Description Associate (2-4 PQE), Planning Location: Leeds or Manchester Reporting to: Location Head Competitive Salary and Benefits THE ROLE DLA Piper's Real Estate team offers a full range of services in areas including acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, commercial real estate, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax. Our clients benefit from our significant experience in orchestrating complex, long-term projects that involve drafting documentation, facilitating negotiations, navigating legal and regulatory issues and, when necessary, litigating on their behalf. Our global team of 500 real estate lawyers assists clients throughout the entire life cycle of their investments, wherever in the world business takes them. Our firm has one of the largest and most experienced teams of planning lawyers, consistently rated highly in the legal directories, and known for providing commercial and timely guidance. Our team advises on all aspects of planning and development law, and regularly project manages complex schemes from their earliest beginnings. We are skilled in reviewing application documents, shaping strategy, securing permissions and minimising the risk of judicial review for applications. We act for both the private and public sectors, including developers, infrastructure providers, government departments and local authorities. Our clients trust us to lead their most politically sensitive and legally contentious projects. Optimum results are more likely with local knowledge and, to that end, we have a network of offices located in the UK's main commercial centres. This extensive coverage enables us to draw upon local experience and long-standing contacts with local stakeholders and decision-makers. Our international offices have the greatest global range and scope of any law firm, which enables us to draw on experience outside the UK as well. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Our clients seek us out because we deliver the full range of services necessary to conceive, implement and complete significant projects. Among the projects we have handled are city centre and urban redevelopment projects, multi-party air rights developments, office towers with parking and retail components, multi-phased mixed-use projects, mixed use resort properties and lifestyle centre developments. Our experienced planning team supports our clients through all phases of a development project, from planning appraisals, applications and agreements, to enforcement, appeals, inquiries and challenges. We act on a wide range of projects, from major infrastructure projects to vast residential schemes. We work alongside public and private stakeholders and understand every element of the local planning systems, including complex applications, compulsory acquisition, environmental impact assessment and enforcement. We are now looking for an ambitious Associate to work in our Manchester or Leeds office. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate experience with major infrastructure projects, in particular highways schemes. 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 2 to 4 years pqe, 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. SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES Planning and infrastructure experience, gained at a firm noted for its expertise in this field Excellent technical planning knowledge and attention to detail Developed team work, project management and client care abilities Able to work flexibly to tight deadlines within our fast moving environment Candidates must also demonstrate an interest in marketing and business development and a desire to help drive the practice forward In return we offer first rate support and training, and a level and variety of work candidates will find difficult to match anywhere in the UK. Closing date for applications: 20 March 2018 THE FIRM 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. 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. We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates, and business services professionals in a truly challenging and rewarding environment.