We are always looking for talented people to join us. If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.

The role offers a significant level of variety and interest.  You will work across a range of sectors and work-types, which may include commercial contract disputes, construction, professional indemnity, insolvency disputes, fraud, IP and international arbitration.  Clients will span many sectors, including automotive, financial services, leisure, fisheries, logistics and FMCG.

You’ll need to be resourceful, responsive and resilient, with the ability to grasp new challenges and areas of law quickly and accurately.  You’ll benefit from support and career development from highly regarded and experienced partners and our senior associate and access to cases of a quality hard to find elsewhere in Reading.  As you’ll be expected to work with limited supervision on your own cases, we expect you will already have accumulated at least 3 years’ pqe in commercial litigation before joining us.  We’ll expect you to have an interest and, ideally a successful track record, in marketing and practice development. We like to provide tailored and pragmatic solutions for our clients so being able to demonstrate a high level of client care is essential.

If the variety and challenge of this role appeals to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please apply with detailed CV and a covering letter explaining what you can bring to the role.

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The role

Being part of the largest Real Estate team in the Thames Valley gives our Property Litigation team access to a diverse and interesting range of clients and cases, including a significant number of developers and also a variety of corporate occupiers and private individuals.

You will in part support the team leader, Paul Dench, and the other senior members of the team, but you will mostly be managing your own broad caseload with appropriate support and supervision. For developers you may be advising on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and dealing with minor land rights affecting development including easements, drainage, rights of way and profit a prendre etc. You will be dealing with the recovery of land from trespassers, tenants and persons unknown; boundary disputes; adverse possession claims; contentious landlord and tenant issues, including the termination, surrender and renewal of commercial leases, rent reviews, break notices, lease forfeiture; rent and service charge arrears; service charge disputes; enforcement of securities on behalf of mortgagees and more.  You may also find yourself providing advice and to the non-contentious departments as part of corporate and due diligence support.

You will be provided with plenty of training and supervision to help you develop your career in property litigation.

The role is offered on a full-time basis (35 hours/week) and we may be able to consider part-time hours for the right candidate.

About you

Your potential is important to us and we are looking for someone to make a difference and build a long-term career at FSP.

Ideally, you will be a qualified solicitor or equivalent with at least 2 years’ pqe gained in property litigation, but your experience may be in a different type of litigation. Alternatively, you may currently be a non-contentious real estate lawyer looking to move into a litigation team.  Providing that you have a genuine interest in moving into this area and can demonstrate the appropriate transferable skills, we can support you with a move into this specialist field

You’ll be able to demonstrate a strong intellect, good drafting and negotiating skills and the ability to support a diverse range of clients.

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Working for FSP

We have fantastic people at Field Seymour Parkes, from our receptionists to our partners, and we know that every single one of them is key to our success.

We have a track record in developing people and their careers, with success being rewarded regardless of length of service or background. There are opportunities for all and we encourage engagement, participation and responsibility at all levels.

In the same way that we build lasting relationships to support our clients through their personal and business lives, we aim to do the same for our employees. Our recently refurbished offices in the heart of Reading are a great place to work, but we also understand that our people have lives outside of their job and offer enhanced family-friendly benefits.

If you are enthusiastic, pragmatic and want to join our friendly team to achieve your full potential, and help others achieve theirs, we would love to hear from you.