Associate - Commercial Property

Location Reading
Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Job ref: 005182

We are currently looking to hire into our Reading based Real Estate team and welcome applications from Commercial Property Solicitors with broad ranging property experience.  The team acts for investors, developers, banks, occupiers, local authorities and charities and is highly regarded for its work.  

If successful your responsibilities might include but not be limited to leases and agreements (office, industrial and retail), secured lending and corporate support, mixed use site development matters, due diligence and client support in conjunction with more senior fee earners. This role will support prestigious clients on high value deals, in a fast paced and dynamic environment. The successfully appointed candidate will be given an opportunity to work on a variety of matters, both autonomously and as part of the wider team.

We can provide you with an excellent platform to develop both your technical ability and business development skills within a supportive and thriving team.

Whilst you will be part of a large real estate team which spans our other offices (especially London, Oxford, Reading and Cardiff), you will be working exclusively in the real estate team in our Reading office. You will likely soon develop close client relationships that will endure through your career.  Our encouragement of a decent work/life balance and complimentary interests will help you towards a strong long-term profile in this region.

Typical Workload

We are looking for a solicitor to assist with and work alongside all members of our commercial property team.  Typical workload will involve:

*       Supporting and/or taking full responsibility for deals by drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, leases, licences, transfers, deeds, etc.

*       Undertaking due diligence tasks by reviewing and reporting on title, raising enquiries, reviewing searches

*       Dealing with secured lending and corporate support transactions and working closely with our Banking, Corporate and Insolvency Teams

*       Liaising with clients and lawyers on the other side of transactions

*       Obtaining quotes for indemnity policies, liaising with insurance brokers and underwriters as appropriate

*       Undertaking legal research

*       Attending client or all parties' meetings

*       Participating in business development events

Skills / Experience Required

Your experience will probably have been acquired at a leading national or regional firm where you have been involved in good quality real estate work.   

We expect candidates for the position to have the following personal attributes:

*       Confident and personable

*       Strong technical competence

*       Commercial approach

*       Relevant sector expertise

*       Excellent communication skills and able to explain complex matters to clients without a legal background

*       A team player

*       Resilient and adaptable

*       Willingness to get involved and assist with practice and sector development

*       Ability to establish a rapport with clients both face to face and via telephone or email, in order to ensure impeccable client service

*       Motivated and ambitious

*       Committed to rigour around treating all clients fairly

*       Focused on attributing dedication, determination and loyalty to colleagues, clients and communities

*       Able to demonstrate continuous development and diversity in thinking

*       Understands and complies with Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality

You will be able to rely on support from team members across the firm.  Our lawyer teams are also well supported by our Business Services Finance, HR, IT and Risk functions.

We operate a flexible working environment with the ability to work remotely subject to business and client needs.  You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support, training and resources you require. 

More information about our practice can be found  here

Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full-service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals.

Our business groups are:

Banking and Finance

Business Support Services

Commercial and Charities

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Recoveries and Travel



Employment, Pensions, Benefits & Immigration

Private Client

Property Services


Our office locations and details of how to reach them are found  here.

How to Apply

Please apply on our website through our Online Portal.

Closing Date:  Within two months from date of posting but please note we are continually reviewing applications so we would recommend applying sooner rather than later.

Interviews:  The interview process will start as soon as suitable candidates have been identified.  We will notify you in advance if you are required to carry out a drafting exercise/skills test as part of the interview process.

If you have any questions, please email Rob Brown at or telephone on 023 8085 7441.

Your personal data will be processed in line with our  applicant privacy policy which explains how we treat your data.

Please note that we are currently only accepting CVs from direct applicants.  We do not accept CVs from recruitment agencies unless terms and conditions have been agreed in advance with our Resourcing Team.  

Our Culture and Environment

We pride ourselves on our Personality, which is weaved into everything we do for our colleagues, clients and communities alike. We have created an environment underpinned by our ACTS framework that places high value on being:



Team playing


It's part of the way we like to do things. If you wish to work amongst colleagues with these behaviours, then you will find yourself amongst likeminded individuals at Blake Morgan.


Some of the benefits of working at Blake Morgan include:

*       26 days' annual holiday and option to purchase 1 weeks' leave

*       Birthday holiday

*       My Time – one working week off for community, faith-based festivals, volunteering, or wellbeing activities

*       Profit Share Scheme

*       Performance related bonus scheme

*       Target Plus (rolling bonus scheme)

*       Private medical insurance including access to a health advice helpline

*       Auto-enrolment pension scheme (5% employer pension contribution when employee contributes 3%)

*       Life assurance scheme

*       Critical illness cover

*       Cash Plan - claim for flu jab, health screening, optical and dental plus a range of wellbeing and health services

*       Employee Assistance Programme

*       Professional subscriptions

*       Free parking or travel season ticket loan depending on your office location

*       Cycle to work scheme

*       Discounts at leading retailers

*       Recruitment referral scheme

*       Gifts at key lifestyle and career milestones