Milton Keynes - Associate, Real Estate Litigation


Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes
30+ days ago


Reports to:Partner(s)
Practice group:Real Estate
Location:Milton Keynes
The department

Dentons Real Estate Litigation team is British Legal Awards Property Team of the Year 2020 and Legal Business Awards Commercial Litigation Team of the Year 2020.

The team specialises in challenging and exciting high-end commercial and residential Real Estate litigation. Its clients include national portfolio holding entities, investors, developers, home-builders, government departments and insurers. Our clients and household and industry names. Together we want to further grow and develop this base.

The team has grown considerably in recent years and as well as having strength across PQE levels, it also has strength across various specialisms.

We are looking for someone to join our team who is keen to provide first-rate client service, be part of a dynamic collegiate environment and who wants to develop their career and our business at Dentons.

Purpose of role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a newly or recently qualified lawyer to join our talented Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners rated Property Litigation team in Milton Keynes.

This thriving, progressive and busy practice is run by two partners.  Bryan Johnston is described by Legal 500 as being ‘sensible and pragmatic with excellent client handling skills’ and ‘runs an excellent team of property litigators'.  David Payton is 'a pleasure to work with’.

The role spans across all contentious aspects of property related litigation for both commercial and bespoke residential and mixed-use clients.

Recently we had a huge Supreme Court victory acting for Sainsbury's and the Co-operative Group in respect of a multi-million business rates matter. We also have been heavily involved in development contract and sale agreement disputes. Our focus on retail work has provided strategic and contentious advice and guidance to clients dealing with the ramifications arising from CV19 restrictions. We are advising extensively on Communications Code issues and also on cladding issues arising out of Grenfell.

More typical work includes managing significant landlord and tenant portfolios and all the landlord and tenant issues arising, such as covenant disputes, alienation, forfeiture, dilapidations and rent review. We have a healthy development practice and are expert in rights of light, party wall and neighbourly issues in general. We also deal with restrictive covenant and easement disputes.

The successful candidate will join, learn and be mentored by an '‘outstanding’ team of lawyers that has ‘a solid knowledge base" and fields an exceptional and enviable portfolio of clients.

The role would be ideal for a 1-4 year PQE lawyer, however we would consider suitable candidates above and below this level of PQE.  This position offers a wide and varied workload coupled with excellent career prospects and market-leading training and development.

  • You will take a supporting role on a variety of transactions across a range of sectors
  • Build and maintain client relationships
  • Advise on day-to-day property litigation issues for a variety of clients
  • Contribute to business development and speak at conferences and other events
  • Contribute to thought leadership and raise the profile of the firm internally and externally
Required experience, skills and attributes
  • You will have ideally completed a seat in either property litigation, real estate or dispute resolution
  • You will have requisite experience for your PQE level in real estate litigation at a commercial law firm
  • You will possess a strong academic record, including a degree or equivalent
  • You have the ability to work with a degree of independence
  • You will possess good drafting skills and legal research ability
  • Is dedicated to exceptional client service
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates good judgment and resilience skills
  • Shows strong initiative and drive and takes control of own career development
  • Is a committed team player with a willingness to learn and contribute to the success of the team as a whole.
The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email


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