Real Estate Associate

Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom


A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 50 law firm to achieve “Platinum Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our Real Estate group is one of the largest real estate teams in the UK, advising an impressive range of clients including commercial and residential developers, investors, major corporate occupiers and banks/funders. Offering exceptional market knowledge the team holds an outstanding reputation with clients and the market generally. “Clients are full of admiration for this team, noting it combines outstanding technical expertise with a “very” responsive service” (Chambers).

The role

We are looking for a 1+ PQE+ candidate to join the team in Belfast and deal with a varied and high-quality caseload which will include acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant and development matters.

You will work alongside the Belfast team which consists of partners Mark Blair, Sarah Ewing and John Palmer. From here, you will be supporting colleagues across the Belfast office in line with the wider growth agenda for the practice, and the role will provide every opportunity to develop your career and expertise.

We hope you’ll share our commitment to putting the client at the centre of everything we do and work with us to deliver an exceptional service in a friendly, supportive environment. We place a lot of belief in culture and community, and genuinely think we have something different to offer you at Shoosmiths. This is reflected in everything we say and do from our use of technology to enable agile working, to the team spirit and culture. If you have any questions in relation to the role or working at Shoosmiths – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jonathan Warmington in our recruitment team (

We are a values-driven business – our values are at the core of the firm and we evaluate how we behave in accordance with these values through a competency framework. This role is considered to be at competency Level 2 or 3 in our internal framework, depending on experience.

Equal opportunities

Our approach to our people is underpinned by our approach to diversity, inclusion and well being. Our ambition is to build a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues.

This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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