Paralegal / Non-contentious Construction Solicitor (1-5 years PQE)

Blake Morgan
15 Oct 2016
12 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Summary

Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial business, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals. We pride ourselves both on the depth of our deal experience and our ability to deliver specialist support resources on every aspect of a transaction.

Our construction group handles all legal (and many commercial) aspects on a wide range of construction projects, some of which are 'stand alone' projects and some of which form part of wider property or corporate transactions. The team regularly advises on procurement options and strategies (often in conjunction with the professional team or project manager and also on its own account) as well as advising on the specific legal aspects of the relevant documentation. We handle many contentious construction matters. We maintain a keen interest in the field of sustainable construction.

Recent work highlights include advising The Mary Rose Trust on the construction of its new museum, advising several institutional developers and corporations on a wide range of large-scale urban regeneration projects across England and Wales and acting pro bono for Oxfam on the procurement of emergency works following the Haiti earthquake. Our clients include contractors, suppliers and professionals in the construction industry as well as several national developers (including Berkeley Homes), education institutions (including a number of universities and many of the Oxford colleges) a number of local authorities (including Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils) and funders (including Barclays, HSBC and Deutsche Bank).

We have a vacancy for a Paralegal / Solicitor within our Construction team located in Southampton, with occasional travel to other offices. The role is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to develop their skills and to build their career within a leading law firm.

Role Purpose

You will advise mostly on non-contentious matters such as methods of procuring construction projects and advising on and drafting construction contracts, development agreements, professional appointments and collateral warranties and security instruments. You should be familiar with a range of institutional contracts such as JCT, NEC or FIDIC suites. Our advice often forms an important part of wider commercial property or corporate transactions; and there is scope to handle some dispute-related advice - our contentious-construction specialists are very highly regarded. The result is an interesting portfolio of high quality and rewarding construction work.

Whilst you will be part of a large construction team which spans our other offices (especially Oxford, Cardiff and London), you will mainly be working with the principal non-contentious construction law specialist in our Southampton office. You will likely soon develop close client relationships that will endure through your career. Our encouragement of a decent work/life balance and complementary interests will help you towards a strong long-term profile in this region.

Skills & Experience

The firm is interested in candidates with high calibre construction experience acquired at a leading national, regional or City law firm. Candidates with in-house legal experience at major contractor, consultant or public bodies will also be valued highly. Legal specialists looking to cross-train may also be able to demonstrate a strong business case interest in joining this exciting practice group.

Person Specification

Confident and personable
Strong technical competence
Intellectual ability
Exceptional self-motivation
A team player
Good communication skills (verbal and written).
Commercial awareness
Well regarded where you are
An active networker and practice developer

The PQE indicator is a guide only. Expertise, track record, attitude and potential are more important.

Please note that we are currently only accepting CVs from instructed agencies and direct applicants.