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

Senior Associate, Real Estate - Commercial Development

The role

Our leading Real Estate practice comprises over 90 fee-earning legal staff and is the largest within the firm. Our advice extends to all stages of the real estate life cycle.

The Commercial Development team at Howard Kennedy handle all aspects of commercial property transactions, working with clients including private property companies, property funds, offshore private trusts and residential developers.

Some of the team's recent work includes;

  • Disposal of a Student Accommodation portfolio consisting of 4 campuses. This was a corporate wrapper sale with a value of circa £200m.
  • The acquisition of hotel site and subsequent sale following our client's successful planning application for development of the site for logistics sheds, with a value of circa £150m.
  • The acquisition of adjacent sites in Southall and the onward sale to a Housing Association with planning, combined values of £47.5m.
  • The acquisition and onward plot sales of a 55-unit residential scheme in Bushey.
  • The acquisition and disposal of a development site in Brentford with combined value of £62m.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Associate to join the team. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates with commercial property experience to continue developing your career, working side-by-side with our Partners and other fee earners, managing and developing client relationships.

Role responsibility

Undertaking a wide variety of work including;

  • Site acquisitions (unconditional and conditional on planning etc) and disposals (including sub-sales).
  • Dealing with property aspects of financing transactions, including CLLS certificates.
  • Landlord and Tenant transactions for developers (agreements for lease and leases conditional on building out).
  • Options and overage agreements.
  • Development agreements.
  • Promotion agreements.
  • The ability to draft complex documentation, identifying and analysing all legal and commercial issues.
  • Acting as a trusted adviser to the clients through demonstrating and applying a thorough understanding of the associated risks.
  • Working with the wider Real Estate department on development transactions in particular the corporate real estate, construction, tax, planning and property litigation teams.
  • Responsibility for participating in business development and client relationship management activities.
  • Assisting and mentoring more junior members of the team including Trainees and Paralegals.

About you

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate;

  • Interest in and significant post qualification experience of Commercial real estate and the type of work outlined.
  • Sound judgement with the ability to deal with complex technical problems.
  • A commercial approach to problem solving and providing innovative solutions.
  • The ability to manage and prioritise effectively.
  • A confident and effective communication style.
  • The ability to supervise and mentor less experienced members of the team, with a focus on their ongoing development.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others to provide a quality service to both internal and external clients.
  • Excellent business development and client relationship management skills.
  • Strong organisation skills.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail.
  • The ability to build relationships with clients and colleagues at all levels.


  • 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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