estate/real estate loan portfolio transactions, including the purchase, sale and work-out of distressed assets


We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 2 – 5 years PQE are likely to have the right level of 
knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a qualified Solicitor, ideally qualified in England & Wales or a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Have strong Real Estate experience gained in a leading City or international firm
  • Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the technical issues that are key to clients
  • Have a desire to gain experience working across jurisdictions and advising international clients
  • Have a proven track record of leading workstreams and negotiations
  • Recognise and seize opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Build and develop own network of internal and external contacts
  • Be commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Have excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Be aware of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintain a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure; and
  • Be proactive and innovative

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.