Commercial Property Lawyer (5+ years PQE)

Our award-winning Commercial Property team are on the lookout for a new lawyer to join their rapidly-growing team at our office in Aykley Heads, Durham.

As always, we are eager to talk to anyone who believes they have the ability, experience and potential to enhance and strengthen the service we offer to our clients, whether that is as a member of our legal team or support team.  Wherever you may currently be on the career ladder, if you think you’ve got what it takes to join Durham's leading law firm, we’d love to hear from you. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has the required experience, skills and attributes to fulfil the following role:-


Commercial Property Lawyer (5+ years PQE)

The role

We are looking for a full-time Commercial Property Lawyer to join our busy Property team on a permanent basis.

You will be working alongside the Department’s three Partners and four Solicitors. The role will require a good working knowledge of all general commercial property matters – including Landlord & Tenant and Sales & Acquisitions across various sectors – and experience in the following areas is desirable but not essential:-

  • Development work, including: sales and acquisitions of land for development; Options; Promotion Agreements; and Conditional Contracts;
  • Construction
  • Planning Law

There will be an opportunity for development to allow you to work independently, or as part of a team on larger, complex projects. We receive work from a variety of sources including professional contacts and existing clients and aim always to provide exceptional client care. Excellent communication skills and IT skills are therefore also required.

In the present circumstances, this position would require the successful candidate to both work from home as well in the office as and when required by the team.


Required experience, skills and attributes

You must have experience running a caseload and be a qualified lawyer with more than 5 years PQE.

The main attributes we look for, but will not be limited to, are given below: -

  • being pro-active in terms of managing your workload and continual development of your own legal skills;
  • possessing excellent organisation skills;
  • possessing excellent drafting skills;
  • demonstrating exceptional attention to detail;
  • demonstrating strong communication skills and an ability to work and build relationships with colleagues, clients and the wider professional community.


 In return

The successful candidate can expect to be offered: -

  • a competitive salary, in line with experience;
  • flexible working and working from home options;
  • a published career path for those looking to progress;
  • a staff benefits package which includes: -
    • a salary sacrifice scheme,
    • additional holiday scheme,
    • death in service benefit,
    • health cashback plan, and
    • a generous contribution to the staff pension scheme.


 How to apply

Please email your CV together with a short covering letter/email to Carolyn Beal

Applications close:          Friday 18th June 2021


 About Swinburne Maddison LLP

Swinburne Maddison LLP is an award-winning full-service law firm based in Durham. We have a team of dedicated and highly skilled specialist lawyers, who provide pragmatic and honest legal advice in complex commercial matters, as well as assisting private individuals.

In the Legal 500 2021 Edition we were ranked as a Top Tier Firm for Commercial Property services for the second year in a row. We have previously won Law Firm of the Year (6+ Partners) at the 2017 Northern Law Awards and were finalists in both the 2018 and 2019 Awards.

Swinburne Maddison LLP is forward thinking and has grown significantly over the past 10 years, resulting in us recently doubling the size of our office. A major refurbishment of our premises was recently completed, which has created a modern and innovative environment for both our staff and clients.