Associate/Senior Associate, Real Estate Planning
DLA Piper
United Kingdom-Birmingham
1d ago


We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious planning senior associate to join our team in Birmingham.

The role will focus on advising our impressive client base on a range of planning issues, from development planning and compulsory purchase to the promotion of development consent orders.

Our impressive client base includes HS2, Highways England, Argent, Mace and many more and we are working on some of the largest development and infrastructure projects in the UK.

We also have a vibrant international practice and are currently advising on projects in Asia and the Middle East.

The role will be based in our Birmingham office, but the candidate will be part of a One UK Team and will also be required to travel to our other offices from time to time.


Candidates will have a broad diet of work, that will include, but not be limited to :

  • managing the promotion of nationally significant infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase orders and other related orders
  • the drafting and negotiating of complex planning obligations
  • advising on environmental impact and appropriate assessments
  • giving strategic planning advice
  • supporting our own advocates and counsel at inquiries and in legal proceedings
  • opportunities to undertake advocacy should you wish
  • implementing compulsory purchase powers and advising on compensation
  • drafting articles and briefings
  • active participation in business development
  • growing relationships with clients and targets

  • 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 5 and 9 years PQE in planning 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

  • Candidates should have experience of promoting nationally significant infrastructure projects and / or compulsory purchase orders
  • Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news
  • Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working
  • Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients
  • Understands positive client support
  • Creates confidence in the team and the firm
  • Works co-operatively in a team, sharing information and knowledge
  • Manages time effectively and efficiently
  • Seeks to manage own utilisation wherever possible in order to meet individual and team targets
  • Takes ownership for achieving agreed objectives
  • Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business
  • Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts
  • Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute
  • Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure
  • Exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity
  • This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role.

    The firm offers excellent training, learning and development programmes, as well as a genuine opportunity to experience a wide range of work and clients in a friendly, supportive environment.


    DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers 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.

    We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates, and business services professionals in a truly challenging and rewarding environment.


    At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

    Read more about our D&I initiatives.


    We are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support agile working arrangements.

    We recognise that our people have responsibilities and interests outside the firm and that they may need flexibility to integrate their work life and personal life.


    Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-

    employment screening that can include checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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