Howard Kennedy

Careers at Howard Kennedy

People are the key to our success, so it's important that we can attract and retain the very best. As well as being driven to deliver the very best client experience, you'll also need to be someone who lives our values. We want you to help us shape our future.

Howard Kennedy

Associate - Real Estate, Investment Landlord and Tenant

The role

The Real Estate department at Howard Kennedy covers all aspects of property-related legal services and acts for a wide range of clients including many household names in the retail and hospitality sector, property investors and funders and large-scale residential developers.

Our investment Landlord and Tenant team focus on all aspects of non-contentious commercial property transactions, advising on acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold properties, on the real estate aspects of portfolio management, insolvency and all other landlord and tenant matters. The team have an extensive and varied client base acting for global brands and quoted companies including Pizza Hut, Pure Gym, Patty&Bun, Reiss and Tortilla.

The team's recent work includes;

  • Acting for a crazy golf and street food vendor chain on the real estate aspects of their investment.
  • Advising a high-end fast growing health focused grab and go food business on its continued expansion including transport hubs.
  • Acting for a global fashion brand on its site acquisition and portfolio management.
  • Advising Taiwanese restaurant on its acquisition in London's Borough Market.

We are looking for an experienced Associate to join the team working closely with and supporting senior fee earners in the team on tasks across a wide range of matters. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking continued career development, with responsibility for client relationship management real opportunities for ownership.

Role responsibility

Working across a variety of tasks and responsibilities including;

  • New leases and renewal leases
  • Landlord & Tenant management work
  • Assisting in drafting of Certificates of Title
  • Commercial acquisitions and disposals of property assets
  • Buying and selling vacant possession property; Reviewing and commenting on Heads of Terms, Reviewing and commenting on contracts for sale and purchase, Reviewing title, Dealing with enquiries and searches, Dealing with post-completion matters.
  • Ensuring that all client matter schedules are up to date and are maintained for both internal and external use
  • Participating in and instigating business development activity, including attendance at appropriate events and production of content for publication
  • Undertaking a range of continuing professional development activities

About you

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Relevant post qualified real estate experience of landlord and tenant work, property transactions and general commercial Real Estate
  • A demonstrable interest in real estate and the type of work carried out
  • A commercial approach to problem solving and providing innovative solutions
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to manage and prioritise workloads, working to tight deadlines where the input of others is often required, keeping accurate time records, organising files and carrying out all necessary administrative tasks
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Confident and effective communication skills
  • The ability to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues at all levels
  • A commercial approach to client service


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

We are a London based, full-service law firm, specialising in providing straightforward advice to entrepreneurial businesses and individuals on domestic and international matters.

We have grown substantially in recent years, including two mergers and an office move. We’ve also matured in terms of our approach to providing advice to our clients, seeking to simplify and improve the experience of working with a modern, independent law firm.

We’re proud of our journey. Without losing sight of where we’ve come from, we are focused on where we’re going. We are evolving and growing every day. And just like our clients, we are ambitious and moving forward. Many of our clients are entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises who are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. We are one of the only London based law firms with a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability.

The firm also advises major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.



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